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Based on incisive interviews with editors from such leading publications as Esquire, Parade, Field & Stream, American Baby, and Ladies' Home Journal, this indispensable book gives you all the information you need to write successfully for magazines. Invaluable advice and tips from editors representing the whole spectrum of magazine publishing will help you break into the category of your choice. Here's the inside scoop on the business of getting published: What you should know about contracts, copyrights, and...
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Based on incisive interviews with editors from such leading publications as Esquire, Parade, Field & Stream, American Baby, and Ladies' Home Journal, this indispensable book gives you all the information you need to write successfully for magazines. Invaluable advice and tips from editors representing the whole spectrum of magazine publishing will help you break into the category of your choice. Here's the inside scoop on the business of getting published: What you should know about contracts, copyrights, and kill fees; editors: Discover what their roles are, how they make decisions, and what they look for in their writers; queries and proposals: What makes them eye-catching? The truth behind the "what ifs": What if a writer sends multiple queries? What if the deadline is not met? What if an author has problems with an editor? Magazine jargon: Understand terms such as over the transom, lead time, galley, on spec, and many more.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780471119913
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/31/1996
  • Series: Books for Writers Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Magazine Publishing Lingo 3
2 Freelance Writers' Most-Asked Questions 9
3 Magazine Editors 13
4 Writing for Today's Magazines 21
5 Commonsense Ideas: What Every Writer Should Know and Do 25
6 What Ifs 29
7 The Evolution of Women's Magazines 35
8 The Evolution of Men's Magazines 41
9 Author-Editor Etiquette 45
10 Author-Editor Etiquette: A Second Opinion 51
11 Writing for the Seven Sisters 55
12 Magazines: The Past, the Present, and the Future 61
13 Magazines and the information Superhighway 65
14 Writing for The Washingtonian and Other City Magazines 71
15 Writing for Yankee and Other Regional Magazines 75
16 Writing for American Way and Other Airline Magazines 81
17 Writing for Travel & Leisure and Other Travel Magazines 87
18 Writing for Field & Stream and Other Outdoor Magazines 91
19 Writing for Country Journal 95
20 Writing for American Baby and Other Child Care Magazines 101
21 Writing for Seventeen and Other Young Adult Magazines 105
22 Writing for Writer's Digest 111
23 Writing for The Virginia Quarterly Review and Other Scholarly Publications 115
24 Writing for the ABA Journal and Other Professional Journals 119
25 Writing for Cornell Magazine and Other College and Alumni Magazines 123
26 Writing for Popular Science and Other Scientific Magazines 127
27 Writing for Arthritis Today and Other Health-Issues Magazines 133
28 Writing for Fitness and Other Fitness and Health Magazines 137
29 Writing for Penthouse and Comparable Magazines 141
30 Writing for Modern Bride and Other Bridal Magazines 145
31 Writing for Romance/Confession Magazines 149
32 Writing for AutoWeek and Other Automobile Magazines 153
33 Writing for PC Computing and Other Computer Magazines 157
34 Writing for Fortune and Other Business and Finance Magazines 161
35 Writing for Harper's and Comparable General-Interest Magazines 165
36 Writing for Parade 169
37 Writing for Good Housekeeping and Other Top Women's Service Magazines 173
38 Writing for Redbook and Comparable Women's Magazines 177
39 Writing for Reader's Digest 181
40 Writing for Spy 187
Epilogue 191
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2001

    Don't hesitate - Get it!!!

    This book is great. I could barely put it down. I can't wait to read it again. It is highly informative and easy to read. Basically every chapter is an interview with a different editor. As useful as it is to read a book from an experienced freelance writer on how to get your articles published, it is even more useful to read what editors have to say. Do you want to know what are the most common pet peeves editors have about writers? Do you want to know what kinds of advice editors give to freelancers? Do you want to know why so many query letters are rejected? Do you want to know how to break in at top magazines? Then get this book, read it, and act on the invaluable advice that these experienced editors offer to you! This book is a must, especially for beginning freelancers. Thanks to Judy Mandell, we have a firsthand understanding of how magazines work. We also have reasons from various editors as to why queries are rejected (which is something they won't take the time to explain to you in a letter). Many of them agree on similar points, which clues the reader to consistent problem areas among freelancers. This book can also serve as a reference book. Thanks for writing it, Judy.

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