Thursday, August 18, 2016

Gift Shops, Magazines and Writing


I just returned from a short trip that included a stop at a gift shop. There's something that may never change, and that is my love for visiting gift shops.  I'm a self-confessed gift-shop junkie 

One area of the gift shop I'm always drawn to is the magazine racks.  There is a magazine for almost every subject!  Yes, of course we can read all types of information on the Internet, but one thing magazines do is provide gorgeous glossy pictures.  I'm a visual learner and artist, and pictures draw me in.  They are where I find most of my ideas for decorating.  They show me on-trend decor.  They teach how to complete a craft.  Pictures show great depictions of cities and tourist destinations, allowing me to imagine them better than printed descriptions ever could.


It is still tedious querying to write for a magazine.  I don't know how many magazines are purchasing work by freelance writers. I've sold to many online magazines. My articles can be picked up through content provider Constant-Content.  

Articles can be purchased there by anyone:  website managers, magazines, newspapers, bloggers. My articles can be purchased under my pen name Joy R. Calderwood at

I provide the article, you provide the gorgeous glossy photo!  A writer's marriage made in heaven.

Of course with all the web content available, magazine purchases have taken a dip.  You might have noticed the resulting compensating price increase.  (I paid almost $20 for a magazine for my daughter).  Freelancers, photographers and printing companies still need to earn money to stay viable too. If you purchase from one, plan to pay fair market value.

No matter what's on the web, there will always be a place for magazines in gift shops.

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