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 Fred Lever in Silicon Chip?
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 7:21:37 AM on 15 February 2019.
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 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
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Keep your eye on Silicon Chip I have sent some stories to the editor, Nicholas Vinen, as submissions to publish.
Some of them may be the type that SC can include and are the "Vintage Radio" themed ones you may have seen in "special projects" on this site.
If you are coin collectors you will be familiar with my articles in "CAB" (coin and banknote) and my slightly careless blog like style, but SC is a different magazine. Nicholas has to vet my text to suit the style of the mag and naturally fit the columns etc. Also my illustrations are pretty marginal being "snaps" not photo shots so will require work to bring up to standard.
SC is an Internationally regarded magazine and has to maintain a standard so has a "house style" and I have to let the production staff do their thing to wrangle my ramblings into shape.

As a contributor I can appreciate the amount of work that goes into editing any magazine.
An article may take 10 minutes to read, but I can assure all that the original words and pix may take hours to compose and submit.
The poor mag editor then has to take many more hours to fix the bad English and logic and cram the garble into the columns!

I look at some of my longer coin articles where there was a lot of research and when I look at the hour count in Word am stunned at the revision size. Some of the more complex articles have HUNDREDS of hours clocked up!
The vintage radio stories may not be that long but 10 minutes of reading may have had 10 hours of editing to get that 10 minutes onto the page.

The story about my Astor HNQ Mickey has been accepted and locked in and coming up shortly.

Cheers, Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 11:59:37 AM on 15 February 2019.
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 GTC
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The story about my Astor HNQ Mickey has been accepted and locked in and coming up shortly.

Good to know.

Having been a magazine editor in a voluntary capacity for a few years I can attest to the effort involved.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 12:36:02 PM on 15 February 2019.
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Looking forward to it Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 5:43:10 PM on 15 February 2019.
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Know the feeling My last one was an English Roberts. One must make a point of not submitting photos that are trash. If its not book quality don't bother. At one stage I was generating the monthly newsletter for two Clubs. But its now down to the Radio Club one.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 2:33:54 PM on 21 February 2019.
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The article on the Astor HNQ is the current issue March 2019 and it looks fine.
You can compare the mag article with the version in the special projects section.
There should be more in the pipe line.
Stay tuned!

Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 2:06:39 PM on 24 February 2019.
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I received the latest SC on Friday and have read the article. Very good work Fred!. It was most informative, well written and illustrated.

Having done quite a bit of technical and historical interest writing over the years I appreciate that it is no simple task. The necessary research can be fun but constructing an article that fully explains the subject while still being readable and interesting can take a long time. Keeping to a strict word limit while including all the important facts makes the task even harder.

Andrew


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 3:34:03 PM on 24 February 2019.
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Hi Andrew, thanks for that but I cant take all the credit, a lot of thanks to the technical staff at SC, in particular Bao Smith!
He has trimmed my original writing in size to suit the magazine and not lost any of the logic or the sense of the thing.
You can make a direct comparison to the original article in the special projects section.
I think they may have a go at a couple of the other projects and that may be a real challenge to do one of my multiple part efforts!

Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 4:05:38 PM on 24 February 2019.
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At least you got something into print Fred. I tried to submit a piece a few years ago but Leo didn't like it.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 5:37:34 PM on 24 February 2019.
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I tried to submit a piece a few years ago but Leo didn't like it.

If it's still topical/relevant, try again. Nick Vinen, the new editor, may accept it.


 
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