Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween: The Perfect Time for Writers.......


Witches, Goblins, and Trick or Treating may be what is on your mind today, but why is this still the perfect time for writers?

Writers can use the atmosphere and thrill of the season to plan articles, stories, and activities for the market for NEXT Halloween. Writers need to submit at least 6 months in advance but some don't think about it until it is too late. It may be too late for the current year, but write and organize your articles, puzzles, and material for next year.

Research what has been published this year. Where will you book idea or story fit into the market for next year? Begin making a list of possible target markets. Make sure you write down word counts, themes, and any specific items the publisher lists in their writing guidelines.

Mark on your calendar when they begin taking submissions or if there is not a time frame listed, make a priority list of publishers to query for your Halloween article for next year.

Writers can benefit from writing during each season or holiday by  keeping the target and focus for next season as their goal. The spookiness of Halloween, the scents of fall, the feeling of Christmas, the heat of summer, all can influence your writing making it the perfect time to write whatever the season.

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