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Ragbrai on Guardian Angel Kids

Posted on: April 4, 2010 is the link if you would like to click on over and see what the new magazine is all about. It’s new to the scene but is destined for success.

Getting one’s foot in the door with regards to a writing career  just might start with building “writing credits” by submitting stories and articles to magazines for publishing consideration.  Magazine editors are always looking for top-rate articles and stories.

Wondering what type of articles to send. Well, be sure to check out the individual magazine’s submission guidelines before sending in your submission. Read current and back issues to see the style of stories published in it. The more you know about the magazine you’ve selected, the better chance you have at a possible publication.

My most recent acceptance came from the same editor, Jennifer Reed (former Wee Ones Editor now Editor at Guardian Angel Kids), that gave me my very first acceptance in 2006. Jennifer know her stuff and is a pleasure to work with.

 Here is an excerpt of my article from Guardian Angel Kids:

The Ragbrai Race
By Peg Finley
It’s a warm July day. It’s Ragbrai (pronounced Rag Bray) and means Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Across Iowa. You might ask what is Ragbrai? It is the longest and largest bicycle ride in the state of Iowa with 8500 week-long riders and 1500 daily riders which is when most families participate.

Ragbrai started in 1973 as a challenge issued by Don Kaul, a Washington columnist, to his friend John Karras. John Karras then wrote an article encouraging others to join them. Originally, 300 riders began the ride. At the end, 115 riders completed the tour. The event is an annual ride. Riders come from all over the United States and the world. According to tradition, bicyclers dip their back tires in the Missouri River at the start of the ride and their front tires in the Mississippi River at the ride’s end.

Ragbrai’s average distance is 472 miles. Riders, even kids, bike an average of 68 miles per day. Along the route, eight host communities are picked to be, using one as the starting point and one as the end point. The other six are overnight stopping points.

Bikes of all kinds and bicyclers of all ages, from ten months to 83 years, make the seven day trip with the help of their friends, family and other bicyclers. Tents are pitched and suppers cooked over the grill. Kids sit on the ground listening to music.

Months in advance preparation begin. Local residents offer spots for cyclists to pitch a tent or park their buses. Results from pies baking contest welcome the cyclist. Spaghetti dinners are prepared. Kids’ bike safety courses are offered as well as races are offered.

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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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