Writers, sit up and take note! This post includes potential writing opportunities – how’s that for making your day 🙂
After being deliberately vague yesterday about the timing of upcoming guest posts, we’re off and running with one today! (Maybe I should remember that trick…!)
Please welcome Kathy Welsh, a talented writer and the creator of Country Courier Magazine!
Kathy’s story is an inspiring one for aspiring writers. She was not encouraged to write as a child, nor did she have formal training or education in her chosen field of journalism. Nevertheless, feeling that her community lacked adequate coverage in local news, she “took the bull by the horns”and began submitting articles to her local weekly paper. Although she had no writing credentials to speak of, her passion for local news came through and her articles were published. It was the beginning of a career in freelance journalism. She moved from the occasional article to weekly articles and eventually to a weekly column. Today she is editor-in-chief and publisher of her own magazine, Country Courier, a local publication for Union Vale, New York. She is a role model for making writing dreams come true!
SLH: Kathy, how did you first become involved in writing?
KW: This really all began quite by accident! My very first job was in the publishing world – Western Publishing Inc. in Poughkeepsie, NY – as an expediter in the purchasing department. After leaving my job when I had my first child, I began writing for Taconic Press, which I did for several years. My husband’s job relocated which took us to West Virginia. There I connected with The Valley Press, a local weekly newspaper, and freelanced for them until our next relocation – northwestern New Jersey. Again I contacted the local weekly newspaper, The Star Gazette, and began covering three counties for three different editors. This is where I really honed my skills as a reporter and covered everything from school news to feature articles to municipal news.
SLH: How did you get involved with Country Courier?
KW: When I created Country Courier Magazine we had made our final move back home here to Union Vale. Publishing the magazine was a natural progression from newspapers to a magazine-style format. I already knew what my readers liked so I used those topics to create this publication. And it has been very well received!
SLH: What are your goals for Country Courier?
KW: Our goal is to remain a free, direct-mail and online publication. We have currently updated our website from quarterly to daily news to provide our readers with “More News More Often.” And, we are also changing our print format from magazine style to more of a tabloid style to provide more news for our readers. This will debut mid April.
SLH: What, if any, writing opportunities might there be for interested authors? What types of submissions are you looking for?
KW: Now that we offer a daily online website, we are looking for writers and photographers to contribute articles, news and photographs. I am interested in local news about people, places and things from municipal to feature stories. All submissions will have a byline. Writers need not have previous publishing experience, but I reserve the right to reject any pieces that do not fit the criteria of the magazine.
|Sample photographic cover
from Country Courier
SLH: How can writers/photographers contact you?