Donna & Kitty ,
Been there, done that. I wrote, edited and published my own 6 to 8 page
newsletter monthly for 5 years. Not as easy as it sounds. Just the monthly
deadline gets pretty stale after a few years. There may be a unlimited
supply of information out there in the gardening world, but getting it
together is another story. Research is good, but also just compiling and
re-shuffling what others have written is not my favorite kind of garden
article. There used to be something called write about what you know.
Experience. Not on your case, just using the opportunity to get on one of my
I listen to writers gather information to write about some aspect of
gardening they do not have a clue about. Just compiling the work of others,
reshuffling, putting into their words. Sometimes it is all pretty obvious...
but since the editor is usually a word smith and not a gardener it is not
If you are going to write, check out the going scale to get paid. Don't
sell yourself short or undercut those who make a living at garden writing.
(If you do not value your work who will??) Then write about what you know
and have experienced.... and grow lots more for the future articles.
Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
Zone 6/5 Southern Indiana
----- Original Message -----
From: "Donna" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> You need to think about that comment. It would be wonderful to read, but
> the research that it would take is mind boggling.
> I did an 8 page, sometimes more, newsletter monthly. Thought that would
> be a snap... HA! It took all month to get enough material for it,
> keeping it interesting. After a few years, I gave it up. Took way too
> much time and you get burnt out on doing it. Not to mention the hassle
> of getting permission to use a photo, or someone else's article to
> reprint,... had to be fresh all the time.
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