I’m not sure why it’s so easy to overlook bylines.
As writers, especially, I feel like we have an obligation to notice who writes an article because, well, we want people to notice our byline, too.
But I’m constantly amazed by how often I jump right into an article, read it straight through, and don’t stop to notice who wrote it or go on to learn anything else about them.
Same with mastheads. Who are the people behind the publications I’m reading?
Anyhow, the obvious writing tip of the day is this: note bylines and study mastheads. Then, follow these folks on Twitter. I’ve been surprised to see just how many writers and editors from “big name” publications are on Twitter. They’re using this platform in interesting ways, and it may be easier to connect with them there than through traditional channels.
Bonus tip: Create a list of these so you can find their tweets more easily among the dense stream that is Twitter.
Have an obvious writing tip you want to share? Send it to me at writingjulie[at]gmail[dot]com. Include your full name and a link to your blog so you can be credited.
Follow on Twitter.