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Writers Advice on Writing for magazines

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... Invest in a copy of the Writers and Artists' Book or the Writers' Handbook which are published annually. Your local library will probably have a copy in their Reference Section but it is well worth buying your own. Look in your local bookstore and buy a copy of any magazines about ... Read review

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Community Level 2inejenn

inejenn

Want to be a writer? This is aimed at beginners.

AdvantagesAs a beginner you need advice on how to start!

DisadvantagesYou may already know all this

"...in a copy of the Writers and Artists' Book or the Writers' Handbook which are published annually. Your local library will probably have a copy in their Reference Section but it is well worth buying your own. Look in your local bookstore and buy a copy of any magazines about writing which they may stock. There are several titles around, all of which contain helpful hints and information. But you must make sure you read them thoroughly from cover ..." Read review
14.09.2006

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Community Level 4Spongebob2

Spongebob2

A little forethought can save you a lot of pain!

AdvantagesCan be good fun and you can earn some money along the way

DisadvantagesIs time consuming, rejection slips are painful

"...There are so many writers out there trying to get published you must expect many rejections before you hit the ‘big time’. Research your market ****************** You must research your market; otherwise you are almost guaranteed rejection. Browse the shelves of your local newsagents and buy copies of the magazines you are interested in writing for. But don’t stop there; buy two or three copies so you can get a feel for the type of articles they ..." Read review
11.12.2004

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Community Level 1Janeyboo

Janeyboo

Write and Survive in Magazines!

AdvantagesVaried and Exciting

DisadvantagesYou need a thick skin

"I used to write a column and features for women's UK magazines. I only stopped because I was commissioned to write a radio script. But I had (and still don't have) any special training or friends in the business. I happened to send in an idea that appealed to the features editor of the magazine. So if I can do it - so can you! Here is some practical advice on getting commissioned and getting paid (that big stinky bugbear) SELLING THE IDEA ..." Read review
26.04.2008

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Community Level 8thingywhat...

thingywhatsit

WRITE AND SELL YOUR WORK.

AdvantagesGives you independance and satisfaction.

DisadvantagesYou do get rejections.

"...consider and many disgruntled rejected writers letters to reply to. Be polite always, and never question a rejection because your work was rejected for a reason. It does not make your work invalid. It may mean that too many people thought on the same theme, or that your story did not fit very well with the style of the magazine. WRITING Having already established the market you are aiming at by doing your homework on magazines and reading submissions ..." Read review
30.08.2004

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All write, all write, all write

AdvantagesNice work when you can get it

DisadvantagesYou have to work hard to get the work

"...if they are aspiring fiction writers and all you want to do is ask them about journalism and non-fiction, the fields aren’t mutually exclusive. If they can’t answer your questions, they probably know someone who can. You have a non-fiction book in you (and many of us have)? Great, but work up to it gradually. That’s a complete opinion in itself, but a full-length book will seem far less daunting once you’re a seasoned article ..." Read review
21.06.2002

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