20 August 2013

US Genealogy Writer's Market -- a quick questionnaire for editors


Besides being the editor of Upfront with NGS, I am also the editor of the Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS) journal, Wake Treasures. One of our biggest challenges is getting quality and varied content for this publication.  We know that there are potential authors “out there” and yet besides regularly querying our membership, having a FB page, using mailing lists, seeing material elsewhere and asking for permission to republish, etc, we’ve been severely limited in how to acquire the material needed to keep our award-winning journal relevant and chock full of timely and quality content.

A new publication planned by Harold Henderson, CG and Michael Hait, CG might make the content element of producing Wake Treasures easier in the future.  Please read below about what you can do to help make this planned publication a reality.  I have already filled out the short online questionnaire for Wake Treasures.  I am excited about it’s potential and encourage all genealogy periodical creators to take a few minutes and fill out the questionnaire!

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19 August 2013

Dear Genealogy Periodical Editors:

How do genealogical authors find your publication?

Genealogy periodicals—from popular magazines to state and national journals to the newsletters of local genealogical societies—are vital to the genealogy community.

Among other vital roles, periodicals
  • educate genealogists about records and research methodology;
  • enable genealogists with similar research interests to communicate with each other;
  • share local, national, and international news of concern to genealogists; and
  • allow researchers to publish the fruits of their research efforts.

Despite this central position in the genealogy community, there exists no central resource bringing together all of the genealogy periodicals published in the United States.

To do this we plan to publish the first U. S. Genealogy Writer's Market in early 2014. This book will list basic details about genealogy periodicals, so that genealogical researchers and prospective writers can quickly and easily locate their ideal publishing markets.

In order to do this we need your help—just fill out the short online questionnaire at this address:

Please feel free to alert other editors to this project. If you have any questions or comments, please contact either of us at our respective emails.

Harold Henderson, CG

Michael Hait, CG







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