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Holiday Writing – Cinco de Mayo

It’s too late this year, except for your blog, but if you google Cinco de Mayo you’ll find well over 24 million pages!

What this means to freelance writers who plan ahead is there are lots of market for stories about Cinco de Mayo. Of course, you can also write newsy things about what happened today, but magazine articles about this and other holidays are usually scheduled at least 90 days in advance, and for the larger and better consumer magazines, 6 months to even a year in advance.

That means writers need to plan ahead.

Not sure what Cinco de Mayo stands for? It’s May 5th and celebrates victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Considered a regional holiday in Mexico, in the U.S. it’s becoming a day to celebrate the immigrants from our neighbor to the south.

And the upside down exclamation point? That’s how they do things in Spanish. They warn you about what’s coming with an upside down exclamation point or question mark at the beginning of the sentence, rather than the end. That’s always made a lot of sense to me.

Okay – hola simply means hello or hi. The sort of thing someone in San Diego learns by osmosis.

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