Statements appearing in these forums represent the opinions of the authors
of each post, not the opinion of WritersWeekly.com and/or BookLocker.com.
It is currently November 28th, 2014, 11:38 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: December 31st, 2003, 6:35 pm 
How should I go about asking for a column?


Top
  
 
 Post subject: Column
PostPosted: January 1st, 2004, 1:20 am 
Well, I'm not sure I'd phrase it that way to an editor. I'm a newspaper columnist, but I took a different tack. Since you don't say anything about your writing experience or background, I may assume some things that are not true; if so, just skip them.

You should have a number of clips including (ideally) ones from the newspaper or magazine you are targeting. You must also be familiar with the publication and its audience. (Knowing the editor personally and having the editor know you and your work is the best starting point you can have.)

You should be able to identify a need for the publication and its audience and be able to fill it. For example, if you are a gourmet cook and have published articles on cooking, restaurants, food trends, ingredients, etc. and they don't have a food writer or restaurant critic and the city you live in is large enough to warrant one, then that's an opportunity.

You should be able to prove you can meet deadllines without fail. Most importantly, you must tell the editor what you can do for her (or him) because--and this is the kicker--it is not what you want that matters, it is what the editor and publication needs.

I had (and had done) all that so when I sent my proposal packet off to the managing editor--with six clips, three sample columns, references and a carefully targeted cover letter--I knew it was right. His call to me, which occurred two days after I mailed the packet, confirmed that.


Top
  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group