Posts Tagged ‘magazine’

The Everything Guide To Magazine Writing: From Writing Irresistible Queries to Landing Your First Assignment-all You Need to Build a Successful Career

by Kim Kavin
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“Definitely a well-written primer with a unique focus: This text covers the essentials but spends the bulk of the content dealing with successful career management as a magazine writer. Since magazine writing is likely to be very popular both as a career goal or avocation, a good number of books are in print. What they have in common the most is their approach of covering the field from grounds up. Almost all of the readers are beginners at this level. As a point of observation This Everything Guide is my first book that spends more than a few pages or a chapter treating the state of a successful magazine writing career. Most of the books teach the basics and finish somewhere wishing the reader good luck. This text takes the essentials not for granted but gives less coverage while 9 of the 19 chapters deal with the how-to of a successful career. It is rewarding for the little time it takes to read. I recommend reading it once.

Magazine Writing That Sells

by Don McKinney
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“Magazine Writing that Sells is a great fun book to read. It is a general introduction to the subject and a how-to book but is written and organized so well the writing flows into your mind: You find very few stops necessary to absorb what you read. The text has a great deal of information to put into memory but Don McKinney writes so well it feels as the subject is already known to you. If the beginner has a writing background, this book provides enough information to jump into magazine writing. And if one needs everything about the trade, the text does that job also. The objective is to cover the first steps of beginning this career or avocation. Some of the information is obviously dated but the book overall does its job. I recommend it if for nothing but to remember something fun of when you tried Magazine Writing.”

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles

by Sheree Bykofsky, Jennifer Basye Sander
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“Personally, I have always preferred the Dummies guides because the subject is always covered in full details. The Idiot’s guide on the other hand does a good job but does not always read as a great primer of its subject. Publishing Magazine Articles is a good book to read and Idiot’s does a fair job of covering a great deal of the basics. The how-to text is written for whom success in magazine writing is a career goal. The information is not technical and one can just read through it without taking many if any notes. It covers all of the basic steps and the essentials. The hopeful professional writer and the amateur writer both can learn enough to take the initial steps in the right direction but the reader needs other resources for advanced learning. I recommend it only if this is your subject to learn.”