Are you a collector of something tangible like coins, stamps, trading cards, silverware, Depression glass, books, jewelry, art, old toys, model cars, fountain pens or salt and pepper shakers? How long have you been a collector? Did you inherit any of your collections? People are intrigued by objet d’art and have been collecting a myriad of things for centuries, whether monetarily valuable or simply sentimental.
October is National Collector’s Month and an excellent time to indulge in a collection of keepsakes or hone in on the opportunity to make this month-long celebration a daily writing bonanza! To jumpstart your writing tributes to highlight the endless topics of a collector’s passion you have to begin with a few inquiries (the basic who, what, when, where, and why) once you decide on the collection to feature.
1. Who typically collects specific objects you decide to feature?
2. What is the story behind what people are collecting?
3. When did they begin collecting?
4. Where do they find the things they collect?
5. Why do they collect the things that they choose?
After answering these preliminary questions, you already have the meat of your story. Next, have an idea about what publishing venue you want to target. Typically, many people immediately think about a collector’s magazine to submit to. While this is an ideal choice for submissions, keep in mind that niche markets and specific publications are very competitive venues dominated by seasoned writers. Stay on the lookout for many untapped resources like blogs, online magazines, articles, industry specific newsletters, collector’s organizations and local newspapers if the collector lives in your vicinity.
People bond with their collections and want to show them off. Be sure that when you submit your work, you must have good quality photos and/or a well-defined video to accompany your composition. Captions should be provided with each photo or slide to describe what readers are looking at. It is also imperative to give image credits when using photos with the permission of a photographer or videographer.
Kym Gordon Moore, author of “Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit” and “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry” is an award winning poet, author, speaker, philanthropist, certified email marketing specialist and an authority in strategic marketing. http://www.kymgmoore.com She is co-founder of Favorite Things for a CAUSE http://www.favoritethingsforacause.com and was selected as one of the 2012 U.S. World Book Night Volunteer Book Givers.