[AI] questions regarding publishing articals in newspaper/magazine
sandeepsingh477 at gmail.com
Sat Aug 28 21:49:27 EDT 2010
Very informative from an experienced writer/journalist. Thanks.
At 08:55 PM 28-08-10, you wrote:
>Pl find answers below the questions.
>1. From where, and how to start
>Think of the most important aspect or point of the subject you want to
>write about. That is the beginning. Make sure then that you cover
>every important aspect of the subject which must be both informative
>and interesting. Newspapers, and ,even more, magazines have strict
>criteria on the language, the precision and the level of interest
>(topicality) of the article submitted for publication by an external
>writer. So be very precise, clear and straight (using present tense)
>in your articles so that it is clear to the reader. Think of yourself
>as a reader and see if you would like reading the piece. If that
>doesn't sound correct to you think of where it can be corrected. You
>need at least five to ten drafts of the article to get it right (that
>is for the experienced writers). It is not just about language (a
>common perception amongst peoploe). No doubt that language has to be
>good, but accuracy of information, its usefulness and the way it is
>presented are equaly important. Work on all these aspects before
>posting the piece off to a newspaper/magazine. Pl convince yourself
>that it's worth it. If not work on it until you feel so.
>once one has finished writing that article, how to approach the news
>Find out the telephone numbers of your local newspapers and speak to
>the features editor or anyone handling the topic you are trying to
>write abut. If you are not clear, speak to the person concerned and
>see if he/she can read your article and would like to consider it. The
>problem is, this exercise may take time. Think things from their point
>of view... If they want to publish a new writer's article and that
>turns out to be flawed (not that you write badly, but they don't know
>you), the persons accepting your article is answerable to the
>editorial board. So there are factors involved in acceptance or
>rejection of your article. Do not lose heart. I heard the story of
>"Regret" Iyer who used to write for newspapers who got his nicname
>since hundreds of articles he wrote to the papers used to return to
>him with "regret" letters (many newspapers have the culture of
>returning a writer's article with a letter regretting their inability
>to publish their article and wishing them good luck). Once your
>article comes with the by-line, you would find the necessary courage
>to continue writing. Persistance is key.
>Is that such, that we can give an article in only 1 news paper or
>magazine, or we can give that same article in many of the news papers?
>How can you give the same article to different publications? If your
>extraordinary luck is such that both the newspapers like the piece and
>decide to run it on the same day? Probably your career as a writer
>will see the last day. So once you submit a piece to a newspaper or
>magazine (I am not talking much about magazines since it needs a
>different style of writing) wait until you hear from them. Once you
>are sure that your article is rejected, then you approach other
>publications. The "regret" letter would be a good enough indication.
>On 8/28/10, Bijal Patel <bijalpatel123 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi friends,
> > Hope all is going well at your end.
> > I have some questions about how to publish an article in any of the news
> > papers/magazines, if one has written it, and wishes to publish...
> > My questions:
> > 1.
> > From where, and how to start, once one has finished to writing that
> > article, and how to approach the news papers/magazines?
> > 2.
> > Is that such, that we can give an article in only 1 news paper or magazine,
> > or we can give that same article in many of the news papers?
> > Awaiting your valuable replies.
> > With regards,
> > Bijal
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