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Get $2 a Word at Real Simple

O: The Oprah Magazine and More may target a similar demo, but no other pub can compare directly with Real Simple‘s content. With over 2 million readers, articles cater to women from their 20s to their 60s. “We cast a pretty wide net in terms of the areas that we cover, so each one of our beats could theoretically compete with a different magazine,” said deputy editor Noelle Howey, “and we also try to pitch as much of our content as possible to as broad a range of readers as possible.”

Therefore, your best bet is to make sure your pitch has an element of universality, while keeping in mind the pub’s editorial direction. “‘Real Simple’ is the defining characteristic of the magazine,” explained Howey. “We are a service magazine presenting solutions, and the idea is to take complicated concepts and simplify them for the reader.”

For more info, read How To Pitch: Real Simple. [subscription required]

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Tailor Your Pitch to The Garden State

New Jersey MonthlyOpportunities for freelancers are plenty at New Jersey Monthly, where over 75 percent of the content is freelance written. Not only that, but you can snag $1 a word at the pub that provides “lifestyle information” to NJ residents. Of course, you don’t have to be from, or live in the state to land a byline. Just make sure your pitch is relevant to Garden State denizens.

New Jersey Monthly especially targets “mid- to upper-class residents throughout the state,” says editor-in-chief Ken Schlager. Thanks to this broad editorial focus, hardly any topics are off-limits.

Get more details on what Schlager is looking for in How To Pitch: New Jersey Monthly. [subscription required]

How to Set Your Freelance Writing Rates

Being a freelancer comes with many perks: working from home, flexible hours and the ability to pick your own projects. But it can be difficult to figure out how much your work is worth. Should you have an hourly rate or a per-project one? New writers might want to accept a lower rate to build clips, but how do you know when a rate is too low? Is the project even worth your time?

In the latest Mediabistro feature, seasoned freelancers share their experiences, so you can learn from their mistakes and maximize the value of your work.

Freelancer Aubre Andrus says she set a salary goal for herself and calculates her hourly rate from there. For her, the fact that she isn’t working on income-generating tasks 40 hours a week was a determining factor.

“This rate helps me devise my per-project fee and helps me decide if a project is worth my time,” explained Andrus. That, along with tracking her monthly earnings, has helped her stay on target to attain her salary goal.

Read more in 4 Things to Consider When Setting Your Freelance Writing Rate. [subscription required]