Bird Dog & Retriever News

October / November 2006 issue Page 6

 October/November 2006 Now in our fifteenth year.


 I just wanted to let you know I really love reading the book reviews in the magazine, I buy most of the books you discuss.
Melissa Lucas, Tehachapi, CA
Thanks Melissa I think the By The Book series is a good addition to the magazine. Dennis Guldan
I would also like to thank Dennis for his editorial two issues back about cleaning up our sport/industry. It was absolutely correct and needed to be said. I wish more editors would have the guts to do the same. Thank you for the great services that you provide.
Keep up the good work. I apologize for the tardiness of this renewal. I just got back from three weeks of fishing in Alaska. I have paid on line.
Thanks again! Paul Swift/Swift Creek Labradors, Harrisburg, MO
  Paul I hope you had a good time in Alaska, Thanks again for subscribing. Dennis Guldan
Dennis, I am in charge of donations for our annual banquet and love your magazine. Is it possible that we can get a few copies of Bird Dog & Retriever News as a donation for our banquet? I think it they would look great on the tables and you might get a few new readers. Chuck F, Rockford, IL
Chuck, what great idea. Yes we can donate some magazines to your banquet, we would be glad to do so. As a matter a fact we are going to contact every sporting dog club we have a contact person with and offer to do the same. So Bird Dog & Retriever News should be in front of all the hard core sporting dog owners across the nation. That should help everyone! Thanks for the great idea. It would help if you could have your donation person go to our website and fill out the donation request, we'll take care of the rest. Dennis Guldan

 Dennis, I have always wanted to write for a dog magazine. I have been training for years and I think I have some great ideas. Would you be interested in an article from a professional in the dog business but someone who has never had anything published? And if so where do I start? Jerry B, Winter, WI
Jerry, we are always looking for great new writers. One of the hardest thing to get across to people is how long the process is. I try to take about two hours per page. That seems like a huge amount of time, but in fact that is about standard in the industry.
I will typically work on each page in about four settings. It may take me forty five minutes to write the initial pass. Then I will let it sit for a day or two. Then I will come back and take another thirty minutes and reread it and correct and add things.
Then wait an additional day or two and return to it. It is at that point that I spell check it and grammar check it. I also do the most critical step, I read the article out loud. Then every place I stumble in the reading I highlight and come back and rewrite that area. That reading out loud really helps to find errors spelling and grammar checks can not. This step will probably take 20 to 30 minutes. I then set the article aside again.
Then one last time I pick up the article and read it again out loud, if all goes well it is informative and I do not stumble while reading, at which point I gather up a picture or two and the article is done. That's what works for me. Good luck, I look forward to seeing the article. Remember keep it short under two pages or 1000 words. Dennis Guldan

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