Category: humor in articles

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What do I do special as a writing coach?

I just woke up to a question/discussion on Linkedin’s Promocave: Carrie Golden, Citizen Journalist/Poetry Consultant to film-makers at Motionpoems, Inc., asked: Writing coach… Not sure if this group [Promocave] is the right place to post this question but…what exactly does a writing coach do to help writers? ——————- I wear two hats (on one head): […]

Leading your idea in print down its most profitable path…

So you’ve got an article or book idea that you want to turn into both big money and widely-seen expertise presence. That’s the way to think! I’d also add that the copy needn’t be completely rewritten again and again, so also think reprint, rewrite, reprint of rewrites, and more… Let’s say you want to write about the […]

How to make your friends smile gratefully all day long…

If this were addressed to you, how would you feel if it arrived unexpectedly in your email box ? This year (2016), I’ve decided to send one email each day thanking someone who has enriched my life. It could be someone who is close to me, like a family member or a friend. It could be […]

Friday June 3rd, 2016 in article writing, articles, humor in articles, iBook, keynoting, MCing, newsletter writing, niche publishing, open publishing, public speaking, publishing, speaking, writing | Comments Off on How to make your friends smile gratefully all day long…

Origin of the phrase “out in left field”

Chicagoans gave birth to the term “out of left field” about 100 years ago. The left field in the pre-Wrigley playing grounds butted up to a many-storied insane asylum, and when the crowds made too much noise the lunatics screamed out the windows and banged on pans. Their comments truly were “out of left field.” […]

Tuesday February 2nd, 2016 in article writing, articles, blog, emceeing, humor in articles, MC, MCing, public speaking, sidebars, speaking, writing | Comments Off on Origin of the phrase “out in left field”

Some thoughts about interviewing…

This is an excerpt (part of a chapter) from my coming book, Interviewing. I talk about tools and means used to interview: Interviewing is mostly you asking questions to a person or, rarely, a group, and receiving an intelligible response in return. When you record what you asked and what they replied, that is the […]

Using humor to sell your magazine articles

Funny you should ask! One rule always: some editors/publications don’t use humor, so don’t even try. At best the editor may open her lips to chuckle (or groan), then reconsider and toss the query. I can’t tell you which such publications  to avoid because I don’t read them. But it used to be that the […]

Can you use a pseudonym for publishable articles?

Sure, I suppose in print you could call yourself Superperson or Cicero or anybody you want to. And if you own the publication, it might be fine. In fact, there are times when I would indeed use a pseudonym. Like if I was a deacon writing porno, rest assured I’d change my name. Or if a […]

How you can sell your articles 150% of the time…

I know, 150% of the time? Yes, it could be much, much higher, but it seems imprudent to scare you in the title. Let’s focus on magazines here, where the pay is higher and acceptances are harder to get. (Selling newspaper travel is easier and the possible sales ratio is higher too, but the pay […]

How do you find interviewees for your articles?

You almost always need at least one interview for a magazine or newspaper article. But it makes much more sense to get three or four, and even many more if you plan to rewrite the original piece again and again. (And if Reprints, Rewrites, or Reprints of Rewrites are your plan: bravo. My $2.99 Kindle […]

How to make editors vomit…

I’ll tell you how in a second. A more important question is, “If you’re trying to put your kids through college by churning out magazine articles, and hoping to sell a couple of reprints from every original piece that you got in print, why in the world would you even put “editor” and “vomit” in […]