Writing Profile Articles

I’ve been intending for some time to post an article about profile writing. Profiles are one of my favorite writing specialties and editors seem to love them. I’ve written scores of profiles and I’m always looking for another person or business to write about.

This week, when I came across Lori Russell’s article, “The Scoop on Writing Profile Articles: Anatomy of a Profile,” I knew I had to call your attention to her article (and to get busy writing my own profile article).

You can find Lori’s article at Writers on the Rise. It’s a very good piece that presents the basic structure of a profile article. She’s also written “The Scoop on Writing Profile Articles: From Idea to Query.” You can find that one at Writers on the Rise, too.

According to her bio, “Lori has written profiles about people, their passions and their places for more than a decade.” I believe we can all learn from her experience.

Stay tuned for my own article about writing profiles — hope I can get to it soon.

© 2009 Laverne Daley

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Using The Calendar to Sell Seasonal Magazine Articles

Right now, in the middle of winter, it’s a good time to submit seasonal articles to many magazines. The reason: most magazines have a long lead time, anywhere from several months to a full year. Many of them begin planning their going-back-to-school issues and even Thanksgiving and Christmas issues in February.

Savvy freelancers keep an eye on the calendar when sending queries and seasonal articles to magazines. They understand the need to consider the amount of time editors require to edit, print and distribute their publications.

You may not be in the mood right now to write Christmas or Hanukkah articles but if you recognize the fact that seasonal magazine articles are always in demand, that might prod you into listening to holiday music while you write. Go online to seek out fall and winter issues of your target publications. Just reading those back issues can help get you in the mood to write seasonal articles.

There’s a plus. After an editor accepts an article, you can always submit variations of the article later on to internet sites. Write those articles now and you’ll have an inventory of seasonal articles ready to submit to online markets when the actual holiday season rolls around.

Here are six subjects to get you started thinking about ideas for fall or winter magazine issues:

1. How parents can help a child overcome those first-day-of-school fears.

2. Trick or treat? Is your child really safe. Alternative ways for them to celebrate the holiday.

3. Autumn get-away vacations.

4. Time-saving meal preparation for the holidays.

5. Preparing your house and your car for winter.

6. Making New Year’s resolutions and developing the will power to keep them in 2010.

How many more seasonal ideas can you come up with?

© 2009 Laverne Daley

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