Posted by: nancyisanders | December 7, 2009

Humphrey on Holidays

Hi! My name is Humphrey. I’m a cat. I’m also a writer. You probably know that by now. But what you may not know is that I love to write for the holiday and seasonal market. It’s the cat’s meow!

There is an ongoing holiday and seasonal market that needs new manuscripts for magazines and other periodicals as well as books…year after year after year. Just pick up any magazine and look for yourself. This month, Cat Digest Purriodical has an article about where to buy a Santa hat for your favorite feline. (That’s where I got mine!) And in the great mag, Cats R Us, this month they feature an interview of a caring cat who gets his entire community to donate cans of tuna every year to feed the homeless pets at Christmas. Periodicals are always looking for new material for their next issue that’s published during a certain holiday or season of the year.

And holiday books! Every book publisher, it seems, wants their own line of holiday books. Check out their online cat-alog and see for yourself. See which holidays they feature, then pitch them an idea to write a new holiday book that will fit in with their tastes.

The best place to learn all about holidays is to read Chase’s Calendar of Events. You can read a current issue in your library, or you can buy a used copy for about $3 on e-bay or at a library used bookstore when they clear off their shelves for the new annual edition. That’s where I get mine! As a writer, I want to earn money to buy tuna, so I look for the cheap deals.

So there you have it. Wanna write a new manuscript but don’t have any ideas for one? Consider the holiday and seasonal market! They always need new stuff.


  1. You’re so wise, Humphrey. I’m just learning about the holiday market myself, though not necessarily with books. I did write an e-book of Christmas writing prompts last year, but lately I’ve begun creating holiday- and season-themed word banks for my blog. I have found that they drive a lot of search engine traffic to the blog (which in turn raises their awareness of our products). One more way of tapping into the holiday spirit!

    Thanks for the great post!

  2. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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