As promised, my next two to three posts will deal with research methods and ways for finding new markets. Authors, freelancers and business people have to do this on a regular basis. It’s hard to separate the two because doing research will often provide you with ideas for new markets and thoughts about new projects. I suggest keeping a separate notepad nearby just for information you find that could be used at a later date. I also asked a few folks about their research methods and I will be sharing some of their answers as well.
Rodney Ruff who is a writer in various technical fields said,
“[I use] the library, at least for much of the genealogical research I’ve done. I combed through microfilm copies of the Papillion Times (Papillion is a suburb of Omaha, where I live) to produce narratives of what my Ruff and Zeeb ancestors did from their arrival in Sarpy County (the county Papillion is county seat of) until the deaths of my great-great grandparents. I’ve also found microforms of maps showing the land my great-grandparents owned in Grand Island. A cousin provided me with Sarpy County records related to the family before she retired. I’ve also drawn on my personal reference library – dictionary, thesaurus, style guides, etc. – for some of the writing I’ve done.”
At the library:
1. Bacon’s Media Directory: Covers every daily newspaper in the U.S. and Canada and over 21,000 trade and consumer magazines, papers, and journals.
2. Oxbridge Directory of Newsletters:
- 14,000 U.S. and Canada consumer, association and business newsletters in 255 categories
- Provides, locations, phone and fax numbers, websites, staff, descriptions, target audience, and many other factors.
3. Encyclopedia of Associations: A comprehensive source for over 159, 000 non-profit organizations worldwide.
4. Interlibrary loan has two operations: borrowing and lending.
- A borrowing library sends an owning library a request to borrow, photocopy, or scan materials needed by their patron.
- The owning library fills the request by sending materials to the borrowing library or supplies a reason why it cannot fill the request.
- If the item is sent, the borrowing library notifies the patron when the item arrives.
- Fun-Fact: The Interlibrary loan system started back in 1886 (It might be good I didn’t know about this growing up. I spent enough time at the library.)
1. Consider local newspapers, and local officials.
3. City council meetings
4. Doctor’s offices: Do they have a newsletter or website? If they do great, if not, they might be interested in starting one.
5. Local business people: Research upcoming events, newsletters, books or booklets.
6. Hospitals PR departments:
7. Lawyer’s offices: (see # 4)
Whew! I know that is a lot. Hopefully, that will hold you over until next week. The next post will have further information and more responses from writers and authors.
Keep Writing (and researching).