The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles [NOOK Book]


You're no idiot, of course. You have a reporter's eye, a poet's touch, and you absolutely love to write. Stories, journal entries, letters to the editor - you name it, you know you can write it. But when it comes to selling your ideas to magazines, newspapers and web sites, you feel like the less said, the better. Seeing your words and wisdom printed in black and white seems like a lot more trouble than it's worth. Don't write yourself off just yet! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles' ...
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You're no idiot, of course. You have a reporter's eye, a poet's touch, and you absolutely love to write. Stories, journal entries, letters to the editor - you name it, you know you can write it. But when it comes to selling your ideas to magazines, newspapers and web sites, you feel like the less said, the better. Seeing your words and wisdom printed in black and white seems like a lot more trouble than it's worth. Don't write yourself off just yet! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles' will help you get where you belong: In Print. In this 'Complete Idiot's Guide', you get answers to all your questions. Who hires writers? What newspaper, magazine, and online editors want from freelancers and how much they might pay for it! How to write effective query and pitch letters. How the internet can help your writing career take off.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101158432
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/14/2000
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,256,158
  • File size: 800 KB

Meet the Author

Sheree Bykofsky, the founder and owner of the Sheree Bykofsky Literary Agency, has written and represented hundreds of successful titles over her long publishing career. She regularly teaches university courses on publishing and speaks at writers' conferences across the country.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Welcome to Writerland 1
1 So, You Want to Be a Freelance Writer? 3
Words 'R Us 4
The Perfect Occupation 5
What About Writing Books? 8
The Cool Stuff Writers Do 10
Fabulous You 13
2 The Modern World of the Freelance Writer 15
The Olden Days 15
Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes 16
Welcome to the New Media Landscape 17
Hot Off the Presses 19
Sticky Eyeballs 19
Why Editors Hire Freelancers 21
Finding the Best Sections for Freelancing 22
Publications 101: Learning About Op-Eds, Q&As, and Other Types of Articles 23
How Many Words? 24
3 Success Stories 27
Kim Wright Wiley 28
Brooks Clark 30
Hene Beckerman 33
Medicine Man Jim Thornton 36
Cheap Advice: One-Sentence Tips from the Pros 38
4 The Editors Talk 39
The Hierarchy of the Gods: Learning Which Editor Does What 40
Regional Athena, Sacramento Magazine's Krista Minard 41
Islands Girl: Editor-in-Chief Joan Tapper, Islands 43
The Whole Kid and Kaboodle: Health Editor Kara Corridan, Child 46
Trade Tactics from Above: Editor-in-Chief Perry Bradley, Business and Commercial Aviation 49
5 So, Is This Really for You? 53
Enough of the Glitz and Glamour--Here's the Dirt 54
Help Wanted 54
Who Really Makes It as a Freelancer 55
The Organization 55
Growing a Thicker Skin 59
Hello, Is Anyone Out There? 59
Who Pays What (and When) 60
Is the Check in the Mail? 62
Deciding Whether This Is the Life for You 62
Part 2 Learning the Basics 63
6 Studying the Market 65
Becoming a Student of Print 65
Reading Is Fundamental 66
In Cold Type 66
Chains of Gold 67
Magazine History 68
The Godfathers 69
Synergy 70
How You Fit In 70
Hanging Out for Fun and Profit 71
Learn to Read a Magazine 71
Reading the Papers, Too 74
Get the Kit 74
7 Generating Ideas for Articles 77
What Do People Want to Know? 77
Five Hot Markets! 79
News Clips 83
Custom-Fitting Your Ideas to Your Audience 84
8 Writing a Winning Query 87
The Seduction: Approaching the Editor 88
Serial Dating: The Multiple Approach 95
E-Mail Etiquette 95
Getting Clipped 95
9 Your First Assignment 97
The Envelope, Please: Your Idea Has Been Accepted! 97
I See a Vision--the Editor's! 98
All Work and No Play: Research 100
Dead Man Writing: Meeting Deadlines 105
Stupid People Mistakes: Copyediting and Fact-Checking 107
Lights, Camera, Action, Ship Out! 107
10 The True Gen: Interviewing 109
Be Prepared 109
Tooling Around 111
The Full Monty: The Interview 114
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Interview Sources 119
Part 3 Who's Gonna Buy Your Stuff? 121
11 Newspapers: What They're Looking For 123
Less Filling, Tastes Great! 123
One Fish, Two Fish, So Many Fish 126
It's Black and White: What Newspapers Want 128
Pique This 129
If I Were a Rich Man 129
Great Ways to Get Inky Without Squeezing a Squid 130
Let Your Fingers Do the Pitching 131
12 The Glossies: What They're Looking For 135
Flash in the Pan: A History and Overview 135
A Mag Is Born 136
All That Glitters Isn't Gold: What the Glossy Gods Want 137
Going Up: In the Door and Up the Elevator 140
Stalkers Will Be Prosecuted: Ten Ways to Turn Off an Editor in Seconds 141
13 Trade Magazines: What They're Looking For 143
The Army Wants You! 144
What the Trades Buy 145
Getting Your Foot in the Door 146
Q&A with Amy Hamaker, Executive Editor, Today's Image 149
Part 4 Online: The Newest Frontier 153
14 What's on the Web 155
Welcome to Web World 155
Business-to-Business 156
Why Web Sites Need Writers 157
Just How Big Is This Market? 158
Persnickety Editors 160
No Special Language Required 161
Start on the Web and Move on to Print 161
What's Next? 162
15 Online 'Zine Scene 163
A Brief History of 'Zines 163
Commerce Intrudes 164
Meet the Major Players 164
Travel Magazines on the Web 169
Hot Stuff 170
Instant Gratification 171
16 173
"Content" and Other New Words for Words 173
Web Style Writing 174
Sell, Sell, and Sell It Again 177
Finding Work on the Web 178
Sitting on the Dock of eBay 180
A Word to the Wise 180
17 Build It and They Will Come 183
Matt Drudge and Other Web Celebs 183
What Do You Have to Say? 186
Setting Up Your Web Site from A to Z 188
Web Style? Which Style? 189
Online Newsletters 189
Dual Approach 190
Getting the Word Out 190
Building on Your Web Site Success 191
Part 5 A Short Course on Writing Effective Articles 193
18 The Parts of the Article 195
Everything Organized and Ready to Write 195
Serving Appetizers: Brief Openings and Titles 197
Soup's On! A Winning Intro/Lead 198
For the Meat-and-Potatoes Man: The Body of the Piece 199
Dessert: The Perfect Closing Paragraph 203
Writing Headlines and Titles 204
19 Hook 'Em Early, Hook 'Em Hard 207
We're Following the Leader, the Leader, the Leader 207
Types of Leads 208
20 Machine Gun Writing 215
We're All Part of a Ritalin Nation 215
Ratatatatat: Machine Gun Writing 217
Off with Her Head: Editing 223
Part 6 The Business of Freelancing 227
21 Building a Specialty 229
Niche and Grow Riche 229
Market Research Department 230
A Niche of One's Own 232
Building a Reputation 233
Writers Talk About Their Niches 234
Books 'R Us 236
22 Hey, Is This a Book? 239
The Lure of the Book 240
In General, Generalize 241
Make Friends with an Expert 241
The Magazine Writer's Guide to Writing Books 242
Eureka! 244
Success Stories 247
23 Setting Up Your Business 249
The Basics of Freelancing 249
Booting Up 250
Cool Tools 251
From the Crazy Mixed-Up Files of 253
Time Management 254
Learning to Deal with Sporadic Income 256
Is the Check Really in the Mail? 257
What Else Is in the Mail? 258
24 Taxes and the Writer 259
Setting Up Your System 259
Records, Records, Records 261
Scheduling Your C 263
Do It Four Times a Year 264
Home Office Deduction? 264
So, Is This Vacation a Business Expense? 265
Tracking Your Money Before the Tax Man Does 266
Writers Talk Taxes 266
25 Contracts and What They Really Mean 269
Beggars Can Be Choosers 269
Rights: A Primer 270
Here a Right, There a Right, Everywhere a Right, Right 271
Showdown on the Electronic Frontier-- Writers and Their Rights 274
A Paragraph-by-Paragraph Explanation 276
Some Final Words 280
A Glossary 281
B Recommended Books 287
C Sample Contracts 289
D Sample Writer's Guidelines 295
E Great Web Sites for Writers 299
Index 301
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2002

    This Book Sold Magazine Articles For Me

    Before reading this book, I'd written and sold a couple of short fiction stories but had never tried nonfiction. I liked the idea of writing magazine articles but had no idea how to go about it. I picked up 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles' because I like their simplified approach to topics and because I'd read the other IDIOT'S GUIDE Sheree Bykofsky co-wrote (Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published). The Idiot's Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles gives you a no-nonsense approach from start to finish, covering things like studying the market, generating ideas, querying editors, assignments, conducting interviews, and actually writing the article, as well as some tips on book proposals, the life of a magazine writer (waiting/praying for checks), even taxes. After I read 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles' I thought up a couple ideas, fired off some queries, and sold three articles the month after I bought the book. Now I'm working on assignment (not spec) writing a second piece for one of the magazines to which I sold an article last month. If you can write and if you have something interesting to say, this book and a copy of 'Writer's Market' are the twin pillars on which you can build a freelance career. Charles Hustmyre New Orleans, LA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2000

    I actually got published!

    This book is all you need to break into the journalism business! It teaches about clips, glossies, queries, and so much more. I even got published in a magazine! This is a must read for anyone wanting to publish magazine articles!

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