The Modè Book: How to Break into Fashion Journalism

Genre: Writing Guides

Book Summary

The Modè Book: How to Break into Fashion Journalism, is a 131-page reference that addresses the things most journalism textbooks do not.

Traditional books focus on the structure of journalism with emphasis on how to write. The Modè Book gives tailored instruction on the creation, or advancement of a career in the fashion industry. Further, with print journalism changing rapidly, The Modè Book addresses how to exist in fashion media’s new normal where print is no longer king.

Written in conversational tone, the text outlines current needs such as: how to promote the article after publication, social media, website building, brand collaborations, how to negotiate, and much more. The book features tons of examples of feature articles, pitching decks, sample queries, marketing templates, and original fashion photography – making this project more than a mere text, but a fashion collectible.

Lastly, The Modè Book features writing guidelines for some of the biggest and emerging fashion magazines in the country. It is the ultimate reference for any journalist or aspiring writer who is interested in breaking into fashion as a niche.

About the Author

James R. Sanders is a freelance fashion editor based in Harlem, NY. The Modè Book is his second publication. He is a regular contributor to Vogue, Glamour, GQ, L’Officiel, and The Huffington Post. He’s covered New York, London, Milan, and the Haute Couture shows in Paris. In addition to writing about events, he’s also interviewed designers on the cusp of their careers including: Kerby Jean Raymond (Pyer Moss), the men from Public School, and Michelle Smith (Milly NY). James is the Editor-in-Chief of BALDWIN, a publication.

In 2018, he wrote about Black Lives Matter and the movement’s influence on modern fashion. He is hard at work on his newest project, a coffee table book with a collection of essays on fashion and personal style. James is also an acclaimed fashion stylist with clients who’ve landed on all the Best Dressed Lists during award’s season.

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