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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.

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