Always Wanted to See Your Byline
Get Articles into Print Sooner With Instruction
and Feedback from a Highly Published
Magazine Writing Coach
Dear aspiring magazine writer,
I'll never forget the note I received
from my father after my first byline appeared in
print. "Your mother had to sew all new
buttons on my shirt," he wrote me. I too was
bursting with pride. And in
the years to come, I never quite got over the thrill of
seeing my name in lights in national magazines and
That thrill can be yours as
well. With expert guidance, you can experience the
excitement and fulfillment of passing along your ideas,
your experiences, your words, your research and maybe
even your unique humor to readers who know you only from
My Breaking Into Print course
for beginning freelance writers teaches you step by step how to understand what
magazines and newspapers want and expect from you. It also provides invaluable feedback that
helps you approach publications with publishable article
ideas that they are eager to see turned into completed
articles that they pay you for.
One thing you'll learn in the course
is why it's generally not advisable to sit down and
write your heart out and then look around for a magazine
that might publish your outpourings. Breaking
Into Print explains exactly what to do instead, and
why. You'll discover why I was able to interest no
less a publication than The New York Times in my
first article and how you can use the same techniques to
break into print and grow your magazine writing career.
"As I reread my latest
query listing four articles sold to three
different magazines, it's hard for me to believe
that a year ago being a freelance writer was all
just a dream. I am so grateful to you for
your help, Marcia!" - C. B. Mather,
Like all the testimonials on this
site, the customer comments on this page were provided
without compensation, incentives or rewards.
Learn how to write for magazines and
The course consists of two components. The first part is a self-paced,
11-lesson curriculum that you can work through as slowly or as quickly as you like. The second part, interlaced with the first, is
nine assignments that let you practice the skills
necessary for attracting the attention of
gatekeepers at magazines and newspapers and dealing
effectively with those editors. You submit your assignments by
email directly to me, Marcia Yudkin, for my prompt personal feedback.
In case you're not familiar with my background, I have successfully supported myself as a writer for more than 20 years, publishing in hundreds of magazines ranging from the
New York Times Magazine and Psychology Today to
Ladies Home Journal, New Age Journal and Business 2.0.
I have spoken at more than 50 writer's conferences
throughout the United States and coached more than 200
My 1988 HarperCollins book on getting started
writing for magazines, Freelance Writing for
Magazines & Newspapers, was a selection of both
the Book of the Month Club and the Writer's Digest Book
Club. The word-of-mouth recommendations this book
received were so powerful that HarperCollins still
continues to sell it, even though it was written prior
to the rise of the Internet and is therefore somewhat out of
Now here are some snapshots of what you'll
learn from the 160+ page course manual and the
Breaking into print: What you'll learn
Instead of struggling through trial
and error, you'll slash your learning curve with Breaking Into
Print's insights, such as:
- Seven myths about getting published, and the three
qualities you need to become successful as a
- What you must add to every article idea to make it
tempting enough for an editor to give you an
opportunity to get published
- Three ways to exploit your personal experiences in
proposing articles for magazines, including one
where you never use the word "I"
- Six factors that help readers - and editors - care
about your article topic
- Pitfalls to avoid when turning your own
experiences into prose
- How to cash in on your hobbies, your educational
background, opinions and job experience
- Are you a connoisseur of food, movies, technology
or hotels? Tips for getting gigs as a reviewer
"I am so grateful for the spot-on feedback and direction Marcia provided in her Breaking Into Print course. Frankly, I was a little put off by her directness when I began - she doesn't sugarcoat what needs to be said. But she is consummately professional in her admonishments to make it shorter and more vivid (like-minded with the editors, who don't read on if these techniques aren't mastered).
"Marcia's candor and expertise have helped me craft queries and articles that I can now look back on without thinking they could stand just one more re-write." - Debbie Withers, McDonough, GA
- Ten characteristics that might make people you
know worthy of a magazine article
- Meeting the challenges of writing profiles,
Q&A articles, roundups and more
- Why your home town and surroundings can become the
basis of lucrative travel articles
- Thirteen reasons why news events and trends that
you spot in your neighborhood can interest national publications
- Just got your first contract? No need to
panic! Get a rundown on the terms and clauses
it undoubtedly contains
- Five situations that are exceptions to the most
recommended strategy for contacting editors
- The four-part structure of a typical magazine
article, and which one of those ingredients can
sometimes be left out
- Twenty ways to start an article, with warnings
about a few risky or weak openings
- Extras! Extras! The "side
dishes" that make your article especially
mouthwatering to an editor
- Tips for identifying and approaching interview
- Guidelines for getting paid what a magazine or
newspaper owes you
- What to do when you suspect that someone has "stolen"
- How to build your freelance writing career from
the bottom up or from the top down
- Part-time vs. full-time: considerations for
making this and other career decisions
- Do you know what a "kill fee" is, what a
"fact check" involves and what a
"stringer" does? Such mysteries are
dispelled once and for all in a handy glossary
the Breaking into Print course now.
Complete the assignments at your own pace
In addition, Breaking Into Print
includes nine assignments that you submit to me by
email for one-on-one feedback, so that you can make sure that you are on track in developing the skills that
will get your loved one's buttons popping off in pride
at your byline.
Since this is an interactive home-study course, you may take as much or as little time between assignments as you need. Complete the course in a month or in a year, as you prefer.
Nearly all of the assignments easily
adapt to whatever subject matter you aim to write on for
magazines, whether you dream of breaking into food
magazines, outdoor publications, city magazines or
publications connected to a hobby of yours. It's
applicable to you whether you live in the U.S., Canada,
India, Italy, Tahiti, New Zealand or anyplace else on
"Just when you think you've nailed the nugget of a query, or found an angle you think no one else has yet discovered, Marcia Yudkin
challenges you to dig deeper and offers specific, concrete suggestions of
how you might go about doing this.
"Though I'm now published in several
international glossies and newspapers, I continue to value and appreciate
Marcia's sage advice, regardless of whether I'm approaching a new market or
continue to be the star, go-to freelancer for markets I already write for. She offers so much more than the usual 'know your market' advice." - Marisa
Now, how much will it cost to receive the advice-packed course manual and personal input on your
nine course assignments, all done from the convenience of your home, office or the beach on your own schedule? Just $295.00.
It won't take long for you to earn that back from your
first assignment or two. Back in 1981 I received $125 for my
first article, and fees have of course gone
up since then.
Rest assured that the course comes
with a money-back guarantee: For one full year after you enroll, up through and including your receipt of my comments on your first assignment, if you decide the course isn't for you, you may return the materials in resalable condition and receive a 100% refund.
After you enroll, I'll send your
course manual to you right away by priority mail.
the Breaking into Print course now.
Are you really serious about becoming a
magazine writer? For a limited time, I'm offering
a specially reduced price for both the Breaking Into
Print course for beginners and my more advanced
course, Breaking Into Major
Magazines, which also costs $295.
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