- Paperback: 110 pages
- Publisher: Force Four Publications (February 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997135808
- ISBN-13: 978-0997135800
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,281,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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for the sailing press, I'll recommend this book. It's not just the book editors have been
waiting for. It's the book long awaited by every sailor who hopes to make a buck
while pursuing his sailing dream." --Karen Larson, Publisher of Good Old Boat
"Concise, usefuland encouraging for any aspiring magazine writer, not just those in the sailing field." --Lin Pardey, author of more than 400 magazine articles
"Michael Robertson has done a great job composing a primer of practicalities for freelance writers.
His clear advice is reinforced by having been widely published, allowing him to cite
numerous useful examples from his own efforts." --Tim Queeney, Editor of Ocean Navigator
"If you've ever thought about sharing your passion by writing about what you love, you need this book.
Michael Robertson has put together the ultimate toolkit for launching your freelancing dream."--Beth A. Leonard, freelancer, speaker, and author who supported herself for two decades writing from her boat
About the Author
Michael Robertson lives aboard a sailboat with his wife and two daughters. They are constantly on the move (by choice) and currently (2016) in the Kingdom of Tonga. He has sold dozens of stories to sailing magazines in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. and won awards for some of them (BWI 2012, 2013, 2014). He is co-author of Voyaging With Kids: A guide to family life afloat (2015, L&L Pardey Publications). He likes bitter ales.
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Make Your Writing Rise to the Top
I especially like his emphasis on knowing your editor and the topics covered in the sailing rag that interests you. You need not have tens of thousands of sea miles under your belt, but you do need a niche. It might be kayaking while cruising, but the ability to "drill down" makes a whale of a difference. There are a zillion travel type articles out there from cruisers. You need to stand out from the crowd.
Drill Down on “Lessons Learned”
It's almost too easy to want to be all things to all readers, but that's just not possible with most of us mere mortals. You are an expert in some phase of boating, so you need to focus on that. Michael makes the masterful point of how stories and experiences are the spice of writing. Remember that the reader wants to hear about your mistakes and what you did to solve them. Readers want advice. So, write with that in mind.
Learn the Art of Being a Re-Writer
If any single point needs emphasis, Michael nails the key to writing. And that is—re-writing. Get others to read your drafts and make comments. Use this feedback to improve your writing. Humbling as it may be, another pair of eyes can catch things that you might miss. Better writing means more opportunities and more sales. Do you want more money in your pocket? Follow the author’s advice to make that happen.
Set the Hook (Line and Sinker)
Think your story might be a bit mundane or as dry as a riverbed in Arizona? The author shows you how to set the hook to make your prose “pop” with vigor. As he says, if you can hook your editor, then the editor knows you can hook the readers. But you need to know how to present the story to the editor. Michael includes a six-step checklist to help you pitch your story to an editor. This goldmine is worth the price of the book alone!
Turn to the back to find an excellent resource list of major boating magazines and organizations with contact information—including email addresses. This saves you time when you know EXACTLY who to contact. No guesswork or frantic “hope for the best”. The author makes it simple. What could be better?
So, what are you waiting for? Keep this valuable guide by your side to increase your income while ashore or afloat. It’s a lot of bang for the buck and guaranteed to make you a better boating writer.