Monday, August 13, 2007

Magazine Blogs

Question of the week: Are there any good blogs which specialize in writing magazine articles?

Well, for starters, have you searched the archives of my blog? I've tackled a lot of magazine-related questions here.

As far as ONLY handling magazine writing, I'm not sure. I'd definitely check out The Renegade Writer - while they're not limited to magazines, they have oodles of excellent advice about breaking into the industry, and their books can be invaluable.

And while it's not a blog, I think that Freelance Success is the best online tool for any writer. When I was just starting out, I gleaned SO MUCH knowledge on the forums that it's hard for me to even imagine the trajectory of my career if it hadn't been for FLX, and now, while I don't necessarily reap the same amounts of info (only because I'm more of a veteran), I try to contribute advice when I can and equally as valuable, have forged close friendships and a level of support that I couldn't do without. A few things about FLX: yes, you have to pay to join, as such you should. This weeds out spammers and people who aren't serious about their careers. Secondly, there are a lot of veterans on the boards who happily offer advice, but do cruise through the archives to make sure you're not asking a question that's been answered 100 times. Lastly, join in the discussion! The more you give, the more you'll get out of it.

So those are my thoughts. I'm sure that there are plenty of other blogs that specialize in mag writing, so readers, what are your suggestions?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

There seem to be a lot of blogs by aspiring magazine writers, but other than yours and The Renegade Writer, I'm not aware of any blogs by established writers who are willing to share their insights. That's what makes your blog such a "must read" and such a generous gift to your readers.

Jenn Mattern said...

Thanks for this post (and sorry if my previous one went through... posted in the wrong window). :( I was actually looking for resources for freelance magazine writers just this morning, and had a heck of a time with it.... It's really an underrepresented niche it seems.