Feature and Magazine Writing: Action, Angle and Anecdotes

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 24, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 352 pages
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This fully revised and updated edition of Feature and Magazine Writing covers everything from finding original ideas to locating expert sources. With fresh perspectives and advice from professional writers and editors, this colorfully-written introduction is required reading for anyone who wishes to become a strong feature writer.
  • Includes chapters on connecting content to the calendar, writing for online publications, trends, issues and controversies, and writing dramatic stories
  • New chapters in this edition include 'How To Find A Magazine Job', 'Last Chance: The Final Draft', and 'Writing for Trades, Associations and Organizations'
  • New sections in this edition include 'Improving Your Pizzazz and 'Original Research = Original Articles'
 

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Contents

Preparing to Write Feature and Magazine Articles
1
Capturing Reader Attention
3
The Hunt for Fresh Ideas
14
Strong Angles and Focused Ideas
27
Original Research Original Articles
39
GoalDriven Conversations
57
Selling Feature and Magazine Articles
73
Finding the Right Market
75
Dont Botch the Basics
150
Different Types of Feature and Magazine Articles
157
Blurbs Briefs and Brighteners
159
The WellBalanced Profile
171
Writing Dramatic Stories
190
Help Writing the Howto Feature
206
Connecting Content to the Calendar
220
Trends Issues and Controversies
234

Query Letters that Sell
88
Writing Feature and Magazine Articles
103
Hooks Intros and Leads
105
ActionFilled Writing
116
The Art of the Anecdote
127
Improving Your Pizzazz
138
Writing to Inspire and Motivate
245
Writing for Professionals and Practitioners
259
Postscript
285
Shoptalka Glossary of Magazine Lingo
305
Index
333
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David E. Sumner is Professor of Journalism and head of the magazine program at Ball State University. He received the “Magazine Educator of the Year” award in 2007 from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. To learn more about magazines, visit Professor Sumner’s Web site: www.professormagazine.com.

Holly G. Miller is a professional in residence at Anderson University, senior editor of The Saturday Evening Post and freelance contributor to several national magazines.

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