Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Getting Published!

I've been asked to write a magazine article!

It will be published!

La la la!

There's a trade magazine for a sub-set of Arabian breeders which is published quarterly. I've been asked to write an article about a horse I very much admire who used to be on my aunt's farm. He's the old man I wrote about over the summer--the one I took my daughter to see. The focus of the article is gathering together memories and impressions of him from the many people he's met. He's such a personality that his current owner is apparently getting flooded with "I remember when" stories, so he and the publisher decided to put it all together for a feature article. And they asked me to write it.

So I asked the publisher what her desired word count is. "Whatever," was her reply. "We tend to have trouble filling the Spring issue."

Oh my god. Does she have any idea how dangerous THAT is? Trying hard to keep this under control. Besides, I know there's going to be a sidebar with a tale from the breeder, but I don't know how long that's going to run. My research for today is figuring out the word count on a few of my favorite articles and seeing if I can wrestle this thing into submission.

In other news, Amazon finally deigned to send me my copy of Demon Angel by Meljean Brook. Not sure what it took to rip it from their cold dead hands, but at least it finally showed up on my doorstep!


Anonymous said...

Woot! Congratulations! It sounds like a great project.

(and I'm not sure what's up with Amazon -- I've heard a couple of reports that it takes a long time to ship ... I think they ran out of stock (good for me, but bad for anyone else)) I hope you enjoy it!

CindyS said...

That's terrific news and I *loved* your memories of the 'old man'. I have a soft spot for him myself and I've never even met him!

When's it due?