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Showcase Your Creativity at This Historic Mag

SaturdayEveningPostSeeing as The Saturday Evening Post has been around for almost 300 years, one would assume the pub would become stale and archaic at some point. But no, this storied mag has evolved with time, and currently reports on the most important happenings in society, art, travel and culture.

The pub is 80 percent freelance written. So what kind of writing are the editors looking for? One word springs to mind: creativity.

[Steve Slon, editor-in-chief] is looking for intriguing features. Got an in with a hard-to-reach celebrity? Pitch a profile and watch your odds of landing a byline increase dramatically. Most important, though, is a spark of creativity that goes beyond basic (boring) journalism. “A good reporter is a good reporter, and certainly we need stories like that,” Slon said. “But I’m looking for someone who can bring something — a little depth, a little perception, a little more to the table than simply calling the top three experts in the field and reporting back.”

To hear more tips, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: The Saturday Evening Post.

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Earn up to $2 a Word at the Newly Revamped Woman’s Day

womans-day-january-2014Woman’s Day magazine has been around for 75 years, so naturally there have been some changes to the format, tone and style of the pub. But since its 2012 redesign, editors say the mag is more focused than ever on adding value to their readers’ lives — whether it be money-saving tips, recipes or health news.

The pub is ready for fresh new writers, and there are plenty of opportunities for freelancers (including contributing to Womansday.com). But remember, it’s important to do your homework before submitting a pitch:

Even with more than seven decades behind its title, this is not your nana’s Woman’s Day. It’s not even the Woman’s Day from five years ago. Freelancers interested in writing for the mag would do themselves a world of favors by getting acquainted with its post-redesign iteration. “A writer who wants to pitch us really needs to have read the past year of issues to know what we’ve covered. That requires a bit of research and knowledge,” says [executive editor Annemarie Conte], who encourages aspiring contributors to do a little legwork. “We’re in 90 percent of libraries in the country. You can find our back issues. There’s no excuse not to know the last 12 months of Woman’s Day.”

To hear more about how to get published in this mag, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Woman’s Day.

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Showcase Your Writing Skills at This Freelancer-Friendly Digital Mag

TheMagazineThe Magazine, the iOS-native pub, is looking for writers. The mag, which is 100 percent freelance written, focuses on an array of “stuff that people with [a geeky mind] find interesting,” said executive editor Glenn Fleishman.

According to Fleishman, the content of the pub skirts somewhere between Wired and The New Yorker, and the editors make an effort to be nice to freelancers:

Though the freelance life is filled with perks (flexible hours, being your own boss, etc.), it’s a career that’s tougher than it looks. Late payments (or lack of payments!), chasing down editors, crafting pitches only to never hear back from publications — these are routine travails that freelancers must deal with. Which is why when Mediabistro spoke to the editors of The Magazine, we were shocked for a few reasons: 1) The editors pride themselves on responding to each and every pitch; 2) If they like your idea but your pitch is not up to scratch, they will work with you on getting the pitch just right; and 3) They will put in a lot of time and effort to help you deliver the best piece possible.

To hear more about how to get published in The Magazine, read: How To Pitch: The Magazine.

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Earn $1 a Word at Sports Illustrated For Kids

SIKidsSports Illustrated For Kids is all about the joy of being a sports fan. The pub’s target demographic are boys aged 7-14, with a love of sports and a will to read.

While a majority of the content is written by in-house staffers, editors are always willing to hear new ideas from freelancers. Local stories are in demand, as are articles focusing on a niche industry. There are a few key sections of the pub which are particularly freelance friendly:

The best place for freelancers to pitch is the feature well. “We’re looking for great ideas, interesting takes that would manifest as packages or features or profiles,” says managing editor Bob Der. Features run about 1,000 words, and packages with multiple components (say, a series of features with sidebars) can run from 2,000 to 4,000 words. Packages could be thematic, such as “athletes who give back” or “environmental conservation as it relates to sports.”

For editors’ contact info and more pitching tips, read: How To Pitch: Sports Illustrated For Kids.

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Find Your Niche At This Science-Driven Beauty Site

YouBeautyYouBeauty.com is not your average beauty website. Yes, you’ll hear about the latest mascara, but you’ll also read about scientific studies and take quizzes straight from universities and research institutions.

Writers can land up to $1 a word here, provided they have strong writing and reporting chops. So how can a freelancer get a foot in the door? Writers should start by researching the site and then zeroing in on a niche:

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.”

To hear more advice on how to get published, including editors contact info, read: How To Pitch: YouBeauty.com.

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Enhance Your Writing Career By Becoming An Expert

specializingBecoming a freelancer after working a traditional 9-to-5 job can be daunting. One way to make your life easier (and hopefully score more job opportunities) is to narrow your writing down to a specific topic.

Although you may be tempted to write about any random subject that pops in your mind (hey, you’ve got bills to pay), the experts advise against this tactic. Instead, find your specialty, and try to branch out within that:

Whether you’re a new freelancer or an established one, you may already gravitate toward a specific subject or two. Focus on a topic you’re truly interested in, and the writing will come naturally. Don’t worry about markets just yet. There are paying markets for every niche, and you’ll land those gigs if your work is strong. Reaching out across social media can boost your presence and reliability as an expert in a specific field.

To get more tips on how to hone your specialty to grow your career, read: Growing Your Writing Career By Becoming A Specialist

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Earn $1.50 A Word And Up At This Parenting Mag

AmericanBabyAmerican Baby magazine has been doling out mothering advice since 1938, and it’s not stopping anytime soon. The monthly pub’s key demographic these days are first-time millennial moms seeking advice on everything baby related.

The mag’s content is 50 percent freelance written and their various online counterparts, including Parenting.com, are in need of fresh content. The pub’s editors dish on the coverage they’re looking for:

American Baby is specifically targeted to the first-time, millennial mom in her 20s to early 30s, and that focus has a large impact on the book’s style and tone. “We’re very modern about our approach to having a baby, and I think that’s reflected in the writing,” says Mindy Walker, American Baby’s executive editor. “It’s very friendly, but we also use a lot of authority. We don’t dumb it down for the reader; we keep it very direct and approachable.”

To learn more about how to get published in this pub, including editors contact info, read: How To Pitch: American Baby.

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Earn $2 A Word At This Women’s Lifestyle Pub

RealSimpleReal Simple bills itself as the go-to mag for the busy woman looking for solutions to simplify her life. The pub’s scope is broad, covering everything from food and health issues to parenting, beauty, decor and more.

The mag is 60 percent freelance written and also has a thriving online presence. So what’s the best way to get your foot in the door at this popular service pub?

 Though most of Real Simple is pitchable, the FOB is particularly freelancer friendly. Naturally, deputy editor Noelle 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. “Family” is another good place for freelancers to break in, and editors are looking for pieces about how to manage family and relationship dynamics.

For more information on how to get published in this mag, including editors contact info, read: How To Pitch: Real Simple.

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Earn $1 A Word At Cosmopolitan for Latinas

CosmopolitanLatinasCosmopolitan for Latinas is a relatively new mag, but it has the advantage of a built-in audience that is already familiar with the Cosmopolitan brand. The twist is that this glossy is dedicated to all things Latina.

As managing editor Jessica Rodriguez says: “[We want] to be able to talk to [Latinas] about fashion and beauty and all of the issues and particular nuances about their bi-cultural lives.” The pub is in need of writers for their lifestyle, health and entertaining features, among others:

Editors at the mag assign out to freelancers, but there are a few sections of the book that are particularly friendly to pitches, too. “Real Talk,” a lifestyle section that weighs in on different issues, is one of them. Anything with a unique angle will catch the editors’ eyes here, and a good example is a piece called “I Won’t Date a Latin Guy.”

To learn more about how to get published in this mag, including the editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Cosmopolitan for Latinas.

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Earn $1 A Word and Up at This Foodie Pub

EatingWell

EatingWell strives to be the place ‘where good taste meets good health.’ This food-centric pub is all about healthy recipes, nutrition news and interesting narratives on the origins of our food.

The mag is looking for investigative pieces on nutrition and science-based articles on subjects like food sustainability. New writers who manage to break into the book often establish fruitful relationships with editors there:

Features need to be well researched and thorough; a news angle or a hook to a trend also helps. “Nourish” is an essay column about how food nourishes us in unexpected ways. It is open to top literary talent as well as new writers. Travel stories are welcomed only if they have a clear tie-in to health and come with easy recipes that meet the EatingWell nutrition guidelines. What the editors prefer are pitches in which the writer can show a personal connection to a particular locale and its cuisine.

For editors’ contact info and more tips on breaking into the book, read: How To Pitch: EatingWell.

– Aneya Fernando

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