Ideas for Articles That Will Lead to Publication

Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality FeaturesDo you want to get published in newspapers or magazines? Start with local publications, such as weekly newspapers or small, specialty magazines, if you’ve never gotten articles published.

Articles are not difficult to get published. They give you a lot of exposure as a writer, and they are a good writing credential to have. Many people who write articles eventually end up getting a book published. Read my book, “Beginners’ Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features” to find out how.

Whether you are a business person or one who writes for leisure, you can find many topics to write about.

If you are a business person, you can most easily write an informational article on how to do something. For example, if you are an attorney, you can write an article on how to draw up a Will. Or, if you are a mechanic, you can write an article on how travelers can check out their cars before taking a long road trip.

If you write strictly for leisure, article ideas abound. Feature articles on interesting people you know are among the most popular articles that get published.

Do you know someone with an interesting hobby or business? I recently wrote an article about a local artist who creates sculptures out of found items like wire and metal. I saw his work at a local art center and contacted him for an interview.

Do you know a senior citizen who has found an interesting second career? Write about her.

You can also write seasonal articles about a holiday. How does a certain ethnic group celebrate it?

Or, write an article about an interesting place to visit not far from where you live. A museum?

Think of all the places you’ve been to lately, all the people you’ve met, or ask your friends or family for recommendations on who or what to write about.

Articles for publication should contain interesting direct quotes, examples, or anecdotes. These are essential elements for publication. They make an article appealing to readers.

My book, “Beginners’ Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features”  will give you dozens of article ideas, and help you write the article and get it published.

And, if you need more help, you can usually take an inexpensive, non-credit writing class through the adult education division of your local college.
There are extension divisions through high school districts, adult ed classes through two-year community colleges, and even adult ed divisions at four-year colleges and universities.

Another great option is to join a local writer’s organization, and get into one of their critique groups for non-fiction writing. You’ll get help from your peers. You’ll find much support from others who are beginners and experienced writers.

Opportunities abound for novice writers. You just have to take the initiative to do something.

Get started!

Copyright 2014 By Charlotte Digregorio.

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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