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The Successful Writer's Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles (The Successful Writer's Guides Series) Paperback – October 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: The Successful Writer's Guides Series
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Loveland Pr; 1 edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966269616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966269611
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was informative, motivational and easy to read.
Dan Rosenberg (djr@sierratel.com)
I took Dr. Shaw's on-line magazine writing class and having this book is like an on-going class where one is constantly getting personal instruction.
Dera R Williams
THE SUCCESSFUL WRITER'S GUIDE TO PUBLISHING MAGAZINE ARTICLES is a reference book to be used over and over.
Maryanne Raphael (maryanneraphael@juno.com)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
How-to writing books can be a powerful form of procrastination for writers. I know. Perhaps if one hunkers down with Wanda Wonderwriter's newest tome, or "How To Be Published For Millions Next Thursday" one will find magical secrets for success. Ah, the stuff of dreams! Eva Shaw's guide to publishing magazine articles is different. It's like having a pro -- upbeat but realistic -- right at hand. Shaw writes for busy people -- rather than superfluous time-gobbling pages that keep you from your keyboard, she provides the nitty gritty you need most to compete in the magazine writing marketplace today. If she offers a workshop in your area, consider signing up. You're likely to leave with pratical tools of the trade, an enhanced "can-do" spirit, more ready and able to write for all you're worth.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Logan on April 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
I wanted to like this book. I really wanted to like this book. Eva Shaw has written good books; as an example, check out "Writing the Nonfiction Book". That one was tight, polished, and useful. The Successful Writer's Guide to... I can't even finish typing the title; the book is just that bad. The content is in the book, but so inaccessible. Dr. Shaw knows her business, and her approach to success will likely work for the aspiring writer. The sad reality is that this book makes the reader work for every bit of useful information, and not in the way that is productively challenging. Rather, the book presents constant obstacles in the form of comma splices, sentence fragments, and incoherent verbal trips around the block that had this reader constantly going back to the chapter title and headings to find orientation. This book reads as though Dr. Shaw typed it in a stream-of-consciousness drive to finish it over a weekend. To think that an editor saw this book before publication strains credulity and insults the editorial profession. Another reviewer wrote that these liabilities are inexcusable in a book about writing, and I agree wholeheartedly.
Eva Shaw knows how to write. She also knows how to be successful in the writing business. Readers new to her books would benefit from reading one other than this as an introduction to her work. The Successful Writer's Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles proves the thesis that anyone can succeed at writing and get published, but uses itself as its own shoddy proof of the low barriers to entry in the business.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dera R Williams VINE VOICE on July 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a must for anyone intersting in writing magazine articles and selling them. Dr. Shaw writes as if she is sitting down and talking to you directly. She goes over magazine writing terminology,ie; blitz, fillers, spec. She also advises timelines for submissions, how to approach an editor, how to gracefully handle a rejection by submitting another idea. Thre is a breakdown of different types of articles, query writing musts, and research tips and reference guides. The author does not however lure you into believing that this is an easy job. She constantly stresses that persistence and organization is the key to writing and publishing successul articles. I took Dr. Shaw's on-line magazine writing class and having this book is like an on-going class where one is constantly getting personal instruction.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Deborah Tinsley on July 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a love letter to the author. My highlighter is on overload with this book. I stopped to "bubble" and out popped an article along the lines of Reminiscence Magazine about my mother-in-law's recipe box. Another one on weddings from the minister's point of view, maybe for Bride. Anyway, I wanted to tell you that I got a check in the mail for an article I submitted, and the only reason I dared to submit it was because of you. You challenged me, encouraged me, and I did it. I am now a PAID, published author! This is a dream come true. I want you to know that you make a difference in the lives you touch. Anyone even thinking of writing will feel the same after reading this book. Thank you.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Weak points include: numerous mistakes in grammar (this is inexcusable since it is a book about writing!), an incoherent progressiveness (she jumps back and forth between topics instead of clearly building them one at a time, which leaves the reader with a frequent feeling of deja vu), the terms are not always defined as you meet them (sometimes they are defined a few chapters later), and there are frothy parts. As a reader, I was disappointed. But if you can get past the sloppy editing (which is very distracting), you will find some gems of wisdom and some indispensable practical advice and pointers! Strong points include: clearly outlined tips, the various differences between beginners and seasoned writers (scattered throughout the book), several ideas to get you started, and many highly inspirational and encouraging phrases.
Overall, I recommend that you get the book! After reading her book, you may be disappointed as a reader. But you will certainly be a better (and busier) writer if you follow her advice.
Why did I give it only 2 stars? Because I expected more (even indefinite articles were sometimes left out!) from a woman who has written thousands of magazine articles. Maybe it was her editor's fault. Regardless, I hope she will revise it and release an updated edition.
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