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A Writer's Guide to Getting Published in Magazines
by JJ Despain  JJ DeSpain 

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Publisher:  Aletheia ISBN-10:  1929129017 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1 2000

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From an experienced magazine writer, this book will teach you what it takes to get your article published.

You'll learn:
1. How to evaluate yourself to find out if you have what it takes to be a magazine writer.
2. The fine points that can define your career -pen name, your article category, locating the right magazine market.
3. How to get started: resources technology, finding the right idea, researching your topic, and knowing the editor structure.
4. How to Query! Query! Query!
5. How to face rejection and when some rejections aren't really rejections at all.
6. How to decipher your contract.
7. How to understand the rights to your work.
8. How to put together the right writing elements.
9. How to set up your own personal writing life.
10. How to move your career forward.

Plus all these finer details:
- titles
- subheadings
- page layout
- editing
- word count
- rewrites

- What editors expect.
- What editors don't want.
- The total package that will stand out in the pile.
Your love of writing started long before you picked up this book. It was there when you were in grade school, most likely, or high school. You didn't just wake up one morning and proclaim "TodayI'm going to be a writer." You've dreamed about it for years,and truly desired it for almost as long. You've struggled with bits and pieces of sentences and ideas you've committed to paper, trying to organize them into a logical story, and you've read the results of other writers' bits and pieces and thought, "I can do that." You have an idea for an article in the forefront of your mind right now, and another trying to push its way to the head of the line.

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Despain, a published writer and writing teacher, concentrates specifically on the magazine market. In a straightforward, nononsense style, she offers guidance in considering and establishing a magazine writing creer. Her practical advice covers identifying story ideas and marketing them correctly. The chapter on writing the query letter, with its sample paragraphs, will be especially valuable for the novice. Public libraries should consider purchasing . . .

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