*NOTE: All the material in this course is for educational use only and may not be used for any other purpose and may not be published in any format due to the nature of releases I've secured from website owners.
Chapter one topics
- Surf-Safety checklist
- Media Awareness Network
- Where do ideas come from?
- Generating ideas
- Using "Writer's Market"
- More market directories
- Salaries and statistics in media jobs
Learning here is akin to attending college to get a degree. I suggest you plan on three hours to skim two or three chapters. Click into the websites, take a quick peek, and close out of them.
Don't be overwhelmed!
- Relax. Explore at your leisure
- Don't try to absorb too much at once
- Pace the course to meet your needs!
- Don't crowd yourself.
- Take your time.
Media Awareness Network, http://www.media-awareness.ca/ provides Web literacy resources. Select your language to enter. *Be sure to read and adhere to the copyright citation at the bottom of the page.
- Special Initiative; read WebAware.
- Media News.
- Media ownership, etc.
- Learn things that affect where you may want to sell your writing.
- List everything you've ever done
- List every topic you know anything about
- Jot down ideas about people you know who are doing things that interest you (or them).
- Make contact with as wide a variety of people as you can.
Check out the resources Mridu so generously provides. Visit often at, http://www.mridukhullar.com/. Check out For Writers link, and don't miss her article, Why the Editor is Not the Enemy, online at The e-Writer's Place, http://www.ewritersplace.com/
Study Idea Calendar at GuestFinder,com, http://www.guestfinder.com/calendar.htm. Use it as a resource to spark ideas. GuestFinder.com, http://www.guestfinder.com/ is also a fine resource to visit when you're writing an article for publication in a bonafide medium (on spec or assignment.)
Writer's Market is published annually and it's a good selection for your bookshelf. When you're brainstorming for ideas, browse through a copy, new or old - it doesn't matter too much right now. What you're looking for are categories. You might also browse other market directories such as Working Press of the Nation, Religious Writer's Marketplace, Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory, etc. Most are available at the reference desk of libraries."People caught having sex in the workplace.""You CAN Be Happy At Work, Even If It's Just A Job""Simple, Fun Activities Parents can do with their Young Children to Prepare them for School"
"Brain function and medication"
"History and Collecting of Yo-Yos"
Start with an idea
- Make a note of it, or a few pages of notes.
- File it in a folder labeled, Idea Folder.
- Beginning to Write -- The Process - For everyone who asks the question, How do I begin to become a writer? Athony Johnston shares, from starting point to finished writing project, his successful method, that he uses with a writing software program, Scrivener, http://antonyjohnston.com/articles/process.php. It's not only a good outline of the process of writing, and for writers who chose to use a writing software program, it works with many others, not just with Scrivener.
- Put it away and jot your next idea note on a separate paper.
- File it in your Idea Folder.
- Continue to jot down and file ideas as they come to you.
- Brainstorm and topic spoke the idea. (*See Let One Idea = Endless Writing: http://tinyurl.com/29ukqp8)
- Consult a Writer's Market, new or old - it doesn't matter much at this point.
- What you're looking for are categories.
More market directories
However, since http://www.gebbieinc.com/magurl.htm is no longer available from http://www.gebbieinc.com/, I'm not sure how long that page will remain accessible. Search the magazines you're interested in now, and compile your own list of magazines and URLs.
(The site may still be undergoing reconstruction when I post this, but use the tabs at the top and you'll find plenty of help, and don't skip About Us. Learn about publishers here, http://www.publist.com/publishers.html.)
- Go exploring, and let your imagination have free play.
- Read the Table Of Contents of all available directories.
- Make a list of the categories to target.
- List twenty (or more) potential markets for your idea.
- Make notes on all magazines that might be interested in your idea -- with the right slant and theme focus.
- Obtain writers guidelines for each of those magazines (usually online, or available via brief e-mail request.)
- Search out back issues, preferably the 12 most recent issues. Many magazines have archives online where you can study and learn from the articles they've published what topics interest the editor.
- Review your idea notes.
- Make an outline.
- Write a draft.
- Polish it.
Discover salaries and statistics in media jobs
- See salaries and statistics in media jobs at JobSmart, http://jobsmart.org/tools/salary/sal-mma.htm#Media.
- At FolioMag, http://foliomag.com/ type salaries into the home page search box.
- Finally, learn all you can at The Wall Street Career Journal, http://www.careerjournal.com/salaryhiring/industries/sales/index.html.
Guidelines tell you that average response time to queries is anywhere from 3-6 months.
- Be sure to acknowledge a rejection that isn't just a form.
- Reply with a brief thanks for the editor's consideration.
- If you have another article idea worked up, use this opportunity to ask if your idea might interest the editor.
- File query rejections in the folder you began for your idea.
- Do any necessary research and interviews.
- Access a library database from your desktop computer, and if possible print out a whole bibliography on whatever subject is required.
- Send your perfected manuscript to the editor who asked to see it.
- When rejections arrive, immediately send the manuscript to the next editor on your list.
- Repeat as necessary until you make a sale!
- Start an idea file
- Study markets and get writers guidelines
- Use, 1-8, Let One Idea = Endless Writing: http://tinyurl.com/29ukqp8 and pick one story idea
- Find and target ten markets for your idea
- Write query letters
- Send requested articles
1-1, Daily Warmups, http://tinyurl.com/259w4yv
1-2, Let Multi-Tasking = Efficient Writing, http://tinyurl.com/29vrxkv
1-3, Let Toggle = Efficient Writing, http://tinyurl.com/22tb57x
1-4, Let Clip and Save = Efficient Writing, http://tinyurl.com/2dlte72
1-5, Let Filing Methodically = Efficient Writing, http://tinyurl.com/2dtx7cp
1-6, Let Retrieving Misplaced Data = Efficient Writing, http://tinyurl.com/23oth76
1-7, Let Right Mouse Button and\or Ctrl Key = Efficient Writing: http://tinyurl.com/28ftla3
1-8, Let One Idea = Endless Writing: http://tinyurl.com/29ukqp8
Next: Chapter 2, http://tinyurl.com/286848e