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Article Published in Kiting

Posted by Tom Benedict on 01/03/2011

I got my latest copy of Kiting from the American Kitefliers Association, and lo and behold on page 40 was an article I’d written.  Yaaaay!  This isn’t my first time being published in a magazine, but each time I open up and see something I’ve written, it’s a thrill.  Not just because I get to see my words in print, but because I get to hold it up to the Voice of Self Doubt (term courtesy of Wil Wheaton) and say, “See?!  I really can write!  Well, sort of anyway.”

This article was a kite aerial photography travel destination piece about the Big Island of Hawaii.  David Wheeler, the guy who normally writes the KAP article for Kiting, said the usual length was two pages of text and photos.  Two pages really isn’t enough space to describe the Big Island or all the places one could go and do KAP here.  But neither is a coffee table book.  A writer writes to the space available, and a photographer sends in more photos than the art department can use, knowing that many of them will get cut.  The text was a little longer than was asked for, and I sent in seven photos.

I was surprised to see the text made it in uncut.  Only one of the photos I sent in didn’t get used in the article itself, but it did get used for the table of contents for the magazine.  Cropping on the photos was minimal, and the color rendition was quite nice.  All in all the editor did a really good job.  I’m pleased as punch.

– Tom


2 Responses to “Article Published in Kiting”

  1. Ramon said

    Hi Tom,

    Just started reading you blog again (almost read it all from the post on prepping for NL to this one) and wondering if you have this article at hand. Is there a picture of it on flickr or can you make one to show it? Jim Jones approached me for permission to publish one of my recent KAP pics of Uitdam and for some text. Sounds like we are about to have something in common :0)

  2. Tom Benedict said

    Unfortunately I don’t. I checked the AKA web site, and can’t find it. I know I have it at home, and could probably scan it in. (I should ask Dave if that’s ok first, I guess.)

    Hey, congrats on the invitation to publish! I can’t wait to see the picture and read what you wrote. It’s a cool feeling, seeing your stuff in print.

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