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Writer to Writer - February 2010
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Now I'm going to stop waffling and get onto this month's article.

The start of a new year is a good time to think about planning your submissions, and in particular, your seasonal articles.  With magazine lead times, this can often become a juggling act.  With that in mind, Cheryl Malandrinos has written an article that will help you plan out your seasonal articles and get them submitted with plenty of lead time.

Okay, that's it from me - time to sit back and enjoy this issue.

Til next time…



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Seasonal Articles:
Plan Ahead & Earn Extra Writing Income

Cheryl Malandrinos 



I spent thirteen years working in retail. One of the hardest things to get used to was the timing for displaying seasonal merchandise. In the dead of winter the store began featuring short-sleeved shirts and gardening equipment. During the oppressive summer heat, winter coats and shovels made their way onto the shelves. 


The same can be said for writing seasonal articles. The lead time for magazines varies, but the time to submit seasonal material can be several months or even up to a year in advance. 


If you want to write an article about Valentine’s Day, you need to make sure you have time to perform your research, write the article, and edit it to your satisfaction, so that you can submit it by August. Articles with a Christmas theme would need to be submitted by June. 


But again, since lead times vary, you must check each market’s guidelines before submitting. 


Getting used to writing seasonal articles so far in advance can be a challenge, but you can help yourself along by taking out your desk calendar and going through each holiday, then backing up six months and writing “Consider (name of holiday) articles” in the notes section. I do this electronically with my Outlook Express calendar. The nice thing about doing it this way is that I can set myself reminders that will pop up each time I check my email, and at regular intervals, until I complete the task and dismiss the reminder. This also cuts down on desk clutter. 


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