Posted tagged ‘writing’

Writing Quotes …. take another dose

February 1, 2009

Words usually have something to hide — you have to shake them until the top pops off and some revelation tumbles out, an insight into some attitude that it would be hard to put your finger on by any other means.
– Geoffrey Nunberg, Going Nucular

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you.  And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
~Arthur Polotnik

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Basically… people are lazy

January 28, 2009

Basically, people are lazy. Publishers forget this. Even I did. They want “content” – no matter what the format – delivered to where ever they are already reading things. They don’t want to have to go looking for something to read – they’d rather it be delivered to their doorstep, to their inbox or to their blackberry/iphone etc.

However, as a recent post on MediaPost Magazines mentions,

“I realized that what I like about Time, or any print vehicle for that matter – be it magazine or newspaper or broadsheet or pamphlet – is that I am exposed to tidbits of information and long-form thought pieces that I don’t necessarily want to fetch.”

It is this quality that magazines, newspapers and print producers of every kind need to remember. If they choose their market, they can provide things that that market didn’t know it wanted to read – but that they will find interesting, nonetheless. While, essentially, this is what “cookies” (web sites use cookies to track what you look at to provide you ads you are most likely to be receptive to) do for advertising, nothing currently exists that can bring together different written content and deliver it in an interesting package and deliver it to the consumer – without them having to do a lick of work.

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Writing Quotes for the new year….

January 3, 2009

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration … or something to distract us from our lack of it. So here are some quotes on writing I particularly liked.

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.  ~Anton Chekhov

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Q&A: Self-publishing

January 2, 2009

The digital age has impacted publishing in a wide-variety of ways. I’ve heard people who used to work at traditional publishers talk about how before the computer they would cut and paste – with paper and glue – to move things around for ‘new editions.’ Perhaps one of the biggest changes has been the author shift towards self-publishing. With Amazon and the internet, they don’t need the traditional publishers to place their books on shelves; and self-pubslihing allows them to stay in control and keep a greater percentage of the profits. In order to better understand the trend towards self-publishing, below you’ll find a Q&A I conducted with John Marino of BRIO publishing.

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Freelance : New Magazines

October 17, 2008

For any one out there who freelances or would like to, Mr. Magazine (note: once you’ve gone to the page, click on the month listings on the left hand side to bring up the magazine titles) has put up a great post with all the new magazines of 2008 to-date. A lot of them are likely accepting freelance writing, and their editors are unlikely to have regular writers already. So query away!