My fellow writer, public speaker and musician Martha Kendall was happy to report two weeks ago that her article was accepted by a publication some of you might want to try:
Active Over 50
A magazine for active older adults in Silicon Valley that's published in print and online by Larry Hayes
Remember that you don't have to live in Silicon Valley to submit an article. Rather, take whatever subject you're interested in and include details specific to those within the readership. If you're an avid walker who happens to live in Wisconsin, for example, you could write an article about some favorite hikes you did while visiting this area.
That approach — of taking a general topic and localizing it to reach a lot of smaller markets — is a great way to promote your area of interest or book aimed at that subject, a lesson strategy Martha knows well.
Martha wrote her article as part of her ongoing promotion for her nonfiction book, Full Cycle, about her family's bicycling trek across Spain. Along with the article, she submitted a bio that includes the book title. Such a mention goes a long way toward reaching those in an author's target market, a necessary task discussed in the post previous to this one.
When Martha's article was published this week, however, she found that her book's title was accidentally omitted. Martha said that's led to a refinement in her procedure for dealing with those who publish her work. Next time, she says, when she thanks someone for accepting her work for publication, she'll provide a gentle reminder to include her writing credentials.
Thanks for the great advice, Martha.
I just received an email advertising Ecotone, a literary magazine put out by the University of North Carolina (Wilmington) Department of Creative Writing. I get a lot of such emails, but what caught my eye were contributors, many of them heavy hitters like former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, novelist Ann Beattie and nonfiction writer Peter Trachtenberg.
Founded in 2005, the magazine's website states:
Each issue brings together the literary and the scientific, the personal and the biological, the urban and the rural. An ecotone is a transition zone between two adjacent ecological communities, containing the characteristic species of each. It is therefore a place of danger or opportunity, a testing ground. We embrace and celebrate these ecotones by breaking out of the pen of the purely literary and wandering freely among the disciplines.
The submission period starts Aug. 15 and goes through April 15, so you might check out the archives to see if what the magazine publishes is similar to what you write. If so, here are the submission guidelines.