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Angle Your News Story to Jet Readers

The worst thing a freelancer can do is mass-mail the same pitch to a bunch of magazines — and editors always know.

“I can tell the difference between a genuinely thoughtful pitch and just the mass pitch that a writer is sending everywhere,” says Jet‘s editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller. ”I’m a huge proponent of helping writers and giving people opportunities. But if you just send me whatever and it’s not very well thought-out and it makes no sense for my magazine, you’re wasting my time. And I remember that.”

So with this one opportunity to make an impression, get to the point of the story succinctly and swiftly. “Make it impossible for me to say no,” Miller stressed.

Get more details on which stories this news-based pub wants to hear in How To Pitch: Jet.

Earn $2 a Word At AARP The Magazine

The editors of AARP The Magazine are set on featuring rich content that inspires, informs and entertains, but freelancers don’t need to have reached the second half of life to break into this widely-read publication. All it takes is a timely story that resonates with their 50-plus audience.

“We tend to green-light freelance queries that are innovative, forward-looking and indicate that the writer has carefully studied the magazine,” deputy editor Marilyn Milloy said. And, lucky for you, any section not penned by a regular columnist is wide open to pitches.

Get all the details in mediabistro.com’s How To Pitch: AARP The Magazine.

Pitch Stories, Not Resorts, To ISLANDS

As an intelligent travel magazine with eye-opening photography and bucket-list travel experiences, ISLANDS keeps true to its mission to empower readers to find what editor Eddy Patricelli calls “the last little pockets of independent cultures.” So, to land a byline, freelancers will need to offer literary tales of an exotic destination.

That means no half-baked queries on a resort or spa, Patricelli warns. Editors hate receiving a destination pitch “that smells of a Wikipedia entry” and lacks a unique, compelling and well researched angle. “You know what I mean, in that someone’s just pitching us on, ‘Oh this place has great snorkeling, great diving, great resorts,’ but there’s no story angle there for us,” he said.

For more on freelancer-friendly sections, check out How To Pitch: ISLANDS.

Highlight Music for Village Voice

It’s almost the weekend, and you’ve been invited to your roommate’s band’s show tonight. If the cheap beer isn’t a good enough incentive, maybe a byline at the Village Voice is.

As the most open section of the Voice, the music section is vibing for offbeat culture stories with a humorous yet hard-hitting tone. Music editor Maura Johnston wants to know what is happening around New York: an artist with an interesting backstory and NYC ties who’s releasing an album, a micro-scene coalescing, and so on.

For more on word count and editor contact info, check out How To Pitch: Village Voice.

Hit The Road To Publish Your Journey

Does the approach of spring have you daydreaming about vacays and road trips? Well, if your story is an interesting one, it could net you $1/word at AAA’s  exclusive publication, Journey.

Because Journey is a regional publication, editor-in-chief Nicole Meoli‘s first priority is to hire local writers to offer an insider perspective on the mag’s home turf. “The main stable of writers I work with are from Washington [state],” she said. However, she’s not opposed to working with freelancers from further away, as long as they bring locally relevant ideas to the table.

For more on breaking into the magazine’s feature well, read How To Pitch: Journey. [sub req'd]

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