Rich Engle Posted November 19, 2009 Share Posted November 19, 2009 (edited) Man, I am pretty stoked on this one...One of the main papers here in Florida is called the News Press. They have a weekend insert called "Tropicalia."I'm writing this for two reasons... One, just because I'm excited to share, but secondly (more importantly) to show how getting writing gigs can go down weird.I live on a farm with this amazing family that kind of adopted me (I teach guitar to the dad and son); it's called the Evergreen Alpaca Farm. What we do here is horses, and raise/breed Alpacas and Jack Russell terriers. What happened was this... They just had a litter of Jacks, 4 puppies, right? So they place a classified ad offering them and we proceed to sell them off (I was screening most of the inbound calls). And this lady calls up wanting one. I talk her up and find out she is a reporter for the News Press/Tropicalia, and is an AP stringer. Not only that, but she is overhit with work, and her husband is a reporter there, as well. I sent her some samples (couldn't leave out that I write, Hell no!), and she liked them. When she was here getting the puppy, she fell in love with the farm, and started talking about doing a feature story. So, back and forth emails... I finally just went for the close, and she said "yes, yes, yes." Windup is that I get the Xmas weekend feature story, including the cover! It is, truly, a Norman Rockwell Xmas type story. I fully expect that it might get picked up by the nationals, so unique and Americana it is.Moral of the story: a great gig, all over a puppy.You gotta love that!rde Edited November 19, 2009 by Rich Engle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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