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Title: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Anne Marie on August 31, 2010, 05:13 AM
I've been around this board since the first day so I've observed a lot of changes, and one that struck me recently is that there seems to be a lot less emphasis on magazine sales in recent years, and far more emphasis on book publication.  We used to be far more evenly split.

I'm sure a large part of this is due to the number of magazines that have stopped publication in that time (GP4K comes to mind as well as a number of the better denominational magazines like ON THE LINE and MY FRIEND), but magazine writing can be so rewarding.

I admit that since I signed with my agent that I've devoted myself more to my book-length work.  Another reason for me was that I got to the point where most of my rejections from mags were personal, along the lines of "This is great, but we just can't use it right now" and I got tired of second-guessing a magazine's needs, especially with fewer and fewer places to send a piece to. 

I used to be able to count on picking up the new issue of HIGHLIGHTS somewhere and recognizing at least one if not many author's names--now that's rarer, and I know far more writers than I did 7 years ago.

What are your thoughts?
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Lill on August 31, 2010, 05:40 AM
Hmmm, I got away from magazine writing somewhat because my friends kept point me toward novels. And there are fewer magazines to submit to. I got my start with Standard Publishing, writing fairly regularly for R.A.D.A.R. which changed to some other name which I forget now. And I've had one thing in POCKETS.

When I started out doing this oh - lo -- 15 years ago I primarily wanted to be a magazine writer ... but I'd say the last five have been centering around novel writing.

Good question.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: JodyJS on August 31, 2010, 05:43 AM
I still write for magazines!  Mostly poetry.  And I love it.  In fact, while I'm waiting for revision notes, editor responses, etc, etc, etc, for my books, it's my magazine submissions and acceptances that keep me going.

Jody
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Karen Bly on August 31, 2010, 05:49 AM
I stopped because there were so few markets and my writing time was so limited. I prefer to spend my writing time on my novels. I found I really like the long form better since I can delve more deeply into the characters.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: ChrisLH on August 31, 2010, 06:41 AM
I have a few magazine sales under my belt, but my focus has been on a YA novel the past year or so. I can do only so much with the writing time that I have. That said, it boosts my confidence to get a credit (and a check!) for a magazine piece so I don't think I'll ever give up it up completely. I've also noticed that the contracts from the mags come back at a slower pace than they used to.

Funny you should mention this. Yesterday I was reading another thread and thought to myself, 'Should I invest all of this time on the YA with no guarantee of income, or should I focus on what I know I can sell?' Even if I do have to wait longer for some of the things to get into print.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Stephanie J. Blake on August 31, 2010, 06:43 AM
Early on, I tried Highlights, but haven't really worked on magazine subs. I admire those who break in.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: writeaway on August 31, 2010, 06:44 AM
I still submit but definitely not as much as I used to. I heard the same rejections, "Great but doesn't fit our current needs." I concentrate on novel writing only submitting articles to those editors I have a relationship with.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: kiperoo on August 31, 2010, 06:59 AM
I generally only write for the Carus magazines, mostly FACES, because I love it that they have themes (ones for the coming year were just posted!). I don't have the time for the "doesn't fit out needs" and knowing what they actually want helps a lot. You do have to invest the time in researching your topic before you send in your query - you have to send in an outline with a list of sources, but that's what makes it possible to write the article in a couple of weeks when they assign it to you.

That having been said, I only query for a couple of issues a year, when I have a genuine interest/expertise, because I likewise want to spend most of my time on longer works now.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: writermutt on August 31, 2010, 07:30 AM
When I first started writing about three yrs. ago, my dream was for a book deal. Then I realized how much I enjoy writing for both children's and adult magazines--the usually quick editor response, having my work in print for lots of children to read shortly after the ms has been submitted, and I like moving from one project to another at a faster pace. Plus, considering the word count, the pay is usually pretty nice, too! Right now I have two assignments that I'm working on, one for Highlights and one for a regional magazine. When things are slow, I still have downtime to pursue my dreams of a published book. Magazines have been a perfect fit for me!  :smile
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Jaina on August 31, 2010, 07:40 AM
I admit, I lost my love for magazine sales because I kept selling stories that never appeared!  The money is nice, but it was disheartening.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: mrh on August 31, 2010, 08:10 AM
My first sale was also to R.A.D.A.R, and I've had things in Pockets, Turtle, and a handful of others. But short stories, which are basically epiphanies, are harder for me to pull off than the slower, deeper character growth in a novel. At least 50% of my "short story ideas" were really novel ideas. I don't see magazine work as a sure sale at all. I wrote a short story based on a fictional boy who was on the scene of one of Jesus' miracles and it turned out really well. The magazine sent me a great rejection -- a personal letter saying, "We really don't need a NT boy right now. Can you write about an OT girl?" Well, yes, I suppose I could, but the whole episode just spotlighted the fact that for almost any magazine piece you've only got a few good market prospects for it. If it washes out, you're done. My perfectly good story remains unsold. Not that the same can't happen with a book, but there are more outlets for a book. I decided magazine work was frittering my time away and I now do only about eight shorts a year for an adult magazine, on assignment.

There are still good markets: Highlights, the Cricket Group, Hopscotch and Boys' Quest, the US Kids group (Jack and Jill, Turtle, Humpty Dumpty), Pockets. There's a huge advantage to theme lists, and I think magazine-length work makes a lot of sense for rank beginners who need to learn the very basics within a manageable length. It's also good for those who thrive in the short story or article form rather than book length, or whose life doesn't currently allow for immersion in a long project.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Andi W. on August 31, 2010, 08:32 AM
Funny you should ask. I had a poem finally appear in Cricket in the May/June issue (The Art of Winning) after waiting 6 years. Another poem of mine (Sea Family) appeared in the July August issue of Ladybug after 5 years. I have rebuses and poems waiting to be published by Highlights too, but at least they pay on acceptance.

When Cricket changed their policy to buying all rights years ago, I stopped subbing to them. But, I admit even knowing how long it can take, I'm still tempted to sub. to them from time to time. The waiting stinks, as does the pay, but it's  satisfying seeing your words illustrated and in print. It's heartening knowing your words are read by children all over the world. Just the thought makes me smile.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Lill on August 31, 2010, 08:33 AM
Ahh, I'd forgotten about Hopscotch .. I never subbed for them because the dates were always several years in advance .. and I knew in that time I would move out of state once or twice .. and I just didn't want to keep up with the logistics of it.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: mrh on August 31, 2010, 08:40 AM
Very true -- the wait times can be forever. It's possible to sell a book ms. and a story to Hopscotch/BQ at the same time, and have the book come out first.

A friend of mine had her poem appear in Cricket after six years, and had literally forgotten she'd submitted it.

Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: JennaWren on August 31, 2010, 09:58 AM
Thanks for this thread!  It reminded me to SQ Humpty Dumpty about a poem they are considering!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Buffy on August 31, 2010, 10:35 AM
I've written over 60 articles, stories, and poems for magazines--about half of those for the Cricket group.  I rarely submit anything to magazines these days, except the occasional assignment.  As others have said, it's just not worth it with the long wait and low payment.  But I still get a thrill when contributors' copies fill my mailbox...And I'm happy to have contributed in the past.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: buglady5 on August 31, 2010, 10:44 AM
I still write for mags.  Love writing for them, actually.  I obsess a little over themes, and like Jody, the communication makes me feel as if the publishing world isn't just a black hole.  In between educational writing assignments and waiting to hear back on pb subs, magazine writing has kept me busy.  And some do pay very well, IMO.

buglady
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: lauriew on August 31, 2010, 10:49 AM
I'm revising an article on spec right now for Spider magazine, but it's one I wrote a while ago. Laurie
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Cindyb on August 31, 2010, 12:30 PM
I still sub to magazines, though mostly poems now. The occasional acceptance keeps me going as I plod along with picture book attempts.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Vijaya on August 31, 2010, 12:38 PM
Once in a while ...  I have so many ideas and some are, thankfully, short enough to develop for magazines. There is such a pleasure in finishing a piece, sending it off and getting an acceptance and getting paid, even if it's just a small amount. And seeing the thing in print. Books take FOREVER ... Gee, maybe if I didn't get distracted with magazines, I'd have more books. Just sayin' .... but I am concentrating on my books.

Vijaya
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: poet on August 31, 2010, 02:24 PM
I write for magazines and love it!  I agree with Jody - it's what keeps me going - as I hope to someday break into the book market.  If I ever do that, however, I think I'll still keep writing for magazines.  I write mostly poetry and fiction.

Laura
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Lenzi on August 31, 2010, 02:34 PM
When Cricket changed their policy to buying all rights years ago, I stopped subbing to them. But, I admit even knowing how long it can take, I'm still tempted to sub. to them from time to time.

Andi, my last four contracts from Cricket were for exclusive first publication rights worldwide, not for all rights. You should submit your work!

AM, I still like subbing magazine stories, but I do it less--in between writing novels. I used to sub around to different markets, too, but I don't do that anymore. For one thing, they seem to be disappearing, but I also feel like I've found my best fit with the bug mags (and they pay the highest.) I've tried Highlights several times and have only placed one story there. The pay is less, but they give it to you right away which is great....
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: poet on August 31, 2010, 03:02 PM
Hi!  I write for magazines too.  Like Jody, I find magazine writing very motivating as I plug along trying to break into the pb market.    It's encouraging to me that Carus doesn't necessarilly always purchase all rights, though I have a feeling you have to be an established author with them to have them modify their contract for you.   

Laura
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: mlbrown on August 31, 2010, 03:33 PM
Anne Marie, I've just been wondering the same thing! I used to send things out regularly and have had several mag sales (Highlights has been especially good to me--two stories within this year), but like others have said, it is so maddening to have great stories that there are no markets for (unless you want to go without pay, which is fine for pub credits, but $$ is better!)

Once I began working on novels, I stopped on short stories and articles. This also coincides with my finishing the second ICL course. Mag credits don't seem to matter as much to agents in queries as I thought they would (at least, hasn't kept me from getting Rs!) But it's true, there's nothing like getting that mag with your story in the mail . . . unless it would be getting a book deal!

That said, I really miss short story writing. I absolutely love the feeling of polishing a story 'til it sparkles and getting the ending just right. In fact, I told my crit partner the other day, "I'm itching to write a short story!" This thread makes me want to scratch that itch!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: coffeeluvr on August 31, 2010, 05:29 PM
I submit most of my work to magazines.  I continue to write and sub pb's, but like many have already said...those magazine contracts are great motivators.  I've been lucky enough to sell a few things to Highlights---I have a poem in this month's issue of High Five and I just sold that last year.  Also, an article I sold to Pockets in February of this year was in the July issue.  So I've been fortunate to see at least a couple of my things go from contracts to publications pretty quickly.   As for the rest...I'll just have to keep twiddling my thumbs!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: AzGuy on August 31, 2010, 10:59 PM
I write for both children and adults and write almost entirely for magazines and ezines. I have played around a bit with a couple of PB ideas lately, but I don't see myself ever wanting to write long novels. I write and sell short stories, poetry/light verse, puzzles, articles, jokes/riddles/fillers and have also sold some greeting card captions. I love writing short things because then I always have lots of work out. This means a rejection won't sting as much because of all the things still out there. It also means I sell a lot more pieces (even though some don't pay that great).

I've sold many many things to all three magazines in the Bluffton group (Fun For Kidz, Hopscotch and Boys' Quest). And I have items scheduled for publication in all three over the next few years. These three magazines also sometimes re-publish a piece used in one of their other mags, paying me a second time when they do so. And educational testing places like SIRS and ETS have contacted the Bluffton magazines and/or me to use pieces (and, yes, I then was paid again). Ah reprints, I love 'em, and sell them when I can in both my children's and adult writing.

I've also sold lots of puzzles and a few poems to places such as Guide, Pockets, The Friend, Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty (these last two places aren't buying much new stuff lately, though I did have a puzzle in Jack and Jill earlier this year). I have a poem/puzzle scheduled for Bumples in September, though they are having some difficulties so I don't know what will happen there. Hopefully, they'll hang in there and right the ship.

I miss On the Line, Story Friends and Wee Ones, three former good markets for short stories, articles and puzzles.

The LA Times published a number of my children's short stories before they began having financial troubles, though I do notice they are still publishing stories sometimes on their Sunday Kids' Reading Room page. (Hmmm, maybe I ought to write and send them another story... First, however, I'll have to find out the current editor of this department.)

I've had some nice personal rejections from Highlights, and have a short story out to them right now (fingers crossed). And I've sold to other children's publications both print and ezine, as well.

Whatever, I'm always on the watch for new markets, because old (and often good) ones are always falling by the wayside. Such is the life of a magziine writer, and any other writer as well.

Oh, to those mentioning R.A.D.A.R -- I believe they became Kidz Chat. I sold them lots of puzzles back in my early years of writing for children. Then they began re-using stuff. And now I believe they, too, are gone. Grrrr!

Guy
http://guybelleranti.weebly.com/



Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: TripleG on September 01, 2010, 07:42 AM
Magazines have become much more specialized than when I began writing a million years ago. When you write a magazine article or story on spec, there are very few places to send it.  However, I am getting tired of waiting around for success with my books, so I plan to go back to more magazine writing.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Ev on September 02, 2010, 02:58 PM
Anne Marie, I agree with your observation that there seems much less emphasis on magazine writing here on the Blue Board than there used to be.  I don't know for sure, but I think it's possibly due to how successful the board and many of its longer-time members have become.  When I first started here lots of people were fairly new in their writing careers and lots of people were writing for magazines.  People posted both magazine acceptances and magazine publications in the Good News, and lots of people cheered for them.

Many of those people who were just starting in their writing careers have gone on to publish one or more books and have changed their focus to that kind of writing.  In the meantime, lots of other successful book authors have been attracted to the board.  Good News posts now usually consist of "big" news--acquisitions of agents, book contracts, movie rights, awards, book releases, etc.  When news of an agent gets four pages of congratulation posts, and a magazine publication gets maybe 10 or 12 posts, it's not surprising that most members quit posting about magazines.  I know the moderators tried to encourage members to feel free to post about any and all good news, and I'm glad that some members have done that.  But I think most people don't.

I still sub to magazines, and I still get acceptances, but I don't ever post about those in Good News any more.

Because people aren't sharing their good news about magazine publications and maybe also their trials and tribulations about it, I think we've lost the sense of community that magazine writers once felt here on the Blue Board.  I'm guessing that a lot of them hang out on other writing boards where they feel there are more kindred spirits.

BTW, Guy, I'm glad to see you here on the Blue Board.  I've run across oodles of your pieces in a variety of magazines and have always been impressed with how prolific you are.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: GailHennessey on September 02, 2010, 04:47 PM
I continue to write for children's publications.I used to write regularly for Time for Kids and Scholastic News but with all the budget constraints, they rarely have needs this days. I also write for educational textbook companies when there are positions that interest me. Although I have written seven books for teachers/young people, I would still very much like to write a children's novel or adult novel(started two-one in the Mary Higgins Clark mode).
I developed a children's series (but they are really long stories not book length so I don't know if publisher would be interested) called Mrs. Portulaca Purpilopilis and the Purple Adventure Goggles, an eccentric substitute teacher who loves the color purple, taking students back in history to learn about different events/people. If anyone would like to review the stories, you can see them at my website:http://www.gailhennessey.com/index.shtml?MrsP.html
My website for teachers/young people and writing plays on famous people continue to keep me as busy as I'd like to be at this point in my life.
Gail
http://www.gailhennessey.com
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: C. Lee on September 02, 2010, 04:54 PM
I have three non-fiction pieces waiting for me to return to them. I miss writing for magazines so much and I'd love to get back to that. Maybe next year.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: CarrieF on September 02, 2010, 07:07 PM
I am! I was thrilled to have my first magazine publication in this month's Babybug.

At this point in my life, I have very little time to write and a lot of distractions, so short poems and magazine pieces are a perfect fit for me. I will continue to write and submit. But I agree, it is disappointing when you have a piece you love and know is good (based on editor feedback) but still no one wants to use it. I wish there were more outlets for magazine work.

Carrie
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Anne Marie on September 02, 2010, 07:53 PM
I am! I was thrilled to have my first magazine publication in this month's Babybug.

Congrats, Carrie!  I've never broken in with the Bug mags!!  That's terrific!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: mlbrown on September 02, 2010, 09:13 PM
Yes, Carrie! What a way to break in! The "Bugs" haven eluded me, too. WTG!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: poet on September 03, 2010, 03:59 AM
I second what Ev is saying.  Like she, I write regularly for magazines and am getting accepted regularly.  However, I have never once posted one of those acceptances on the Good News boards because it didn't seem like big enough news for that board.  However, I sometimes post the results on the response time boards.      I think it would be nice to re-develop that sense of magazine community.

Laura
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: JodyJS on September 03, 2010, 06:28 AM
Way to go, ECF!  My first children's acceptances were from Babybug--in 2006!  Still haven't gone to print, but I'm patient!

By the way, my coolest ever payment for writing was winning a $400 bicycle in a haiku contest a couple summers ago.  A bike!

I usually do what Poet says and put my magazine acceptances in the response times thread.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: poet on September 03, 2010, 06:33 AM
Hey Jody,

Cool payment - a bike!   

Here's to a good writing day, my fellow magazine-ers!

Laura
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Ev on September 03, 2010, 02:04 PM
Wow! Congratulations, Carrie, on your Babybug publication.   :goldstar   I'll have to see if I can track down a copy at our library.

And Jodi, that's awesome that you won a bike for writing a haiku.  Definitely a very rewarding pay per word rate!   :cheerleader

Okay, here's my suggestion in response to Poet's request.  Why don't we just make this thread into our place where we share our joys and frustrations about magazine writing?  There are other threads on the blue board for people who have book contracts and are waiting until publication, for people who are waiting for responses to book subs, etc.  So why not one for us who are magazine writers?

It's probably still important to post responses in the Magazine Response times thread, because that's where authors go for information.  But we can't congratulate or commiserate with each other there, and we can here.

What do you fellow magazine-writers think?
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Vijaya on September 03, 2010, 02:10 PM
Congratulations, Carrie! I do love the bug mags. Such pretty illos to go with the poems too.

Jody, so cool to win a bike.

Ev, I post my magazine good news on the boards ... it's just that I've not had much time to polish my shorts with the hunking novel.  

I think Good news belongs in good news, whether it's big or small ...

Vijaya
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: inluvwithwords on September 03, 2010, 02:24 PM
I agree with Ev. It does feel like magazine writers are in the minority here and posts about things like receiving contributor copies or selling an article or poem seem to get looked over, in comparison to the hoopla the "big news" gets. After a while I started feeling like I shouldn't post until "something big" happened. But since I love writing in short form and have no aspirations to write a novel, that won't really be happening for me.

Anyway, I was excited to find this topic that drew all of us magazine writers out of the woodwork. Nice to see you all!  :smile
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Lenzi on September 03, 2010, 03:34 PM
I put mag news on the regular good news board and I enjoy seeing others do it too. I know what you mean, though, Ev, and sometimes it feels like we don't get as warm a reception as we used to get several years ago. But I hope everyone here will please share your good news on the regular board--it's encouraging to see what friends here are accomplishing and I like looking up a blueboarder's mag work to read when I see they have something coming out. I think everyone on the board should be able to see all sorts of good news coming from the different members.

But I do like the idea of having an additional space like this where we can commiserate and share newsy things in a more casual way.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Ev on September 03, 2010, 06:55 PM
Vijaya and Lenzi, I agree with you totally!  It's best if people will post their good news in the Good News section.  I always love to congratulate magazine writers there.  And I hope there'll be lots of opportunities for me to do that.   :yup

But if people don't want to post it there, for whatever reason, then I'd prefer they share it somewhere.  And this seems like a good place.

Plus, there are lots of other fun (or disappointing things) that we might like to share that don't necessarily belong on the Good News.

And speaking of fun things, I just got my October POCKETS issue this afternoon and it was such fun to see Guy's poem "The Leaves" on page 35.  Congratulations, Guy!!  :star2  I'm so glad that I "know" you now.  It makes seeing your work more special.

[And I hope I'm not bursting your bubble (or whatever expression fits here) by mentioning your poem, Guy.  If you want to post it on the Good News, I'm sure all of us will enjoy celebrating with you there.]
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Lenzi on September 03, 2010, 07:45 PM
Congratulations, Guy and Carrie! I hope you post so *everyone* can hear about it!

Ev, I agree--it's nice to have this place, too! For instance, I already posted back in July that my serialized story came out in the summer issue of Cricket, but I wasn't going to post about each issue. Here I feel much more comfortable letting you all know that the second installment is in the September issue, out now, in case anyone's interested in reading it!  :moose
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Ev on September 03, 2010, 08:10 PM
Yay, Lenzi!! Thanks for letting us know.  I do want to find that and read it. Are there still more installments to come or does this issue end the story?

Congratulations again to you on having a serialized story accepted by Cricket!  :drumroll
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Lenzi on September 03, 2010, 08:31 PM
It goes through December. Thanks, Ev--you're always so supportive and encouraging.  :love
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: AzGuy on September 03, 2010, 09:42 PM
Hi, Ev, Lenzi and everyone. Thanks for the congrats (though I wish they hadn't changed my poem's title - I liked mine much more. But a sales a sale). And congrats to Ev, Lenzi and Carrie.

Carrie, having your first magazine piece appear in Babybug is quite an accomplishment.

Jody, that's awesome about your haiku prize. A $400 bicycle - Wow!

Ev, I received my Pockets copies today, as well. And one of the first things I saw upon opening a copy was your sudoku. Another good puzzle, Ev. Talking about prolific, I seem to see your puzzles everywhere.

I have been a member here for a while, but don't post much. I have a day job, a cute puppy who is a handful (but we love him!), volunteer as a docent at the local zoo and have so many things going on that when I'm at the computer I try to spend my time writing. I'll try to post more. I do list my upcoming publications (both children's writing and adult writing) for the next four months or so at my website   http://guybelleranti.weebly.com/  

Happy magazine writing (and other writing, too) everyone.

Guy


Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: poet on September 04, 2010, 04:42 AM
Yes, congrats to all!   I'll have to check out Babybug and Cricket to read Carrie's poem and Lenzi's story.   Ev, I've seen your work in Clubhouse Jr.  I also have pieces published by them regularly.  Most recently they accepted two rhyming stories of mine.   I've had a few poems and one story appear in the "bugs" and several stories and a poem in Highlights.   I've had no luck breaking into Pockets, Guy, but I have sample issue and I think it's a great magazine. I'd love to break in there!  Just this week, I learned that a poem of mine made it to the final round for an upcoming issue of Chicken Soup for the Soul.   Has anyone had any experience with them?  Any insights?  

Oh yes, and I know Jody, virtually speaking, since we are members of the same pb and poetry critique group!  :smile

I'm a little shy when it comes to posting - I have never posted on the Good News board - but I'll get a little gumption and start now.  

What a great community this is!   :grouphug2  I'm looking forward to keeping the discussion going with new threads etc.

Laura
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: DonnaE on September 04, 2010, 09:39 AM
I still write for mags - and love it. I have sold several pieces to Highlights (one of my fave mags!) and to some others that were mentioned but are now out of business. I love getting the bear cards! And when I get rejections, seeing the lovely personal note is encouraging!

I usually post my good news in the good news section. The last one that was published was in last November's Highlights. You can still find it on the website being read by a child. It made me feel sooooo good!

Congrats to everyone's success. I'm all for encouraging one another and keeping this part of the writing community active!

(I'm write PBs and other genres, too - but I still love mags!)
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Vijaya on September 04, 2010, 12:36 PM
Okay, I'm inspired to polish a couple of things this weekend and stick them in the mail Tue. You can throw rotten tomatoes at me if I don't. I'm so bold because it's the net, you know ...

ps: the rain really have brought the blight to my tomatoes. We've had an unusually cool and wet summer. We didn't even get as many blueberries as usual. Slim pickin's from the garden this year.

Vijaya
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: mlbrown on September 04, 2010, 02:20 PM
Wow! What a prolific group! Most of the mags mentioned aren't easy to break into, and I for one certainly think we should celebrate our good news in a big way, wherever we do it. So many say that short story writing is harder than novel or PB writing. The reverse is true for me, but it's all the more reason why our good news should be posted. I'll be watching for everyone in the pages of these mags!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: inluvwithwords on September 05, 2010, 05:16 AM
Vijaya,

Awesome to hear that you're feeling inspired to send some things out. I hope you do because I've only got two tomatoes from my garden and I'd rather eat them than throw them at you.  :smile

I know how you feel, though, because just having this thread and hearing from the other magazine writers out there has inspired me. Kindred spirits and all that.

Happy submitting to all.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Ev on September 05, 2010, 10:57 AM
Thanks, Guy and Laura!  Donna and Ruth, it's great to have you chime in.  Michelle, you're right about celebrating all this good news folks have mentioned.  Congratulations, one and all.

Vijaya, I'm glad we've inspired you.  Wish you'd sent some of that cool, wet weather our way this summer.  I've only got 2 tomatoes on the one plant I have, and they've been sitting there not getting any bigger and not turning red for at least four weeks now.  So, clearly you have to follow through on your commitment because I have no rotten ones to throw at you.   :love

Here's to our sense of community~
:grouphug2
Ev
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: CarrieF on September 06, 2010, 04:57 PM
Thanks, everyone. It is great to hear the encouragement. My family and friends think it is "nice" to get published, but definitely don't get it the way you all do. It feels good to know that there are people out there who understand! Hearing from all of you and seeing my poem so beautifully illustrated in Babybug have definitely inspired another flurry of writing for me. Fingers crossed that I'll be able to sub some more stuff soon... and best wishes for publishing success to all of you, too.

Carrie
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Ev on September 08, 2010, 07:47 PM
BTW, Guy, I'm sorry your poem's title got changed.  What was the title that you'd given it?

I know how frustrating it can be when pieces are edited without our knowledge, especially when we don't view the change as an improvement.  I've felt especially bad when poetry has been changed so that the meter no longer works.  I figure readers must be thinking that I just don't know any better.  :faint

Do others of you care to share experiences of changes you particularly regretted? (Obviously you don't have to mention publication names.)
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: poet on September 09, 2010, 05:01 AM
Yes, I've had poetry reworded so that it no longer scans, or so that the rhyme makes me cringe.  It's happened only a couple of times, but I wonder if in the future, I should request to see editorial revisions on poetry before it goes to print or if that would offend?

Laura
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: ginbug on September 14, 2010, 08:27 AM
My one poetry sale (only children's sale, to date) resulted in the first line being completely chopped off. It messed the meter up, and to be quite honest, made the poem sound awful. I could only think---"how did they let that go to print?" I was embarassed to show the copy to my family. The only thing I could figure out is maybe they needed room for the illustrations? 

It made me cry. It was still kind of neat, though, to see it in print--even if unnamed publication butchered it!

Anyway, I tried for a long time to sell some other pieces to magazines, but I feel as if the market is super flooded. I have 2 PB manuscripts that I dearly love, but they've made the rounds---so on the flash drive they sit.

Right now I'm working on a "chick-lit" (hate the term, but that's what it is), which has been fun. I don't know how the market is for that, but I'm enjoying creating the story!

Ginbug

Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Ev on September 14, 2010, 10:38 AM
Oh, Ginbug, how distressing to have the whole first line missing.  I would've cried too.  Special hugs to you.  :hug  I hope you won't give up on magazines entirely though.

Vijaya, I'm doing a friendly check-up on you.   :neck  I don't need to go buy any rotten tomatoes, right?   :flowers 
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Vijaya on September 14, 2010, 12:55 PM
I did mail in magazine subs, Ev. Thanks for checking in.

I just got a rejection from Highlights. Something they've been considering ... I need to rework it for Ladybug, and out it goes. Next week.

Vijaya
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: AzGuy on September 14, 2010, 02:20 PM
Ev, the title I gave it was "The Leaves of Autumn" rather than just "The Leaves". But they didn't make any changes to the poem, so it's no problem. Thanks for asking.

Guy


Ev asked:
BTW, Guy, I'm sorry your poem's title got changed.  What was the title that you'd given it?

I know how frustrating it can be when pieces are edited without our knowledge, especially when we don't view the change as an improvement.  I've felt especially bad when poetry has been changed so that the meter no longer works.  I figure readers must be thinking that I just don't know any better. 

Do others of you care to share experiences of changes you particularly regretted? (Obviously you don't have to mention publication names.)
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: AzGuy on September 14, 2010, 02:24 PM
Ginbug, that's awful about your poem being printed with the entire first line missing. Like Ev says, don't give up on magazine writing. Your next publication would have to turn out better!

Guy
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: maryrand on September 14, 2010, 03:07 PM
Anne Marie,

Interesting topic!

I still write for magazines (though time is limited these days).  Mostly, as magazine writing goes, I write a series for The Little Lutheran/The Little Christian, and I absolutely love writing for them.  But like many others, I've never quite been able to get that bite from the bug magazines...just encouraging notes that make me want to try again.  Some magazines can be as elusive as agents and publishers.

I believe magazine "news" is just as worthy as book "news."  Think about how many immediate readers you have enjoying your magazine piece when it's published.  One of my biggest writing thrills to date is seeing my first published piece for children in Highlights.  I'll never forget it.

Long live magazine writing!
Mary

Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: DonnaE on September 14, 2010, 07:34 PM
I popped an envelope in the mail Saturday. It's on its way to Highlights. I'll let ya know what happens!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: JodyJS on September 25, 2010, 01:35 PM
Dear fellow magazine writers,

I'm looking for a market for a humorous poem about how to keep the doctor away.  I've tried Highlights already.  I don't think the poem is right for Clubhouse Jr or Pockets or Boys' Quest, either.  

I'm thinking I may need to look into a general interest adult magazine.  Anyone know of one that publishes poetry?  People? Country Woman?  I really have no idea, since I don't subscribe to any adult magazines.

I appreciate your ideas.

Jody

Edited to add:  I'm also sending it to Cricket.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: lauriew on September 25, 2010, 03:07 PM
The Spider editor liked my revisions for "Lost in a Corn Maze" and bought it. I'm always amazed how editors know what's needed to make our writing sparkle. Thanks, Margaret. Laurie
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: mlbrown on September 25, 2010, 05:03 PM
Congratulations, Laurie! That's fabulous news!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Lenzi on September 25, 2010, 11:13 PM
That's great, Laurie!  :applause
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: JennaWren on September 26, 2010, 08:34 AM
Congrats Laurie! :goldstar
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: AzGuy on September 26, 2010, 09:35 AM
Jody, another possibility would be Jack and Jill or Humpty Dumpty (though they do buy all rights). Both are  part of the Children's Better Health Insitute so the doctor/health angle might appeal to them. I've sold them a few poems in the past. They haven't been buying that much lately, though J & J did buy and publish a puzzle of mine at the beginning of this year.

Guy Belleranti


Dear fellow magazine writers,

I'm looking for a market for a humorous poem about how to keep the doctor away.  I've tried Highlights already.  I don't think the poem is right for Clubhouse Jr or Pockets or Boys' Quest, either.  

I'm thinking I may need to look into a general interest adult magazine.  Anyone know of one that publishes poetry?  People? Country Woman?  I really have no idea, since I don't subscribe to any adult magazines.

I appreciate your ideas.

Jody

Edited to add:  I'm also sending it to Cricket.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: AzGuy on September 26, 2010, 09:36 AM
Congratulations, Laurie!

Guy

The Spider editor liked my revisions for "Lost in a Corn Maze" and bought it. I'm always amazed how editors know what's needed to make our writing sparkle. Thanks, Margaret. Laurie
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: JodyJS on September 26, 2010, 12:15 PM
Congrats, Laurie.

Thanks, Guy.  Yes, I've sold HD two poems recently.  Since this poem is about keeping the doctor away, however humorously, I don't think they'd use it.  I guess I could send it anyway, though.  Thanks for responding.

Jody
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: poet on September 26, 2010, 05:32 PM
Have you tried the New Yorker?  They accept, mostly serious, but sometimes clever humorous poems.   You can go to their website for details.

Laura
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: JodyJS on September 26, 2010, 06:19 PM
Hmmm.  I'll check it out, Laura.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: inluvwithwords on September 27, 2010, 01:45 PM
Congratulations, Laurie!! That's awesome.  :smile
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Ev on September 27, 2010, 03:24 PM
Yes, congratulations, Laurie!!   :goldstar  That's terrific.

And Donna, I'm pulling for you on that sub to Highlights.   :goodluck

Guy, I agree--"The Leaves of Autumn" would have been better.   :yup
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: AzGuy on October 24, 2010, 09:10 PM
I received some good news this weekend. I had an email today from Marilyn Edwards, the Chief Editor of Boys' Quest, Hopscotch and Fun For Kidz that they will be publishing my short story "Nothing to Do" in their December Boys' Quest issue. They had been holding it in case space opened up, and apparently it did!. I will also have a puzzle in the same issue, and a puzzle in December's Hopscotch. It's always especially nice to place those short stories in a good magazine.

Also, I received a Bear card from Highlights on two puzzle/activities, so I'll keep my fingers crossed on those.

Best of luck to everyone else with your writing. Happy Halloween one week early!

Guy
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: ChrisLH on October 25, 2010, 05:55 AM
Great news, Guy! Congratulations!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: AzGuy on October 25, 2010, 08:51 AM

Thanks, Chris!

Guy

Great news, Guy! Congratulations!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Lenzi on October 25, 2010, 10:03 AM
Wow, you're on a roll, Guy--congratulations!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Julia K. on November 07, 2010, 07:23 AM
New to the boards- but very helpful thread- hope it does keep going! I mainly illustrate for magazines and it was very helpful to see the magazines that are still active to send postcards too- I did do a two page spread in Babybug- in May/June- "Tickle" poem- wont be paid for a year- dont know if that is for illustrations- but thanks for sharing the info and hope we can keep doing it!!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: JodyJS on November 07, 2010, 08:49 AM
Hi Julia K!

Glad you joined us.  I'm curious about your comment about not getting paid for a year after your work was published.  I'd heard the wait with the bug mags was between acceptance and publication, but I thought once they'd published your work, payment and contributor copies were not far behind.  Am I wrong?  I do remember hearing something about them being slow with payment, now that you mention it.  Hmmm.

Jody
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Lenzi on November 07, 2010, 10:07 AM
In Sept., Alice Letvin from the bug mags said they were about 2/3 through Nov/Dec. 09 issues and that revenues and payments usually pick up a lot in the final quarter of the year. She expects to be into Jan. 2010 payments by November.

So basically, it could be almost a year after publication before you get paid. I do not know if it is the same for illustrators. I'd be interested in hearing about that.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: JodyJS on November 07, 2010, 12:54 PM
Thanks for that, Lenzi!  Now I know what to expect.   :yup
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Julia K. on November 11, 2010, 08:42 AM
I'll let you know when I get paid- need to put it on my calendar to remind me to start "bugging" them- huh- made a pun!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Ev on November 11, 2010, 09:17 AM
Congratulations, Guy and Julia!   :chesirecat  I always love to hear good news.  Hope your Highlights Bear Card turns into an acceptance, Guy.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: poet on November 11, 2010, 09:44 AM
I'm still awaiting payment for a poem that appeared in Spider a year ago October.

Laura
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: CarrieF on November 11, 2010, 10:11 AM
I was surprised to see another poem of mine in the November issue of Babybug, after having my first in the September issue. This one was somehow more thrilling because I had known about the September one for a year, whereas the November one was a complete surprise when I opened up the magazine to read it to my daughter.

On a related note, I sent a thank you email to Jenny Gillespie for publishing the two poems and got an automated reply that she has moved on from her position as associate editor. Her website seems to be a promo site for an album, so she must me a multi-talented person -- go Jenny!

Carrie
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Lenzi on November 11, 2010, 02:57 PM
Congratulations on the publication, Julia--I love your artwork!

And congrats to you, too, ECF--happy surprise!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Julia K. on November 11, 2010, 05:12 PM
thanks Lenzi- I need to get more postcards out to magazines than I am-
Laura have you did a follow up "polite" re-  invoice- ?
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: AzGuy on November 11, 2010, 08:24 PM
Julia, Laura  and Carrie, congratulations to you all on your sales to the bug magazines. Payment a year or more after publication? Wow, never heard of that long of a wait.

Guy
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: AzGuy on November 11, 2010, 08:27 PM
Thanks, Ev.

Guy

Congratulations, Guy and Julia!   :chesirecat  I always love to hear good news.  Hope your Highlights Bear Card turns into an acceptance, Guy.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Julia K. on November 11, 2010, 08:58 PM
Thanks Guy and Ev- ( hope I got everyone for the congrats)
I am just getting started in illustrating so you dont turn down a chance to be in a bug magazine- but I hope it is just a hick up instead of an indication of something worse-
This economy- seem like I have heard in general magazines are doing rather well- don't know if kid magazines are?
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Cindyb on December 10, 2010, 06:58 PM
To JodyJS- Congratulations on your sale to Highlights! It was good to see a positive response for a magazine. It was good to see a response at all! Not too much seems to be happening in the magazine world. I've got several that I'm waiting on, and waiting and waiting.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: JodyJS on December 11, 2010, 05:38 AM
Thanks, Cindyb!!  Hang in there!  And send something else out.

As to our earlier Carus discussion, I received my contributor copies for Babybug this week!

Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Ev on December 12, 2010, 09:31 AM
Congrats, Jody, on both the Highlights acceptance and the contributor copies of Babybug.  Those are two great magazines.  Isn't it fun to see work in print!

Changing the topic, does anybody have a copy of the Dec/Jan issue of Boys' Quest and would be willing to check to see if I have a puzzle in it?  I was supposed to but, contrary to their usual practice, I haven't yet received my contributor copy.  Before I bug them about it, I thought I'd check to be sure it actually made it into print.  Thanks bunches!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: shoniker on December 12, 2010, 12:30 PM
Hi All,
I have never subbed to magazines before but went to Chautauqua this past summer with Highlights and have been thinking about it ever since.  This thread has me re-inspired.  I usually write PB and am always confused about the fine line beween what could go into a magazine vs. a PB.  Any advice here?  I am an educator and Winter Break is coming up so I think I will be looking at my idea file to see what might fit where...  Thanks everyone!
 :grouphug2
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: AzGuy on December 12, 2010, 02:06 PM
Hi Ev. I have a short story in the same issue, but have not received my copy either. As soon as I get it I'll check for your puzzle.

Funny thing, I also had puzzle in the Dec/Jan Hopscotch and received my contributor's copy a week or more ago. So the BQ copies must be on their way. At least, I hope they are. . .

Guy

Congrats, Jody, on both the Highlights acceptance and the contributor copies of Babybug.  Those are two great magazines.  Isn't it fun to see work in print!

Changing the topic, does anybody have a copy of the Dec/Jan issue of Boys' Quest and would be willing to check to see if I have a puzzle in it?  I was supposed to but, contrary to their usual practice, I haven't yet received my contributor copy.  Before I bug them about it, I thought I'd check to be sure it actually made it into print.  Thanks bunches!
:goat
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Ev on December 13, 2010, 08:21 AM
Thanks, Guy! My BQ contributor copy arrived today, so I guess they were just running on a different schedule with it this time.  I enjoyed reading your story.  Great way to encourage kids to write.  :yup

Shoniker, there may be some threads on that question if you do a search here on the Blue Board.  I know I've read articles addressing that topic, but can't remember where--maybe on ICL; you might check there.  One of the differences is the number of illustrations that are needed to make the story work.  If you can get by with maybe just one or two then you have a magazine story.  If the story requires 12-24 then you've got a pb.  In between those numbers?  Then you may need to adjust your story some, either adding or subtracting, to make it go one way or the other.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: mlbrown on December 13, 2010, 11:39 AM
Just got my Jan. issue of Highlights with my story, "Crickets CRASH! and a Birthday Bash!" inside. LOVED the artwork. Made me want to write more short stories. I've been so focused on my book and now doing things for my agent, I haven't written anything short in a while and I miss it!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Sara on December 13, 2010, 12:15 PM
I saw your story, Michelle. Congratulations--that's the contest winner, isn't it? My article on the crayon artist is on page 12. It's so fun to see our words in print, after waiting so long, isn't it?

Sara
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Cindyb on December 13, 2010, 03:05 PM
I received some surprise money in my mailbox from the Bluffton group- for a reprint of a poem, Limited Vision. They did not tell me where they were reprinting it. I don't know if they send contributor copies for reprints. Those of you who have received issues, could you look to see if that poem is in them? Thanks!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: AzGuy on December 13, 2010, 07:21 PM
Ev, I'm glad you received the BQ issue. I haven't received mine yet. Hopefully in the next few days. Also happy you liked my story. Last December they told me the issue was full, but that they wished to hold my story in case space opened up. Then, Marilyn Edwards, the Editor-in-Chief, contacted me this October to say they were fitting it in and the rest is happy history.

Cindyb,
Congratulations on the surprise check for a reprint. The Bluffton group has surprised me with checks for reprints several times. And, every time I received a contributor's copy when the magazine's issue (BQ, FFK or Hopscotch) was published. I don't see your poem in the Dec/Jan issue of Hopscotch (I have a contributor's copy of that). It might be in the current BQ (once I get my copy I'll check), but more likely it will be in either the next FFK (Jan/Feb '11), or the next Hopscotch or BQ (both Feb/March '11).

Guy
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Cindyb on December 14, 2010, 08:59 AM
Thanks, Guy. I'll start watching my mailbox for another surprise!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Vijaya on December 14, 2010, 09:23 AM
Hey Michelle, pop your head over onto the other Jan thread ... I crowed for you. Great story! Congrats. It is fun to write shorts ...

Oooh, nice Cindy to get free money/reprints in the mail.

Vijaya
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: RebeccaL-G on December 14, 2010, 09:51 AM
Cindy:
They reprinted a puzzle of mine without my knowing ahead of time.  I received the check, then a week or so later the contributor copy. So I would think your copy will be on its way soon. :D
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: shoniker on December 14, 2010, 07:28 PM
Shoniker, there may be some threads on that question if you do a search here on the Blue Board.  I know I've read articles addressing that topic, but can't remember where--maybe on ICL; you might check there.  One of the differences is the number of illustrations that are needed to make the story work.  If you can get by with maybe just one or two then you have a magazine story.  If the story requires 12-24 then you've got a pb.  In between those numbers?  Then you may need to adjust your story some, either adding or subtracting, to make it go one way or the other.

 :thankyou
I will check this out
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: AzGuy on December 14, 2010, 08:36 PM
 :congratulations  to Jody, Michelle and Sara on your publications in Highlights. I'll have to check them out.

Guy
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: mlbrown on December 14, 2010, 09:19 PM
Thanks, everybody and congrats back atcha! Sara, that's a great Pro Knows piece! My kids were really inspired--lots of artwork going on around here!

Vijaya, I'm headed to the other thread. Thanks for giving me a shout out!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: JodyJS on December 15, 2010, 05:00 AM
Nice work, everyone!

 :party5

Jody
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Cindyb on January 14, 2011, 12:45 PM
Wondering- several of the e-zines are now only paying through Pay-pal. I do not have an account, and do not know if I want one. I really don't understand how it all works. I did have a false charge on my credit card bill that involved pay-pal somehow, so I'm really leery of it. Have any of you had problems with it?
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: AzGuy on January 14, 2011, 01:40 PM
Wondering- several of the e-zines are now only paying through Pay-pal. I do not have an account, and do not know if I want one. I really don't understand how it all works. I did have a false charge on my credit card bill that involved pay-pal somehow, so I'm really leery of it. Have any of you had problems with it?

Cindy, I've had Paypal several years now and haven't had any problems. They do, however, take a small transaction fee from every payment. For example, last week I had a couple $15 sales, and Paypal charged a .74 transaction fee in each case.

Guy
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: shoniker on January 14, 2011, 08:51 PM
Getting ready to send me very FIRST magazine submission.  Glad to be officially joining all you wonderful folks and will continue to stay in the trenches and maybe the "No News Is Killing Me" until I hear something back.   Or until the magazine is published and I realize I am not featured in it.  :snork
Until then, I am already researching for my next sub.

 :crossedfingers

Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: C. Lee on January 20, 2011, 03:18 PM
A month ago I would have said no, but I got a wild hair and wrote a non-fiction piece for Stories For Children and subbed it. I really love that online magazine and I like to support it. I found I missed writing those short pieces. They're very satisfying.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Cindyb on February 17, 2011, 05:57 PM

I received some surprise money in my mailbox from the Bluffton group- for a reprint of a poem, Limited Vision. They did not tell me where they were reprinting it. I don't know if they send contributor copies for reprints. Those of you who have received issues, could you look to see if that poem is in them? Thanks!

I never have received a magazine with this poem reprinted in it. I got the check back in Dec.  Maybe the money was just a Christmas gift!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: AzGuy on February 18, 2011, 02:17 PM
Hi Cindy,

I have contributor copies of the Oct/Nov, Dec/Jan and Feb/March issue of Boys' Quest and your poem isn't in any of them. I also have contributor copies of the Fun For Kidz Jan/Feb issue and the Hopscotch Dec/Jan issue and your poem isn't in those either. Maybe it WAS just a Christmas gift :)  Or maybe it was in/or will be in another issue...?

Guy


I never have received a magazine with this poem reprinted in it. I got the check back in Dec.  Maybe the money was just a Christmas gift!
:reaction
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Lizardmaker on May 01, 2011, 02:10 PM
I still write short stories for magazines, but my acceptances come almost exclusively in e-zines. Not much money, but it keeps me trying lots of types of stories and keeps my name out there.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Jennifer Cole Judd on May 11, 2011, 09:54 AM
Ooh, glad I found this thread.  I am just printing out batches of poems to submit to Cricket and Highlights, after what seems like an eternity of not subbing to magazines.  Well, scratch that...I did ship off my first "getting feet wet" batch a month ago, to get the lovely form rejection letter...so NOW I feel like I'm back in the game. ;)

Glad to see there are other magazine writers out there!  I realized I had been out of the loop for too long, when I was staring at the Highlights contributor guidelines, chewing my nails and deliberating, "Address the cover letter to Christine French Clark?  Or Manuscript Coordinator?"  :confused2

I write poetry, and for me, magazines are the way to get those single, agonized-over-every-word poems that don't seem to fit into a particular collection out to the world.  I love writing for them.  I don't love the wait times.  I don't love the form rejection letters.  I do love Bear Cards and kind words and, most of all, contracts.  :)

Here's hoping I see one of those again soon!
 
Jen
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Vicki Moss on June 07, 2011, 07:52 AM
 :turtlego: My first published magazine article was in Boys' Quest Magazine - "Turtles Wearing Girdles" - written in rhyme which they tell you not to do - and I still broke in to the market. While trying to work on novels, I find that magazine writing keeps me going, seeing those checks coming in - though the pay won't pay the monthy bills - the checks encourage me to keep writing. Trying to break into Hopscotch was even tougher because so many people write for girls - but I managed to do it. With the magazine sales, I was able to get my website up and going with a Kids' Korner. Many sales later, I have a book out "How to Write for Kids' Magazines - while working on a debut novel." And from those published articles and my book, I've done author visits and managed to get paying speaking gigs for conference workshops. Plus, the editors at Hopscotch and Boys' Quest loved my book. So don't ever discount writing for magazines. It's been great for me!  One article I wrote was accepted by a kids' horse magazine in Canada but then they said they would hold it because they first had to publish Canadian writers. I never heard back, and still don't know if they ever used that article or not. I learned a hard lesson there. But I would encourage everyone to keep writing for magazines. Sometimes, writing those 500 word articles is good practice and helps keep your writing tight for novels. ~cheering you on!

Vicki H. Moss
author, How to Write for Kids' Magazines
www.livingwaterfiction.com       
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: awful waffles on May 05, 2012, 10:27 PM
Attending a Highlights magazine writers workshop at the Barn in Boyds Mills, PA got me all excited to continue writing for magazines!  It was so good to meet Lou Warynicia of the Cobblestone magazine group, who is so proud and enthusiastic about the magazine business, and to meet Rich Wallace, who has dozens of books to his credit but still writes the Timbertoes strip for Highlights, out of his fondness for magazines in general and Highlights in particular.  I came out of that workshop with a new respect for magazines, and pride in the writing I do for them.
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Post by: Alison Stevens on May 13, 2012, 03:19 PM
I write for magazines, but then I'm fairly new to children's writing, and that was the easiest way for me to break in. I plan to stick with it, though. I like having short pieces to work on; they're a nice break from the marathon of novel-writing and exercise my brain in different ways.
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Post by: spochron on May 27, 2012, 07:00 PM
I write for magazines! Highlights and Science News for Kids (which is on-line only) are regular clients. I've just started writing for Muse. Yey! These are all non-fiction pieces. I'm working on a YA novel right now and am shopping around a MG.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Alison Stevens on May 29, 2012, 12:12 PM
Attending a Highlights magazine writers workshop at the Barn in Boyds Mills, PA got me all excited to continue writing for magazines!  It was so good to meet Lou Warynicia of the Cobblestone magazine group, who is so proud and enthusiastic about the magazine business, and to meet Rich Wallace, who has dozens of books to his credit but still writes the Timbertoes strip for Highlights, out of his fondness for magazines in general and Highlights in particular.  I came out of that workshop with a new respect for magazines, and pride in the writing I do for them.
Good to see you here Deb! Can't wait for my next dose of Highlights workshop inspiration. :)
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: awful waffles on September 09, 2012, 02:07 PM
Got quite the Sunday morning surprise in my e-mail--an assignment from the editor of Appleseeds, one of the Cobblestone magazines!  I had submitted an outline and reference list in April, and figured that no reply meant they weren't interested.  But today she asked me to write up my piece on the animals of Cleopatra's day, in 150 words, for the back cover of the March 2013 Cleopatra issue and get it to her by October 8th.  I know my facts have to be checked and rechecked, and first I have to write the thing!  But I'm excited just to hear back from them.  This all happened because I met the head of the Cobblestone group at the Highlights workshop, who said to mention him to the editor, so once again, Highlights rocks!
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Post by: Cindyb on September 09, 2012, 02:30 PM
Congrats! And back cover exposure! Woo Hoo!
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Post by: mlbrown on September 09, 2012, 04:49 PM
That's awesome news!!! And yes, Highlights people are the best!
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Post by: anningalls on September 10, 2012, 05:50 PM
I still sub to magazines. Like several others, an occasional sale keeps me keeping on.

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Post by: Alison Stevens on September 11, 2012, 01:09 PM
Congrats, Deb, that's fantastic! Your string of successes keeps me going!  :hurrah
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Post by: Cindyb on October 09, 2012, 10:57 AM
Vijaya, I saw your rebus in Ladybug!  Always fun when I "know" the author!  (And now I'm second-guessing myself, because I saw this yesterday at the library-  it was a rebus, and it was in Ladybug, wasn't it? Memory, memory, wherefore art thou, Memory?)
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: kdgrier on January 10, 2013, 08:34 AM
I have a question and I hope this is the right place to post it. I have several poems that I feel would fit the young adult market, and maybe even a few articles and essays I could possibly sell as reprints.

My question is what magazine would you suggest I approach to break into the children's market? I have a middle reader being read by a publisher, so I have written for children, just haven't had anything published yet. I didn't think about submitting the stuff I have to kids markets until I began doing some research of submission guidelines. I just thought I might do better if I got some advice from ya'll before I decide who to submit to.

Thanks in advance! :new:
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Post by: Alison Stevens on January 10, 2013, 12:13 PM
kdgrier, have you checked out MAGAZINE MARKETS FOR CHILDREN'S WRITERS or CHILDREN'S WRITER'S AND ILLUSTRATOR'S MARKET? They list the magazines that are out there, what the editors are looking for, and the target age group. I refer to mine regularly and have found them very helpful. Maybe see if your local library has one or both, to get you started. Good luck!
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Post by: kdgrier on January 10, 2013, 01:38 PM
Thanks Allison
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Post by: Bobi Martin on January 10, 2013, 08:38 PM
Many children's magazines accept poetry. Here are a few you might start with==I'm assuming these poems have not been previously published. (If they were, be sure you check guidelines of your target magazines to be sure they accept "one time" rights.)

Beyond Centuri, Cicada, Devozine and Berry Blue Haiku are all for teens and accept poetry.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Jan Fields on January 11, 2013, 03:40 AM
Just a small aside, Berry Blue Haiku has closed.
Ev Christensen does a great job of keeping up with the magazines that have closed (or just closed for submissions) at her online Writing for Children's Magazines
http://evelynchristensen.com/magsCL.html
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: kdgrier on January 11, 2013, 06:25 AM
thanks, both of you, that gives me a great start! :flowers
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Bobi Martin on January 12, 2013, 08:45 PM
Thanks, Jan, for the update on Berry Blue. I pulled that one from the 2013 Children's Writers Market. Will mark my book so it's current.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Starfish on January 13, 2013, 07:50 AM
I don't post a lot on the boards but I've been reading the posts for a few years now. Now I finally have some good magazine news to share!

Highlights just published my story, "A Valentine for Nanima," in their February 2013 issue. My first acceptance and publication with Highlights!  :partytime

Also, hi Bobi!
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Post by: Allison on January 13, 2013, 09:15 AM
Interesting discussion! When I found myself a few years ago with only a part-time job, I decided to use my afternoons to write short stories. That resulted in two stories being published at paying ezines, one of which was reprinted in an anthology. Yet my husband and I have both come to feel that this format doesn't really fit my personality.

A year ago, I added nonfiction to my pursuits and received a personal rejection from Boys' Quest. Since that time, I've gotten two articles published is our local newspaper and a request from our local dog organization to write for them along with suggestions of state publications to which I could submit. If I can juggle their requests with writing articles for children's magazines, I'd still love to break into Boys Quest, Cricket, and Highlights.

This past fall I participated in National Novel Writing Month. Obviously, I have no idea if I'll find any more success in the novel world than the magazine world, but my husband and I do feel the breadth of a novel better fits my personality for fiction. So, I might be done with the fiction stuff when it comes to magazines. 
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: awful waffles on January 13, 2013, 12:33 PM
Hey, Starfish--congrats on your story in Highlights!  I'm sure it's just the first of many. You'll love working with the staff there.  I met them and toured the office when I attended a workshop, and they are just top notch-- professional, helpful and fun!  Good for you!!
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Post by: Cindyb on January 13, 2013, 04:38 PM
Congrats, Starfish. I will go look for your story at my library.
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Post by: CarrieF on January 13, 2013, 07:33 PM
Congratulations, Starfish! That's great news.
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Post by: Anthony on January 13, 2013, 07:44 PM
Regarding Highlights, I just looked over their submission guidelines for fiction, and it says they purchase all rights, including copyright - is that a standard sort of arrangement? I didn't realize that magazines usually did that.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Ev on January 14, 2013, 06:58 AM
Congratulations, Starfish!  Terrific news!

And congratulations, Allison, on your publications.  Sounds like you're making good progress toward your goals.

Best wishes to you, kdgrier, on finding a place for your pieces.  Thanks, Jan, for suggesting my ezine for the closed mags.  Kd, you might also check my ezine for other possible places to sub.

Anthony, a lot more mags are asking for all rights than used to.  All the Carus/Cobblestone mags do.  Highlights is nice in that if they resell your piece, they'll share the profits with you even though the contract doesn't say that.  And in most cases, they're more likely to have the opportunity to resell a piece than we authors are, so it's not necessarily a bad deal.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Bobi Martin on January 14, 2013, 09:43 PM
Regarding Highlights, I just looked over their submission guidelines for fiction, and it says they purchase all rights, including copyright - is that a standard sort of arrangement? I didn't realize that magazines usually did that.

First--congratulations Starfish!!  I will look for the Feb issue so I can read your story. I'm excited for you. I sold an article to Highlights in October 2010, but am still waiting to see it in print. Hoping this spring.

Anthony, although Highlights buys all rights, they are fabulous about paying authors again if they reuse your piece in another publication of theirs. They will also revert rights on occasion when asked.  And it is pretty standard for the magazine to retain the copyright.
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Post by: Starfish on January 20, 2013, 10:21 AM
Thanks everyone! I thought the illustrations were really wonderful, too. I still can't believe I actually have a story published in Highlights.  :)
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Post by: Starfish on January 20, 2013, 04:31 PM
Also, congratulations on your sale to Highlights, Bobi. My wait for publication was a little less than two years, so hopefully you won't have to wait much longer!
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Post by: tmrobeson on January 22, 2013, 11:43 AM
Congratulations to Starfish and Bobi!!  :flowers2

JenJ, keep at it! At $25/poem, Cricket Magazine group pays quite well (though in recent years, they have been really slow in payments. They reprinted a poem of mine back in March - maybe April - of last year and I still haven't received a check yet).

To answer the original question, I'm exclusively published in magazines. Never even thought about writing a novel until just a couple of years ago. I never thought I had a long enough attention span to write a nov...*squirrel!!*  :haha

As others have said, it's good to write short pieces just to keep the submission muscles limber while I'm working on my MG novel.
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Post by: Vijaya on January 22, 2013, 12:21 PM
I've got lots of catching up to do. Congratulations on the new ventures and acceptances.

CindyB- yes, it was a rebus in Ladybug (about the missing cat). Thanks for mentioning it. I too, enjoy telling my kids I *know* certain writers. Of course, it would be nice if I got paid too.

Teresa- I also continue to write for magazines to keep the writing muscles limber in-between novel writing and revisions.

Vijaya
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Post by: tmrobeson on January 22, 2013, 02:15 PM
Teresa- I also continue to write for magazines to keep the writing muscles limber in-between novel writing and revisions.
Vijaya, I think writing muscles are like body muscles: if you don't use them, they atrophy!  ;D
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: awful waffles on March 13, 2013, 07:17 PM
Just wanted to share my good news  :bunnyjump about my article in the March issue of AppleSeeds, on holy dung beetles and other sacred creatures of Cleopatra's day, and a craft project in the March/April Turtle, painting with lilacs.   :happyeaster I hope you'll get the chance to check them out! --Deborah Holt Williams
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Post by: Jan Fields on March 14, 2013, 03:54 AM
Just wanted to say congratulations on the article and project -- they both sound really cool.
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Post by: Audrey on March 14, 2013, 07:05 AM
Just wanted to share my good news  :bunnyjump about my article in the March issue of AppleSeeds, on holy dung beetles and other sacred creatures of Cleopatra's day, and a craft project in the March/April Turtle, painting with lilacs.   :happyeaster I hope you'll get the chance to check them out! --Deborah Holt Williams

Your ideas are creative and interesting...way to go :bluebunny:
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Post by: tmrobeson on March 14, 2013, 07:26 AM
Just wanted to share my good news  :bunnyjump about my article in the March issue of AppleSeeds, on holy dung beetles and other sacred creatures of Cleopatra's day, and a craft project in the March/April Turtle, painting with lilacs.   :happyeaster I hope you'll get the chance to check them out! --Deborah Holt Williams

Way to go, Deborah!  :fireworks  I'm especially intrigued with the ancient sacred creatures article and will check them out.

Teresa
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Post by: Cindyb on March 14, 2013, 08:56 AM
Will be stopping at the magazine rack in the children's section of my library to check these out! (I think they carry them both) Congratulations!!
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: terrylynn on March 14, 2013, 04:32 PM
bookmarking this thread for later. I've just been asked to speak about magazine writing, which I used to do, so this is great thread to soak up ::-)
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Post by: JodyJS on March 15, 2013, 04:33 AM
Very fun, terrylynn!

Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: awful waffles on May 06, 2013, 06:40 PM
 :chickendance   Congratulations to Blue Boarder  Alison Pierce Stevens on her article on terns in the current (June) issue of Highlights!  (Couldn't find a tern, so this dancing chicken will have to do!)
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Bobi Martin on May 06, 2013, 10:01 PM
I use to write quite a bit for magazines. In fact, I was on staff at one for six years where I wrote for adults and children. I got away from that when I started working on some novel and pb ideas.  The plus of magazine pieces is that their short length makes you really have to think about economy of words. And magazine sales are a good way to keep pub credits and $$ coming in while you're working on a book.
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Post by: awful waffles on May 07, 2013, 11:47 AM
There's also the advantage of sharing your writing with lots of children. At a Highlights workshop on magazine writing, Lou Waryncia pointed out that the average book sells about 5,000 copies, while the circulation of Highlights is two million!  I hope to have a picture book out one day, but I'll continue with magazines, too.  I think they're terrific.
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Post by: AV on May 08, 2013, 05:34 AM
I have to second what awful waffles said—a lot more readers see my work in Highlights than see my pb. I write short so not only is it a natural fit for me, it's what I love best. I remember being small and how I couldn't wait for the latest issue of Highlights to come in the mailbox, with the thrill of it being just for me so I think it's also important to write for magazines.
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Post by: Bobi Martin on May 10, 2013, 10:42 PM
My youngest grandson loved getting his own mail when his High Five magazine arrived each month. A point I forgot to mention is that book editors have seen a magazine story and contacted the writer to offer to a book contract.
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Post by: awful waffles on August 22, 2013, 06:40 PM
 :giddyup Hurray!  I just had my query accepted by AppleSeeds for a story on a very old New Mexico ranch.  I've been to it twice with school kids and I really look forward to writing the story!
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Post by: Heather Hatch on August 22, 2013, 07:09 PM
I admit, I lost my love for magazine sales because I kept selling stories that never appeared!  The money is nice, but....
Ditto... But I am considering jumping back in with a somewhat more seasoned tenacity, because I, too, have missed the feeling of making a regular contribution- and I need to- admittedly for more altruistic reasons than monetary...or maybe I want to, more from the adrenaline rush of a tight market squeeze.

I enjoy reading through the posts of you who have and still are finding consistent success there.  It's heartening.
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Post by: Heather Hatch on August 22, 2013, 07:16 PM
:giddyup Hurray!  I just had my query accepted by AppleSeeds for a story on a very old New Mexico ranch.  I've been to it twice with school kids and I really look forward to writing the story!

No awful waffles there, sounds to me like you're doing stupendous strawberries and cream topped ones!  :star2 Congratulations!! I really like hearing good magazine news, and such a good subject!
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Post by: barbrosenstock on September 10, 2013, 12:58 PM
Early on, I submitted and sold a story to Highlights which is still yet to be published (like I don't know, 5 years ago?) Through that story submission, met an editor for their book companies and now have a few picture books published by them. I have so many ideas that aren't going to be books and could make nice articles, but there's just so few mags out there to make the time (or money) worthwhile, just one opinion. Wish it was different though, I thought some of those kid mags did a wonderful job and in the classroom had just the right length stories for struggling readers.
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Post by: Alison Stevens on September 11, 2013, 04:49 AM
Aw, thanks awfulwaffles (Deb), I just saw your congrats on my tern story. Love the dancing chicken! I just got a surprise check from Highlights from a resale of one of my other stories. They're a class act.

 :busstop (because it's finally raining! And no longer sweltering!)
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Post by: JodyJS on September 11, 2013, 04:57 AM
Congrats, Alison, on the surprise check (and the rain)!

And Barb R, great story. I love writing for magazines!
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Post by: awful waffles on October 03, 2013, 02:27 AM
 :fairywand: I felt like I had a fairy godmother when our group toured the Highlights office this week, while here at the Barn for a workshop.  We all visited Kathleen Hayes' office, where she talked about High Five and opened the brand new issue of Hello (for babies) and three of our group had poems in it--Kathy Doherty, Heidi Bee Romer, and Deborah Holt Williams (me).  We took photos and celebrated.  Then we went to visit Joelle Dujardin's office, and she talked about Highlights, and showed Kathy's rebus in this month's issue and my rebus in last month's.  We celebrated and took photos.  Then two mornings later I checked my e-mail  :typing and there was a contract for a poem for High Five!  :love5: And Kathleen Hayes joined us for lunch at the barn.  One of the best things about the fabulous workshops at the Highlights Barn in Boyds Mills is the tour of the Higlights offices in Honesdale!  And making those connections.
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Post by: Starfish on October 03, 2013, 07:01 AM
Congratulations, Awful Waffles! I remember reading your rebus last month. It was so cute! It must've been such a great feeling -- having your rebus shown off by the editor to the whole group. :)

What are their offices like? Are their desks overflowing with stacks of manuscripts? I always wondered how they sort the manuscripts... Are there acceptance, still deciding, and rejection bins?
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Post by: Vijaya on October 03, 2013, 07:13 AM
Awful Waffles, so fun you all got to celebrate with the staff at Highlights. They really are the best. I just returned from the Carolinas SCBWI conf. and did my bit for magazine evangelization. Pam Zollman (former ed at Highlights) was there so it was great to catch up with her. At an informal meeting, she gave the scoop on how mss make their way through the editors, the value of entering the contest ...

Remember this year, it is: Holiday Stories. Get to work, folks.

Vijaya
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Post by: JodyJS on October 03, 2013, 07:17 AM
Starfish,
When I was at Honesdale a couple years ago, Joelle's desk was spotless! Maybe she had tucked all her stacks of subs under her desk, but I doubt it. She also made a comment about my writing in front of the group that was touring. So nice.
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Post by: Cindyb on October 03, 2013, 05:47 PM
Congratulations, Awful Waffles, on all your Highlights publications! I will go back and check out your Highlights rebus again. I did see DianaM's very cute Hiking poem in this months Highlights.
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Post by: awful waffles on October 04, 2013, 02:10 AM
Thanks, and yes--Joelle's desk is still immaculate!  The offices are in an old Victorian house.  Kathleen's office is upstairs, and really pretty small.  Downstairs there are lots of framed photos of the founders of the magazine, the first issue, etc.  Near Joelle's desk is a beautifully carved wooden Timbertoes family.  I'm such a Highlights geek, I loved it all.  :yeah
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Post by: CarrieF on October 04, 2013, 03:48 PM
Deborah, what a GREAT trip! I'd love to go to a Highlights workshop someday. *sigh*
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Post by: Ev on October 04, 2013, 08:50 PM
Congratulations, Deborah!!  :fireworks  What a wonderful feeling to have the editors sharing your work with the rest of the group touring. And how awesome that you've had so many pieces published with Highlights!
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Post by: Starfish on October 08, 2013, 02:47 PM
Deborah, We just got our issue of Hello and my twin toddlers loved your poem! Congrats, again!  :goldstar
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Post by: awful waffles on October 08, 2013, 03:33 PM
Oh, Starfish, that makes me so happy!  I wrote it for my granddaughter Olivia when she was a baby and just loved her stacking cups!  She's a big two year-old now.  Snuggles to your twins! :shootingstar  :shootingstar
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Post by: susie1 on October 17, 2013, 01:27 PM
Many years ago I used to submit to about 20 magazines, now there are about 3 I have to submit to and the acceptances are much rarer these days, unfortunately. Much good luck to all, though. Hopefully it will turn around.
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Post by: awful waffles on October 17, 2013, 07:02 PM
I posted some pictures of the Highlights offices and The Barn on my blog if anyone would like to see them. http://deborahholtwilliams.blogspot.com/  :oncomputer
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Post by: Vijaya on October 17, 2013, 07:45 PM
Deborah, I loved your pictures!!! And I laughed out loud when I read that you did discuss poetry.

I made several posts, with pictures, about my trip earlier in June: http://www.vijayabodach.blogspot.com/search/label/Highlights

Enjoy.

I recently made a couple of submission to High Five. And I'm going to work on holiday stories come Dec. Shorts are such a great way to take breaks from the longer works.

Vijaya
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Post by: awful waffles on October 17, 2013, 08:47 PM
Hi, Vijaya!  Isn't that dinosaur skull something?  I love Highlights.  Good luck with your High Five submissions!
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Post by: Starfish on October 18, 2013, 02:44 PM
Good luck with your submissions, Vijaya!

Very informative posting on your blog, Deborah. Thank you for sharing what you learned and saw. I hope I can one day go to a Highlights conference. And by the way, my kids like all of the stories and poems in the current issue of Hello but they insist on skipping straight to yours first. :) Mine are almost 2, too.

Oh and Susie, I know what you mean about a limited magazine market. I have 10 different short stories outlined but they're all going to magazines that I've already subbed to but not heard back from yet. So, my stories will be sitting here at home for a while. Guess that's better anyway. I always end up revising them after they've sat for a while. :)
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Post by: awful waffles on November 28, 2013, 09:44 PM
I'm pleased to report that I have a poem in the newest issue of Hello, for babies, and that I got a bear card for a story for Highlights!
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Post by: JodyJS on November 29, 2013, 05:15 AM
Congrats, Awful!
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Post by: Sara on November 29, 2013, 08:25 AM
Yay for you, Awful Waffles! :)
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Post by: Cindyb on November 29, 2013, 05:29 PM
Congrats! Hope the bear card leads to more good news.
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Post by: Ev on November 29, 2013, 06:11 PM
Wonderful news, Awful!!  :yay  Congrats on the poem and bear card. Crossing my fingers that the story will be accepted.
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Post by: CarrieF on December 01, 2013, 05:03 PM
Yay, Deb! That's great news!

I still haven't actually seen a copy of Hello. I need to order some back issues to get a feel for it.
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Post by: awful waffles on December 20, 2013, 11:33 AM
Ho ho ho Woohoo--the bear card did turn into a sale! Got the contract in my e-mail this week.  :santa
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Post by: DianaM on December 20, 2013, 11:50 AM
YAY!!! Just in time for Christmas! Congrats, awful waffles! When did you sub it?


 :santasleigh2:
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Post by: Sara on December 20, 2013, 12:18 PM
Yay for you, Waffles! Great Christmas present, huh?
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Post by: Starfish on December 20, 2013, 01:40 PM
Congratulations, Deborah! That's wonderful news, especially during the holiday season :)
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Post by: awful waffles on December 20, 2013, 09:21 PM
Thanks, Starfish, Sara and Diana!  I subbed it 6/18/13, got a request for revisions 9/16/13, bear card 11/11/13.  Here's hoping we all get good news in 2014!   :xmascheer:
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Post by: CarrieF on December 21, 2013, 08:18 AM
Congratulations, Deborah! That's great news. What a nice Christmas gift!
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Post by: Kell on December 21, 2013, 09:02 AM
Yay Waffles!
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Post by: Marcia on December 21, 2013, 09:20 AM
Congratulations Waffles!
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Post by: Ev on January 02, 2014, 04:48 PM
I'm a little late on the congratulations party, but I did want to tell you how very happy I am for you, Deborah!!  :flowers2 That's a wonderful way to end the year and be ready to launch the new one!
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Post by: Bobi Martin on January 02, 2014, 09:57 PM
Great news, Deborah.  I'm happy for you!
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Post by: SarahW on March 14, 2014, 07:29 PM
I guess I'm writing for magazines? Whenever I try for a novel, in final draft it ends up being the size of a ten part serial instead.

But finding one is hard, as I usually write the story first.:/
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Post by: awful waffles on May 09, 2014, 09:25 PM
 :margarita  Margaritas all around--my rebus The Red Kite is in the June 2014 issue of Highlights.  It's based on a real event--I took my preschool class to the park to fly a kite and the wind took it.  We were bummed, but we played in the park, then walked back to the preschool, and there was the kite in our yard!
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Post by: jojocookie on May 10, 2014, 03:46 AM
Hi awful waffles. I will be picking that one up.
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Post by: JodyJS on May 10, 2014, 07:16 AM
Woot, Awful!
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Post by: Schriscoe on May 10, 2014, 10:14 AM
:margarita  Margaritas all around--my rebus The Red Kite is in the June 2014 issue of Highlights.  It's based on a real event--I took my preschool class to the park to fly a kite and the wind took it.  We were bummed, but we played in the park, then walked back to the preschool, and there was the kite in our yard!
SO cool that it really happened! I saw it in my High Five that I got in the mail yesterday! Nicely done!
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Post by: DianaM on May 11, 2014, 07:24 AM
Ha! I love that story, Deborah! How fun. I will look for it in the issue.
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Post by: Ev on May 19, 2014, 01:21 PM
Congratulations, Deborah!  What a fun story! I'm glad it found a home with Highlights where lots of kids can enjoy it.

 :partytime (I couldn't find a smilie with a red kite, so I'm using a red balloon instead.)
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Post by: SarahW on May 30, 2014, 08:18 PM
I actually just submitted by first short, I've been hesitant to submit anything for a long time.


Not sure how long wait time is, but I heard that's normal.
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Post by: awful waffles on May 30, 2014, 09:49 PM
 :jump:  Good luck, Sarah!  I just returned from a workshop at the Highlights Barn in Pennsylvania.  If you're interested, you can read about it on my blog at http://www.deborahholtwilliams.blogspot.com/  There are photos, too.  I'd heartily recommend a workshop there.  (I gained three pounds on the wonderful food!)
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Post by: Ev on May 31, 2014, 11:31 AM
Yay for your wonderful Highlights experience, Deborah!!   :partytime That sounds awesome.

And best wishes to you, Sarah, on your submission.  Waiting patience is one of the skills we learn very early as an author. It's definitely an integral part of the profession.  :grin3
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Post by: SarahW on May 31, 2014, 12:23 PM
Writing for zines is a bit of a paradox, getting into the mind of a kid. While being mature enough to accept rejection. :P

I'll be sure to check out your blog.
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Post by: debra-katz on August 29, 2015, 11:01 AM
I have not been on the message board for a looong time, but happen to come across your question re: is anyone writing for magazines anymore, and I can answer 'Yes!' I'm still writing picture book manuscripts, but I am also writing fiction, rebuses, and poems for the magazine market. I have yet to get a picture book contract, but have had almost 20 manuscripts accepted by magazines. Writing fiction for magazines has helped me understand the difference between writing picture book and magazine stories and I think it has made my picture book manuscripts stronger. It is great to receive some validation for my writing skills. You don't have to stick to just one genre, but if you have the time you can hone your skills in various types of writing.
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Post by: SarahW on November 28, 2015, 09:06 PM
I've been trying to write for magazines, except my adult stories and middle grade stories end up getting merged together after a certain point into a certain kind of theme of 'loss and rebirth of idealism.'

I think the whole merging of subjectivity and objectivity likely doesn't help.:/
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Post by: Ev on December 15, 2015, 12:22 PM
Just wanted to share that my first puzzle with Highlights is in the January issue--"Riddling Rides" on page 11. It was so fun to get my author copies of the magazine today.  :running
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Post by: Sara on December 15, 2015, 12:27 PM
 :goldstar

Yay, Ev!
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Post by: Cindyb on December 15, 2015, 12:39 PM
Hurray!! I will look for it in the library's magazine. 
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Post by: asingrey on December 15, 2015, 01:00 PM
Congratulations, Ev! And I noticed your lovely puzzle in the Jan./Feb. issue of Pockets, too! January will be a good month for you.
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Post by: Sue G. on December 15, 2015, 01:09 PM
 :yay Ev! Congrats on "Riddling Rides"   :stars3

Sue
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Post by: Vijaya on December 15, 2015, 02:24 PM
How fun, Ev!!!! Congratulations.
V.
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Post by: Starfish on December 15, 2015, 04:19 PM
Congratulations, Ev! That's great news!
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Post by: TMarie on December 15, 2015, 04:56 PM
YAY! That's terrific, Ev!
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Post by: Ev on December 15, 2015, 06:59 PM
Thanks, everybody. And congratulations to you on your basketball story, Abigail!  :yay I really liked it. And how cool that it's the very first story in the issue.
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Post by: asingrey on December 15, 2015, 07:05 PM
Thank you, Ev! I loved the illustrations in this issue. I was really excited to be in Pockets!
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Post by: jesse-martin on December 16, 2015, 07:26 AM
My  niche is drama so I am still writing for Plays, the drama magazine for young people.   I've done over a dozen plays for them since 2001.   My next one is coming out in the January-February 2016 issue.    I've submitted to Cricket over the years but have yet to make a sale.
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Post by: Cindyb on December 16, 2015, 12:18 PM
I had my first acceptance for Hello!! So excited! 

And, Abigail, I had to pull out my Pockets and read your story. Enjoyed! Didn't recognize you as a blueboarder when I got it. (But I will from now on.) Congrats, too, Ev!  I have a poem in that issue.

Jesse-martin, I'm in awe of anyone who can write plays. Congrats!
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Post by: asingrey on December 16, 2015, 12:38 PM
I looked through my copy and found your winter poem, Cindyb! I really admire all your poetry sales. I tried it for a while, but never managed to sell a poem. Now I'm focusing on fiction, and having a little bit better luck.

And I'm so excited for your Hello acceptance!!!
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Post by: AzGuy on December 16, 2015, 07:24 PM
Yippee! Great news, Ev.  :yourock
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Post by: Ev on December 17, 2015, 05:13 PM
Yay, Cindy, on your poem!! :hurrah I like it! Perfect for winter.

It's so fun to know other people who are in the same issue with you. (One of my critique group buddies is also in the issue--with her 'list.')

Congrats, Jesse, on all your published plays!!  :wow  That's impressive.
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Post by: mk-resk on May 04, 2016, 03:28 PM
I know this thread is old, but I just have to say... I just waded through all archived 8 pages of kudos and questions and advice. As a newbie who just received her second rejection for a magazine article this afternoon (I was sooo hopeful on this one, too!) reading through all of these posts was more inspiring than discouraging even in this current market. Thanks for sharing the love, people. I will keep persevering...
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Post by: Ev on May 04, 2016, 04:00 PM
It's great to have you here, MK. Hugs on those rejections. :hug

Perseverance really is the key. After you sub that piece some more, if you think you've run out of possibilities, you might find it helpful to read the article in this month's issue of Writing for Children's Magazines. Pascale has a great suggestion in it. (http://evelynchristensen.com/mags.html)

Best wishes to you!
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Post by: mk-resk on May 04, 2016, 07:01 PM
Thanks so much for the encouragement and link, Evelyn. When I clicked on your website I realized I've read some of the other articles you have there. It's great to "meet" you. Cheers!
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Post by: Ev on May 05, 2016, 05:41 AM
It's great to 'meet' you, too, MK. The Blueboard is really a fun place to make friends and to learn and share. Hope it feels like 'home' to you soon.
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Post by: Vijaya on May 05, 2016, 06:25 AM
I've not visited this thread in a while, but how lovely to see some new faces here. Welcome! And Ev is the BEST!!!
Vijaya
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Post by: awful waffles on June 10, 2016, 10:21 PM
Thanks to Evelyn, I learned about an interactive on-line children's magazine called Bumples.  Thought they might be a good fit for a story I used to tell, and sure enough, it's in the June issue!  (It's called One Funny Day, and they created an interactive matching game to go with it.)  Also happy to have a poem in this month's Hello!, the Highlights for babies, called Nana and Me.  With all the picture book rejections I get, magazine sales really keep me going.  :trailer
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Post by: Sara on June 11, 2016, 08:35 AM
Congrats, waffles!  :yourock
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Post by: Ev on June 11, 2016, 10:31 AM
I'm thrilled to hear about your successes, Waffles!!  :stars3 And I understand exactly what you mean about mag acceptances keeping you going in the midst of all the pb rejections. I'm right there with you.
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Post by: Vijaya on June 11, 2016, 12:20 PM
What great news Waffles!!! Yes, those magazine acceptances sure brighten our days and make up for the rejections.
Vijaya
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Post by: Ev on June 18, 2016, 05:06 AM
Just got a poem acceptance from Highlights.  :running

It's been quite a saga (see stats in Response Times)! Almost two full years.

Big thanks to you, Vijaya, for your part in this!!!  :thankyou  And to you, Sara, for encouraging me to status query and giving me an email I could use.  :hug
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Post by: awful waffles on June 18, 2016, 05:09 AM
 :dancer  You rock, Ev!  I'm sure this will be the first of many!
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Post by: Starfish on June 18, 2016, 05:48 AM
Congratulations, Ev!!! Two years - wow, what a long wait!
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Post by: Vijaya on June 18, 2016, 07:41 AM
Patience pays off. I can't wait to see it in the pages of Highlights. Congratulations!!!
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Post by: Jayca on June 18, 2016, 08:44 AM
Yay, Ev!!!  :hurrah
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Post by: Ev on June 18, 2016, 09:50 AM
Thank you, all!  :thankyou

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Post by: 217mom on June 18, 2016, 10:08 AM
Yay, Ev! I always felt your poetry deserves more exposure.  :star2 :star2 :star2 :star2 :star2 :star2
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Post by: asingrey on June 18, 2016, 11:50 AM
Big congratulations, Ev! Highlights is such a great magazine.
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Post by: dinalapomy101 on June 18, 2016, 04:09 PM
Highlights is still my dream pub! I gotta get some subs out there but haven't in years after I switched to focusing on novels... You are an inspiration. :)
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Post by: awful waffles on June 18, 2016, 04:34 PM
Good luck to you, Dina!  Highlights uses Submittable now, and I like being able to check and see if a submission has been declined or is in progress.
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Post by: AnnH on June 18, 2016, 05:30 PM
Anyone writing for teen/ya magazines? I used to back in the day when most magazines (adult, ya, and kids) had stories.

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Post by: Cindyb on June 18, 2016, 06:19 PM
Ev, congratulations!! Wow- perseverance paid off. I sure hope you don't have to wait that long (or longer) to see it in print!!
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Post by: Cindyb on January 11, 2017, 07:26 PM
While at the library, I read their January Babybug, and found my poem in it! This is a poem Babybug accepted five years ago, so it was a sweet surprise. Now I'm watching my mailbox for my author copies, and payment.
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Post by: Ev on January 11, 2017, 07:42 PM
 :yay Cindy, that's great news!! Congratulations! Sorry you had to wait so long for publication. Hope you get your copies and payment soon.
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Post by: awful waffles on January 11, 2017, 08:16 PM
 :snowski  Woohoo, Cindy!  What a terrific surprise!  I've never made it into those "bug" magazines.  But a nice thing about Highlights--they pay up front, even though they may hang on to it for years.
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Post by: JodyJS on January 12, 2017, 12:09 PM
Congratulations, Cindy! Such fun to find your work in a magazine.

I'm in the January Ladybug, so I guess we're both...bugs?
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Post by: Vijaya on January 12, 2017, 04:56 PM
Congratulations Cindy and Jody!!!
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Post by: Ev on January 12, 2017, 06:30 PM
 :stars3  YAY, Jody! I love hearing people's magazine joys!
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Post by: Cindyb on January 12, 2017, 07:21 PM
Yes, Jody, I read the January Ladybug, too, and saw your name!  And, my copies came today!
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Post by: JodyJS on January 13, 2017, 04:29 AM
Yay!  :yeah
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Post by: shanah-salter on March 20, 2017, 06:26 AM
Congratulations guys! I was thinking of submitting, does anyone know the name of the current editor (for cover letter salutation)?

Thanks! Shanah
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Post by: tracy-vonder-brink on June 10, 2017, 11:59 AM
Hi all,

So happy to find a board dedicated to magazine writing! I started focusing on magazines last July, and my happy place is definitely NF articles. I've had acceptances from Highlights, ASK, and Cricket, a bunch of rejections, and even more submissions and pitches I'm waiting on.

Tracy
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Post by: Ev on June 10, 2017, 12:09 PM
Wow, Tracy! Sounds like you're on fire!  :stars3  Congratulations on your sales and best wishes on those subs that are still out.
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Post by: Sara on June 11, 2017, 05:15 PM
Welcome, Tracy! Glad to have another magazine writer on this thread! :)
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Post by: tracy-vonder-brink on June 11, 2017, 05:36 PM
Thanks, Sara!

Tracy
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Post by: zoraida-rivera on June 13, 2017, 10:31 PM
I wanted to share my good news.  One of my stories has been accepted to be published in High Five!  (I try to put smileys, but only the link appears when I do, but I´m excited about it.)  I'M HAPPY, I'M HAPPY!!!   I submitted it in English and Spanish, but they accepted only the English version. 
I find it's so difficult to get published in magazines!  I'm very pleased!!!
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Post by: tracy-vonder-brink on June 14, 2017, 07:17 AM
Congratulations! That's great!  :stars3

Tracy
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Post by: Vijaya on June 14, 2017, 07:42 AM
Congratulations Zoraida!!! My little poem about mittens is going to be in the Dec. issue of High Five.

And Tracy!!! Great to meet another magazine writer. How wonderful that you've had so many acceptances!!!
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Post by: tracy-vonder-brink on June 14, 2017, 07:54 AM
Vijaya,

Congratulations on your poem!  :hurrah

The other day I counted, because I was curious...since last July I've had five acceptances and five rejections and am waiting to hear on another five submissions (although pretty sure at least two of those will be rejections). I think the trick is to keep pitching!
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Post by: Vijaya on June 14, 2017, 07:56 AM
The other day I counted, because I was curious...since last July I've had five acceptances and five rejections and am waiting to hear on another five submissions (although pretty sure at least two of those will be rejections). I think the trick is to keep pitching!

Thanks and that's a high rate of acceptance. Keep on pitching!!!!!

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Post by: Ev on June 14, 2017, 10:12 AM
Congratulations, Zoraida and Vijaya!!  :yay That's wonderful news.

And YAY for all your acceptances, Tracy!  :star2 You're right about the secret being to keep sending pieces out. For one thing, if you have 5 pieces out and a rejection comes in, it doesn't hurt as much as it would if that were your only submission out there--you still have those other 4 to pin your hopes on. And if a rejection does come in, remember to try to get it sent out again as promptly as possible. Sometimes it even helps to plan ahead. As you're sending out a sub, jot down where you'll send it next, if it does get rejected. That keeps Mr. Discourage from telling you it's not worth bothering to find another place to send your rejected piece.
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Post by: tracy-vonder-brink on June 14, 2017, 12:29 PM
You're right about the secret being to keep sending pieces out. For one thing, if you have 5 pieces out and a rejection comes in, it doesn't hurt as much as it would if that were your only submission out there--you still have those other 4 to pin your hopes on. And if a rejection does come in, remember to try to get it sent out again as promptly as possible. Sometimes it even helps to plan ahead. As you're sending out a sub, jot down where you'll send it next, if it does get rejected. That keeps Mr. Discourage from telling you it's not worth bothering to find another place to send your rejected piece.

Thanks, Ev! Some were issue-specific pitches that won't necessarily fit anywhere else right away. However, I keep a file of ideas and of pitches/articles that haven't been picked up and keep an eye out for new opportunities.

Tracy
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Post by: tracy-vonder-brink on June 27, 2017, 07:43 AM
Very happy to say that my article "The Man Who Built a Better Leg" is in the July/August issue of Cricket. I received my contributor copies a few days ago. (I'd add an image of the first page but can't figure out how to get the Insert Image function to work.)

Tracy
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Post by: Sara on June 27, 2017, 09:34 AM
Congrats, Tracy! Cricket is such a great magazine.  :flowers2
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Post by: Starfish on August 01, 2017, 12:06 PM
My story, "Deepa's Navratri Dress," is in the September issue of Highlights! I just got my contributor copies - made my day!
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Post by: JFriday on August 01, 2017, 01:34 PM
Yay, Starfish! Contributor copies are the best! Congratulations. :stars3
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Post by: Ev on August 01, 2017, 02:22 PM
Glad to hear your good news, Starfish!!  :stars3  A story in Highlights is definitely something to celebrate! Congratulations!
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Post by: Vijaya on August 01, 2017, 02:50 PM
:congratulations  Starfish!!!!!
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Post by: 217mom on August 01, 2017, 03:57 PM
Ev's E-zine    http://www.evelynchristensen.com/mags.html

 just published something from me, in addition to a good interview with an editor Marylyn Edwards.
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Post by: Starfish on August 03, 2017, 06:55 AM
Thank you, JFriday, Vijaya and Ev!
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Post by: Vijaya on August 03, 2017, 08:13 AM
Ev's E-zine    http://www.evelynchristensen.com/mags.html

 just published something from me, in addition to a good interview with an editor Marylyn Edwards.

:congratulations
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Post by: Starfish on August 03, 2017, 08:16 AM
Congrats! I enjoyed your article and as always, Ev's ezine is so informative!
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Post by: Brie on September 14, 2017, 10:10 AM
Hello all! I just received my first ever acceptance letter! Highlights High Five bought a 12 line poem from me and I'm beyond excited! :) I can't wait to see it in print, and I'm excited to see what the illustrations will look like.
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Post by: Vijaya on September 14, 2017, 10:15 AM
 :partytime Congratulations Brie!!!!! May this be the first of many!!! :partytime
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Post by: Starfish on September 14, 2017, 10:48 AM
Yay, Brie! Congratulations! High Five is amazing!
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Post by: Ev on September 14, 2017, 11:35 AM
What an awesome first, Brie!!  :yay  That's so exciting! Be sure to let us know when it gets published, so we can celebrate with you on that, too. Congratulations!!
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Post by: Sara on September 14, 2017, 02:16 PM
 :stars3  Yay for you!!!!
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Post by: Moriah on September 14, 2017, 05:45 PM
Congrats, Brie! :stars3 What a great magazine to be your first acceptance!

Moriah
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Post by: Brie on September 14, 2017, 08:46 PM
Thank you all so much! I really appreciate your kind words. :) I will be sure to let you know when it gets published.
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Post by: Vijaya on November 07, 2017, 07:16 AM
Ev might have to put me in mod :jail but in case you all don't read blogs I wanted to share that I got comp copies in yesterday's mail for High Five for my poem, Tomorrow's Mittens, submitted over 10 yrs ago :faint  Also read Stephanie Shaw's sweet story about laundry day. Brought back sweet memories of when my kiddos were little. Love the hidden pictures and all their regular features, but for the younger set. This is definitely a magazine to target if you write for babies and toddlers. And I'm also writing book reviews for our parish newsletter so another debut. It made me feel like a :goldstar 
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Post by: carrots on November 07, 2017, 09:56 AM
Yay!! Congratulations, Vijaya and Stephanie!!

 :love5 :stars3 :love5 :stars3 :love5
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Post by: Starfish on November 07, 2017, 10:03 AM
Congratulations, Vijaya and Stephanie!

That is one long wait, Vijaya. I sold two pieces to them last year, so I'm guessing they won't be published for a while. So happy your piece finally was! You must be so happy!
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Post by: Ev on November 07, 2017, 10:38 AM
Oh, YAY! Vijaya and Stephanie!! :drumroll :drumroll  I'm so happy for you both. And I'm especially happy for you, Vijaya, that your poem was finally pubbed after 10 years. (That means there's hope for mine that's also been more than 10 years since acceptance. :crossedfingers)

Also, congrats on your getting to write the book reviews for your parish newsletter, Vijaya! I'm sure your insights will be a blessing to the readers.
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Post by: tracy-vonder-brink on November 07, 2017, 01:15 PM
 :wow Ten years! Did they adjust your payment for inflation?  :naughty

Congratulations!
Tracy
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Post by: Brie on November 07, 2017, 02:48 PM
Holy moly...10 years! Congratulations on all the good news! :)
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Post by: Cindyb on November 07, 2017, 03:20 PM
My granddaughter gets that magazine. I'll be sure to look for both!  Congrats!
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Post by: Vijaya on November 07, 2017, 05:25 PM
Thanks so much for celebrating with me. I'd seen the galleys earlier this year but I forgot so the comp. copies were a delightful surprise.

Starfish, I hope you don't have to wait a decade; you just never know when a piece will fit as they design each issue. So I had to look up the date of acceptance and it's been 13 yrs!
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Post by: Jayca on November 07, 2017, 06:02 PM
Congratulations Vijaya and Stephanie! Wow, V, 10 years! I have one from many, many years ago I'm still waiting on. But it's all worth it in the end :)
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Post by: dkshumaker on November 07, 2017, 07:29 PM
YAY to both of you!!!!!! :star2 :star2 :star2
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Post by: Debbie Vilardi on November 07, 2017, 08:07 PM
Lucky 13. Go figure. Congratz, V. I'll have to stop at the shelf in my library. Congratz to Stephanie too.
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Post by: Sara on November 08, 2017, 12:17 PM
Yay, Vijaya and Stephanie!

Speaking of long waits, I'm waiting on a story that Highlights bought in 2009, so "only" 8 years ago. Guess I'll have to wait another 2 years to see it in print!  :lol4
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Post by: Ev on September 03, 2018, 12:44 PM
Thought I'd resurrect this thread and share that I'm excited to have one of my puzzles, "Tic-Tac-Grow," in the September issue of Highlights (p.15).   :running  (They actually made a mistake in the puzzle. So, if you get a chance to see the issue, an additional puzzle for you can be to see if you can figure out the mistake.  :laugh )

Now, I'll encourage any of the rest of you who have magazine joys, to share either here or in the main Kidlit Good News section. I'd love to help you celebrate!  :yup
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Post by: 217mom on September 03, 2018, 01:10 PM
Yay, Ev! You're sending us on a typo hunt  :dancer
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Sara on September 03, 2018, 01:13 PM
Congrats, Ev! I'll bet it was a little frustrating to see the error in your puzzle, but good for you in finding a way to turn it around--two puzzles for the price of one! LOL. I'll take a look at a September issue when I have a chance.

I don't have any September news to share, but I had an article, "Ready to Compete," in the August issue of Highlights.

Happy magazine writing, everyone!

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Post by: Ev on September 03, 2018, 01:27 PM
Thank you, Mirka and Sara!!  :hug

And congratulations, Sara, on your August article in Highlights!!  :stars3 Was the article about tips for preparing for a competition, about a specific competitor's preparation, or some other aspect of competing?  Just from the title, it sounds like a great topic for kids, since so many kids these days are really into competitions.
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Post by: Starfish on September 03, 2018, 02:00 PM
Congratulations, Ev and Sara! I will look for your pieces in the Aug and Sept Highlights issues.

After a string of rejections, this has been a lucky year for me so far.

Humpty Dumpty bought 3 build-a-book stories (May/June 2018, July/Aug 2018, November/Dec 2018).

Ladybug bought my revised #ownvoices short story in Aug.

I am hoping the luck continues... I got an invitation last week to revise and resubmit an #ownvoices short story for Highlights, but R&Rs always leave me with  butterflies in my tummy...
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Sara on September 03, 2018, 02:35 PM
Thanks, Ev and Starfish. And congratulations to you, Starfish! You're on a roll!!

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Was the article about tips for preparing for a competition, about a specific competitor's preparation, or some other aspect of competing?  Just from the title, it sounds like a great topic for kids, since so many kids these days are really into competitions.

Ev, my article was about an inspiring girl who wears a prosthetic arm to play many different sports. It was a very interesting article to research!
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Post by: Ev on September 03, 2018, 06:45 PM
 :yay Starfish!! Sounds like you've got Humpty Dumpty's build-a-book stories figured out!  Congrats on those and also on the Ladybug story. I've got my fingers crossed for you on the Highlights revision.

Sara, what a great subject for a story! I can well imagine that it's provided inspiration for thousands of children.
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Vijaya on September 03, 2018, 06:52 PM
Ev, thanks for resurrecting this thread. I'm so happy to read of all these acceptances. 
:congratulations  Sara, Starfish and Ev!!!
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Post by: Debbie Vilardi on September 03, 2018, 08:19 PM
Congratz, everyone. Great to see so much good news in here.
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Post by: Hopeful on April 12, 2019, 09:25 AM
On the topic of magazines, I am just curious.  When you have a piece accepted for a themed issue, does that expedite the time to publication?
Title: Re: Is anyone here writing for magazines any more?
Post by: Ev on April 12, 2019, 01:25 PM
Yes, from the standpoint that you have a definite date when it'll be published.  Without that, your piece may wait for months or years until the magazine decides they want to use it. One of my poems was accepted by a magazine 13 years ago and still hasn't been published. Fortunately, I was paid for it, but it would be nice to see it in print. On the other hand, that same magazine published a craft of mine almost immediately. In that case, it was a quicker publication that most acceptances for themed issues, but that's a rare situation, in my experience.