>Challenge Number 2: Market this idea

No one responded to my last challenge, so I suppose my readership is about zero, but I’m going to pose another one. You can still respond to previous challenges, and I hope you do.
Okay, challenge number 2: Last weekend at a Portuguese festival, I met a woman who makes religious jewelry, such as rosary beads and prayer beads. She lives half the year in California and half in Massachusetts. Where might you sell a feature on this woman, and what angles could you use in your query?
Try it. It’s fun.

5 Comments on “>Challenge Number 2: Market this idea”

  1. Michele says:

    >Too bad no one has taken the opportunity to hone their skills by taking your challenges!I see various options available here. You could target Portuguese markets, Craft magazines, Catholic publications, various newspapers/magazines of Mass. and California. You could target the local papers or magazines. In the query, you could pitch writing a feature of the town festival where you uncovered an interesting Portuguese lady with a unique talent of making religious jewelry.Furthermore, you could point out to the editor that she resides part of the year in California and the other half in Massachusetts, and that you could bring the readers information of how to contact this lady to purchase her jewelry.Also, you could let the editor know you would be providing the website and any ordering information should the reader wish to make orders during a time that she was at her Mass. home.You could point out that you could share with the readers details such as what inspired this lady to make the jewelry, and provide quality digital photos (if you had them), and that you have an advantage and are knowledgeable on this subject as a Portuguese woman living in California yourself.Just a hunch on these things, I’m not an expert:)Just thought I would give it a shot.Thanks for letting me try:)Oh, and I received your new book in the mail today. I’m on page 44 and am loving it!

  2. Michele says:

    >Ok. Delete the “living in California yourself.” For some reason (must be sleep deprivation:) I mistakingly wrote you lived in California. My apologies.

  3. Suelick says:

    >Michele,Good job! You’ve definitely got the idea. As for the “living in California” part, I don’t live there now, but I could mention that I spent most of my life there. I could also mention that I was on the board that started the Portuguese museum in San Jose and that my book on Portuguese women was released at that same festival the year the museum opened. We don’t want to make the query too long, but for California pubs, it wouldn’t hurt to make the connection. But the emphasis has to be on the jewelry maker. She has some good photos on her web site that I could refer the editor to. Assuming I interviewed her in person, I could take pictures of her working on her jewelry. Editors like to see people in action. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my book. Thank you. Sue

  4. Michele says:

    >I am learning so much! Yes, I am enjoying the book a great deal. Bravo, you’ve done an excellent job. I think this book will be commended for years to come.

  5. Suelick says:

    >Oh bless you. The book is brand new, and I haven’t had any official reviews yet, but this is very encouraging. Let me know what you publish as a result of the book. Sue

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