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Writer's Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing

The writer's treasure map to the lucrative field of magazine writing
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Writer's Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing
Edited by Michelle Ruberg
Writer's Digest Books, 2004
ISBN 1-58297-334-2
$16.99 paperback, 256 pages

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About the Book

This comprehensive, practical, how-to guide answers all of your questions about writing for magazines. In this all-new second edition of a best-selling classic, today's most successful freelance writers, including Robert Bly, Linda Formichelli, Kelly James-Enger, Jenna Glatzer, and others, provide up-to-date information on e-querying, writing for digital media, knowing your e-rights, and the core topics of magazine article writing. You’ll learn how to:

  • Find and query article ideas
  • Plan your research and interviews
  • Identify potential markets
  • Structure the most common types of articles
  • Work with editors
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Sell reprint rights
  • Be a successful freelance writer

Writer’s Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing contains everything you need to successfully break into this popular market or to continue developing your magazine writing skills.

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover

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Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

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Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is a high-end retail salesperson.

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

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Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

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