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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tips for Landing Your Own Newspaper Column |

Tips for Landing Your Own Newspaper Column | "Find your own voice
Every editor in America can boast a slush pile of resumes from would-be Anna Quindlens, Bob Greenes and Erma Bombecks. Copycat efforts rarely dazzle anyone.

Successful columnists in every genre have “a recognizable voice, a literary signature that sets their work apart,” says Barbara Brotman, whose personal column appears in the Sunday Chicago Tribune‘s Womanews section. Warm, witty or irascible, your voice is the vehicle for your column’s personality. Ride it well, and you’ll charm readers. Abuse it, and you’ll turn them off."

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