Re: Those of you who write
I really do not want to discourage your friend who is looking for
another avenue in the hort trade.
First up... good background, but. Can she write and does she truly enjoy
that aspect? The two do not naturally follow each other. If the answer is
yes and she is one of the best writers out there....
No writer I know, or know of, is making a living at writing only. There
is very little financial reward in garden writing. In the last few years all
the amateurs who want to see their name on the internet or in print have
given their work away or signed all their rights away through ignorance or
...glut brought all the prices down for everyone. Very little
professionalism remains in the publishing trade any more... and this is not
coming from an old discontent.
There are few good national gardening magazines out there now and
literally thousands of garden writers wanting to get in the door.
Competition is very fierce.
Having said that.... same advice as with any ganra of writing... know
you subject and have some thing to say, then say it. Study where you want
your work to be published and submit accordingly. Write editors of each
magazine and ask for writing guidelines. Follow those guidelines.
I wish your friend all the luck in the world.. also keep looking.. many
of the nurseries we are aware of are expanding... not pulling back. We had
or very best year ever.
Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
Zone 6/5 Southern Indiana
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I met a woman with a degree in horticulture and 17 years of Landscape
in her background, now working in a very confining indoor job. She
to be very knowledgeable, but has been laid off from 3 companies in 3
because nurseries in the area are downsizing.
I wonder if those of you who write articles could give her some advice on
how to submit garden articles to newspapers and magazines.
Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
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