Monday, June 25, 2012
Okay so I know that I'm going to have to consider a lot of things when I start doing reviews, but I went ahead anyway and started looking for sites to register for in order to begin writing reviews--after all, this is the fun part!
I also added a blog list to the right to give samples of other types of food blogs. I like looking at what other people do in order to inspire ideas as well as get a general understanding for what I'm planning on doing.
Anyways, back to the website. Above my blog list I will be adding in any other types of food review sites so that anyone can easily find a place to begin their own food critic journey themselves. I've chosen to try out Urban Spoon because it contains several restaurants in my area that I can access to review.
I'm going to continue looking up tips throughout the process of attempting reviews. I'll post it all though, so don't worry--you wont miss a beat.
Thanks for reading!
Saturday, June 23, 2012
You still gotta know how to sell your work.
...I found an article with a few different things to say, but this stuck out to me the most:
It really doesn't matter how long you've worked as a chef, restaurant manager, or food service employee. If you don't know how to approach an editor to pitch a food story idea, you're not going to make it as a food writer. It's got nothing to do with how much you know about food, and everything about how to rise above the competition. As a chef or recent graduate from chef school, you “get” how fierce competition can be. That competition also translates into the writing industry. If you've got an idea for a great food story and want to publish it into a magazine or newspaper, you'll need to know how to approach and editor. More importantly, you'll learn how to grab an editor's attention so that your story idea turns into published reality.
When creating your pitch letter or “query” letter to an editor, keep in mind that he or she could have literally hundreds of pitches coming in everyday. What you thought was a unique story idea suddenly pales in comparison to all the other ones on the editor's desk. So how do you get that unique story assignment? The following tips are just a few things that a good writing course would teach you:
- Type your pitch/letter and keep it to one page.
- Start your pitch with an opening statement that will immediately intrigue the editor. For example, introduce a new trend in the food industry.
- Customize your pitch to the publication.
- Use descriptions that evoke a strong sense of taste, smell, texture, and appearance.