9781582973340

Writer's Digest Handbook Of Magazine Article Writing

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    9781582973340

  • ISBN10:

    1582973342

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/26/2004
  • Publisher: F & W Media Inc

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Summary

This highly anticipated update of the Writer's Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing builds off the excellent reputation the first edition enjoys with more of the great information readers have come to expect.With original material as well as articles taken from the pages of Writer's Digest, the leading authority in the field, this book is the only resource readers need for all of their questions on how to:* Brainstorm creative article ideas magazine editors will find irresistible* Find the right magazine for their work* Compose a professional, sophisticated query letter that catches the editor's eye* Keep editors coming back for more (get repeat assignments from magazines)This book is the writer's treasure map to the lucrative field of magazine writing!

Table of Contents

FOREWORD BY KRISTIN GODSEY vii
INTRODUCTION BY BEN YAGODA 1(5)
CHAPTER ONE: FINDING IDEAS 6(16)
Great Ways to Generate Ideas
6(4)
Idea Matrix
10(2)
The Art of Anniversaries
12(2)
Evergreen Topics
14(1)
Look for Ideas in New Ways
15(3)
Editors and Ideas
18(4)
CHAPTER TWO: QUERYING 22(22)
Know the Magazine
23(3)
Writing Effective Query Letters
26(3)
Other Query Considerations
29(2)
E-Querying
31(4)
Final E-Query Suggestions
35(1)
Take Cover
36(4)
Follow-Up Queries
40(4)
CHAPTER THREE: SELLING REPRINTS AND REWRITES 44(12)
Reprints
44(1)
Finding Markets for Your Reprints
45(2)
Sending Your Original Article
47(1)
Writing a Reprint Cover Letter
47(3)
Making Changes to Your Original
50(1)
Rewrites
50(2)
Looking From the Rights Perspective
52(1)
How to Set Yourself Up for a Reprint
53(3)
CHAPTER FOUR: FINDING MARKETS 56(31)
Magazines Most Open to New Writers
56(2)
A Growing Market
58(3)
Writing for Local vs. National Publications
61(2)
Markets to Consider
63(1)
Women's Magazines
63(3)
Trade Journals
66(2)
Travel Writing
68(4)
Custom Publications
72(1)
History Magazines
73(2)
Health Magazines
75(1)
Home and Garden Magazines
76(2)
In-Flight Magazines
78(1)
Ethnic Magazines
79(1)
Children's Magazines
80(4)
E-Publishing
84(3)
CHAPTER FIVE: RESEARCHING 87(10)
Tackling Any Topic
87(2)
Finding Experts
89(5)
Making Your Research Go the Distance
94(1)
Organizing Information
94(3)
CHAPTER SIX: INTERVIEWING 97(18)
Interviewing Strategy
97(1)
Scheduling Interviews
98(2)
Conducting the Interview
100(4)
Handling Difficult Interviews
104(5)
E-Interviews
109(5)
Putting It All Together
114(1)
CHAPTER SEVEN: AVOIDING PROBLEMS 115(11)
Foolproofing Your Process
115(3)
Avoiding Plagiarism
118(2)
Libel
120(1)
Rules for Quoting
121(2)
A Final Check
123(3)
CHAPTER EIGHT: WRITING TECHNIQUES AND REVISION 126(32)
The Overview
126(1)
Focus and Structure-In Depth
127(3)
How to Craft a Successful Lead
130(5)
Write to Grab Readers' Attention
135(2)
Using Anecdotes
137(5)
Ending Your Article
142(5)
Revising Before Submitting
147(4)
Rewriting Your Article
151(4)
Writing for Digital Media
155(3)
CHAPTER NINE: HOW TO WRITE COMMON ARTICLES 158(35)
Writing Profiles
158(4)
Writing the Roundup Article
162(5)
Writing Templates
167(4)
How to Write How-To Articles
171(4)
Service Journalism
175(3)
Shorts, Sidebars, and Quizzes
178(5)
Art-of-Living Articles
183(5)
Crafting Pieces for Children's Magazines
188(5)
CHAPTER TEN: WORKING WITH AN EDITOR 193(16)
You and Your Editor
194(3)
Keeping Your Editor
197(2)
Damage Control
199(1)
Problem Editors
200(4)
Writers Editors Hate
204(5)
CHAPTER ELEVEN: BUSINESS AND RIGHTS-RELATED ISSUES 209(27)
Make Money Writing
209(5)
Getting Paid on Time
214(2)
Finances and Taxes
216(1)
Tax-Deductible Expenses
217(3)
Getting Professional Help
220(1)
Rights and the Writer
220(3)
Contract Negotiations
223(5)
Copyright
228(2)
Fair Use
230(1)
The Public Domain
231(4)
A Final Word
235(1)
CONTRIBUTORS 236(8)
INDEX 244

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