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Beginners' Guide to Writing and Selling Quality Features: A Simple Course in Freelancing for Newspapers, Magazines Paperback – January 5, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0962331800 ISBN-10: 0962331805

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Civetta Press (January 5, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962331805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962331800
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,701,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A complete course in writing and publishing features. Touches all the writing bases . . . instructive and direct. -- Writer's Digest Book Club

Clearinghouse of information, practical and frank book with a common sense approach. Hints on how to get the editor's attention. -- Authorship Magazine (The National Writers Club)

learinghouse of information, practical and frank book. -- The National Writer's Club Authorship Magazine

Excellent Primer! -- Northwest Association of Book Publishers

Excellent for a novice. Good refresher course for those already published. -- California Writers Club

If you're thinking of entering this field either as a career or sideline, read this book first. -- Big Books From Small Presses

Jam-packed informational text! -- Publications Services Guilde

Offers realistic methods to getting published anywhere from The Washington Post to your company newsletter. -- The Secretary, Professional Secretaries International

This user-friendly guide contains just about everything you always wanted to know about freelance writing. -- Pomona College Magazine

Will teach you how to write like a journalist on the job. --Canadian Writer's Journal

Clearinghouse of information, practical and frank book with a common sense approach. Hints on how to get the editor's attention. -- Authorship Magazine (The National Writers Club)

Clearinghouse of information, practical and frank book. -- The National Writer's Club Authorship Magazine

Excellent Primer! -- Northwest Association of Book Publishers

Excellent for a novice. Good refresher course for those already published. -- California Writers Club

If you're thinking of entering this field either as a career or sideline, read this book first. -- Big Books From Small Presses

Jam-packed informational text! -- Publications Services Guilde

Offers realistic methods to getting published anywhere from The Washington Post to your company newsletter. -- The Secretary, Professional Secretaries International

This user-friendly guide contains just about everything you always wanted to know about freelance writing. -- Pomona College Magazine

Will teach you how to write like a journalist on the job. -- Canadian Writer's Journal

From the Publisher

This book has been adopted as a supplemental journalism/writing text at two and four-year colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada. By writing articles for publication, one can gain income, personal fulfillment, recognition, success and pleasure. This book allows one to avoid years of rejection slips. It gives the aspiring writer everything he needs to succeed.

More About the Author

I am the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes: The Family's Comprehensive Guide to Either Working With The Institution Or Finding Care Alternatives; You Can Be A Columnist: Writing & Selling Your Way to Prestige; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features: A Simple Course in Freelancing for Newspapers/Magazines; and Your Original Personal Ad: The Complete Guide to Expressing Your Unique Sentiments to Find Your Dream Person.

The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at dozens of universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 41 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan venues, such as cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of reviewers, critics, librarians, and professors worldwide.

Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major
print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and
university bookstores.

I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada."

My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I was also self-employed as a communications/public relations/marketing consultant with 98 clients in 18 states.

I have won several awards for my poetry. I am an internationally-published haiku, senryu, tanka,
kyoka, free verse, acrostic, cinquain and sestina poet.

My poetry has been translated into six foreign languages. I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries, art centers, and galleries.

My poetry has been displayed at supermarkets, restaurants, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, art galleries, libraries, and on public transit. I've been interviewed on cable television about my poetry. I also hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting.

My poetry has been featured on many library web sites, including Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library.

In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and writing.

I regularly give special lectures and workshops on writing, publishing, publicity, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, schools, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries.

There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations.

I am currently Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America. My educational background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees from Pomona College and The University of Chicago.

Be sure to follow my writer's blog, www.charlottedigregorio.wordpress.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Jordan on March 9, 2012
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This is a book that teaches you exactly what you need to know about feature writing and publishing articles. I didn't know much about writing features before I read this book. Now, I've got a great foundation without having to take a class. This book taught me each step in how to write and get published like no other book I've read on the subject. It is written in plain English with easy explanations and instructions about the unique journalistic style and content of articles. Anyone can understand it, even those fearful of the process. What a great, timeless guide!
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Sometimes the best writing instruction comes from books that are no longer available except secondhand. Such is the case with Charlotte Digregorio's Beginners' Guide to Writing and Selling Quality Features. Unlike most of the purported how-to instructional texts published today, which offer little more than self-conscious posturing and pseudo-intellectual essays on "literatooor," this book is exactly what it claims to be. There is no tirade against the woeful taste and ignorance of the average reader, and no push for writers to create "art." There is just a concise, clearly written, knowledgeable little book filled with practical, ready-to-use insider tips on writing and selling good, solid feature articles to newspapers and magazines. It serves equally well as a guide to writing for the online markets.

If you can find a copy of this book, buy it. Read it. Memorize it. Use it until you wear it out. I may have the last copy in captivity, but mine isn't for sale.
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By jonny wong on May 9, 2013
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this book is fairly basic, but it is very easy to understand. i highly recomend it. i have this authors other book on writing which is also excellent
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