Feature and Magazine Writing: Action, Angle, and Anecdotes

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 5, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 344 pages
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Updated with fresh facts, examples and illustrations, along with two new chapters on digital media and blogs this third edition continues to be the authoritative and essential guide to writing engaging and marketable feature stories.

  • Covers everything from finding original ideas and angles to locating expert sources
  • Expanded edition with new chapters on storytelling for digital media and building a story blog
  • Captivating style exemplifies the authors’ expert guidance, combining academic authority with professional know-how
  • Comprehensive coverage of all the angles, including marketing written work and finding jobs in the publishing industry
  • Essential reading for anyone wishing to become a strong feature writer
  • Accompanied by a website with a wealth of resources including PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and Q&As that will be available upon publication: www.wiley.com/go/sumnerandmiller
 

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Contents

ASSIGNMENTS
STRONG ANGLES AND FOCUSED IDEAS
ACTION BREVITY AND STYLE
ASSIGNMENTS
DIFFERENT FORMATS
BEYOND THE BLURB
WRITING NONFICTION NARRATIVES
ELIMINATING THE HOHUM FROM THE HOWTO
ASSIGNMENTS
ASSIGNMENTS
ASSIGNMENTS
THE SEVEN MOST COMMON AP STYLEBOOK MISTAKES
CAREERS IN MAGAZINE PUBLISHING
SHOPTALK A GLOSSARY OF MAGAZINE
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

David E. Sumner is a professor of journalism and head of the magazine journalism program at Ball State University, USA. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and is a former ‘Magazine Educator of the Year’ in recognition of his contribution to journalism teaching. His books include The Magazine Century: American Magazines Since 1900 (2010), and Magazines: A Complete Guide to the Industry (2006).

Holly G. Miller is a working journalist and communications consultant, with bylines in numerous publications including Reader’s Digest, TV Guide, and Indianapolis Monthly. She has degrees from Indiana University and Ball State University, USA, and teaches advanced feature-writing classes across America. In addition to writing, ghost-writing, and co-authoring more than a dozen books, she has won awards from Associated Press, the Society of American Travel Writers, and the Evangelical Press Association

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