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YouBeauty.com Seeks Strong Writers and Reporters

YouBeautyYouBeauty.com is about a lot more than makeup. Although the site does discuss the latest lipstick trends, they’re focused on beauty as a harbinger of health.

The site is 75 percent freelance written and writers can land up to $1 a word. But where should you start?

With research and science at the core of YouBeauty’s content, high-quality reporting and writing is paramount. As such, editors generally work with writers who have previous experience covering topics on one of the site’s existing channels. “We really want people who specialize in their different segments because we get in depth,” said editor-in-chief Laura Kenney. “So it helps for someone to come in who has a [specialty] that they’re very confident in writing about and then pitching us in-depth stories for that vertical.” The key here is to be uber-specific when pitching.

For more pitching tips, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: YouBeauty.com.

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How To Get Published In Real Simple

RealSimpleReal Simple, the monthly women’s lifestyle mag, is on the lookout for fresh new writers. The pub covers a broad range of topics, everything from health and beauty to parenting, food and fashion, among others.

The mag is 60 percent freelance written and pays $2 a word. So what section is right for new pitches? Deputy editor Noelle Howey has some advice for writers looking to break in:

Though most of Real Simple is pitchable, the FOB is particularly freelancer friendly. Naturally, Howey advises new freelancers to start there. For “Health,” editors are looking for a wide range of topics: Nutrition, fitness, hygiene, metabolism, weight loss, skincare and more are all covered here and, if you can weave a pitch that tackles multiple health-related subjects at once, even better.

For editors contact info and more pitching advice, read: How To Pitch: Real Simple.

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This Southern Literary Pub is on the Hunt for New Writers

OxfordAmericanThe Oxford American is not your average Southern magazine. The pub isn’t chock full of tips on how to create the perfect barbecue, but is instead filled with poetry, fiction, memoirs and essays on the idiosyncrasies of Southern living.

The mag is is 100 percent freelance written and every section is open for pitches. Assistant editor Maxwell George has some tips for freelancers looking to break in:

If eds could orchestrate the perfect pitch, George says, it would consist of a few short paragraphs, preferably including the lede or some passage that shows the intended tone and style of the piece, followed by an explanation of how the story would be technically executed. Freelancers don’t have to be from the South to spin stories about the states down under, but they do need to have a strong grasp of their subject matter and focus on the regional angle.

For more tips of how to get published plus editors contact info, read: How To Pitch: Oxford American.

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Earn $1 A Word And Up At This Health-Conscious Pub

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EatingWell‘s editorial mission is to “deliver the information and inspiration people need to make healthy eating a way of life.” This popular pub features plenty of healthy recipes, science news and food writing that’s bound to get you hungry.

Nutrition pieces are always in demand, as are travel stories (as long as they have a clear health tie-in). New writers who manage to break into the book often establish fruitful relationships with the editors there:

The best place to break in is the front-of-book “FRESH” department, which focuses on trends in health, sustainability, foods and farming, with stories about people who are revolutionizing how we enjoy food. The editors would like to see more pitches for investigative pieces on nutrition, as well as stronger, science-based queries on food and sustainability. Rather than merely outline the latest study, writers should be able to make the data relevant through storytelling.

For editors contact info and more on what they’re looking for, read: How To Pitch: EatingWell.

– Aneya Fernando

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Freelancers: When Should You Leave A Client?

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Becoming a freelancer after working full time at a more traditional job can be a daunting transition. You are suddenly forced to be your own boss, create your own schedule and hunt for clients yourself.

Although there are plenty of benefits to becoming a freelancer, one of the major downfalls is the lack of financial stability. And nowadays, there seems to be a constant battle between what you should be paid and what you’re actually getting:

The “I can get it cheaper mindset” seems more prevalent since the Internet boom. Clients see numerous listings for blog posts at “5 cents a word” or “$6 a page” or “$10 an hour.” So often they don’t realize how unrealistic these rates are once issues like research, interviews, deadlines — plus overall skill — are factored in. Graphic designer Lucy A. Clark feels you have to hold your ground. “Unless you can educate [potential clients] about what’s really involved, walk away,” she said.

To get more tips on freelancing, read: Pros and Cons of Life as a Freelancer.

– Aneya Fernando

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Adventure-Driven Stories Land $1.50 A Word At Outside

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Outside magazine has evolved over the years and no longer focuses solely on active lifestyle. Of course, the monthly mag still boasts articles on exploration, sports, adventure and fitness. But now, it also carries pop culture, tech and science stories.

The pub’s content is 70 percent freelance and the readership is predominantly male — although not all of them are the typical “outdoorsy” rock climber you might expect. Many city dwellers read the mag too. The pub has a newly redesigned website, which is also open to pitches. So how do freelancers break in?

“A pitch on the best hikes in the National Parks probably won’t get you far,” said senior editor Abe Streep. But travel news that leads to actionable service — say, a story on how the Grand Canyon’s new permitting system for rafters affects readers — is very welcome. News that leads to service is the ideal: new lodges, new technology, new training tools.

To hear more advice from Streep and get editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Outside.

– Aneya Fernando

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How to Rebound After Your Story Has Been Rejected

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Whether it’s in your love life or your work life, being told ‘no’ can sting. When an editor rejects your writing, it can feel like a personal attack — but it’s usually not.

Editors kill stories based on a number of reasons, such as timing issues or internal changes in the publication. In any case, it’s important to find out why your piece was killed and then move on:

Whatever you do, don’t be overly apologetic. You’ll only appear desperate and needy to the editor, which doesn’t bode well if you hope to work with him or her again. I learned the hard way that editors simply don’t have patience for it. Instead, thank them for the opportunity and assure that you’ll apply the lessons from the experience to future assignments. Regardless of the reason, it’s never easy dealing with the rejection of an assignment. But instead of getting emotional, wondering if you’ll ever be good enough, try being logical, suggests New Jersey freelance writer, Stephanie Auteri. “I like to remind myself you can’t make everyone happy and you can’t be the right writer for everyone.”

To hear more words of wisdom from veteran freelancers and editors, read: 6 Things to Do After Your Story Has Been Killed.

– Aneya Fernando

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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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‘Inspire, Inform and Entertain’ For $2 A Word at AARP

AARP The Magazine, the highly successful magazine focused on the 50-plus crowd, is looking for fresh writers. The mag has a readership of 34 million, and even better: 60 percent of their content comes from freelancers. Marilyn Milloy, deputy editor, explains the magazine’s mission:

Our greater mission is to redefine aging in America by showing that attitude, aspiration and actions are more relevant to quality of life than how old you are,” she said. “We don’t have direct competitors, but magazines in our competitive set would include Reader’s Digest, More, Prevention and Money. We overlap with all of them. But we’re unique because of our size and our laser focus on people over 50. These are the people who most matter to us, so we show their images and offer content based on where they are in their lives — whether it’s advising how to get the most from their healthcare dollars, their work, their travel or their grocery shopping.

So what kind of stories actually make it into the magazine? For editors’ contact info and more, read How To Pitch: AARP The Magazine.

Aneya Fernando

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The Cost of Being a Freelance Writer

Being a writer is a cutthroat business these days. Sometimes it feels like everyone in the office is out to get you. The constant competition from colleagues, the incessant pressure from your boss, the soul crushing commute.

That’s why many writers have opted to freelance instead. No nasty colleagues, no boss breathing down your neck, no tense office environment. Just you, your laptop and your words. Sounds perfect, right? Wrong. Freelancing can be just as difficult as working at a large company, with the irregular income, lack of benefits and complete isolation. In our latest Mediabistro feature, a freelance writer talks about the struggles of being her own boss:

When there’s no boss hovering over your shoulder, and you can’t get that vision of the overflowing laundry basket out of your head, and you don’t really have any immediate deadlines, it’s difficult to stay on task. It’s taken me four years to develop my little system, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t still duck away for the occasional afternoon nap or throw in the towel early to watch TV on a bad day. But like any other job, when something isn’t working, you adapt to the drawbacks and work to restore balance the best way you can.

To hear how she overcame her freelance challenges, read Balancing Your Freelance Life with Your Personal Life

Aneya Fernando

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