Showing posts with label emagazine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label emagazine. Show all posts

Friday, May 25, 2018

Write for Magazine Publication (1)

Writing for Magazine Publication is a great way to monetize your writing and to test out the marketability of various topics. This is the first of a series of posts investigating the components of writing essays and articles for magazines. See your work in print or live online in just a few months.

This series will offer tips and ideas for magazine publishing. Such as: standard templates for both essay and article pieces, a list of genres or categories, where we find ideas, research tips, query letters, formatting for submittal, and copyright definitions.

What’s the difference between an essay and an article? The essay is all about the writer. An article is all about the reader. An essay is an analytical or interpretative composition whereas an article is informational non-fiction prose.

Today, let’s consider genres and ideas.

The list of Genres/Categories for magazine writing is huge but here are a few for your consideration:
  • Consumer topics
  • Trends
  • Local news, highlighting merchants or events
  • Interviews with notable people in a field or industry
  • True crime
  • Sports
  • Parenting
  • Trade Journals
  • Health & Safety, Alternative Health
  • Aging, Seniors
  • Retirement
  • Travel
  • Humor
  • How-To
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Food & Cooking
  • Personal Essays
  • Writing to Inspire
  • Business to Business
  • Seasonal and Holiday pieces

Finding Ideas:
Write about topics close to home and away from home.
  • Do you have a notable vacation spot in your area? San Francisco Bay Cruses, Catalina Holiday, Queen Mary Dining, Dana Point Harbor, San Diego Zoo, Bowers Museum, Balboa Island – All are a great places to research and begin an article.
  • Do you like to Travel? Present a little known fact in your piece.
  • Do you have specific or specialized knowledge for a certain topic? Write about it.
  • Are you an Artist? Do you paint, work with textiles, jewelry, or clay? Write How-To technique articles for beginning artists and/or for artists experimenting with a new medium.
  • Are you into car repair and maintenance? Write tips and money saving ideas.
  • Start a clipping file of articles, columns, newspaper/journalistic reports that have captured your attention, interest, or imagination. 

Please add your ideas in the comment section below.
Deborah Lyn Stanley is an author of Creative Non-Fiction. She writes articles, essays and stories. She is passionate about caring for the mentally impaired through creative arts. Visit her web-blog: Deborah Lyn Stanley : MyWriter's Life .
“Write your best, in your voice, your way!"

Friday, January 6, 2012

Penumbra, The Speculative Fiction eMagazine

Hi there. My name is Dianna L. Gunn, and I'm one of Musa Publishing's team of interns. I'm currently working on Penumbra, Musa's speculative fiction eMagazine. Together, we created the December issue of the Penumbra eMagazine. We've also been working on a subscription challenge. I'm here to tell you a bit about Penumbra and what we do.

What makes Penumbra different from other speculative fiction magazines?

Penumbra is an eMagazine, which means lower overhead. This allows us to provide readers with the stories they love for less—costing just $3.99 per issue and $36.00 for a one year subscription. It also means we can pay our writers the professional rate of five cents per word. So Penumbra is just all around better for everyone in terms of money.

What makes the December issue of Penumbra special?

The December issue of Penumbra is the result of an amazing collaboration between interns. We were given raw story files and we turned it into something awesome. The theme of this issue is travel and the stories each explore this theme in unique ways. The stories aren't all this issue is about, though. It also includes a few non-fiction features, including an interview I did with Vella Munn and an article about Krampus, the evil anti-Santa. All in all, it's just a really fantastic issue.

What is the subscription challenge?

As we were making the final decisions for Penumbra, writing up the articles and collecting the editorials, our Editor in Chief gave us another challenge: to get 500 subscribers for our eMagazine by January first. Together, we started to formulate a marketing plan.

In the spirit of the holiday season, one of the things we decided we should do is to offer the first two issues of the eMagazine free with the purchase of a one year subscription. We looked at targeting all kinds of blogs, but really, the subscription challenge could be its own post.

If you truly love speculative fiction and you're a little short on cash, Penumbra is the perfect speculative fiction eMagazine for you. It will carry you through the holidays, and a subscription will keep you busy for the whole year.

You can buy Penumbra's December Issue here , and you can purchase a one year subscription here .

Watch for more information concerning this awesome new emag. I'll be posting a review soon.
Rebecca Ryals Russell

Rebecca Ryals Russell writes MG and YA Dark Fantasy and Horror while living with her family in a Victorian house on five acres of North Florida countryside. She also runs a Vacation Rental Log House on the property: Florida Black Bear Cabin.

Be sure to check out the special interactive Middle Grade Reader website Tween Word Quest for tons of information about Stardust Warriors as well as the other projects Rebecca has in the works and Under the Hat of a MG/YA Dark Fantasy Author Rebecca Ryals Russell for info about everything else.

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