Last week I tore off a quick post about $2 bills and strip clubs. The article that I referenced had come out three weeks earlier and I’d been meaning to blog about it, but kept putting it off. (I have a backlog of blog topics, many of them moldy news items.)

The reason I didn’t blog about the article was because I didn’t have a compelling story to go with it. Sure, it’s cool that strip clubs are impacting the economy in such a newsworthy way, but that wasn’t enough. I kept rereading the article until inspiration struck and I wrote my speculative little post. I look for the connecting points in a lot of things and this one I wrote about.

Good thing I think the way I do.

My post attracted the attention of $pread Magazine’s editor, Audcia Ray, and she contacted me to do a short news item for them along the lines of my post. She contacted me on Tuesday and wanted the 500-1000 word piece by the weekend. I gave myself a deadline of Friday afternoon and set to work. She helped (a lot) by editing the content of my post and by asking specific questions that needed answered.

I worked the piece over until I’d achieved a reasonable journalistic tone and had narrowed down the specific information I needed to fill in my gaps. The Internet helped, as always. I called Burch Management to ask my questions. The rep who took my call was extremely helpful and provided the background I needed. I finished the article and submitted the final draft Thursday afternoon. It was approved and will run in the upcoming issue, due out in January. (It’s 650-700 words.)

How I wrote the article is nothing new. Any freelance writer can tell the same tale, and probably with more drama. The process of turning a conversational blog piece into a journalistic news item was a new process to me and I feel I learned a few new things. (Whether the lessons stick is another matter.) That’s only of interest if you like writing.

The reason I’m reporting this, other than self-congratulations, is because this would not have happened without the Internet. More specifically, it would not have happened without the benefit of RSS feeds.

I don’t believe Ms. Ray subscribes to my blog directly. But she uses feedreaders that search and filter feeds by her keywords (terms relating to sex and the adult industry). This makes it easy for her to find items of interest, like my blog post. Who knows how many writers/articles she’s found this way?

It’s one thing to read about all this stuff (like in my daily SEO blog reading), it’s another thing to see it in action and actually be affected by it. You know, the whole “I never believed it could happen to me…” sort of thing. I’m sure this happens to professional writers all the time. I know bloggers have gotten book deals from their blogs. I’m just amazed for myself. Of all the things I’ve expected from this blog, this didn’t enter the equation. Not that I’m complaining!

This is the first time I’ve been officially published in a print publication. (One time something I said in an anonymous sex survey was printed in Glamour magazine, but I’m not claiming that credit. Another time a short essay and some poems were printed in my college’s version of a literary magazine.) I’m very proud. It’s nice to have confirmation that my speculations weren’t all in my imagination.

This is a nice moment.

4 thoughts on “a “first time” story

  1. Amanda,

    That’s very cool. Congratulations. Hopefully its jut the beginning of things to come your way.

    Robert.

  2. I read the previous blog you posted about the $2 bill tipping in Dallas. I have personally never experienced this anywhere in Texas or Las Vegas but think it’s a smart move (even though changing them out is a pain). It’s like the chips people use to gamble in Vegas… it’s a disconnected way to represent your money therefore you part with it faster! Though I worked at one of the Burch properties a long time ago I never got to experience the $2 bill tips. I wish!
    Congrats on the writing opportunity!

  3. LVC,

    Thanks! The issue with the article in it should be coming out this month, I think.

    When did you dance at the Burch clubs? Which ones? If it was Cabaret, they didn’t use $2 bills.

    And you’re right, disconnnecting the customer’s mind from his “real” money makes him spend it faster!

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