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Amy Bevan Lands Work with Two Different Publications

Amy Bevan was published in Taste of the Seacoast magazine and will be published in Family Fun magazine in May 2012.

Amy says, “Learning each week about different types of writing and then challenging myself to pursue them was just the experience I needed to impress editors.”

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Caroline Bock’s YA Novel Receives Rave Reviews

Caroline Bock‘s young adult novel, Lie, was published by St. Martin’s Press in August. It received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which said, “Bock handles the novel’s multiple viewpoints exceptionally well, rotating among the painfully believable voices of high school students and adults.”

Kirkus Reviews said, “Realistic and devastatingly insightful, this novel can serve as a springboard to classroom and family discussions. Unusual and important.”

Caroline’s advice to aspiring writers? “Finish a first draft as fast as possible — and then, revise, revise.”

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Janie Ho Lands Job with LinkedIn

Janie Ho landed a job as a Strategic Account Analyst at LinkedIn.

Janie says, “After taking a Mediabistro social media class, I felt confident enough to present custom-tailored PowerPoint presentations and website audits to each interviewer that were impressive and well-received by longtime SEO veterans.”

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Tamara Ireland Stone Sells YA Novel to Disney-Hyperion

Tamara Ireland Stone sold her young adult novel, Time Between Us, to Disney-Hyperion and also sold audio rights and foreign rights in 10 countries.

Tamara says, “I honestly don’t think I would have seen this success if it weren’t for the amazing instruction I received during Mediabistro’s class. The instructor provided constant direction and support on my manuscript, helped me craft a query letter that got my story noticed, and introduced me to communities like the SCBWI to help me network.”

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Swaha Devi’s Essay Lands Spot in September Issue of Slice

Swaha Devi‘s personal essay “The Buddha Bird” will be published in the September 2011 issue of Slice, a literary magazine.

She says, “I have a clearer sense of my strengths and am reining in some methods that weren’t working as well, including balancing and grounding my poetic style with more prose, action, and dialogue.”

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Aubrey Nodarse Lands Social Media Job at BCBG Headquarters

Aubrey Nodarse

Aubrey Nodarse landed a job as a social media coordinatorat the BCBG Max Azria headquarters in Los Angeles, where she writes blog and social media content, ecommerce content, trendsheets, and other marketing collateral.

She says our Intro to Fashion Writing class “helps you realize things you are missing in your writing, and helps coach you to be more aware of them. Your writing might make sense to you, but there may be missing key details that help tell the story.”

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CNN Money and NYmag.com Cover Ted Papadopoulos’s Online Video

Ted Papadopoulos

Ted Papadopoulos‘s online rap video, “Greed is Good,” was covered by CNN Money, NYmag.com, and CNN International.

Ted says that in our Create Quick Video for the Web class, he learned “how to effectively shoot both A-roll and B-roll film and use different angle shots for certain settings and types of shoots.” He continues, “This class will immediately help you get out in the field confidently.”

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Chris Chagaris Sells Travel Piece to Caribbean Travel and Life

Chris Chagaris Chris Chagaris sold her travel piece on St. Kitts to Caribbean Travel and Life.

Chris says, “I really gained a lot of great information about the different aspects of travel magazines and publications, and what they are looking for. The course was extremely helpful, not only for travel writing but as a template for writing in general.”

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Michael Luongo Wins LGBT Journalist of the Year

Michael Luongo

Congratulations to Michael Luongo, who was awarded the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for LGBT Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association and the Grand Prize in Travel Journalism from the North American Travel Journalists Association for his pieces on the Middle East.

Michael’s advice to writers: “Be patiently and politely persistent, and thick-skinned, which is hard for writers. Always be curious, bold, and courageous.”

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Kelsey Miller Lands Columnist Job with SundanceNow.com

Kelsey Miller landed a job as a humor columnist for “On the Couch” on SundanceNow.com.

Kelsey says, “I think one of the most valuable things I gained from my course was the ability to edit and pitch my work effectively, including learning to pick the right venue first, then create something tailored to it.”

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