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Write for magazines: #179
January 31, 2015
Hello,

Almost anyone can be an author;
the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being."

-- A. A. Milne


In this issue:

1. 4 reasons to write for magazines
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Letters to the editor

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1. 4 reasons to write for magazines
Have you ever thought of writing for magazines? Here are four reasons writing for magazines might be just what you need.
  1. Pay
    Many publications pay for writing. Some people make a good living writing for magazines, but don't expect to go there immediately. Still, it's nice to get a little something.
  2. Recognition in the publishing world
    Even if you are not paid, having someone choose to spend money printing what you write shows other publishers and agents that you are worth paying attention to. A letter that lists previous publications automatically gives you a few more minutes of time from the person considering your book proposal.
  3. Experience meeting expectations
    Magazines have strict space constrictions, definite time deadlines, and other rules peculiar to their specific publications. A writer who is willing and able to work within those constraints is a dream for any publisher. Just the fact that you have been published in a magazine speaks volumes about how well you can work with others to get a project to the point of sale.
  4. Take a break from your main project
    All writers need a little break from a project from time to time, often just to let the work rest so it seems fresh at the next read. Some writers become paralyzed and simply cannot make progress on a major project. Having a smaller project on hand can relieve pressure or kickstart the writing process all over again.


The next issue gives information on how to submit to magazines.

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2.Tickled my funnybone
Irony: the opposite of wrinkly (With thanks to Susie Henderson)

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3. Interesting Web site
The link below contains a one-time offer to let you enter a writing contest for free. You will also need the user code: firsttimeuser001
http://ow.ly/HY9em

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4. Letters to the editor
Ian Matthie replies to comments on Aiming for Failure.

The first thought that came to my mind as I read was: “Don’t strive for perfection, it’s no way near good enough.” I can’t claim that as an original thought; it was a notice I found in the Toyota motor car factory in Japan when I went over to train some of their trainers. But it encapsulated so neatly the attitude they wanted to instil about workers’ performance. The next notice along the wall, gave a little more, saying, “In everything you do, be consistent.” I got the message.

I decided long ago that it I apply these two to my writing efforts, the result might be worth reading.

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