Feature and Magazine Writing: Action, Angle, and Anecdotes / Edition 3

Feature and Magazine Writing: Action, Angle, and Anecdotes / Edition 3

by David E. Sumner, Holly G. Miller
     
 

Avowedly practical and concise, instantly engaging and brimming with ideas and expertise, this comprehensive guide to writing – and selling – engaging features in print and for digital platforms is offered in a lively new edition. Fresh material includes new chapters on storytelling for blogs and digital media, as well as updated facts and references

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Avowedly practical and concise, instantly engaging and brimming with ideas and expertise, this comprehensive guide to writing – and selling – engaging features in print and for digital platforms is offered in a lively new edition. Fresh material includes new chapters on storytelling for blogs and digital media, as well as updated facts and references throughout.

The authors’ pragmatic approach aims to help budding writers hone their skills and launch their careers, with examples and ideas that spell out the ‘ABCs’ of non-fiction storytelling: accuracy, brevity and clarity. Too many articles, they say, are one draft short of an ‘A’ (if the writer is a student) or of acceptance, if the writer is a freelancer. The book maps out the pitfalls standing in the way of success, and provides expert tips on avoiding them. Practicing what they teach, the writing team has ensured this handbook is as entertaining as it is informative and concise as it is comprehensive.

Third edition now accompanied by a website with a wealth of resources including PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and Q&As. See www.wiley.com/go/sumnerandmiller.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118305133
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/04/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
114,126
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

About the Authors x

PART I: Reading, Writing and Relevance 1

1 What Makes a Story Interesting? 3

2 How to Find an Original Idea 14

3 Strong Angles and Focused Ideas 26

4 Digging Deep for Original Stories 39

5 Talking Pointers: How to Conduct Great Interviews 55

PART II: Taking Your Articles to the Freelance Market 73

6 To Market, To Market: Shopping Your Words Around 75

7 Pitch-Perfect Query Letters 91

PART III: Adding Action and Anecdotes 107

8 Where to Begin: The First 100 Words 109

9 Action, Brevity and Style 123

10 Anecdotes: Mining for Gold 138

PART IV: Different Formats, Different Results 151

11 Briefs: Shortcuts to Publication 153

12 Profiles: Slices of Life 167

13 Writing Nonfi ction Narratives 186

14 Eliminating the Ho-Hum From the How-To 211

15 Making a Timely Calendar Connection 225

16 Writing About Trends and Issues 237

PART V: Exploring Digital Opportunities 253

17 Building a Story Blog 255

18 Long-Form Digital Storytelling 265

PART VI: Preparing the Final Draft 277

19 Advancing Beyond the Slush Pile 279

20 Before You Hit the “Send” Button: A Checklist 293

21 Careers in Magazine Publishing 299

Appendix: Shoptalk: A Glossary of Magazine Lingo 314

Index 325

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