Photo: Don Freeman / NY Cottages and Gardens
WRITING FOR THE INTERNET and writing for print magazines are two entirely different animals. The former is instantaneous, autonomous, and generally pays poorly. The process of getting an article published in a magazine, on the other hand, moves at a glacial pace, from submission of the idea through editorial input and revisions to eventual publication. It can take two years; I kid you not.
Magazine writing pays better, but also slower. It’s not, I’ve found, a great way to make a living, but it’s a nice sideline. Three reasons why I’m feeling it at the moment:
My piece on the top 10 landmarks of rock’n'roll, below, subjective and boomer-oriented, is in the Spring 2012 issue of Endless Vacation, an attractive and well-edited magazine produced by Story Worldwide for RCI, a time-share owners’ association. You can’t buy it on the newsstand, but you can read it online.
Illustration: Patrick Crowley / EndlessVacation.com
The April 2012 issue of Coastal Living has my paeon to Sag Harbor, the most laid-back and probably most charming town in the Hamptons. (For evidence of that claim, go here.) You can’t read the article online — not yet, anyway — but you can buy it (or leaf through it) on the newsstand.
And this evening, I went to the launch of a new magazine: New York Cottages & Gardens, from the group that publishes Hamptons Cottages & Gardens (I’m on both mastheads as a contributing editor). Some of the first issue is online. The party was on the 58th floor of a midtown Manhattan hi-rise, the pied-a-terre of furniture retailers Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, plus each of their mates. The whole story is in the issue — yes, it’s four guys sharing an apartment, which looks like a MG+BW showroom in the sky.
Photo: Peter Murdock / NY Cottages and Gardens
It’s pretty extraordinary, following the sad demise of so many fine shelter magazines (House and Garden, Metropolitan Home, Domino), to witness the birth of a new one. Maybe it says something hopeful about the economy.
The first issue is off to a promising start, with a beautifully restrained Brooklyn brownstone; Marian McEvoy’s wildly hand-decorated house in the Hudson Valley, top; a museum-worthy Harlem townhouse; and the requisite white Tribeca loft, above.
True, none of them are cottages, but Kendell Cronstrom, the editor in chief, finesses that neatly in his editor’s letter. And I echo what he said tonight by way of a toast: “Long live print!”