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Pitch Parents, Parents.com With the Modern-Day Mom in Mind

Parents-ArticleParents, which focuses on millennial moms, is on the hunt for fresh new writers. The monthly mag offers plenty of opportunities for freelancers — it’s 70 percent freelance written, after all — who can write from personal experience in a friendly, nonjudgmental tone about everything from potty training to breastfeeding.

And if you’ve got experience writing for the Web (and can turn copy around quickly), you shouldn’t hesitate to send your pitches to the pub’s online counterpart, Parents.com:

A majority of the site’s readers are pregnant or moms with babies, so pregnancy and infant coverage are of particular interest. Deputy editor Diane Debrovner advises freelancers to clearly define which section of the website they see their piece fitting into when they pitch: “Getting Pregnant,” “Pregnancy,” “Babies,” “Toddlers & Preschoolers,” “Big Kids,” “Parenting,” “Food,” “Health” or “Fun.”

For more on what editors want, read: How To Pitch: Parents.

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How to Snag a Byline on Essence.com

Essence-ArticleEssence, which describes itself as an authority on black women, has a robust online presence. Essence.com attracts more than 1 million unique monthly visitors and is an extension of its print counterpart, with articles on fashion, beauty, relationships, entertainment and news.

When pitching for the digital platform, remember that timeliness is key, so try to align your ideas with news that is relevant to this target demographic. Editors also warn freelancers not to take any shortcuts on quality.

“We tend to like pitches that are based around something that’s either a hot topic or extremely interesting to our audience,” [deputy managing editor Dawnie Walton] explained. “For instance, when we were covering the verdict in the Michael Dunn trial, we had an attorney write a piece about how she felt the prosecutors had done and some of the unfair blame she felt they were taking in that very sad case. That was someone coming in with a perspective that we don’t necessarily have in house.”

For more of what the editors are seeking, read: How To Pitch: Essence.

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What The Boston Globe Magazine Wants From Your Personal Essay

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After the past success of our four-part series on Personal Essay Markets, we decided to bring it back this month. We have updates on a variety of pubs, all eager for first-person narratives from talented freelancers.

In Part I of the series, editors from 15 different markets broke down the details on what writers need to do to score a byline in their pub. Here’s an example:

The Boston Globe Magazine – “Connections”
A Boston connection is not necessary, but essays for this column must offer a fresh perspective on a personal relationship, whether with a romantic partner, friend, family member or even an interesting exchange with a stranger.
Length: 650 words
Pay: $500
Assigning editor: Veronica Chao, VERONICA dot CHAO at GLOBE dot COM
Chao’s advice: ”Please submit a completed draft rather than a pitch. Anonymous or pseudonymous bylines are not permitted at The Globe, nor is changing the names of people mentioned in the essay. Anyone you write about significantly in the essay must approve of your writing about him/her. We respond to an essay we want to publish within a month; we don’t respond to essays we won’t pursue.”

To find out what other mags, including Elle, AARP The Magazine and EatingWell, want, read: Personal Essay Markets, Part I.

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Write for Passport‘s Tech-Savvy Gay Travelers

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Passport magazine has been a resource for affluent LGBT travelers since its inception in 2001. In the past 13 years, the pub has experienced huge growth and can even claim the title of first gay magazine to launch an iPad edition.

The pub is 80 percent freelance written and editors say they need writers who can tap into the specific needs of its globetrotting audience. Passport is a great place for those who enjoy long-form writing, as articles can run up to 3,500 words. As for topics:

The hallmark of the mag — the feature well — is a playground for creative angles on all things travel, but the particular focus is destinations. One story in the August 2013 issue took readers on an editorial journey à la a 10-day road trip through Florida, detailing stop-throughs in major cities, swamplands and legendary gay retreats. Another explored life in Saba, the Dutch municipality in the Caribbean where gay marriage is legal and a small LGBT community thrives.

Also worth noting: stories submitted for print may very well end up online as well, so freelancers are encouraged to pitch ideas that include photos and videos just for a little added multimedia panache.

For more on the pub, including details on the proper etiquette when sending in your submission, read: How To Pitch: Passport.

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Details.com is on the Hunt for Writers With a Stylish Sensibility

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Details.com isn’t just an extension of Details the print magazine, it’s solidly its own entirely. Admittedly, the site does share the mag’s editorial mission and its commitment to sophisticated style.

The men’s site, which is on the lookout for new freelancers, is unabashedly about the luxe life and focuses on topics such as fashion, grooming, health, fitness, celebrities, entertainment and more. The few topics that are off-limits to writers and editors may surprise you:

…There are a couple of subjects that are not covered on Details.com at all — namely, sports and politics. And scantily clad women. “They can be a great traffic driver for some sites, but we don’t really do that at Details,” [online director James Cury] says. “The idea comes from our editor-in-chief that we have a particular identity and a particular reader who’s coming to us for certain things. He can go to those other sources for those other needs, but we’re going to really try to own luxury lifestyle content.”

To hear about what kind of writing the site is looking for, as well as editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Details.com.

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