Announcement: Writing for a magazine

Country Woman

Many of you may know that I started working at Trusted Media Brands in July. I got a job in the Publishing Technologies department of a publishing company in the hopes of being closer to my passion – reading. When I started, I met many people within the company and in telling them about myself, I mentioned how much I read and how I blog about books. Within my first month, the Editor-in-Chief of the “enthusiast” brands asked me to read a book for her and let her know if it was any good. That book, The Orphan Keeper, was not featured in Country Woman magazine because while I thought it was good, I did not find it to be a great read.

Fast forward a couple of months, I was talking with the Senior Editor of Country Woman magazine at a toasting party for another brand about the books column of her magazine. She mentioned that the Editor-in-Chief had told her that I read and blog about books. I said I’d be happy to help select books or even write the Book Club column if she was looking for someone to help out. I sent her a link to this blog and some samples of my better book reviews.

Now jump to the present, that same Senior Editor happens to now be a little short staffed due to someone leaving the company, so she is indeed looking for help. She asked me if I would still be interested in writing the Book Club column. Am I ever! I have my first assignment, which will appear in the April/May edition of Country Woman magazine.

The print publishing business works very far ahead, so my deadline is November 10th for an article that won’t run until spring. But I am beyond excited! And I have been frantically reading books that I think might appeal to the target audience of Country Woman. It’s derailed my scheduled reading a little bit, but this opportunity is too good to pass up.

The average reader of Country Woman (a publication similar to Better Homes & Gardens with a slightly more rural focus) is a 65 year old woman. In other words, my mother-in-law, who does actually get the magazine. It’s been a bit of a challenge to find books that I enjoy and can recommend that I think will also appeal to an older audience. I have one book in mind already, but unfortunately two others that I tried recently are not right. I have several other books reserved from the library, and I’ll be reading them ASAP.

If you know of any great books for this audience that were published within the last 6 months or that are going to be published in the next 2 months, please let me know. I’ll normally have 2 months to prepare my column, but this time I only have a month, and I’m scrambling a little bit. I have some backup ideas, but I’m on a quest for the perfect books!

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    1. Thanks, Angela. I’ll check it out. I thought about The Other Sister, which I reviewed on Monday, but I didn’t love it. Now I’m listening to Sons & Daughters of Ease and Plenty, but it’s just not right. Too out there, and too slow. I’ve reserved Soil by Jamie Kornegay (a murder mystery I think) and The Guineveres (friendship story). I have some others from publishers as well. I’ll find 3 good ones I’m sure.

  1. Wow, congrats! This sounds so fun! My mom got that magazine while I was growing up, and I remember it well. What about the cozy/light mystery genre? Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache series is great, and she came out with the newest one at the end of August. I also thought of Fannie Flagg (author of Fried Green Tomatoes) – she tends to write sweet, small-town type stories and has a new one coming out in November, I think –

    Ahh good luck! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Grace. I have been trying to steer away from series where people will already be reading and loving the books. But I’ll check out Fannie Flagg. Thanks!

  2. My first thought was Louise Penny’s series but I saw your comment above on that. Kate Morton’s books are wonderful too but probably also very well known. I just read a book called These Is My Words, which I really enjoyed and it’s historical fiction in the Southern US. I also loved The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda and Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah and I would not hesitate to recommend those to people in that age group. 😉 Clean historical romances like Edenbrooke would probably be enjoyable too.
    Congrats on such an exciting opportunity!! Excited to hear what you come up with!!

    1. Thanks, Heather. I’ll take a look at some of those books. My editor would like them to be fairly recent but not brand new, so people can easily find them at the library or wherever. I am reading Always by Sarah Jio right now, and it’s wonderful, so that will likely be one of the books for April/May.

        1. Thanks for your suggestions, Heather. I just picked up The Golden Son from the library yesterday, and I’ve added The High Mountains of Portugal to my list for consideration. I’m enjoying this shift in my reading. I was kind of getting burnt out on YA. Always is really great. I finished it yesterday.

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