"BREAKING INTO MAJOR MAGAZINES"
Win Assignment after Coveted Magazine (or Web) Assignment with the Rarely Discussed Advanced Skills in this Home-Study Course ...and with Personal Feedback Included!
Have you wondered what talent or luck you were missing as you struggled to make ends meet with not very prestigious or well-paying writing assignments? The answers to this question may surprise you. I set out recently to study the differences between freelance writers who make good money, publish in well-known magazines and love their work and those who can't snag assignments paying more than a couple of hundreds dollars each. And I discovered that the super-successful magazine writers indeed had certain abilities and habits that the not-successful writers lacked.
The successful writers weren't born with the winning abilities and habits, however. They learned them. And you can too. Based on observations of and interviews with scores of freelancers over many years as well as my own practice and analysis as a successful writer for top magazines, my course
Breaking Into Major Magazines teaches these advanced stylistic, strategic and business skills so that you too can enjoy impressive assignments and a better-than-decent income.
Breaking Into Major Magazines
is for freelance writers who have already been published
and are seeking further success. If you've never
written a query letter and never seen your byline on the
newsstands, please check out my course for beginners, Breaking
Into Print, instead.
Quick Results from the Course
"Less than two months after completing the course, I made a sale to
Health, a high-paying magazine. The principles outlined in your course are a winning formula, and I'll continue to use them." - Ann Anderson, Sherman Oaks, CA
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 make serious money at it.
The course consists of two parts. The first part is a self-paced, eight-lesson curriculum that you can work through as slowly or as quickly as you like. The second part, interlaced with the first, is seven assignments that offer the opportunity for you to deepen your understanding and absorb what you are learning into the way you approach magazine writing in the future. 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.
My 1988 book on freelance writing was published by
HarperCollins and offered by the Book of the Month Club.
Now here's a lesson-by-lesson outline of what you'll
learn in the course.
"Breaking Into Major Magazines" Contents...
Lesson I Understanding a Magazine
Introduction to the course
How to analyze a magazine and know what they want and need
Sample in-depth analyses of three magazines, revealing their needs
Information sources that keep you up to date on magazine markets
Lesson II Approaching Editors
The all-important distinction between a topic and an angle
Eleven ways to make a positive impression on editors
Do’s and don’ts for five types of queries to editors
When and how to ask for an in-person story conference with an editor
Lesson III Advanced Research and Interviewing
Quickest, most reliable methods for digging up needed facts
Tips for using online search engines and directories efficiently, with examples
Finding experts and other sources and winning their cooperation
Advice on problematical interview situations
Lesson IV Advanced Writing Techniques
Thinking up topics that make editors salivate
How to add human interest and drama to a dry subject
Developing a distinctive voice worthy of top magazines
The structural element of an article editors care about most
Lesson V Dealing With Editors
Understanding why and how to negotiate terms
Handling necessary rewrites properly
Making sure your piece gets edited but not over-edited
How to get paid in difficult situations
Lesson VI Magazine Genres Part I
(Tips from Experts in These Genres)
Flying high with the in-flight market
Challenges and satisfactions of celebrity journalism
Covering sports for a living
Secrets of narrative nonfiction for major publications
Lesson VII Magazine Genres Part II
(Tips from Experts in These Genres)
Building your writing business on business writing
Myths and realities of life as a travel writer
Earning a healthy living writing about health and medicine
How to cultivate a relationship with city magazines
Lesson VIII Career Issues
How much can you make as a freelance writer?
Weighing options: specializing, collaborating, covering everything
Staying organized and getting things done
Maximizing your earnings while still enjoying life
In addition, Breaking Into Major Magazines includes seven 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 advanced, high-earning writers have. 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.
Six of the seven assignments easily
adapt to whatever subject matter you aim to write on for
magazines. So for an aspiring food writer, you get
feedback on queries and articles dealing with food while
if you aim to write about adventure travel, you get
practice and guidance in that field during the course.
Now, how much will it cost to receive the 125-page, advice-packed course manual and personal input on your seven course assignments, all done from the convenience of your home, office or the beach on your own schedule? Just $295.00. Not only is that tuition tax deductible for serious freelance writers, you'll undoubtedly earn it back many times over with the first top-level assignment you'll be able to snag with your new skills.
This course isn't for everyone. It assumes you already know some basics, such as what a query letter is and why you'd write one, and that you have already published at least a few nonfiction articles. It also assumes that you'll have the motivation to do the assignments, which provide challenging, valuable learning experiences.
If you're a beginner when it comes to writing for
magazines, please read about the Breaking
Into Print course for beginners instead. You can buy
both courses at once for a reduced price!
However, if you have some experience
as a writer for magazines or newspapers, you can enroll confidently, knowing that your satisfaction is covered by 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.
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Here's what the course's first graduate wrote:
"Marcia Yudkin's Breaking into Major Magazines course gave me a systematic way of approaching my journalistic work - analyzing magazines, doing research, targeting magazines, and writing query letters. Since I have been writing on the side for 20+ years and now must make my full living at it, her disciplined attitude was very helpful. Her feedback helped me realize some basic conceptual mistakes I was making. Although she said a couple of things that upset me a bit, I understood she was obviously not trying to wound, just to help, so I survived - and learned! Finally, her responses were so prompt I wondered if she ever slept." - Victor M. Cassidy, Chicago
Another wrote me:
"I'm only on Lesson 7 and the course is 'working' already. The features editor from
Mother Jones called today with my first major magazine assignment. Thanks so much for your guidance on that query and everything else in the course!" - Kristin L.
A more recent graduate said:
"I selected this course because I had read Marcia's
Freelance Writing for Magazines and Newspapers, and sensed I'd get what I paid for.
I have. The course helps in analyzing and targeting magazines; in structuring a query, in researching on-line; in focusing on voice; and in approaching the process. But, the most useful part of the course has been Marcia's instructive feedback. Honest, candid and to the point. No B.S.!" - George Pendergast, Helena, MT
Please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the course, what it includes and its appropriateness for you.
If you're interested, don't delay - enroll today. Since the tuition includes personal feedback, there's a limit on the number of students I can accept. Sign up now to be sure you can enjoy the opportunity to become a successful, admired, happy writer for top magazines!
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