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Up For Discussion: How do you create buzz about your blog

fdddssa.jpg A new feature bringing you highlights from the mediabistro.com discussion boards. This week:
kitty54: “I am in the process of starting a new blog how do you get people to notice, do you send out press releases, announcements what?”
A~: “Write well, write relevantly, have lots of photos (they show up on Google Image searches), update often, exchange links.”
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Up For Discussion: low-pay magazines & top writers

photo_lowpay.jpg A new feature bringing you highlights from the mediabistro.com discussion boards. This week:
pleiades: “Are people really writing 1,000-word stories (that require sometimes-heavy research and in-person interviews) for $150?”
maphop: “Pleiades, my guess is that you may also well be seeing re-sell. For my national outlets, I average $1.50 to $2.25/word but I often resell pieces (often truncated to half their size, etc.) for $.50/word or similar. Or, I’ll dash off a short, 500-word piece or even a 1000-word piece on a story subject for $.75/word if I’m also, simultaneously, interviewing the subjects…”
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Up For Discussion: First Big Break

YourBig.jpg A new feature bringing you highlights from the mediabistro.com discussion boards. This week:
GirlGoesGlobal: “I know some of you are seasoned writers. But what was your first BIG byline…the one mom hung on the fridge and you mailed to everyone you ever knew?”
Collier: “My big break, I have to say, wasn’t all that big. I was in my first newspaper job for a 20,000-circ paper. I was living with my parents because my salary was $17,000 a year. Five weeks after graduating from college, I wrote a five-day series that won a first place award in the state press association contest. My parents framed the paper from the first day, and though it’s hanging in closet somewhere, I still look at it and remember how good it felt to know that I had done something. Even as a 21-year-old. Really, I wish I could recapture that excitement every time I write a big front-pager today.”
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Up For Discussion: Cold Pitching Big Mags

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midwestwriter: “Does it work? I have only had success cold pitching smaller mags and newspapers. So far, cold pitching big mags has only brought me the cold shoulder.”
aestone: “Surprisingly, cold pitching does work so long as you have an idea that the magazine wants. I’ve written for Bon Appétit, Health and Cooking Light without knowing anyone at those magazines.”
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Up For Discussion: Career schizophrenia: Typical?

jekyll-und-hyde.jpg A new feature bringing you highlights from the mediabistro.com discussion boards. This week:
Rhonda4: ” I’d love what I do too much to leave, but hate so many aspects of the job that I don’t know how longer I can stay without losing my sanity… Am I your typical disgruntled journalist?”
Lucyloo: “I didn’t know any journalist in those raw years who didn’t question what they heck they were doing. Usually it was over pitchers of cheap beer… But here’s the thing: It gets better. ”
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Up For Discussion: How do you organize your writing life?

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bebe: “I am trying to pitch more and also come up with more ideas. This seems overwhelming to me. How do you keep track of everything?”
jlm920: “I keep folders (the smaller expandable versions that can stand up) for different things – ideas go in one, pending pitches in another, current work (separate folders for each assignment) in others, tax info (receipts and such) in another.”
Metro Writer: “…Check out Julie Hood’s website, The Organized Writer.”
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Up For Discussion: How to bail on a freelance gig

20020416 Tor-NYC 059.jpg A new feature bringing you highlights from the mediabistro.com discussion boards. This week:
HisGirlFriday: “I recently started doing a weekly story for a longtime editor but now realize the stories are taking way too much time and effort, causing major stress and are detracting from other (better-paying) work. So I’m ready to tell him I’m not going to do it anymore but it just feels so weird.”
Lotus665: “I think we need to take a leaf from Arianna Huffington and be Fearless! Life’s too short, we gotta do what we gotta do and not everyone will like it but they’ll survive. ”
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Up For Discussion: How to connect with expert sources?

expert1.gif A new feature bringing you highlights from the mediabistro.com discussion boards. This week:
ubitiq: “I am looking for other databases besides Profnet.com..Anyone aware of others?”
belinda: “Forget ‘experts’ Web sites. People pay to be listed as experts on them. It is a form of p.r./promotion.”
Stressed: “I often look up books on the subject matter on Amazon and pick out a recent one one that has been written by some university academic with a string of letters after their name.”
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Up For Discussion: Salary

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presspass: “I’m wondering what the rule of thumb is regarding salary talks. When you are at a job interview and they ask how much you want to make or how much you currently make, what is the best response?”
Cyrus: “My first response to this question is always to make an effort to avoid showing your “cards” first. Ask them how much they have in mind and see what they say…Your responsibility to yourself is to make sure you’re getting what you feel is a fair salary, so say what you have in mind.”
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Up For Discussion: Moving to a lower job title?

ladder.JPG A new feature bringing you highlights from the mediabistro.com discussion boards. This week:
Lynda: “What do you think of moving to a lower job title than the one you’re on to get to a better magazine? For example, going from three years as a senior editor on one magazine to an associate editor on a more prestigious one?”
courtneyjossart: “I did this several years ago when I worked in book publishing…and never regretted the decision.”
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