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4 Word Editorial

Posted in Features on November 1, 2007
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Everyone deserves his big break, right? Lately I have been receiving quite a few inquiries about submitting articles to 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility MAGAZINE. A majority of them come from the average automotive-adventure enthusiast with little or no publishing experience. In some instances, I have actually received well-written articles from aspiring editors that included some great photography. A photo from one such article even wound up on the cover of the magazine last year. Not bad for a first-timer!

These submissions are very welcome since I have to generate quite a bit of editorial content for the magazine with an editorial staff consisting of a whopping two editors: Christian Lee and Jordan May. At the same time, I have to attempt to keep in step with a tight production schedule and the day-to-day administrative duties involved in running a magazine.

Now, I can't mention the staff of 4WD&SU and neglect to mention a few other behind-the-scenes people like my awesome art director, Tris Mast, without whom the magazine just wouldn't be the same. Then there's our copy editor and fact-checker, Kevin Hagan. I owe this dude a lot, including cases upon cases of beer. Also on board is Managing Editor Patrick Vuong and his protge, Advertising Operations Coordinator Virginia Wright, both of whom keep us in check and keep the magazine running as smoothly as a Swiss watch. Last but not least, I'd like to mention our super-cool new rockstar publisher, Jeff Dahlin, who is doing an unbelievable job as our editorial-advertising liaison

Recently, quite a few of 4WD&SU's freelance editors have moved on, married off, or are just too busy with their daily lives and regular jobs to keep submitting articles. It certainly isn't like it used to be when I got into the business, when it seemed like every five minutes a seasoned journalist was knocking on the door wanting to submit tech articles and features.

The reality of it is that I really enjoy reading each and every one of your article submissions. I like hearing about your vehicles, your adventures, and the technical challenges you've encountered. Now I try and respond to everyone's e-mails, article submissions, and letters, but sometimes I get overwhelmed and some of them slip through the cracks. However, don't be surprised if months down the road you finally get a response from me.

So my point in all this is: Please keep the tech, features, and adventure submissions coming - I thoroughly enjoy the grass-roots writing and photography. If your submissions aren't good enough for print the first time around, don't take it personally, just try again. If you lack confidence in your photography abilities, there are literally hundreds of useful informational photography websites, including Nikon's and Canon's. They can help you improve your photography tremendously. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to e-mail me. You never know what could happen - you just may turn out to be a star freelancer!Happy Trails,Kevin

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