>News bites

>Hey, I got my first royalty check for my book Freelancing for Newspapers, and it’s a big one. Thank you to everyone who has bought the book. I appreciate it. If you haven’t bought it and are curious, you can find it at the usual online and brick-and-mortar bookstores.

Enough for the commercial. Are you sending things out? I got two stories in the e-mail last week. Fingers crossed. I also, gasp, applied for a full-time newspaper job. My family situation makes it important to haul in some regular cash, and this opportunity is too good to pass up. If I get it, will I stop freelancing? No, never, especially when jobs are so rare and so shaky these days. Whether I get it or not, I’m going to keep up the submissions, and I hope you do, too.

The Oregonian just announced another round of cutbacks. Part-timers are history, and full-timers are taking a pay cut. The Portland-based paper has already laid off or early-retired over 100 people. North of us, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer made good on its threat to stop publishing a print newspaper, putting out its last issue on March 17.

What does this mean? Well, the news business is not ending; it’s changing. Keep your eyes open for opportunities, especially online. To that end, there’s a cool website called cyberjournlist.net that has lots of good information about writing for online publications. Check it out.

That’s it for me. Let me know what you’re up to.

4 Comments on “>News bites”

  1. J.M.Cornwell says:

    >I sold two more stories and a publisher asked for the full manuscript on a novel I submitted.

  2. Suelick says:

    >Wow, J.M., you’re on fire! That’s fantastic.

  3. jane, candid says:

    >Sue,Congratulations on receiving your first royalty check! What an exciting milestone!I found your blog through the Christina Katz blog tour. Your blog has so much helpful information, and your writing is inspiring to this newbie.Thanks!Jane

  4. Michele says:

    >Oh, I did buy your book, Sue. I enjoyed it very much. Congrats on that big ole royalty check! Woo hoo!!!*smiles*Michele

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