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Writer's Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing

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THE Guide to Writing and Selling Magazine Articles!

This comprehensive, practical, how-to guide answers all of your questions about writing for magazines. In this all-new second edition of a best-selling classic, today's most successful freelance writers, including Robert Bly, Linda Formichelli, Kelly James-Enger, Jenna Glatzer, and others, provide up-to-date information on
Published December 26th 2004 by Writer's Digest Books (first published December 1st 2004)
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Apr 14, 2008 Rasmus rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who have no clue.
I plan on posting a longer review of this book over at Here is the gist:

If you have absolutely zero experience with working freelance, with professional writing of any kind and you haven't been following any blogs on the topic, googled it or anything like that, you might be able to learn a lot from reading this. For the rest of us, it's a whole lot of fluff, repetition and boredom.
Jul 13, 2009 JoAnn rated it really liked it
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Very comprehensive, imformative,and practical, especially for the beginner. Read this before you start writing, if you are seriously thinking of freelancing as a new career path. However, since technology is constantly changing, and the economy is in a recession, it is best to keep updated on the market.
Jan 23, 2011 Tamara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone in the writing field
Lots of good information for the begining freelancer. Takes you all the way from queries, formats, article styles to legal inforamtion such as contracts, rights and payments. It is a pretty quick read and entertaining as well. Not boring and drug out. I recommend this book for not only freelancers, but anyone in the writing field.
Mar 18, 2009 Dana added it
Here is the book teaching me how to write queries to magazines listing the articles I would like to write for them, and then chapters on how to deal with the massive amounts of rejection writers get before they finally crack into the market. Why am I doing this again?
Kay Mcgriff
Aug 04, 2014 Kay Mcgriff rated it really liked it
My crash course in freelance writing is starting to pay off. This presents much information on getting ideas, querying magazines, conducting interviews & research, writing the article, and considering the business side of writing.
This is a good reference book to use when you want to break into freelance writing for magazine. It's pretty handy for ideas.
Alan Livingston
I think I got more out of this book through this re-read than from my first read a few years ago. Good reference on the subject that I'll keep at my fingertips in case I try some periodical writing.
Jonathan Crowe
Jul 22, 2011 Jonathan Crowe rated it it was ok
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Advice on writing for magazines. Gives tips on topics ranging choosing a subject, to selling the article. It includes advice on conducting interviews and documentation.
Jennifer Grayeb
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This was a great resource for learning more about what it takes to write and publish magazine articles!
Aug 29, 2010 LeAnne rated it liked it
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Magazines aren't my think, but this is well organized and complete.
Gregory Frye
Nov 24, 2011 Gregory Frye rated it liked it
Very helpful for anyone interested in freelancing!
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lot s of good advice, some are a little outdated though.
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