• Animals,  Magazines,  Victoria magazine,  Where I'm published

    Coco’s rescue story in “Victoria”

    “Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” ~Karen Davison I still get a thrill whenever my byline appears in a national publication — but this one is twice as special to me. Victoria is one of my favorite lifestyle magazines, and I’m always proud to have my work published in its pages. This time, the March/April issue includes a new piece I wrote about adopting our sweet rescue dog, Coco, shown in the photo here. The issue is available in bookstores, Walgreen’s, and on newsstands this week. ~Cindy La Ferle

  • Events & news,  Magazines

    Springtime surprises

    It doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, but sometimes my work gets published in a magazine without much effort on my part. Late last year, for instance, I received an unexpected letter and a contract from an editor at Ideals magazine, requesting my permission to reprint an Easter essay from my book, Writing Home. This week, I received my advance copies of Ideals Springtime 2018. My essay in this issue is about a surprise gift (a box of ducklings) that I received one Easter when I was a kid. Ideals is a soft-cover anthology of stories and poems by a variety of nationally published authors. Owned by Guideposts and…

  • Just for writers,  Magazines,  Where I'm published,  Writing advice

    Writing a newspaper column

    Last week, I posted a column I wrote about my son’s boyhood career as a newspaper carrier. This week, I heard from a fellow newspaper columnist who happened to spot a feature article I wrote for Writer’s Digest on how to snag your own newspaper column. Until my friend contacted me, I wasn’t aware that the archived piece (from 2008) is now available to read online. Though it’s not as easy to land a column today, it’s not impossible if your area of specialty isn’t well represented yet. To read my article in Writer’s Digest, click here.

  • Empty nest,  Home & Family,  Magazines,  Where I'm published

    Mother’s Day “Ideals”

    Ideals magazine was launched in 1944 with a Christmas issue compiled by Van B. Hooper, a public relations manager for a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, manufacturer. Over the years it has featured the writings of well-known authors such as Edgar Guest, Sue Monk Kidd, Chris Bohjalian, Susan Allen Toth, Garrison Keillor, and many others. Now produced by Guideposts, the magazine continues its celebration of American holidays with timeless stories, quotations, poetry, recipes, and fine art illustrations. Since 2008, several of my own essays (including a few from my book, Writing Home) have been published in several issues of Ideals and its hardcover gift anthologies. This spring, my essay describing my son’s first year away from home (“Field…

  • Just for writers,  Magazines

    My art in a magazine

    Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people.” — Seth Godin  I’ve been publishing my essays and articles since I was in college, yet I still get that little thrill each time I see my byline in a glossy magazine or a newspaper. Until this year, though, I didn’t have the nerve to submit my artwork to publishers — so I was honored when two of my pieces were chosen to illustrate the Rust Belt Rising Almanac this spring. Another exciting “first” for me: getting my work…