Who knew I’d also get questions on my YouTube channel!
I was just viewing your videos. I am planning on taking your advice about approaching local papers.
I wanted to ask you your opinion on writing a column for a local paper. I wondered if it would be too presumptuous to even request that possibility at this point (being an unpublished writer looking for bylines) or if I had some ideas if this might be a good idea to suggest (or if I should first start with articles).
If you have any thoughts on this would you please be willing to share your advice? I was thinking something along the lines of interviewing people in the community (sort of a meet your neighbors type theme) or some other sort of weekly concept (movies, books, dating, etc). Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated.
First, let me apologize for not finding your question sooner.
As you know, I’m a big believer in writing for weekly newspapers as a way to get started.
As far as your idea for a column, my philosophy is more or less “it never hurts to ask.”
Years ago I created my own mini-syndicate of three papers. It didn’t earn much, but did lead to other things.
If you’re unpublished, the editor is going to wonder if you can sustain a column. The best way to demonstrate you can is to write half a dozen or a dozen column samples and provide titles or topics for a whole year – 52 if it’s a weekly paper.
Take it to the editor and see what she has to say.
Good luck, and let us know what happens.
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