Last week Mary Keeley of Book & Such Literary Agency wrote a series of blog posts on “What’s so great about… marketing, proofreading, inspirations, change, etc.?” Wednesday’s featured topic was writing for magazines.
I don’t know about you, but I hadn’t thought of writing for magazines as a marketing effort. If anything, my intent has been revenue-generating. Granted, one’s byline provides a bit of exposure, but unless an article’s content is controversial I sometimes wonder if anyone checks to see who wrote it.
Like blogging, writing for magazines and newspapers provides an outlet for our writing endeavours, an opportunity to practise first lines that hook, and making every word count, since editorial restrictions confine you to a strict limit. Whether it’s an anecdote, a short story or a technical report, conveying information in a concise yet attention-grabbing way is essential.
It seems reasonable to me that we should have to earn modest publication success in some other arena before trying to unleash 100,000-word tomes on the world. Perhaps writing for magazines is a good place for an aspiring novelist to start – a place to gain both writing experience and exposure.
What’s your opinion? If you’re writing a novel now, what other type(s) of writing do you have to include in your list of publishing credits?