Start journaling your heart out today. Have your very own Journaling Kit™ shipped to your doorstep...FREE!

Home
Articles
Columns
E-books
ewritersplace.com Workshops
Free Course
Support Us
Founded April 2000. A Writer's Digest Magazine 101 best Web sites for writers (2001 & 2003)
Book
How to Write Killer Fiction by Carolyn Wheat
Product
Free 7-Part Screenwriting Course
Market
American Profile
HELP FOR WRITERS

Buy a novel by Lucille Bellucci at Amazon.com and receive these .pdf bonuses:

  • 17 Ways to Make Amazon Your River of Gold
  • Make Money with Radio
  • Success Bound
  • Book Promotion: NOT for Sissies
  • Harvey Mackay Rolodex
  • Top 20 Talk Radio Topics
  • Harrison Bonus
  • Million Dollar Rolodex

    E-mail Lucille at lucil95783 AT aol DOT com to claim your bonuses.
  • Write Any Book in 28 Days... Or Less!
    Write Any Book in 28 Days... Or Less! New course reveals fresh secrets. Click here to learn more.



    The Secret Behind Creativity REVEALED! It's all in the brainwaves. Find out here!

    EasyEbookPro

    ScatterMall.com Books

    Click here to advertise with us for 2 whole months for only $35!





    Home Columns

    Changes in Column Writing

    Many writers dream of producing columns like Erma Bombeck, Ann Landers, George Wills, Ellen Goodwin...any one of the many syndicated columnists whose work is or has been carried by numerous newspapers throughout their country or the world.

    "How do I get started?" "How do I write for many publications?"


    Start With Community Newspapers

    Traditionally, most writers in the print world began by writing for a community newspaper, either a weekly or daily. When they proved they could produce a column week after week, or biweekly, that readers enjoyed, they often desired to attract a syndicate and branch out to more newspapers. Or they might decide to self-syndicate.

    Writing for a smaller newspaper generally was, and still can be, the way columnists got started. Then they branched out. However, today, there is the Internet.


    Changes Today

    Today columnists will find changes which affect their writing world...some pro and some con.

    • The Internet has opened up a whole new world of writing and a call for columns in ezines and on web sites. This gives the columnist many more opportunities for writing. New columnists can find opportunities for publication that they might not so quickly with print magazines and newspapers. This enables the writer to determine whether he/she can maintain the pace and meet the deadlines.

      Some of these online opportunities are non-paying. However, they do give the new columnist a way to get started and achieve success.

    • The Internet can be a testing ground for your columns, to see if your columns have long life and would do well in a book or e-book. They also are a way to get your name known throughout the world, not simply in your hometown.

      From the feedback you receive, you'll discover whether you're on the right track or whether you want to make changes. You'll get an idea whether there are readers for your columns who would purchase them in book form. You may find print publications to carry your columns, too.


    Internet Changes Print Offers

    • In this Internet era, some newspapers now desire to retain all rights, so they can use your column in electronic versions on the Internet without paying you for reprints. The writer is asked to sign a "work for hire," which gives the publisher all rights. Previously, most freelance columnists sold their columns to a newspaper on a one-time rights basis.

      This left them free to self-syndicate and sell their columns to non-competing papers or magazines.

    • Many newspapers now are owned by a parent or umbrella publisher. Thus when your column appears in all of their newspapers, you frequently don't get paid for more than one use. This is different from the times when my "Country Kitchen" column appeared in two publications owned by one publisher. He paid me full price for use in the first newspaper, then half price for using in the second.

    On a whole, the opening up of the Internet world for publication of one's columns is an advantage and gets your name known throughout the world. From this you can collect your columns into books, e-books, or CDs. As a result, you may find more opportunities opening up to teach workshops on column writing and to speak to groups about your writing and the topic about which you write. You may have requests from editors to use one of your columns in an anthology.

    Simply be aware of the rights you're signing away whenever and wherever your columns are published.

    Copyright © 2002 Mary Emma Allen

    Mary Emma Allen has been writing columns on many topics since the 1960s. She's written a manual on column writing and teaches online and conference based workshops on this topic, too. In addition to column writing, Mary Emma writes books for children and adults. Her many publications are listed on her Web site -- http://homepage.fcgnetworks.net/jetent/mea.

    The Authentic Self: Journaling Your Joys, Griefs and Everything in Between by Shery Russ



    WEEKLY WRITES: 52 Weeks of Writing Bliss! Kick start your imagination, ignite your creativity, and begin your journey towards becoming an outstanding writer.

    Grab a copy of WEEKLY WRITES: 52 Weeks of Writing Bliss! from Amazon.com and receive 2 free e-books to encourage and nurture the writer in you. You'll also receive Write Memories, a journaling workbook available for free only to WEEKLY WRITES book owners. And finally, as a WEEKLY WRITES book owner, you'll have free access to e-mail courses such as JOYFUL WRITES: Celebrate Your Life through Writing

    For excerpts, reviews and what you need to do to receive the 2 free e-books, Write Memories and sign up for free e-mail courses, just head on to the Weekly Writes Book Official Site. (Clicking on the link will open a new window.)

    FOR JOURNALERS

    The Journaling Life: 21 Types of Journals You Can Create to Express Yourself and Record Pieces of Your Life

    The Authentic Self: Journaling Your Joys, Griefs and Everything in Between

    Journaling Kit - Four Journaling Books to help you put your life and memories on paper

    SEARCH
    Google

    The Web
    This Site

    COURSES FOR WRITERS
    JOYFUL WRITES
    Celebrate Your Life through Writing

    INNER JOURNEY
    Creative Nurturing of the Writer Within

    LIFEWRITES
    6 Approaches to Journaling

    CREATIVITY ALLEY
    21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Muse

    WORDS, SWALLOW ME
    Imagery in Writing

    WRITING CHANNELS

    Children's Writing
    Freelance Writing
    Poetry
    Science Fiction & Fantasy
    Technical Writing

    BOOKS FOR WRITERS

    The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publishers Won't by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

    WEEKLY WRITES: 52 Weeks of Writing Bliss! by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ




    Home | Articles | Columns | Workshops | E-books | Free Course | Quotes | E-zines | Top Fives | Support Us
    © Copyright 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ & The e-Writer's Place.
    Materials appearing in this Web site are owned and copyrighted by their respective authors and/or writers. Please read our Privacy Policy and TOS. No part of this website may be reproduced without consent from its owner. Original site design by Shery Russ. Hosting & maintenance by Hosting4Writers.com.
    WriteSparks! Lite free software for writers
    Our sister sites: WriteSparks.com | WeeklyWrites.com | WritingBliss.com | JournalSparks.com | CreativeWritingPrompts.com | BooksAboutWriting.com | WritersOnThe.net | Hosting4Writers.com | Writers Web Designs | blog.forwriters.org | Aspiring Authors | ScatterMall.com Books | DailyWrites.com | EbookPizzazz.com | EmailWorkshopsHowTo.com | Writing-Portal.com | iMusePub.com | WritersMEMO.com