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Adventure Stories Wanted At Afar

The key to piquing editors’ interest is understanding their audience. For Afar, it’s globetrotting adventurers who spend an average of $4,100 annually on vacation and personal travel. But don’t think this is the Hawaiian-shirt-and-fanny-pack wearing group. Though they enjoy all of the earmarks of luxury, these folks like a real-life experience with their vacationing.

“We really feel like we bring more heart to travel and make it more meaningful and personal. There’s a real emphasis on giving readers a deeper dive, a sort of street-level view of a place,” editor-in-chief Julia Cosgrove explained.

Get contact info for editors and more guidelines in How To Pitch: Afar.

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Publish Man-Minded Features At Maxim

Maxim has aged gracefully throughout the years, growing slightly more sophisticated while remaining tethered to its initial man-minded mission. And they are in search of freelancers who can channel the plain-spoken, witty best friend guiding you through the guy universe.

Although the easiest section of the magazine to break into is the front of the book, ambitious writers can pitch intriguing features, as well. But editor-in-chief Dan Bova cautions that successful long-form pitches frequently hinge on a writer being able to get special access to a source or bring a completely new angle to an issue.

“Whatever the subject is — poker, Mardi Gras, etc. — we’ve done it a million times before,” he said. “We’re looking for clever twists on the topic.”

Get more information on online opportunities and pay rates in How To Pitch: Maxim.

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Before You Sign That Book Contract

It’s finally happened: Your journalism and technology savvy have led to a print book deal. But before you jump to sign that contract, take a moment to read it thoroughly. Bets are, it won’t have your best interest at heart; hidden in the fine print are some common clauses that might kill your future prospects. For example:

The exclusivity clause. This clause states that you could not do any writing related to your book. That’s insane, especially for writers who work in the areas they write about.

“Writers have to make a living, and only rarely does a book contract offer enough money for a writer to meet living expenses without taking on other work,” said Meg Schnieder, an Iowa-based author of 12 books, including The Everything Guide to Writing a Book Proposal.

Find other potential deal breakers and steps to renegotiation in The 7 Biggest Red Flags in Book Contracts.

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Dan Savage on Writing for Print in the Digital Era

The newspaper industry’s been facing some rough times in the digital era. But Dan Savage, editorial director of The Stranger and star of MTV’s Savage U, is optimistic. The syndicated columnist behind “Savage Love” has 21 years of experience under his belt and says the current changes the print world is facing aren’t uncommon.

“I actually think what’s happening to print media is kind of what happened to the theater 100 to 120 years ago,” said Savage in mediabistro.com’s So What Do You Do? interview. “There were lots of jobs in the theater. That all came apart. Radio and television, a new technology, came along and just decimated — destroyed really — the profession.”

Suddenly, says Savage, hopeful actors had to be willing to work for free for years — much like the position writers today find themselves in. “When I look around and listen to people in the journalism field complain about what newspaper and print jobs are like now, for me, it echoes the history of theater classes I took in the ’80s when they were talking about the coming of radio and television and what that did to live performance.”

Wanna know how you can get syndicated like Savage? Read the full interview.

Break into Business Mags With Inc.

If you’ve been following start-up culture and are looking to break into business magazines, you might find a home in Inc.

While Inc. occupies the same shelf space of other business publications like EntrepreneurFast Company and Forbes, the magazine has a distinction that separates itself from its competitors.

“We are a magazine about people who are incredibly passionate and have the will to start a business from scratch,” said Alexandra BrezInc.‘s managing editor. ”We are different because of our sophistication, as well as our connection to and interest in community events. And we are a very likable brand. People are proud to be featured by us.”

For full pitching guidelines and info on the best sections to shoot for, read How To Pitch: Inc.

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