February 25, 2008

Wahoo!


I'm going to be published in Highlights Magazine! Just got my contract in the mail today.


I'm trying not to get too excited because the editors reserve the right to "kill" my article in case they don't have room in the magazine. (Oh, the woes of the publishing world...) But I couldn't help myself from running back to my apartment after I got the mail today. I am so excited!

I'm not sure when the piece (which is about spacesuits) will be published but I am definitely looking forward to it!

11 comments:

  1. Congratulations you little freelancer! You make me so proud.

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  2. hooray!! i hope you get paid for it! (i don't know how all this stuff works with freelancing and killing articles and such)

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  3. woo woo! we never got highlights when I was little, but that was always the perk of going to the dentist's office. he had piles of highlights in the waiting room and I loved it.

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  4. Yay! You inspire me.

    I really want to write a book. I have to figure out how, and start writing it!

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  5. Yeah, Caroline! I loved Highlights at the doctor's, too.

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  7. Congratulations! Millions of kids in doctors' offices around the nation will be thrilled to learn of space suits from your brilliant article. Hooray!

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  8. That's really cool, Caroline. :) Congrats. I'm particularly impressed that it's the highlights magazine as that was one of my tops favorite reads when I was little child. I used to look forward to going to the doctor, dentist, etc. until we got our own subscription at home. It may have been my favorite due to the 'search for these items in the picture above' page...but I'm sure the articles were awesome too. :)

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  9. I'm proud of you, too! That was one of my favorites, as well!

    How do you get published in a magazine like that, anyhow? Do you just submit something and hope they choose it, or do you somehow find out from the publishers about a topic they're interested in and research and submit? I've thought about trying to follow in your footsteps, but don't know where I'd start.

    CONGRATS!

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  10. Thanks everyone for your nice comments!

    Jana,
    Most magazines have a "Writer's Guideline" on their website that outlines what they're looking for. This is usually the thing I read first. The Guideline gives a brief summary of what kind of articles and length they publish in their magazine. Sometimes it gives warnings of what they're NOT looking for too.

    The Writer's Market is a great tool that I use. It's a book compilation of thousands of magazines that hire freelance writers. (You can buy one or look at one at the library. It should be in the reference section.) There are various databases online too that provide a list of writer's guidelines. My favorite is Writing for Dollars.

    Good luck! I hope that you start writing stuff too!

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  11. well, look at you! that's pretty cool.

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