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Writing and Selling Magazine Articles [Paperback]

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November 16, 1995 1569248184 978-1569248188 2 Sub
With over 11,000 publicatons, magazines are the most flourishing market for both the aspiring and professional writer. But it is a constantly changing market that requires know-how and skill to succeed in. This book eliminates the guesswork and teaches the science of getting an article published. From query letters to the final draft to anticipating potential pitfalls and problems, this manual provides solid insider information on what articles sell and how and who to sell them to.

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  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Marlowe & Company; 2 Sub edition (November 16, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569248184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569248188
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,102,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me? September 25, 2003
By A Customer
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Are those 5-star reviews for real or are they the publisher's plants? Based on this book, it's hard to believe that the author earns a living by writing. This thin volume conveys very little practical information for the beginning writer, much less for the published writer that she claims is her target audience. The book itself is formatted as an outline, with each point composed of a couple of paragraphs of generalities. It's almost as if she developed an outline for the book, then jotted down a few notes for each point, and moved on without bothering to go back and beef them up with specific how-tos or practical examples. Instead, the book is filled with variations on the tiring formula, "The beginning writer does X, while the experienced writer does Y." The author's style is even more aggravating--choppiness between paragraphs and even sentences, improper grammar, and such ridiculous hyperbole as: novice writers "quiver with fear" at the thought of contacting public relations firms. Look elsewhere for better advice and instruction, and save yourself 8 bucks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book! March 4, 2000
By A Customer
I had never sold any writing before reading this book and sold about 8 "how to articles" to magazines after reading it. Eva has a newer book out on this subject now, that I have not read yet but it has great reviews. This is a "how to" book that really gives results!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and readable advice. February 27, 2001
By A Customer
I read this book, followed the advice, and got published. Unlike some dry how-to books, this one is a breeze to read. It focuses on the low-tech approach of mailing out queries and manuscripts - I suppose some people do it all online now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oooh, I love this. May 15, 2003
By Tsehay
This book absolutely covers everything a writer could possibly want to know about writing and selling to magazines. It is a point-by-point easy to follow guide and a goldmine of great innovative ideas from a fellow author who knows her stuff. I highly recommend this book for any writer or anyone hoping to break into the writing field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dated, but timeless December 9, 2010
By Joe Z
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This in my favorite, non-fiction writing book. The section on reviewing magazines alone (this is pre-Web) is worth the price.

I only wish Ms. Shaw would update this classic text. Her newer books just don't cut it for me.
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