About a year ago, I met Manny Silva at the JLC Live Providence show. He was extremely excited about writing articles for magazines. I learned later that Manny is always excited—about construction, craftsmanship, writing, and taking his son to work!
I told Manny we’d help him publish anything he wanted in THISisCarpentry. A week later he sent me photos and an outline. The photos weren’t great, but Manny took advice well, and, like everything else he does, he tackled the problem head-on: he learned how to use his camera skillfully, the same way he uses his power tools. Within a week, Manny sent new photographs. I knew the man was determined.
While we were working on that story, I introduced Manny to editors at JLC and FHB. Within a few months, he had a story published in JLC.
A few weeks ago, I met Manny at the JLC Providence show again, shook his hand and clapped him on the back. We should all congratulate the man.
Writing articles has changed my life; it will change Manny’s, too; and it could change yours, as well. Writing about the work we do hones our understanding of each step—steps we’re often unconscious of; verbalizing what we do forces us to sharpen not only our teaching skills but our carpentry techniques. And having a story published in a major magazine is a good way to differentiate and distinguish yourself from the competition.
If you’re interested in publishing an article (and publishing in TiC is a great way to introduce yourself to editors at JLC and FHB!), contact me! I’d love to help.