In a now very long past—decades—I must have literally copied and carted 40,000 seminar workbooks (sometimes a half mile, too often up stairs). Most of those workbooks were 12-20 pages long! Too late to complain: that was the way it was done. But yesterday technology finally removed my shackles—and perhaps my blinders! Some fact-setting now, […]
Posts tagged: query letter
“Could you sell the same text, unchanged, to both magazines and newspapers?” is the most often asked question at my writing seminars! I suppose you could, but I wouldn’t because I wouldn’t know how to unravel the rights issues. Anyway, it’d be far more profitable with a lot less work just planning five to eight […]
Typically, as I write a “go-ahead” article, I encounter some additional facts that are so spectacular or unique I think they would make an interesting sidebar or box, in or near the printed article, to excite the readers and add much substance to the article without changing its primary structure. So I write and send […]
How would you like to design one article to appear in five different magazines or newsletters that explains the benefits, through example, of your firm’s specialization and why they may want to know more about your services? The best thing: it’s pretty much the same article with a similar message, and the five articles will […]
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 […]
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 […]
If you are writing a one-interview piece, a sort of bio plus, and the fink is the purpose of the article, apologize to the editor as soon as possible. You needn’t make excuses for the person but do try to reschedule it right away… Since queries very often suggest interviewing three people to get differing […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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