It is common knowledge that magazines follow an editorial calendar that is mapped out, often a year in advance. The selected content frequently ties in with major holidays, events or anniversaries occurring during same time period. Magazine writers are encouraged to write content that will fit in well with the editorial theme of each issue.
There's nothing stopping authors from adopting a variation of this strategy to create a editorial calendar of sorts. Here's one way that you can adapt it.
There are many upcoming town and city anniversaries. Typically towns apply great fanfare to celebrate these events. For instance, the town of Abington, Massachusetts will celebrate the 300th anniversary of its incorporation in 2012. If you are an author or would-be author from the Abington area start to consider what you do best. Are you a gravestone researcher, a house historian, a genealogist, a photographer? Plan on writing a book that ties into your specialty and the upcoming celebration of the anniversary of the town. Not only will you get greater publicity for your book but the town may be very appreciative of your efforts.
Towns or cities don't have to be celebrating their 300th for this to be effective. Perhaps your location is a celebrating a 75th, 100th, 150th or 200th anniversary. Those are all good candidates too. The beauty of this technique is that you can plan your book years out if necessary.
If the town dates don't work to your advantage take a look at county incorporation dates.
Use a book like Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources (edited by Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG) for an easy way to look up town and county incorporation dates.
Here are some upcoming anniversaries happening in the northeastern United States in the next five years. Maybe one of them will be near you.
|Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven and New London Counties, Connecticut||350th||2016|
|West Warwick, Rhode Island||100th||2013|
|East Providence and Pawtucket, Rhode Island||150th||2012|
|Troy, New Hampshire||200th||2015|
|Candia, Haverhill and Sandwich, New Hampshire||250th||2013|
|Cherryfield and Corrina, Maine||200th||2016|
|Burlington, Duxbury and Williston, Vermont||250th||2013|
|Hamilton and Oswego Counties, New York||200th||2016|
|Putnam County, New York||200th||2012|
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