Crafty writing?

Subject: Crafty writing?
From: Geoffrey Hart <Geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 10:10:37 -0500

Patty Marco wondered <<My greatest desire, however, is to
write about something I understand and love which is crafts. I
know it sounds hokey! Yes, crafts are my passion. Not just
one kind of craft, all crafts! Can anyone tell me how to get
into technical writing for crafts?>>

A great starting place would be your local library or magazine
stand: scope out all the crafts-related publications that interest
you, and send a letter to their editors (with a stamped, self-
addressed envelope) requesting a copy of their guidelines for
authors. Then write feature articles for them... technical
writing of a very different sort from the usual "select the
nobble button and finagle it" stuff that obsesses us.

While you're at it, look for any advertisements from big-ticket
advertisers and drop them a line too; they probably have the
budget to afford freelancers. And before you leave the
library, have a look at the "Writer's Market 199X" series of
books; they usually have lots of good references for
publishers involved in various niche markets.

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} Pointe-Claire, Quebec
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca

"Patience comes to those who wait."--Anon.

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