Monday, January 26, 2009

Wanna Get Published?

Early last week I got a strange email from a friend in Colorado Springs congratulating me on my latest article publication. As I had nothing due to come out this month, you can imagine my confusion. When she told me which article it was, I was further confounded--it was an article that had been published in late 2007, but she assured me that it was "new."

On Wednesday, I got a check from the organization. As I finished an article for them in December (due out in the late spring), I thought odd, I got the check before the contract. When I opened it, it was about half pay (well, about 1/4 pay for the one I recently wrote). But the line on the check referenced the article I sold in 2007.

On Thursday, I got a copy of the article which was on the cover of a bulletin insert (whoot!) without about half of the article chopped out (thus the half pay).

I'd heard that resale was the freelance writer's bread and butter, but I didn't know that sometimes articles resold themselves.

Emphasis on "sometimes."

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'Cause articles rarely sell themselves.



I have been told I need to get into some writers groups that can give me feedback about my writing. Are you in such a group?

Chaos-Jamie said...

I have two different critique groups and I belong to one national organization that has local groups. ( They are for fiction writers, but they put up with me and my non-fiction, snarky, self. I highly recommend finding yourself a batch of writers. If nothing else, they make you feel normal.