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Land a Byline at the Widely Circulated Better Homes and Gardens

For almost a century, Better Homes and Gardens has been offering actionable advice on everything from decorating and gardening to personal and family well-being. No sections are off-limits to freelancers in the book, and landing a byline means your work is sent to its 7.6 million-plus subscribers. Not only is it a chance to get many eyeballs for your writing – the pub also pays its freelancers up to $2 a word.

While editors at the mag regularly come up with ideas in house and assign them to writers who they regularly work with, “I really am always hungry for story pitches,” said senior deputy home editor Kelly Kegans. “The better pitches that we end up running with, by and large, come from outside.” All sections of the book are open to freelance pitches, and unlike many other mags, editors don’t discourage newbies from pitching the feature well. “It just depends on the strength of their story idea, more than anything,” she said.

For editors contact info and more, read How To Pitch: Better Homes and Gardens.

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Connect with TV Fans and Home Cooks at Food Network Magazine

Food Network MagazineWhether we’re clenching our teeth in anxiety while watching Chopped or wishing we we had Guy Fieri‘s job on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, we seem to love watching shows about food as much as we love consuming it.

For those who enjoy writing about food as much as they love eating it, Food Network Magazine is the perfect place to pitch. The best-selling mag features various recipes and cuisines, as well as everything from gear, cookbooks, health, food science, food styling, entertaining, kitchens, travel, shopping and restaurants.

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Food Network Magazine.

Sherry Yuan

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Lessons in Freelancing: Ignore the Hostile Comments

freelancer mistakes

Learning from your own mistakes is great; learning from others mistakes puts you one step ahead of the game.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, we talk to some writers about rookie mistakes they made (and you can now avoid), including freaking out about comments:

Maria Guido, blogger at GuerillaMom.com, gives this advice: “Just chill out. Don’t worry about what everyone says because it really doesn’t matter. Try not to take every comment to heart because I totally believe that’s something people just do — all day! They just get online and attack people.” She also reminds writers that the people who comment are a very, very tiny portion of your actual collective readership.

For more tips on how to navigate the freelance world, read 7 Mistakes Every Freelance Writer Should Avoid.

Sherry Yuan

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Personal Essays Wanted at Spirituality and Health

Spirituality And Health

Unlike many health and wellness magazines, Spirituality and Health is actively seeking strong first-person narratives. Plus, 75 percent of the book is freelance-written.

The newly redesigned mag features timely coverage of hot topics in spirituality and wellness, and has a commitment to in-depth reporting.

“We continue to be committed to our mission of exploring the frontiers of spirituality and health, and we have moved into environmental and humanitarian issues, as well,” editor-in-chief Karen Bouris said of the changes.

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Spirituality and Health.

Sherry Yuan

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New Writers Welcome at Shape

Shape

It’s time to apply the bikini bod workout to the pitch, journos. If your pitch is fresh, editors at Shape are interested: “We absolutely are open to new writers,” said deputy editor Jeanine Detz.

The mag, with its 1.6 million circulation, is dedicated to helping women shape their lives — no matter what their shape.

“We are trying to give readers practical ways to work health, fitness and nutrition into their lives,” said Detz. “We’re not just reaching for the person who’s super fit or the person who’s not-so-fit; we really offer information for everyone on the spectrum.”

For tips on how to really impress editors, read How to Pitch: Shape.

Sherry Yuan

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Land Up to $2 Per Word at Glamour

Glamour

Editors at Glamour know that any woman’s life is a series of multiple moving parts; that’s why the mag aims to cover everything from fashion and beauty to music and real life stories.

Writers deliver content that counts, like the latest skin cancer risks and tips for asking for a raise at work, but executive editor Mikki Halpin notes that they also infuse fun and humor into the pages. Reading an issue of Glamour is like “that conversation that you have with your girlfriends who are all really well-informed and stylish and kind,” she said, “and you’re getting this information, not in a dictatorial, PhD sort of way, but from this really smart, cool person who’s your peer.”

Got the latest scoop? For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Glamour.

Sherry Yuan

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Captivate Queen City Readers at Cincinnati

Cincinnati

While Cincinnati is a regional mag, editors pride themselves on living up to standards more akin to national pubs.

Similarly, although the magazine is aimed at an “affluent, upper middle class, well-educated readership,” editorial is not pigeonholed by demographics, said executive editor Linda Vaccariello.

A feature in the May 2012 issue, for instance, detailed the short but rich-in-spirit life and bizarre death of a punk drummer nicknamed “Bones.” She explained, “We knew this was the sort of human-interest story that our readers are compelled to. They read the newspaper; they’re just as puzzled as the rest of us about who this guy was and how he came to lose his life in such a strange circumstance.”

For details on pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Cincinnati.

Sherry Yuan

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Bitch is Seeking Contemporary Feminist Voices

Bitch magazine

By focusing on gender issues and the media, Bitch acts as a tool-kit for all those who engage in social justice and feminist criticism (no, feminist is not another word for lesbian), and editors are looking for writers who can provide smart, thought-provoking commentary on pop culture.

With few staff writers to fill in the gaps, freelancers have more opportunities to land a byline. “We rely on freelancers to pitch us,” stressed editor-in-chief Kjerstin Johnson. “If we generate an idea in house, we may send a query to a group of established freelancers,” but she emphasizes that the Bitch team is hungry for solid stories with new angles.

For more details and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: Bitch.

Sherry Yuan

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Become a Travel Writer for Afar

AfarAt Afar, editors are looking for culture-savvy freelancers to cover destinations abroad and in the U.S. with an in-depth perspective. Translation: no five-star hotels or resorts, please.

In a survey, almost 90 percent of Afar readers said they “visit places most travelers don’t see” and 74 percent agree that they “stay in one place longer to experience its culture,” even participating in local events. This isn’t the Hawaiian-shirt-and-fanny-pack wearing group.

With that in mind, freelancers are welcome to pitch creative ideas that help these globetrotters learn even more about their next destinations. For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: Afar.

Sherry Yuan

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How to Get Your Feature Pitch Accepted

For writers who want to avoid all the front-of-the-book dating, and jump straight to the matrimony of a feature story assignment, it will take more than a killer lede or a glowing portfolio to get an editor to say yes. In Mediabistro’s latest feature for AvantGuild members, veteran freelancers share their best advice for landing that first piece in the “well” of a magazine.

“Persistence can be just as important as having great ideas,” noted Oregon-based writer Teri Cettina, whose work has appeared in Parenting. Before writing for many national magazines, she says she focused on a few pubs and pitched them “like it was my job” before breaking into the industry.

For more tips on how to package your pitch and impress editors, read How to Get Your Feature Pitch Accepted.

Sherry Yuan

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