Saturday, March 1, 2008

Editorial Calendars: A Cheat Sheet for Writers






Typically, magazine editors like to work at least six months in advance. Articles submitted the month of March describing fall, pumpkins, Halloween parties and colorful leaves will be right in line with their needs.

An Editorial Calendar gives you a slew of topics to pitch and research for. For instance, it is probable that magazine editors will be inundated with pitches for Halloween. But if you have an editorial calendar prepared you can give your creativity a boost by writing about topics that are not published as often. Below are a few ideas/links to get you started writing winning articles for the fall. You can add your own as the year progresses.

Columbus Day
Dryer vent safety month
National Bosses Day
Cooler weather
Halloween Costumes
Right-brainers rule month
Raking/celebrating leaves
National breast cancer awareness month
National domestic violence awareness month
Daylight savings time ends (Fall back)

Editorial calendars are a writer’s best tool because they double as cheat sheets. They can also give you an edge for submitting timely queries that are bound to attract the attention of a thankful editor.

Furthermore, writers who submit articles for magazines know the importance of researching all those back copies. Editorial calendars will help you to focus on a particular topic rather than having to scan all topics. Writers are busy people and need to make their research time effective.

By creating your own Editorial Calendar you are mapping out a successful plan for your writing career.

Write it down,
Carma

6 comments:

  1. Hey, Carma,

    Great post!

    Something to remember about magazines for children is that they often have "themed" issues.

    The themes for the year are listed in the editorial calendar - which is just another reason to review any publication's editorial calendar (if possible) before querying or submitting.

    Suzanne Lieurance
    The Working Writer's Coach
    http://www.workingwriterscoach.com
    "When Your Pen Won't Budge, Read The Morning Nudge"

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  2. Hi Suzanne, that is a good reminder about checking out themes for children's magazines. Thanks.

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  3. Hi, great information. Your blog is full of good information and it inspires me. Thanks. Terri

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  4. Great information. Hey don't forget that sometime in September is 'Talk like a Pirate Day."

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  5. Hi Gayle,
    Talk Like A Pirate Day sounds like a lot of fun.

    Who comes up with these things? Do you think editors or writers?

    Thanks for stopping by.

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