We at Mediabistro have always been huge advocates of doing what you love — whether it’s breaking free of your ho-hum job in corporate law to work for magazines, like Brides‘ editor-in-chief Keija Minor did, or turning a passion for the written word into a lucrative novel- and TV-writing career (before the age of 25, no less, in Kara Taylor‘s case). And we aim to inspire — which is why we’re bringing back our Profit From Your Passion series. Each week in January, we’ll offer tips on how to pitch such prestigious pubs as the The Saturday Evening Post, give you a step-by-step strategy on how to perfect your book proposal, and share the secrets to success from media pros like Lucky founding editor Kim France, HollywoodLife’s Bonnie Fuller, and Dave Ramsey, finance guru, TV personality and author. Whether you desire a job in magazines, digital media, book publishing or TV/entertainment, now’s the time to pursue your dream. To whet your appetite, our first feature is How to Become a Six-Figure Freelancer. Yes, it is possible. See the full “Profit From Your Passion” lineup after the jump.
Magazines: January 6-9
This week, watch our video interview with Kim France, founding editor of Lucky magazine, who now devotes time to her Girls of a Certain Age fashion blog. Next up, our popular How To Pitch series includes The Saturday Evening Post and Communication Arts.
Digital Media: January 13-17
Week 2 starts with advice from women’s magazine veteran Bonnie Fuller. You’ll also get the scoop on How To Pitch Details.com; see our video chat with digital media maven Jackie Stone, SVP of marketing for Spanfeller Media Group; and learn what Kierna Mayo, editorial director of Ebony.com, considers the highs and lows of digital media.
Book Publishing: January 20-23
GalleyCat devotees will enjoy this week’s interview with finance guru Dave Ramsey, who has self-published New York Times best sellers and launched his own publishing division. We also have tips on how to lay the groundwork for a book proposal, how to write an effective outline, and then how to market that well-groomed manuscript.
TV/Entertainment: January 27-30
In our final week, get the scoop on TV producer/director Mike Tollin‘s hit shows One Tree Hill and Smallville; learn how the SVP of ABC News Digital, Joe Ruffolo, worked his way to the top; score a sports PR internship at a major network; and be inspired by Melissa Musen Gerstein and Denise Albert, who turned The Moms brand into a multimedia success.
- Kate Lewis Talks the Future of Hearst Magazines
- Norman Pearlstine Talks Advertising
- Chris Rock Speaks with NY Times
- Dean Baquet Comments on TNR and Rolling Stone