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Senior Editor of MAD on Pitching the Magazine

JoeRaiolaJoe Raiola has a job many covet, and few could imagine: He’s one of a handful of full-timers in charge of MAD magazine. He’s also created one of only two officially sanctioned John Lennon tribute concerts. Along with his radio appearances and stand up comedy work, Raiola has been with MAD magazine for 28 years. He insists that working there shouldn’t be considered a proper job: “If you mature, you get fired. It’s a place where you stay perpetually young or silly or both.”

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Raiola talks about The Beatles’ MAD connection, the atmosphere at mag’s headquarters and his first pitching experience:

What advice do you have for readers interested in pitching MAD?
MAD has always been freelance written. We’re always looking for new talent and new writers. Pitching stuff to us now is pretty easy; you can do it via our website. And we’re actually foolish enough to review everything that comes in. Writers don’t need to include illustrations. When I sold to MAD for the first time in 1984, I didn’t have any skills as an artist at all. I suggested a couple of art notes and had some ideas as to how I thought something could be done, but that was about it.

To learn more about Raiola, including info on his upcoming performance in New York, read: So What Do You Do: Joe Raiola, MAD Senior Editor and John Lennon Tribute Executive Producer?

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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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More Pubs to Pitch A Personal Essay

This week brings the third part of our popular series, Personal Essay Markets. The first and second installments highlighted 30 pitchable personal essay markets, and the latest installment brings you 15 more.

Some of the featured outlets offer up to $2 a word for your first-person piece, so whether your reflecting on running for Runner’s World or on the art of writing for The Writer, our guide can help you find the right pub for your musings.

Read more at Personal Essay Markets, Part III. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Advocate for the LGBT Community

The Advocate started out as a mimeographed newsletter informing L.A. denizens of the latest LGBT happenings, but has grown into an international glossy. And its heavily-trafficked website is a great place for new writers to start pitching.

Advocate.com garners a million uniques a month, and just like the print version, is always on the lookout for features, profiles, commentary and analysis that speak to the gay and lesbian community.

“We’re really the only magazine in the space. There are lesbian-specific publications, there are trans-specific publications, there are gay men-specific publications,” said editor-in-chief Matthew Breen, “but in terms of an LGBT magazine, we really don’t have competitors.”

Find out which sections editors need ideas for in How To Pitch: The Advocate. [subscription required]

A Cultural Renaissance Looks South

Lindsay Bierman, editor-in-chief of Southern Living, says we’re in the midst of a southern renaissance that has brought sweet tea and red velvet ice cream to those above the Mason-Dixon Line. The lifestyle mag draws a wide readership from all over the country, and that goes for freelancers too. As long as your pitch has a southern connection, you could land a byline in the pub.

The magazine has recently undergone some slight changes, though it has been covering the same topics throughout its 56 years of history. “We’ve refined our look and honed our voice, and we’re continuing to make sure that we are staying true to our mission of being a true service book that has actionable content from cover to cover,” said Bierman. “It’s not just a dream book or an aspirational magazine.”

For more tips on what to pitch, check out How To Pitch: Southern Living. [subscription required]

One Writer’s Winning Magazine Pitch

Freelancers never know where their next story could come from. For freelancer Christian Feuerstein, it was attending a keynote speech at her college reunion that brought her the awe-inspiring story of a famous alum and Nobel Prize winner who survived Nazi Germany.

So, she did some digging to find the appropriate editor at  the Italian American mag Ambassador and fired off her pitch.

“None of [Feuerstein's clips] blew me away, necessarily,” said editor  Don Oldenburg, “but I appreciated her professional approach and that she followed our requirements for a pitch: make it brief and convincing, tell me why you’re the writer to handle the story, and give me two or three clips.”

To see our breakdown of the actual query letter and more reasons Oldenburg green lighted the assignment, check out Pitches That Worked: Ambassador. [sub req'd]

Hey, Freelancers! Show Off Your Best Self

CYNTHIA DAGENAIS

I’m not a Barbie doll. I won’t lose 10 pounds in a week with 10 new moves, and I won’t start a diet in March only to switch it up for a new fad in April.  If you’ve got a story for women like me, who refuse to let a magazine dictate their esteem, then Self is open to your pitches.

In mediabistro.com‘s “How To Pitch,” the health and fitness glossy’s  Paula Derrow offers exclusive tips for aspiring freelancers.

“Pitch us investigative stories or great new studies based on cutting-edge research,” says the article’s director. “Ask yourself ‘Why does this fit into Self?’ If it’s new, based on a study or new trend, it appeals to women in their early 30s and helps to make their life better, then send it in.”

See? All Barbie has to offer is an impossible waistline.  Get the full 411 in How To Pitch: Self.

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