One Writer’s Journey

November 6, 2015

Markets: Devozine

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Call for SubmissionsEarlier this week, I wrote about the themelists for the Fun for Kidz magazine group. Another themed magazine is Devozine, published by the Upper Room.  The magazine is published by-monthly with one theme/week.  There are only two 2016 themes left — the deadlines for the others have passed.

September/October 2016 (Deadline: 11/28/2015)

  • Living in Fear
  • Facing the Future
  • Never Too Old
  • Prayer Spaces
  • The Plastics
  • Can I Get a Witness?
  • Tick Tock
  • #faith
  • Leading the Way

November/December 2016 (Deadline: 02/02/2016)

  • Teen Parents
  • Letting Go
  • Table for One
  • Room at the Inn
  • Hope
  • Body Movement
  • Why Worship?
  • Music from the Heart
  • Bookworm

I’ve never broken into this particular market but I have written for Alive Now.  Before you submit to Devozine, check out the site and follow the links to additional information on each theme.

–SueBE

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April 27, 2010

Old Magazines

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If you’re a history buff like I am, just picking through old magazines is a blast and Old Magazine Articles gives you the chance to do just that.

Browse Recently Added Articles or by topics that include Aviation/Women Pilots, Dance, Early Television and more.  You can also do a topic search.

A great source of primary material, this isn’t a university or historical society archives.   It simply represents the passion of a history buff and magazine lover who asks that if you use one of the articles that you credit the site.

Special thanks to Matt Jacobsen, Editor of Old Magazine Articles and Research Buzz which is where I found the information on this site.

–SueBE

August 12, 2009

Magazines On-line

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If you’ve ever tried to write for a magazine without examining a copy first, you know how difficult it is.  I make no secret of my admiration for the writers who gave it a try for the first issue of 21st Century Family

If a magazine is already in print, take the time to study it.  Many magazines have websites and sample articles online.  This isn’t as good as getting to see the “real thing” since you miss the layout and the advertising, but it is something.

Even better is getting to look at a virtual copy online.  One place you can do this is MyMagazines.net .  They only have a handful of children’s and teen’s magazines and many of the magazines are regional but you get to see a virtual display of the honest-to-goodness magazine.   Turn the pages and read a whole copy of Buckner Today, several different issues of AZ Teen and many other magazines for women, automotive enthusiasts or professionals of many kinds. 

begPlease, please, please do yourself and the editor a favor and study whatever you can.  Don’t submit blind unless it is a brand new publication.  Pretty please!

–SueBE

July 28, 2009

Fantasy Market

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fantasyIf you write fantasy, you probably heard that the magazines Realms of Fantasy was closing due to lack of sales.  Good news!   The magazine was purchased by Tir Na Nog Press.  Visit the new web site (still under construction) to see the August cover.  Shawna McCarthy retains her position as editor as does assistant editor Douglas Cohen.
 
Polish up those manuscripts, fantasy writers!
 
–SueBE

May 14, 2009

Magazine Markets

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If you write for children’s magazines, you may be finding it hard to keep up with all of the changes in who is taking what, who is taking anything at all, and who may or may not have ceased publication.

If you’re serious about writing for the magazines, check out Kids Magazine Writers, a site dedicated to those who write, not books, but for magazines.

Be sure to check out:

Sign up for updates and you’ll find out when new material is posted and stay ready to write for the magazine markets.

–SueBE

February 12, 2009

Potential Markets

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magazines1Do you seek out potential markets at every opportunity that comes your way?

Are you sure? 

Today a junk mail envelope swooped into my mail box.  It was from one of those advertisers that sell various companies the opportunity to include a postcard in a set number of mailings.  I knit and crochet in addition to my new found love of kirigami.  These post cards focused on crafters. 

What does this have to do with potential writing markets?  Several of the postcards advertised magazines including several I had never heard of.  I almost wrote “I’m not in a position yet to write for a craft magazine,” but am I sure that’s right?   I’m not skilled enough to make up patterns, but what other types of articles do they use? 

It looks like I need to dig those postcards out of the recycling and go through them one more time.

–SueBE

January 20, 2009

When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Banana Bread

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Photo by Sue Bradford Edwards, 2009.

In honor of the Big Inauguration and Obama’s Can-Do, Help Yourself attitude, a post about being positive.

Last week, the St. Louis weather turned wicked cold.  Wind chills in the predawn hours were about -15°F.  Before long, the hand wringing started.  “If it gets any colder, we’ll have to _________ (fill in semi-panicked plans).” 

True.  -15°F is really cold.  How to make bitter cold (lemons) into something positively toasty (banana bread).

Instant deep freeze. 

We hung my son’s ice cream cake (for winning a spelling bee) on the patio.  What if it warmed up?   Answer:  Eat the cake.  What if something got to it?  You mean like our possum?  Answer:  Hang it up.  The thing you see behind it is a wind chime.   It left the cake alone. 

What does this have to do with writing?  Plenty.

More publishers are announcing lay offs.  Magazines are going exclusively electronic.  Other publications are having troubles paying. 

If your regular writing gig has dried up, now is a good time to try something new.  A new type of writing.  A new market.  Look back at what you’ve written and sold in the past.  Is it something you’d want to write again?   

My lemon:  Test writing used to pay my bills.  I haven’t done any for months.   Maybe a year.  The new publisher I just finished a job for doesn’t have anything else for me to do. 

My banana bread:  I’ve been networking.  I sent out Christmas cards and inviting old friends to lunch.  I got a call from a friend at the university where I used to work.  A professor needed someone to create a map.  Guess how I put myself through college?  Archaeological illustration.  

An old passion and profession revisited.  

Banana bread out of lemons.

What’s your lemon?  What kind of banana bread can you make?

–SueBE

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