Executive Officer in the Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University where, apart from executive duties, I write promotional material like marketing brochures.
I enjoy a country lifestyle on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, south east of the city of Melbourne. My interests, other than writing, include reading, gardening, metal detecting and good friends.
Writing Interests, Goals & Published Works:
Creative non-fiction writer of short stories. Published in magazines, but more within the theme of business writing. Presently seeking to publish some travel articles. Have written a great deal of family history and plan to publish this as a social history embracing the past 100 years.
Ways BAF Might Be Helpful To You:
I would love to widen my network of writing friends who enjoy similar genres to me and who may be willing to critique my work and suggest outlets for it.
Hi Lois, I took a look at Google maps to see where you were. It looks like you had a lovely drive. I lived across the bay from there on Beach Road in Hampton. Those are some of my best childhood memories.
Hi Lois, I haven't done any travel writing so am not as familiar with this field. Just off the top of my head, most of our newspapers have travel sections in the Sunday editions, plus the American Automobile Association publishes a travel magazine. Your article sounds interesting. I know I'd want to read it.
Another thought that just occurred to me is that you could also look into publications on metallurgy. A great book to look into is Writer's Market. It lists lots of U.S. publications, including specialty publications.
I have a friend who is getting into travel writing. I'll ask her what she would recommend and get back to you.
At 12:14pm on September 14, 2008, Gary Greer said…
Dear Lois, the Copy Cat,
I was delighted to see that you have hooked up with this site. Meeting you was a highlight of Wildacres. Of course, our performance was splendid.
Hi Lois, I'm glad you enjoyed the article. My friend and I saw the call for submissions and immediately thought of the painting class we'd taken together. We were struck by how the attitudes of these two women colored the atmosphere of the entire class with tension and bitterness.
Hi Lois, Sorry not to get back to you sooner. My husband and I took an impromptu vacation to the hills of Western Massachusetts where internet service is practically non-existent. We're having a lovely time alternating between working on our writing projects (he, a screenplay; I, my novel) and exploring an area that is becoming more and more beautiful as the leaves don their autumn colors. I hope you are getting some creative inspiration as you move into your springtime.
I just heard back from my friend, who has been busy getting married and moving to West Virginia. She wrote the following:
I have published with the National Geographic Traveler Magazine. You friend could try contacting the following editors:
National Geographic Traveler
1145 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Long Weekend Editor
Hotel Central Editor
I know that Susan looks for interesting hotels for under $150 a night for her "Under $150" department.
My friend also recommended I talk to another mutual friend who is also doing travel writing. I will send her an email and see what other information I can dig up for you. I hope this will get you started.
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