That’s the cover of Redbook‘s May issue that featured a terrific review of The Violets of March—yay! I decided to share that today because it has to do with this week’s topic: big breaks. And, I’d like to talk about how magazines have played a role in my career so far.
It was always a dream of mine to be an author, but I didn’t know exactly how that would happen. I’d toyed with novel ideas since I was in high school, but nothing jumped out at me, and frankly, I didn’t know how to write a novel. How did one do this? So, I set the dream aside and pressed on. I put my journalism degree into practice and began freelancing for magazines, not knowing then, however, that magazine-writing would be the jump-start I would need to gain the discipline and creativity to actually write a book, and the contacts and connections to sell it.
True, you don’t need to be a magazine writer to write a book. Of course you don’t. But for me it helped immensly. It kept me disciplined (nothing like a deadline to get you writing), flexed my creative muscles (daily), and introduced me to many bookish people. In fact, the lovely author, and fellow magazine writer, Allison Winn Scotch (who I connected with while working on a SELF magazine assignment) introduced me to her agent, Elisabeth Weed, and voila—the rest is history.
So, yes, I credit magazines for where I am today—one book soon to be debuting, another one coming out in a year, and another in process. (P.S. My very first assignment was from Marie Claire when I was fresh out of college. I still have fond memories of the assignment email I received from the editor there at the time.)
What’s your favorite magazine?