Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Keeping it real.

If anything particularly shocking, unusual, weird or gruesome has happened to you, you could sell your story to a magazine. There are a lot of reasons why you might want to - 2,000 of them if the rumours I've heard about payment are true. You might wish to raise awareness of an issue or condition (medical stories are popular) or just see your name in print.

There are also some perfectly good reasons to keep quiet, so think carefully before clicking 'submit'.

Has anything hair raising ever happened to you - and would you consider going public if you had a suitable story?

18 comments:

  1. Far too many hair raising happenings - you wouldn't believe them I told you, Patsy :0) Helps me in a roundabout way to be an author. The title cake and custard came from the title of one of my favourite children's poetry books - Cakes and Custard - and although out of print, I didn't want to copy this exactly. Do you know the poem Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash? Well worth finding online :0)

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    1. I think most of our experiences can help with our writing, Carole even if we don't use them as they happened the emotions can be attributed elsewhere.

      Don't know that poem - I shall look it up.

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  2. Are you just hanging around today?
    Sadly, nothing shocking outside of a couple near car accidents.

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    1. The picture is the right way up, Alex - honest!

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  3. You want to hear shocking? I sold a couple books this month! I'm six bucks richer. Ha!

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  4. Awesome photo!

    Don't think I'd be keen on selling my story. Its daft because I'll happily write about things on my blog, but...not so sure about appearing in a 'true stories' slot.

    Not that I have any shocking stories to tell, thankfully my life isn't overly-exciting.

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    1. There's a difference between referring to something and revealing all the details in a widely read publication.

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  5. I wouldn't sell my story to a magazine that I wouldn't read, and I wouldn't read one like the one on that link. The idea is good though.

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    1. The not subbing where you wouldn't read sounds like an excellent rule for all kinds of writing, Balazs.

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  6. Lovely pic!
    Patsy, this is a travel magazine asking for articles. You travel a lot, so you may be interested in this one. They pay 150 dollars for an article.
    http://writingcareer.com/post/108662126676/pathfinders-magazine-welcomes-travel-articles

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    1. Thanks, Julia.

      So far I haven't tried any proper travel writing - but I might and I'm always pleased to hear of markets looking for work.

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  7. One thing that stood out for me (apart from your hair) is that they will read the finished article to you over the phone for approval - I gather that is very unusual. Not that I've anything to write about that people would be remotely interested in and I'm quite relieved to say that really xx

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    1. Yes, the reading it back is good and unusual, Teresa. I once sold a true story and the printed version was even more made up than my original account.

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  8. I'm going to keep all my shocking experiences to myself!

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    1. Don't any of them ever creep into your stories?

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  9. I'm with Wendy...best to say nought!
    Seriously, I sold a true life medical story to Chat magazine on the powers of Shiatsu, and they do pay well.

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