Wednesday, April 30, 2008

More from the Cobblestone Group

I promised more quotes from the fine people at Cobblestone Publishing.
Faces. Assistant Editor: Peg Lopata

“What sets Faces apart is that we cover contemporary issues. We're focused on people, places, and culture. We're looking for authentic voices, and try to include a growing-up story in each issue.”

“We'd like to publish more activities, word puzzles, and games.”

“Writers for us have to not only think like a kid, but have to think like today's kids.”

"For obscure topics, if I can't find photos to go with your article, then we might have to drop the article. Give me high quality, high resolution images or great prints. Second best, give me lots of leads where I might find photos to go with your article. Please look at our photos. They are very high quality. If your photos are as good or better, please send them to us. If not, don't bother.”

and Dig. Lou Waryncia , editorial director for Cobblestone Publishing, speaking for editor Rosalie Baker, who was unable to attend Writers Day.

“These magazines are the hardest to break into. Rosalie is very persnickety.”

“Rosalie does accept queries and does publish new writers.”

“Rosalie's biggest pet peeve is getting queries from people who have never read the magazine. Knowing the magazine helps you tailor your query to a specific department. She also likes unique language and subject matter.”

“Rosalie likes to know the back story. For example, for an issue on Joan of Arc, Joan herself is important, but so are the people who were around her.”

“If you're a new writer, Rosalie likes to know your back story, too. It helps to include something you've written, even if it hasn't been published.”

Odyssey. Editor: Beth Lindstrom

Odyssey is an edgy magazine with a bit of attitude. We push the envelope on subject matter and content. We want to attract all kids, not just kids interested in science. We publish issues on general science, technology, and the future, and we also cover the softer sciences like psychology and anthropology.”

“Science doesn't have to be dry and boring. I suggest reading The Best American Science Writing 2007 (Gina Kolata, and Jesse Cohen, editors). It shows how creative science writing can be.

“I look for a good lead – a grease spot – that helps the reader slide into the story.”

“I need more fiction – science fiction, science-related short stories, legends, and tales.”

. Editorial Assistant: Marcia Lusted

“I'm in charge of writing rejection letters. It's really obvious when someone hasn't read the magazine.”

“We don't try to be comprehensive. We can't be. Instead, we try to entice the young reader, but not tell them everything.”

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