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Six-Word Saturday #86

Posted on: April 28, 2017


First query accepted; received reviewer request

Earlier this month, I announced that I had recently finished a yearlong online digital feature writing course. For one of the assignments, I had to research markets of interest and write a query. Knowing that I wanted to build my reputation before I submitted to professional pet magazines, I researched a local family publication. In doing so, I discovered that pet care articles were already being carried. What I decided to offer instead were training articles. Although I really wanted to promote cat enrichment, I knew that this would limit my audience and hence my chances of acceptance, and so I broaded my scope to include dogs. At the same time, I didn’t want to simply propose one article; I wanted an ongoing series. This could be risk for an editor, but I followed my heart and took a chance. My query to Lincoln Kids got accepted!

But that’s not the end of the story. Through the course of the editor and I corresponding, she discovered that I also reviewed books. It’d been a dream of hers to carry a book review column. She asked if I’d be interested! Now as many of my followers know, over the past year, I’ve been trying to step back from book reviewers. In particular, I wanted to get back to reading books of my own choice. Yet how could I stay NO to the chance to have my own regular printed review column? As we discussed details, I discovered that the editor wanted me to review three books in one column and to keep my word length to around 300 words. That would be quite a challenge for a person used to writing 600 words for ONE review! I’ve since submitted my first review column and believe my writing as improved as a result. I love the process of working with an editor.

Want to read my first training column? Click on Lincoln Kids Spring 2017 and flip to page 16. My first review column will appear in the Summer issue.

Want to know more about Lincoln Kids? I’ll be back on Monday with an interview with the editor.

Check out other reader posts at a new SWS home: Travel with Intent.


2 Responses to "Six-Word Saturday #86"

Good for you. I’m so glad you’re living your dream.

Have a fabulous weekend. 🙂

Oh, my dream job would be to work as a paid animal welfare blogger and behavior consultant. But you’re right that my life is happy. 🙂 Enjoy the weekend!

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Summer Reviews

Books can take connect us with strangers, take us to unique places, and introduce us to new ideas. They can also offer hope in a chaotic world. And so I must share what I read!

Each week, I’ll introduce you to religious books, Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, or diversity books. Some I’ll review as singles and others as part of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

  • Joni: The unforgettable story of a young woman’s struggle against quadriplegia & depression by Joni Eareckson
  • The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary by Samantha Glen
  • Brothers in hope : the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan–refugees by Mary Williams
  • The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee



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