Yesterday, a true milestone occurred in my writing career. I received the news that a query I proposed last month had been accepted for publication into Southern Writers Magazine, a bi-monthly print and online publication founded in 2011. The following is an excerpt from their homepage:
“Every issue of Southern Writers is packed with inspiration and advice from the voices of experience: popular, published authors sharing their secrets of success. Plus: articles by the experts on book marketing, promotion, branding, blogging, screenwriting, songwriting, conferences and much more.
We’ll help you connect with other writers who are traveling the road you’re on, learn from publishing and publicity pros, and make sense of the world of social media so you can sell more books.
All with a touch of Southern hospitality.
Whether you’re born and bred down South or just like to visit, we look forward to getting to know you, neighbor.”
On April 9, I submitted my query to the editor-in-chief for an article on the popularity of blogging and how it has greatly influenced the nature of the publishing industry. I gave an outline of the points I wanted to address within my story and how I would go about obtaining my information. As a blogger, I wanted to shed light on how blogging has changed the traditional methods of entry for new authors and provide examples of established authors who used blogging as a springboard to further their already successful careers.
About three weeks ago I received an e-mail informing me that the proposal had been rejected. I didn’t get too down about it since every writer experiences rejection. Ironically, just days later, that same editor sent me a friend request on Facebook and we began a cordial dialogue. I also continued to maintain a regular presence on the Southern Writers Magazine Facebook page.
As I was checking my e-mail yesterday afternoon I came across a new message from the editor which read the following:
I was wondering if you would like to write something about blogging based on your suggestions below:
In what you sent me a couple of your bullet points sounded like an interesting article –1) examples of established authors who’ve used blogging to further their careers, 2) how bloggers can gain insight into new story ideas via interaction with readers.
As you know we do not pay for articles, however, you will get plenty of exposure and help build your name recognition by writing an article and it being showcased in a magazine. You will show up on the masthead as a contributor, you will be highlighted on social media. And when you send things off to other places you will be able to tell them your article was published in a regional magazine that is seen all over the United States.”
I immediately sent a response and as of today I’m officially working on my first nonfiction article for publication into a literary/writing magazine. My story will be in the neighborhood of 850 words and my deadline is July 20.
I consider this a true honor, not just for the fact it will be my first nonfiction piece in a major publication, but also because I’m writing about blogging, which is something I’m very passionate about.
What I said in January continues to ring true: 2012 is the year I will make all of my writing dreams come true. And I look forward to sharing every step of this journey with you all.