Miss Snark, I am devoted member of the devotion of Snarklings!
A question: I recently retired (threw out the kids and their dirty clothes, etc.) and began collecting writers' guidelines from print and other serials, with an eye to making some pin money while I decide whether I want to write the Great American Novel in my -- er -- golden years.
It's been a long time (20+ years) since I did much article writing for paying magazines, and I had forgotten that editors would like clippings!
I don't have much of anything like that any more (she wailed). When my husband retired, we closed the business, leased the house, moved overseas...to the South Pacific! We moved back. He died. I remarried and moved 2000 miles. Etc.,etc.
Can I just use that excuse, and maybe send a few of the original files (thank God for Macs!), or should I just write some more stuff for the non-paying venues and collect those clippings? (And what if my current venues are mostly electronic?)
First, my body of knowledge is book publishing, not magazine or article publishing/writing/editing. That said, I can tell you that reviews from books that are old (like more than 20+ years) don't carry much weight with me. Here's why: today's book reader isn't the same as the 1986 reader. What sold then probably isn't going to sell now. Yes writing quality matters, but if you've got a pool of people who ALL have good writing you're going to go with the person who's demonstrated they can write successfully for today's reader in today's market.
So, I'd get busy and get some current clips. And electronic clips are easy. Copy, cut, paste. Badda bing badda boom.
That South Seas thing sounds pretty nice right about now. Do they let poodles in?