Writing for Profit:
Break Into Magazines
Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson © (All Rights
Do Your Homework: A Career Is in the
Yes, You Can
Support Yourself with Your Writing
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, MyShelf.com
columnist and author of THIS IS THE PLACE, HARKENING: A
COLLECTION OF STORIES REMEMBERED, TRACINGS and THE FRUGAL BOOK
PROMOTER: HOW TO DO WHAT YOUR PUBLISHER WON'T with THE FRUGAL
EDITOR: PUT YOUR BEST BOOK FORWARD TO AVOID HUMILIATION AND
ENSURE SUCCESS to be released summer of
Madonna may think all girls wanna do is
have a little fun, but writers know that all they wanna
do is write.
And to do that, most of us need to write
for profit. Veteran writer and editor Cheryl Wright to
the rescue. Writing For Profit:
Break into Magazines is a book firmly
niched for writers who are tired of writing fiction by
screen-glow at midnight and then trouncing off to the office
for more, less creative screen duty early the next morning.
It is a book that will be welcomed by the writing student
who is taught writing technique but finds courses on the
business of writing nonexistent or lacking.
It is also a book for people who are
homebound -- stay at home mothers or fathers of young
children, those who are physically challenged or ill,
perhaps those with personality disorders who are looking
for something productive and creative to build a career
on. It is for people looking for a career that works from
The introduction -- sort of a mini-memoir
by the author -- makes it very clear that writing is
waiting to fill the bill. It also makes it clear that
Wright is the person to tell these want to be writers how
to do it. And that want to be is not said
derogatorily. Bless all those who want to be writers. It
is a glorious profession and Wright shows even naysayers
that it can be done.
That makes Writing for
Profit both a book of inspiration and a
handy, basic, easy-to-follow handbook.
Especially good is Wright's extensive
explanation of how query letters work -- a craft all its
own and one that is essential for all writers who want to
publish but especially those who will need to make a
living at it. It is complete with basic suggestions for
tracking queries. Wright includes some ideas that may
even surprise seasoned freelancers. She even includes a
sample release for models.
In other words, this is a small book full
of the nitty-gritty information a writer needs with just
enough encouragement (by example) to keep someone at it
long enough to make a career in writing work.
Readers should know that Wright also
offers Magazine Markets for Freelance
Writers at no cost to those who purchase
Profit. That is certainly a welcome and
essential addition, a perfect package.
In the meantime, celebrate that Wright has
written this book that can be read in an afternoon (well,
OK, an afternoon and evening if you're underlining as I
did!). Lacking a full course, it should be required
reading for any student taking a course in nonfiction,
magazine or freelance writing.
Howard-Johnson also writes the "Back to Literature"
column for MyShelf.com
, movie reviews for
News-Press and was formerly
Housekeeping Magazine and
THE FRUGAL BOOK PROMOTER: HOW TO DO WHAT YOUR PUBLISHER
WON'T won USA Book News’ "Best Professional Book 2004."
and the Irwin Award; her new book, THE FRUGAL EDITOR: PUT
YOUR BEST BOOK FORWARD TO AVOID HUMILIATION AND ENSURE
SUCCESS, would make a fine, practical companion to
Writing for Profit.
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