Category: query letters for humor writing

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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 […]

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 […]

Why was your article query rejected again?

Who writes articles in 2015? At least 1,486,000 writers had a journal article published in 2010. Some were written by two or three authors. And that’s just journals. And that was five years ago. 2,000,000 blog posts will be written today. Today. Another 2,000,000 tomorrow, and so on… The difference is that articles must be […]

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 […]

4 proven ways to sell 75%+ of your freelance writing

MAGAZINES and NEWSPAPERS   1. Here is the two-item formula for selling nonfiction copy to magazines and newspapers: (a) You sell more than 75% of your freelance writing by writing only when you have better than a 50% chance of a sale, and (b) You have better than a 50% chance of a sale by […]

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 […]

Humor: How and how much can you use in freelance articles?

Sometimes (actually, often) absolutely none. No joke: even provoking a smile by a touch of word play will release you to the path of penury. The editor won’t buy it, and she probably won’t look at future queries from you either! Why? Because either the topic (death, disaster, rape, and so on) won’t allow it […]

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