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Saturday, 3 March 2012

Writing For Magazines by Need2Know books

I recently read 'Writing for Magazines', written by Diana Cambridge and published by Need2Know books, and thought I'd do a mini-review.

Last year I read, and reviewed, one of Diana's previous books on a similar subject, 'How to write for magazines in one weekend'. You can read that review here. It was a great book, and had a look of good ideas. The best thing about this author is that she really makes you believe that you can do it. There's plenty of encouragement, aswell as an understanding of the disappointments inevitably experienced in writing, such as rejection.

The Need2Know book is pretty much a pared down, slightly updated version of the 'weekend' book. There's a section on e-zines which have increased as a market since the publication of the original book, but many of the hints and tips given prior are reiterated in the book for this series.

I think it's a great book to get you started on the subject, perhaps if it's something you are just considering doing at the moment, it will really give you a good basic knowledge. There's also suggested reference books mentioned throughout. I was about to go back through in order to list Diana's suggestions, but no need! There's a handy list of reference material in the back, including the aforementioned books, aswell as writing retreats, holidays, magazines and courses.

The very talented Diana Cambridge has her own website here. Whenever I have contacted her, she has always been very helpful, and encouraging. She also runs courses from her home in Bath, details of which are on the website.

So, all in all, this is yet another good title to add to both Diana Cambridge's repertoire, and the series itself.

If magazine writing isn't your thing, there are several other writing subjects covered by Need2Know books which can be found on their website here.

Have you read this book, or any of the others in the series? If so, what did you think?

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