Marci Seither, winner of Guideposts Writing Contest 2010, spoke to Inspire Christian Writers on May 31, 2011 on the topic of “So Many Stories.” She’s a local columnist or, as she says, a stringer (a regular contributor but not on staff), a word-on-the-street girl, or a package deal (a reporter who takes her own photos).
Marci had the following advice on building relationships with editors:
- Make the editor’s job easier by finding out what she needs.
- Don’t pitch what the publisher doesn’t need–something it covered in the last 6 months to a year. Study the magazine or newspaper. Maybe you can advance on a subject it covered last month.
Marci suggested these avenues for developing stories:
In her workshop, writers came up with at least 20 ideas from the word “summer” (mind mapping). Check out these topics–all from the word “summer.”
- Wedding traditions from the father’s POV
- Wedding traditions from the mother’s POV
- Weddings/Meeting the in-laws
- Wedding catering
- Wedding budgets
- Summer camps
- Summer activities for families
- RV Ministries
- Travel (what to pack)
- Travel articles
- Summer safety
- Hot August Nights (car shows)
- Backyard BBQs
Thank you, Marci, for your inspiring and encouraging message. You especially inspired me on photojournalism. I purchased a camera that fits in my purse.