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Writing Articles About the World Around You Hardcover – January, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0898798142 ISBN-10: 0898798140

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Writers Digest Books (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898798140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898798142
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Bittner on May 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I found the title lackluster and vague, but the contents themselves are first-rate. The book is jammed with brainstorming ideas and practical tips for selling articles of national interest---no matter where you live. Yudkin certainly brings her own expertise to the topic, but she also includes a generous sampling of quotes and helpful advice from other real-life freelancers and writing professionals. There are fewer than half-a-dozen writing books I return to year after year for inspiration and refreshment; this one will certainly join that select number.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
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By looking around and using the stuff of your every day life, you've got fodder for dozens of articles -- and this book tells you how to turn them into query letters and articles that will have editors asking you back for more.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
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A delightfully well-crafted accumulation of practical and tremendously helpful methods and suggestions for freelance writers. Pleasing to read and easy to implement, this book led to my first assigned magazine article!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 16, 2001
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This is a must have book for the beginning writer. Yudkin takes one idea for an article and twists and turns it into a half-dozen for you. Her suggestions generate idea after idea. Even if you're not a beginner, you'll find yourself refreshed and resurged to look for the unique way to sell your articles. I highly recommend Marcia Yudkin. She's a supreme marketeer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2001
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It was a great book. I have a journalism background and have been out of the writing business for awhile. I bought the book to refresh my memory and Marcia does agreat job of telling the reader how to come up with ideas, contacting the media you want to write for, contracts etc. For a writer that has been out of the circle indefinetly, it is a great referesher book. For a beginner it is even better!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "goof_" on January 11, 2000
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I was very impressed with the way it used real-life experiences to teach its lessons. It gives you the feeling that it is very possible to get an article written and published. The information I absorbed from it was extremely helpful in starting me on to future success. It is a must for any writer (especially the beginner).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Berg on November 1, 2009
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I've been interested in freelance article writing for a few years, but I've just recently decided to seriously pursue it. The bulk of this book focuses on how to glean article ideas from your every day life. She has great suggestions for how to see an angle and potential audience in things that may seem ordinary in your life. I had a small number of article ideas before starting this book...and now I've brainstormed several pages of ideas! I look at my experiences quite differently now, and the ideas come easily. If you're in the brainstorming phase, I'd highly recommend this book.
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More About the Author

Author of 17 books, Marcia Yudkin has been turning words into money since 1981, when her first freelance article appeared in the New York Times. She is the author of 6 Steps to Free Publicity, Meatier Marketing Copy, Inspired! and Web Site Marketing Makeover, among others. She has landed publicity in the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Women in Business, USBanker, and dozens of newspapers around the world. Marcia lives part of the year on Maui and the rest of the time in the woods of Western Massachusetts.