>Even at church . . .

>I was at church yesterday when my mind clicked into story idea mode. The elderly man doing the readings is an interesting guy with his grizzled beard, tweed jackets and gravelly voice. I know he volunteers at church and also at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. I know his name, but who is he really? What did he do before he retired? Is he as cranky as he seems? I wanted to interview him. Who would want to read an article about him? Well, readers of the diocesan newspaper might be interested, as well as various senior publications. What about aquarium-type publications? Tourism pubs? An alumni magazine? I just remembered he belongs to Knights of Columbus. I think they have a magazine… Scrambling in my purse for my notebook, I kind of missed the reading. Oh well.
A shiny new edition of Moira Allen’s Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer is out this month from Allworth Press. I wrote Chapter 15 on freelancing for newspapers, updating it late last year to bring in the many changes since the original book came out in 2003. Lord, how our world and the business of freelancing have changed in those eight years. Anybody still using a film camera? You can’t even buy Kodachrome anymore. This is a great book, loaded with useful advice. Moira is the publisher of writing-world.com.
Have you purchased your copy of Freelancing for Newspapers yet?

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