One Interview about Autism Leads to Many Writing Assignments! by Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan

One Interview about Autism Leads to Many Writing Assignments! by  Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan

In the spring of 2016, I sent a pitch for an article on an interesting autism program in my city to an editor at a local online magazine. I’ve written for this magazine before, so the editor accepted, and then turned the assignment into a comprehensive overview of autism services around the city.

In a search for new interview sources, I contacted the public relations person at the city school district. We did our interview and I submitted the article to my editor.

While she was a perfect resource for this article, the real value of the connection came after our phone call. After the interview, I sent a follow-up email to the district public relations person. In the email, I let her know I’d love to help her share any great stories with my editor for future articles. We had a follow-up conversation by phone.

By the fall of 2016, she had sent me three emails about events that resulted in two more assignments from my editor. Since I also provide workshops in schools, I asked her to share my marketing flyer with her contacts in area schools. It’s been an effective way for me to get great stories to my editor and increase my network without pounding the pavement!

Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan is a writing mom on the run. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA where things come in threes, like rivers, kids and sports like triathlons. She writes fiction and non-fiction for adults but her favorite readers are children. Her stories and articles have appeared in AppleSeeds, Odyssey and Faces. She is the 2016-2017 Fellow for Pen Parentis and a 2015 “Promising Writer” in the Western PA SCBWI chapter. Her self-published books, My Food Notebook & The Bumpy, Grumpy Road, are available on Amazon. When she’s not training for triathlons or testing her fears, she hosts school and community workshops. Chat about writing with her on Twitter – @OneSweetWriter.


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