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Posts Tagged ‘Andrea Bartz’

Pitch ‘Buzzy’ Stories for Natural Health‘s Front-of-Book

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Natural Health aims to be the “trusted source for the latest news and trends in integrative medicine and an overall balanced life.” The pub has recently undergone a redesign, complete with a new lifestyle focus, location (offices moved from the West Coast to New York) and editorial staff.

The revamp means there are plenty of opportunities for writers who want to become fixed players in the freelance roster. Pitchable topics include integrative health, natural beauty, fitness, travel and even natural pet-care tips. So which section should freelancers pitch first? The FOB is always a good place to start:

Freelance-friendly sections include the front-of-book’s newsy health stories that highlight something buzzy in the natural-health world. “Spotlight” features a 1,200- to 1,500-word health service piece that’s based on new research or a change in traditional thinking, and there’s also a new one-page pet story that runs every month. There are typically one or two features assigned to freelancers each month (at around 1,800 words), so those are open for pitches, too.

To hear more about this pub, including submission etiquette guidelines, read: How To Pitch: Natural Health.

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Pitch Fit Pregnancy Your Fresh Take on Stories for Moms-to-be

fit-pregnancy-articleAmerican Media launched Fit Pregnancy as the magazine for pregnant readers of sister publication Shape — the woman who cared about maintaining her exercise routine and healthful eating habits.

The bi-monthly mag has since gone through a major transition, moving from the West Coast to the East Coast, adding an entirely new (albeit small) editorial staff and tweaking its mission. “We really want Fit Pregnancy to be the glossy magazine that this woman was reading before she got pregnant, but also for the nine months of pregnancy and beyond,” said deputy editor Andrea Bartz.

The changes bode well for freelancers, as the pub is in need of a fresh stable of writers. Just be sure you have a specific, timely idea before sending in your pitch:

If you’re planning to draft a pitch for Fit Pregnancy that involves a standard, evergreen pregnancy story (like “How to Change Your Workout When You’re Pregnant”), here’s a tip: Save it. “What we’re looking for is something really unique that either is big in the news or a very fresh angle on an aspect of pregnancy, delivery or postnatal care,” said Bartz. ”We’re looking for writers to come to us with something that we haven’t seen before and something that pregnant women haven’t already found online at the Mayo Clinic or other site.”

To hear more about this mag, including submission etiquette, read: How To Pitch: Fit Pregnancy.

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Glamour Adds Four to its Editorial Team

Cindi Leive has added four new members to Glamour’s features department. Below are the highlights.

  • Sophia Banay Moura has been named deputy editor, articles. Moura comes to Glamour from Marie Claire, where she most recently served as features editor.
  • Genevieve Roth has joined Glamour as its special projects director. Roth was previously a Glamour articles editor, and has held roles at GQ and Esquire.
  • Andrea Bartz, co-author of the blog and book, Stuff Hipsters Hate, comes to Glamour as a senior editor. Bartz will contribute to Glamour’s health coverage.
  • Jason Sheeler joins as an articles editor. Sheeler has worked at Marc Jacobs, and most recently contributed to Texas Monthly.