The Complete Article Writer’s Box Set: Two Books in One!

The Complete Article Writer’s Box Set

Title: The Complete Article Writer’s Box Set

Published 2020

eBook ISBN: 978-1-8780786-2-1

Combining two books in one, The Complete Article Writer’s Box Set gives budding writers everything they need to know about writing articles and supply pictures. Learn how to become an editor’s dream supplier by offering them the complete words-and-picture package.

The Complete Article Writer began life as a series of eight step-by-step workshops that took delegates through the process of creating a publishable article. In book format its aim is the same: to show you how to get from a potential idea to a finished article written for a specific readership. The Complete Article Writer explores: 

– article ideas: generating ideas and maximising their potential
– magazine analysis: identifying your potential readers and the aspects of your idea that will interest them most
– article structure: choosing the best structure for your idea, and how to make it an engaging read
– creativity: adding interest and sparkle to your article
– pitching: selling your idea to an editor before you write the article
– rights: understanding the rights a magazine buys from you, and how you can re-use your ideas.

The Complete Article Writer



What Is An Article?

Why Write An Article?

Chapter 1- Ideas

Sourcing Ideas


Topical Hooks & Anniversaries

Broadening Ideas

Local Angles

Human Interest


Chapter 2 – Market Analysis

Finding Publications

You’re A Writer, Not A Reader

The Front Cover

Contents Page and Editorial Contacts

Readership Analysis

Media Packs

Article Analysis

Study Several Copies

Chapter 3 – Creating An Outline

Identifying What’s Relevant To Our Readership

Putting Them Into Order

Chapter 4 – Article Structures


Numbers & Letters


Journeys & Travel

Q&A and Interviews

Chapter 5 – Beginnings

A Great Or Startling Statement

Dialogue Or Quotes

Scene Setting

An Anecdote

Ask A Question

The Topical Hook Peg



Chapter 6 – Endings

Summarising The Main Point

Circular Structure

A Call To Arms

Dialogue & Quotes

Looking Forward

Chapter 7 – Other Page furniture

Boxouts, Side Panels and Further Information Sections

Contributor Biography & Photo

Chapter 8 – Adding Creativity To Your Non-Fiction

Writing in Scenes

Using Dialogue

Point of View

The Writer as Primary Source

Chapter 9 – Editing

Analysing Paragraphs


Active and Passive Sentences

Pet Phrases

Have A Clear Message

Read it Aloud

Final Editing Points

Chapter 10 – Photographs

Analysing The Images

Submitting Your Photos

Sourcing Photos From Elsewhere

Chapter 11 – Pitching

Get A Name

Straight To The Point

Draw Upon Your Outline

Sell Yourself

Keep Records

Chasing Up

Chapter 12 – Formatting Your Text

The Traditional Way


Do What The Editor Says

Submitting Your Piece

Chapter 13 – An Example Article

Uncommon Waters

Chapter 14 – Understanding Rights

Traditional Freelance Working

The Three Key Components to Rights

Understanding The Impact of Rights

Should You Write for Free?

Chapter 15 – Keeping Records

Secondary Rights

Chapter 16 – Upon Publication



Photography for Writers

Which would you rather be: the writer who got paid £100 for providing the words to a travel article, or the writer/photographer who got paid £250 for providing pictures with those same words for a travel article? Editors are looking for complete words and picture packages these days, so writers who can provide both stand a better chance of success, and also higher rates of pay. And you don’t need to have a professional camera to do this – a simple, pocket, compact camera is capable of taking publishable photos these days, so why shouldn’t you be one of those better paid writers?

Photography for Writers will show you how to make the most of your compact camera, and how to save, store, and retrieve your photos, as well as how to offer these photos to an editor. There’s advice on how to get to know your compact camera, things to think about when taking photos abroad, some of the legal implications of taking photos and advice on how to use your camera as a research tool. 

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Chapter 1: Why Writers Should Consider Photography
Letters & Fillers Market
Illustrated Articles
Step-by-Step Features
Non-Fiction Books
Research Material
The Digital Benefits

Chapter 2: The Digital World
Digital Camera Types
The Process of Capturing a Digital Image
Understanding (Mega)Pixels
Print Resolution
Digital File Types

Chapter 3: Taking Photographs
Understanding Programme Modes
Planning The Images You Need
Fill The Frame
Seek Out Unusual Angles
Photo Orientation – Landscape and Portrait
Understanding the Rule of Thirds

Chapter 4: Photography Legalities
Do You Need Permission?
Release Forms
Photographic Rights Offered

Chapter 5: Your Personal Digital Photographic Library
Creating a Manageable Filing System
Cataloguing Software
Understanding Metadata and Keywording
Basic Image Processing
Image Manipulation
Backing Up Your Photos

Chapter 6: Magazines
Letters & Fillers
Identifying the Opportunities for Writer-Photographers
Analysing Images used by a Magazine
Front Cover Images
Using Images to Secure a Commission
Using Someone Else’s Photographs
Linking your Photos to your Article
Submitting Your Images

Chapter 7: Non-Fiction Books
Are Photos Really Necessary?
Planning the Images You Need
Think Front Cover
Captioning Images for Books
List of Illustrations and Indexing Photos

Chapter 8: Other Photographic Opportunities
Photographic Agencies
Tourist Brochures
Greetings Cards
Magazine Front Covers

Chapter 9: Photography as a Research Tool
Photography for Creative Writers
Copying Research Material
Using Your Photographic Library for Idea Generation

Chapter 10: The Final Exposure