9 Tips to Get You Writing the Perfect Article Pitch

As a former magazine editor-in-chief, widely published journalist and writing coach, I've been on both sides of the desk when it comes to pitching an article or personal story. As an editor, some were easy to assign, because they filled in all the details and got me excited about the story, and others fell into the reject pile rather quickly. Whether you want to write a personal essay, or a scientific, medical or business article, a good pitch letter with a great spin on a topic, a timely element, a celebrity connection, or an unusual personal experience will get you the attention of an assigning editor. Here are my tips on how to write a pitch that will get you published. ...more
As usual, a great piece chock-full of great advice, tried and tested. Carol more

9 Tips to Get You Writing the Perfect Article Pitch

As a former magazine editor-in-chief, widely published journalist and writing coach, I've been on both sides of the desk when it comes to pitching an article or personal story. As an editor, some were easy to assign, because they filled in all the details and got me excited about the story, and others fell into the reject pile rather quickly. Whether you want to write a personal essay, or a scientific, medical or business article, a good pitch letter with a great spin on a topic, a timely element, a celebrity connection, or an unusual personal experience will get you the attention of an assigning editor. Here are my tips on how to write a pitch that will get you published. ...more
This post is right on the money, as is all of your advice, which you are so generous to ... more

Should You Try Transcendental Meditation?

After maybe a minute, I was quite sure that the 20 minutes was almost up. When was the last time I sat calmly for 20 minutes? I was perplexed by how relaxed I felt. I learned to let go and just "be," something not very familiar to me, or for that matter, our culture as a whole. That's when it hit me. Perhaps it wasn't just David who needed to learn to meditate. TM where have you been all of our lives? ...more
No question, it's all good for you. Takes discipline, though, to establish a practice! more

7 Reasons to Never Start a Relationship in Winter

Winter arrived early like an unwanted relative and dumped record amounts of snow as if to announce, “Put away the jeweled flip-flops, Sweetheart, and grab a coat before you freeze your assets.”Because I’ve been around the block many times in all kinds of weather, I’m here to give unsolicited but helpful advice if you intend to enter into a new relationship.Here are some reasons you should never start dating during cold weather:...more
All good advice, Elaine!  Winter can be hard on relationships for many reasons, but starting one ... more

Texas Voter? My Opinion.

If you care about women, equality, and/or excellence in education, please read on. If you live in Texas and are not registered to vote, shame on you.  If you live anywhere and aren't registered, shame on you.  If you live in Texas (or anywhere) and are registered to vote but don't vote, double shame on you.  If you are registered to vote and are a woman, or have a female relative, consider the following....more
It is shocking that we are still fighting this battle. Fight on, friend. Fight on. I join ... more

Cheesy Tomato and Avocado Toasts

It's summer and the tomatoes are starting to appear at the farmers' market! When I have ripe garden-fresh tomatoes available I've been known to eat nothing but tomato sandwiches for days on end (just thick sliced tomatoes, toasted whole-wheat bread and mayo), but these Cheesy Tomato and Avocado Toasts from Amuse Your Bouche sound like a tomato sandwich variation that would definitely get my attention. Tomatoes. Avocado. Cheese. Toast. ...more
Yum. That is all. ... more

July Recipe Roundup

If the recipes a blogger posts in a month says a lot about her, July says “hey world, I love fresh berries”.I have to admit that I’m not a super organized blogger working off of big dry erase boards and spreadsheets to plan out her posts. What looks good at the grocery store or the farm stand, what my family requests, and often just whatever idea happens to float into my head dictates what I make. I don’t cook or bake to blog, I blog what I cook and bake....more
What a great roundup! Carol http://www.carolcassara.com more

Top 10 Things I Learned at Last Year's BlogHer Conference

10. For several days following the conference you will amble around BlogHerized. Definition: The mind-boggling state of sorting through the Who, Where, Why and When of What you experienced at the conference. ...more
I love that you gave some guy Trojan lube. Love. carol http://carolcassara.com/beach-treasures/ more

I Ended Hundreds of (Twitter) Relationships, and I'm Glad I Did!

The other day, I broke up with hundreds of people. I did it. I bit the bullet. I took that needed step and just did it. I was the one picking up the slack in these one-sided relationships, the one carrying most of the burden and I just couldn't take it any longer. I deserved more, and I knew it. I looked at the list of people, groups, and businesses I was following on Twitter and checked which ones were also following me back. There were over 350 relationships in which I was the one doing all the work! My Twitter life needed to change. NOW! ...more
I'm still not sure what Twitter brings me. But good for you for setting ... more

Teenager Approved: Strawberry Shortcake, Nacho Style

I was so excited to have been involved in a strawberry shortcake recipe contest for so many reasons. First,  especially at this time of year I love using fresh berries in recipes and strawberries are a favorite. Also, I love a challenge. Nothing sends me to the kitchen faster than a houseful of teens an ingredient challenge. ...more
Not just for kids! Looks deelish. Carol http://carolcassara.com/perfect-life/ more