A Guest Post by Carolyn Tomlin
A writer has many opportunities to share the Good News of Christ. Writing for the magazine and newspaper market, I speak to millions of people each year. For example, Mature Living Magazine, published by LifeWay has a printed circulation of approximately 350,000. Editors tell me that at least three people read each issue. With this one magazine, that is over 1 million readers. If a magazine writer publishes three or four articles weekly, they touch millions of lives each year. And there is no way to measure those who read magazines online!
In teaching the Boot Camp for Christian Writers, I encourage new writers to begin with the magazine/newspaper market instead of books. Everyone can be successful. Everyone can publish. Everyone can see their name in print. That is…if you are willing to study this trade.
My suggestions: know the publication and know the reader (your audience). Read from other writers, read at least 3 current back issues of the magazine you want to write, come up with fresh ideas that meet the tone and style of those already published, meet the deadline, and be a writer who can take constructive criticism from an editor. And networking with editors and becoming a friend they can count on is of utmost importance.
If you want to have success as a writer, start with the magazine and newspaper market. They need writers! They need you!
Carolyn Tomlin had taught 33 years in public school and at Union University when she heard God calling her to write for the Christian market and to help others learn this skill. Today, she co-teaches the Boot Camp for Christian Writers and has taught over 3,000 people to write-to-publish. Her published magazine and newspaper articles number over 4,500 in both the Christian and secular markets. She’s published 17 books which are mostly focused on teaching writing skills. Carolyn is married to Dr. Matt Tomlin, a Baptist minister. They have two adult children and six grandchildren. Shelter dog Ernest Miller Hemingway shares his life with their family and visits nursing homes with Tomlin. https://carolyntomlin.com.
The Four Articles Editors Love and How to Write Them!
This workshop shows an easy format for writing the four basic articles for magazines and newspapers. You will learn how to select and know the magazine, identify the reader, and write a query letter that catches the attention of the editor and results in a contract.