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Wild Ink Interview Part II

What do writers who want to break into this genre need to know?

Any experienced editor or writer will tell you there’s no substitute for researching the magazine or book publisher that you want to write for. Whenever I write for someone new, I’ll read back issues, previous articles they’ve published on similar topics, or books in the same or similar series. I examine overall structure, sentence and paragraph length and structure, transitions, use of quotations, etc. Throughout, I’m also “listening” for tone—Is it playful, authoritative, or gee whiz?

That might sound like over-analysis, but especially when you’re starting out, it can be helpful to deconstruct what you’re going to replicate. With new writers, most nonfiction editors are not looking for someone who can wow them with a grand slam of unique writing brilliance the likes they’ve never seen, they mainly want to know you can touch the bases.  Read More 
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