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Featuring some of the most famous columnists in the business, this guide reveals the secrets to becoming a syndicated newspaper columnist, through both the author's own experiences and anecdotes from the respected writers who excel in their craft. From finding topics, to digging up information, and ultimately writing a column that makes people think, laugh, or cry, all the ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Marion Street Press, LLC
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Rhodes Davis
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book explores the challenges of developing a consistent voice, concise storytelling, and being fresh but familiar, within a limited space on a consistent schedule. These unique features of column writing are useful lessons for bloggers and content creators who must regularly develop similar work. The author shared personal experience, input from award-winning columnists, and sample work to convey important lessons. She broke down the topics into manageable sections that are sufficiently info ...more
Faye Arcand
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a columnist I found the book to be a great reminder of exactly what it is I'm doing. The shared stories and lists would be very helpful to bloggers too, I'm sure.
She states as one of her best tips: "You don't have to solve all the world's problems in 700 words. Go with one thought and wrap 700 words around it." Awesome advice. I
June Ahern
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Suzette Martinez Standring's writings––articles, columns, and blogs––have always been a pleasure to read, context and writing style. Therefore I was thrilled when her first book, “The Art of Column Writing”, debuted. It is for anyone who aspires to write for a small or larger periodical. Ms. Standring’s book has helped me to become a better writer doing such things as focus my writing message, find a voice. The books has so very much valuable information and true to her writing skills it is a co ...more
Mary Ann
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for bloggers as well as those looking for newspaper syndication.
A pleasant surprise for me as a chapter written by Leonard Pitts, whose columns I assigned when I was a writing teacher. Here he writes about getting beyond the knee jerk reactions to underlying cause and effect.
Other columnists discuss their beats. That could be religion, senior citizens, education, parenting, pets or music.
The advice in this book is great weather coming from a top columnist like Pitts or
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Sandra
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
NON-FICTION/ SPECIAL INTEREST: WRITING

If you're in any way involved in writing columns or column-like texts (for blogs or news websites, etc.), this is a must-read book. Particulary it's first section is very interesting, as it deals with the basic how-to's of writing a good column. Apart from that, the book contains some chapters on what kind of column genres there are (section 2) and some chapters debating columnist work ethics (section 3). The last part of the book (section 4) deals with colu
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Adena
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book more than I expected. Lots of interesting anecdotes from columnists. Very useful and made me realize I want to be a columnist!
Alex
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, concise advice for journalists of every kind. (Even humor, as in, Fartpaddles.)
Erika Dreifus
My review of this book appeared in the November 2008 issue of The Writer magazine.
Doy
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Some really good information, but a little dated and sometimes a little too cutesy. Good read, though.
Aimée
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For my editorial writing class.
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