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Find a Home for Your Music Features and Essays at TheFader.com

Fader-articleIf music magazine Fader hasn’t worked with you in the past or isn’t familiar with your writing, the chances of making it onto its glossy, visually striking pages are slim.

However, if you have a really compelling, focused idea for a piece on an up-and-coming artist or the music industry itself, you’ll want to focus your energies on pitching to Fader‘s websiteFader is as committed to publishing what editor-in-chief Naomi Zeichner describes as “meaty features” online as it is in the magazine:

TheFader.com is where you’ll see the publication expanding its editorial territory to 500- to 1,500-word critical and personal essays and “big, reported features” that can run upwards of 2,500 words. Pieces focused on the business and tech sides of music can do well here.

For more, including how to craft a pitch the editors will notice, read: How To Pitch: The Fader.

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Freelance Journos: Would You Do A Little Content Marketing?

CONTENTRUNNER LOGOThe one thing every journalist knows (apart from how to get a source to return a call just before a deadline) is that we also have to be experts in something besides getting a good story. Business news. Sports. Tech. National security.

That’s why Content Runner’s new “Offerings” feature caught my eye. Content Runner specializes in matching writers up with people who need content. Yes, when I hear “content marketing,” I cringe a little bit, too. It can feel like making a deal with the devil. Unless that devil is paying you some extra cash. There’s no reason why working journos — especially freelancers — shouldn’t be able to make a little on the side.

It’s not just pennies per word either. Co-founder Chad Fisher explained to me that when they launched seven months ago, they attracted a lot of “users” looking for writers, but paying just pennies. “It was a race to the bottom, price wise. Read more

5 Ways For Freelancers to Increase Productivity

productiveThere’s no doubt about it; the freelance life is hard. And if the freelance writers in your life tell you otherwise, shoot me their emails because they are in the one percent, and I need to pick their brains. Of course, waiting on checks when your bills pile up is difficult, but if you’re like me and have transitioned from a highly structured full-time gig in an office environment to freelancing from the couch, operating at your maximum productivity level can be a tough nut to crack.

Here are a few simple ways I’ve been able to increase output and hone in on my various projects:

1. Get out of the house Read more

Ebyline Launches Pitch Board to Better Connect Seasoned Freelancers and Publishers

photoIt can be hard out there for a freelancer. The avalanche of emails, stiff competition, low pay and ignored invoices all make it a real challenge.

That’s why Ebyline, a conduit between digital publishers and writers, works to connect those are looking for work and those who need work done and is now going one step further with its new Pitch Board.

Ebyline’s Pitch Board allows hiring news organizations to post ads for $50 (this buys your project 30 days on the board), promising guaranteed responses from interested freelancers within 48 hours. Because of the exclusivity of Ebyline (just about 25 percent of those who apply for the stamp of Ebyline approval make the cut), only those who have been declared “qualified” freelancers are able to respond to job postings. According to the company, there are more than 2,000 people currently in the freelancer bank, and they’ve all been screened and approved by Ebyline’s in-house editorial staff. To give you an idea of their clientele, the Los Angeles Times and the AP are among those seeking freelance talent.

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Woman’s Day Pays up to $2 a Word for Straightforward, Feel-good Writing

womans-day-january-2014Woman’s Day knows that its readers (women ages 30 to 90) are incredibly busy, and they crave easily digestible advice on everything from cooking and home decor to health and money matters.

The editors are looking for writers with a straightforward tone and the ability to do their research before sending a pitch — reading back issues of the mag (at least the past 12 months) is invaluable. Knowing which section to pitch and what type of reader to cater to is also key:

A writer’s best entryway onto the pages of the mag is a front-of-book section called “Embrace the Day,” focused on community and giving to others. It’s a special place in the hearts of Woman’s Day readers. “We did a story six months ago about a woman who makes cakes for children with cancer. Another editor and I discussed it and she said, ‘do you want to put a call-out for people to give?’ The woman didn’t have a 501(c)(3), so I didn’t feel comfortable soliciting donations on her behalf. But it didn’t matter,” [executive editor Annemarie Conte] shares. “Our readers found her. One even wrote in and taped a $100 bill to her letter. Our readers are incredibly giving and want to find deserving places to give.”

To hear more about how to get published in this mag, including what not to pitch, read: How To Pitch: Woman’s Day.

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