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Pitch Smart Ideas to the Pub for the Unapologetic Metrosexual

DetailsDetails magazine isn’t for the type of guy who considers sweatpants reasonable restaurant attire. This pub is all about the sophisticated, stylish man who isn’t afraid of a little grooming and tailoring every now and then.

The pub has recently expanded its front-of-book and is open to freelance pitches on a variety of “smart” topics. Deputy editor Candice Rainey suggests that new-to-Details writers should stick to a few key topics for optimal pitching success:

“Culture” encompasses a variety of topics related to, well, culture, and “Body” is the health-and-fitness guide that addresses how fitness affects men’s lifestyles, while also covering the latest trends in staying in shape (“It’s really important that we’re covering it first,” says Rainey. “We don’t want to be covering something that’s a year old or two years old.”). The “Know and Tell” section is a roll call of the up-and-coming in travel, drinks and more. And then there is, of course, the “Style” section. Rainey notes that a solid in-house fashion team makes this section a bit tougher to crack, but “if the idea’s right and smart and something we can see running in the pages of the magazine, by all means.”

To learn more about this mag, including details on proper etiquette when sending a submission, read: How To Pitch: Details.

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How to Find the Right Market for Your Work

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There are so many outlets for freelancers to write for. From glossies to blogs to literary reviews, the choices are endless. So how can a writer decide who to pitch to?

In the end, it comes down to your style of writing and where you are in your career. In the latest Mediabistro feature, veteran scribes gave their advice on how writers can find the best readers and keep the assignments coming:

Successful freelancers, like any entrepreneurs, will tell you that repeat business is essential to furthering your career. Once you’ve established a connection with an editor, it’s much easier to pitch a new idea to that editor than to break into a new market. Koa Beck, EIC of Mommyish.com, gives an editor’s perspective: “Keep pitching and follow up. I receive so many pitches from good writers that aren’t a good fit for us, but that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in anything else you might come up with.” Personally, I often send two or three ideas in my follow-up pitch letters to demonstrate my expertise and willingness to write more on a topic. However, when I’m first contacting an editor, I typically only submit one very fleshed-out idea to make a good first impression.

For more advice on pitching, read: Finding The Right Market for Your Work.

– Aneya Fernando

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Cover Politics and Government for The Fiscal Times

The Fiscal Times launched in March 2010 and quickly established itself among the ranks of pubs that cover politics, policy, economics and business. With a global readership similar to that of The Economist, Financial Times and Businessweek, landing a byline at the site means your words will reach everyone from Washington policymakers and corporate execs to college students and retirees.

TFT was named “Best New Site of 2011″ by minOnline, and its contributors include former staffers from The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Freelancers, however, should not be daunted: “We’re always looking for new writers,” said senior editor Blaire Briody. Editors are on the lookout for stories that add value: “We are very interested in profiles of controversial political figures and business leaders, as well as counterintuitive pieces and data-driven analyses of government reports,” said Briody.

For more info, read How To Pitch: The Fiscal Times. [subscription required]