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Assignments and queries.
Hannah
Advanced Class
The Target Audience

(Before writing a query letter, you need to know the target audience).




TARGET MARKET ANALYSIS




         I chose the magazine "Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine," because it was a subject that I could relate to, having gone through this with my sister when she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.

About the Circulation and Distribution:
It reaches thousands of breast cancer patients and survivors mailboxes across the nation, including the following:
*Note* Susan G. Komen for the Cure Affiliates
*Note* American Cancer Society offices
*Note* Gilda’s Club
*Note* The Breast Cancer Network of Strength
*Note* Breast Cancer Nonprofit organizations
*Note* Over 700 Medical facilities, including Breast Cancer Centers, Oncology Clinics, Radiation Centers
*Note* Breast Cancer Events and Support Groups
*Note* Over 2000 Mastectomy Centers and fitters across the country

          It targets women with or having gone through breast cancer, their families, and their caregivers. They recommend writing along the lines of:

*Note* How you overcame breast cancer.
*Note* What your most challenging experience or fear was and how you specifically overcame or managed your challenge, emotion, or fear.
*Note* What you have learned about your self, your life, or your community.
*Note* The stories may also include how others (family, friends, medical, community, etc) helped you in your healing experiences.
*Note* What you learned about healing, or any aspect of empowering your mind, your body, or
your spirit.
*Note* How breast cancer has changed your life or your lifestyle, career, or relationship with self, with marriage, with others, or with God.


         I noticed some of the ads were for the following products, and all were targeted at breast cancer survivors:

*Note* Ford-Warriors in Pink
*Note* Golden Flax Nutrition
*Note* Nabrielle-Breast augmentation & reconstruction


         I felt the majority of the language was formal.

         I would like to submit a short story I wrote about my sister, and how her daughter and I helped her through this difficult time:

 Sailing On Through  [13+]
Story about my sister's chemotherapy.
by Hannah ♫♥♫


         They mainly accept breast cancer survival stories (300-1,800 words), however, they periodically consider unsolicited articles of interest for their readers (one page, 350-450 words).

         If my story was accepted they would ask that I submit a candid, full color, high resolution (300 dpi) photos of myself, family members or friends.


         Here are a few more things I learned about the magazine:

1. Short Story Submissions:

         They rarely accept submissions that have appeared elsewhere. If my story appeared in the magazine or was posted on their website, I would have their permission to have my story reprinted elsewhere, but they would ask that I include that my story first appeared in the Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine (or website) and to include what volume and issue it appeared in, as well as their website, www.breastcancerwellness.org.

         By submitting my story, I would have to acknowledge:

*Note* That I am granting permission for my story to be published with their organization.
*Note* My story is not plagiarized and that it is a true experience.
*Note* That my story may or may not be accepted for publication in the magazine or to be posted on the website.
*Note* That my story may be editorially or categorically changed once it is received and that any changes will be forwarded to me prior to going to print.

         I would submit it by e-Mailing it to:

“Profiles of Wellness” story to beverly@breastcancerwellness.org.


2. Editorial Submissions

         By submitting an article, I would acknowledge:

*Note* That I am granting permission for my article to be published.
*Note* My article is not plagiarized.
*Note* That my article may or may not be accepted for publication in the magazine or to be posted on the website.
*Note* That my article may be editorially or categorically changed prior to going to print, with or without my permission. However, any major changes would be forwarded to me prior to going to print.

         Priority selection of articles to appear in The Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine or to be posted on www.BreastCancerWellness.org, and are based upon three criteria:

*Note* Current, relative, and beneficial information for breast cancer patients and survivors.
*Note* Unbiased journalism.
*Note* The article aligns with the financial responsibilities and integrity of the Breast Cancer Wellness mission. Printing, postage, and distribution costs are the bulk of our financial expenses and by adding more pages to the magazine to schedule new or unsolicited articles increases all costs and we ask that you consider helping us with the financial requirements it takes to produce the magazine.


Other important information:

*Note* At the end of my article, I am free to include my email, contact information and website.
*Note* If my article is selected, I would be required to provide a full color, high resolution (300 dpi) photo along with a mini bio.
*Note* I should email my article to:
beverly@breastcancerwellness.org.
*Note* It is okay to check on the status of my submission of my story/article and to confirm it has been received.
*Note* I would only be contacted IF my story/article is being considered to appear in the Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine or website.
*Note* They do not provide re-numeration for any printed or posted articles or stories; they do not pay for submissions.
*Note* They do not accept advertorial articles to be posted on the website or to appear in the magazine, but advertising rates apply.
*Note* They do not accept News or PR Releases because if we accepted for one, we would have to accept for all, and without financial support.


Personal Comments:

         Whew! This was my second-go-round on this, and I still found it challenging and enlightening! Thanks for teaching this wonderful class!

Hannah


Sources:
http://www.breastcancerwellness.org/submission.html


~*~*~

Hannah
Advanced Class
The Target Audience

(Before writing a query letter, you need to know the target audience).



TARGET MARKET ANALYSIS




         I chose the magazine "Girls’ Life," because it was rated the #1 selling magazines for girls.

Circulation: 2.16 million
Frequency: Six times per year
Special issues: None


         It targets girls between the ages of 10-15. To reach this audience, I think one could choose from a vast array of topics including: boys, makeup, hair and skin products, babysitting or how to earn money, dealing with bullies, dating, and the list could go on and on!

         I noticed some of the ads were for the following products, and all were targeted at young girls 10-15:

Facebook
Twitter
Lip Smacker by M & M
Clair's Boutique


         I felt the majority of the language was informal.

         I would like to submit an advice-based article on Cyberbullying, and it would include all the different types of bullying young girls could face on the internet, and how to avoid becoming a victim of this. I would have to shorten it to fit in the 850 word feature, or possibly, I could turn it into a quiz.

         Some of the things they recommend you pitch are:

Short, 850-word, one-page features:

         Advice on everything from getting your period, finding the right bra, to school and boy problems.

Mini-Features Sections:

1. "GL Friends," "GL Life," "GL Guys," and "GL Life" usually some sort of self-help or self-improvement angle.

         These should be service-oriented—an intro and then right into the advice section in bullet points—and don't need to be laden with expert opinions. The editors are just looking for sound advice that girls can apply to their lives.

2. The Feature Well is also freelance-friendly and stories—if they're not in quiz form—usually run about 1,200-1,500 words.

3. Friends Feature and then the rest of the Well is a mix of fun features, such as this month's piece on how to release your inner flirt, and serious features that cover issues like teenage drinking. The Well also usually runs one story in an "As Told To" format; this month featured a girl who was on the reality show Worlds Apart.

4. 3,000-word short stories published in the back of the magazine and the editors will consider any story that is relatable to teens. Most stories center on a friendship, a family situation, or a crush, but the magazine has published some wildly original pieces as well. For fiction, they warn not to send the first chapter of the young-adult novel you're working on. These should be self-contained short stories.

5. Quizzes They seem to love quizzes, so if one could come up with a witty one, you might be able to get that published too.

         Here are a few more things I learned about the magazine:

1. They accept unsolicited manuscripts on a speculative basis only. You should provide detailed story information.

2. You may send them an e-Mail (e-Mail queries are best and should go through Special Projects Editor Lizzie Skurnick), or a query letter. No phone calls, and they want you to know voice and content of the magazine first. Editors will typically respond to queries either right away or after a couple months, so if you haven't heard after a while, feel free to follow up. Lead time: At least 4 months Pay rate: $350 for the front-of-magazine one-page pieces; the rate goes up from there for features. Payment schedule: On publication Kill fee: Because many articles come in on spec, the magazine has never had to pay one. Rights purchased: All rights. They don't accept poetry (except for girls under 18). You should send to:

Mandy Forr
Associate Editor
Girls' Life Magazine
4529 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
mandy@girlslife.com


3. Story must include a title, blurb and byline. You should also include your name, address, phone and e-Mail address.

4. Documents should be double-spaced in 12-point Verdana font, and you can use Microsoft Word.

5. They are not responsible for the return of any unsolicited material.

6. You must state your work is to be a "possible work for hire," otherwise your submission will be considered property of Girls' Life magazine. No payment will be made until a memorandum of agreement is executed by both parties.

Personal Comments:

         Whew! This was a tough assignment. Thanks, Mystic, for putting this great assignment together. I am amazed at how much I have to learn about the publishing business.

Hannah


Sources:
http://www.freelancewriting.com/guidelines/pages/Detailed/102.php

         They took it a step further and offered an additional link on how to pitch:

http://www.girlslife.com/docs/Mediabistro.pdf




~*~*~

Hannah
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January 10th, 2011

Shadows Express
Writing Road
Writing.com

Attention: Saraiv:

Dear Saraiv:

Every once in a great while, God grants us the privilege of knowing a saint on Earth. I think anyone, who had the pleasure of knowing and working with Mystic_Writer, will agree, she was one such unique individuall.

Excerpt from "Mystic_Writer, Editor Emeritus"   by Hannah ♫♥♫ :

In its infancy, as the first symbolic golden spike was pounded in, the original founder, and editor, Mystic_Writer, was there. Working countless hours, she laid the tracks for the gang's first e-Zine, Shadows. From Query Workshop, through the many editing phases, to its triumphant first stop, or first publication, our Editor Emeritus was there, helping to transform each submission into a rare and beautiful gem.

In friendship and gratitude, I offer this humble tribute to an amazing woman, our friend, and fellow Doll, Mystic_Writer.

I’ve been writing short stories and poetry for several years, and I have had many of my stories featured in various contests and forums on Writing.com, including, but not limited to: Noticing Newbies, a monthly editors' pick of talented newcomers, the WDC Short Story Newsletter, and the WDC Poetry Newsletter. As well as having had my novel Bus Stop published in the e-zine Shadows, I also contributed a regular column to each issue.

Thank you for your time,

Sincerely



Hannah
1-555-555-5555

Enclosed
SASE
Editorial, "Mystic_Writer, Editor Emeritus


~*~*~

Hannah
Writing.com
1111 My Street
My Town, My World xxxxx
1-555-555-5555
sisrandez@writing.com



Feb 8th, 2010

Shadows
Writing Road
Writing.com

Attention: Mystic_writer

Dear Mystic_writer:

         Don't you love the way you're often treated in stores or out in public nowadays? I mean, how you may not even get a "Thank You" for patronizing certain stores or businesses, or an "Excuse Me" when someone bumps into you? Of course you don't. No one wants to be treated disrespectfully, but are we, ourselves, doing all we can to promote Courtesy and Honor? Come along with me as I revisit these antiquated notions and the impact they have on our society.

Excerpt from "Courtesy and Honor [13+]

         We, as individual citizens, can, in a thousand small ways, promote this thing we call "Courtesy," by doing something as simple as being polite ourselves. By never forgetting to say please and thank you, helping someone in need of assistance, or just offering a stranger a smile or a hello, we lead by example.

Teach your children that praise and respect are earned and go hand-in-hand with Courtesy!


         Although, to many, these two small values of Courtesy and Honor may seem trivial compared to more pressing world events, I believe they have a great impact on the outcome of society as a whole, and we should all strive to hold on to and instill these values in future generations, lest we go the way of the Romans, and fall.


         In closing, I will just say "Give Courtesy and Honor a try, and see if the smiles you receive in kind, don't make you feel like a millionaire!"


         I’ve been writing articles, short stories and poetry for several years, and I have had many of my stories featured in various contests and forums on Writing.com including "Invalid Item , a monthly editors pick of talented newcomers and http://www.writing.com/main/newsletters/action/archives/id/3143. As well as having my short story "Bus Stop,"and two editorial letters published in "Invalid Item and "Invalid Item , I contribute a regular column entitled "Lighthouse" to each issue of "Invalid Item .

Thank you for your time,

Sincerely
Hannah
1-555-555-5555

Enclosed
SASE
Editorial: "Courtesy and Honor [13+]


~*~*~

Hannah
Writing.com
1111 My Street
My Town, My World xxxxx
1-555-555-5555
sisrandez@writing.com



Oct 16th

Shadows
Writing Road
Writing.com

Attention: Mystic_writer

Dear Mystic_writer:

         Did you know that children have killed other children or committed suicide themselves over Cyberbullying? It's true, and it has become one of the fastest growing crimes in America.

Excerpt from "Cyber Bullying [13+]

         1. BASHING- Here is an example of what this entails:

         Your child creates a web site entitled "Who is the worst dressed person at Kennedy High?" Then they create a poll that encourages others to join in by voting for the "Worst Dressed Person at Kennedy High," and they display the results. Now, not only are they guilty of this crime, but they have encouraged others to do so as well. Imagine your son or daughter arriving at school on Monday morning and being the butt of this hurtful website.


         The above excerpt is just a sampling of what can take place when children roam the internet unsupervised. Please become an informed parent, and know who your child is involved with, or what they are doing online. To not do so could have devastating consequences for your family. I think anyone that owns a computer, whether they have children or not, would find my article, "Cyberbullying" an informative and eye-opening read. I leave you with a chilling poem that depicts the Cyberbully:

Virtual Villainy



Deft fingers fly on keyboard fast,
strokes that give the rumors life.
Have you heard? What you don't know!
Delightful gossip.

With lightning speed send the words,
meant to harm the innocent.
Please forward to all you know,
these juicy tidbits!

Next day the victim's long plight
of stares and snickers, my delight!
You see, I am the Bully!
Catch me if you can!



         I’ve been writing articles, short stories and poetry for several years, and I have had many of my stories featured in various contests and forums on Writing.com including "Invalid Item , a monthly editors pick of talented newcomers and http://www.writing.com/main/newsletters/action/archives/id/3143. As well as having my short story "Bus Stop" published in "Invalid Item , I contribute a regular column entitled "Lighthouse" to each issue of "Invalid Item .

Thank you for your time,

Sincerely



Hannah
1-555-555-5555

Enclosed
SASE
Editorial: "Cyber Bullying [13+]








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