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Pitch Your Tech Culture Ideas to Wired.com

Wired.comAccording to its website, Wired is “the first word on how ideas and innovation are changing the world.” And, as lauded as the print pub is, Wired.com has its own share of accolades. In 2009, it scored both a Best Magazine Website honor by AdWeek and a Best News, Business & Finance Website distinction by MPA Digital. It was also a 2011 finalist for the National Magazine Award for Digital Media General Excellence.

With headlines like, “This Wacky Web Browser Works Like an Ouija Board” and “Google Glass is Great for Toddlers. Seriously,” the content attracts tech junkies and journos alike. Good news, freelancers: the editors at Wired.com are open to pitches for all of its sections.

For pitching etiquette and editor’s contact info, read How To Pitch: Wired.com.

Sherry Yuan

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Travel Writing

Travel WritingStarting September 23, learn how to turn your travel stories into published essays and articles! Taught by a former Vanity Fair staff writer, James Sturz will teach you how to report, interview, and find sources, discover story ideas and pitch them successfully, and understand what travel editors look for in a story. Register now! 

What It’s Really Like to Write for a Content Farm

ContentFarmsEver read an article on how to mash potatoes or fix your toilet? Chances are, if you’ve typed anything in Google search starting with “how to” or “what to do when,” you’ve read articles written by content farmers, freelance writers who work for sites like eHow and Livestrong.com.

In the latest Mediabistro AvantGuild feature, a former Demand Media writer tells what it’s really like toiling on the content farm. On a typical day, she writes, she’d find assignments ranging from “the serious to the completely inane.”

There were usually plenty of writeable titles to choose from, but occasionally I’d come across a dud like “How to Furnish a Giraffe” or “20 Benefits of a 3CQ On the JLRM36.” There were also a thousand iterations of the same article: “How to Dye Your Hair Pink,” “Best Pink Hair Color for Brunettes” or “How to Change Your Hair from Blonde to Pink.” Sometimes these redundancies were beneficial, because I could use the same resources for multiple articles and save time on research. At others, the droning nature of this process made me wonder, “What am I doing?”

For more, read My Year as a Content Farm Writer.

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Sherry Yuan

15 Online Pubs to Pitch Your Personal Essay

 The first, second and third installments of our popular series, Personal Essay Markets highlighted 45 pitchable pubs for first-person stories. Today, we bring you online outlets for the final piece.

E-zines that highlight everything from food and culture to environmental news are taking pitches, so check out the requirements for some inspiration. Who knows? Maybe you can make some extra cash by turning an I-can’t-believe-that-happened-t0-me experience into an essay.

For more, read Personal Essay Markets, Part IV. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

15 Online Pubs to Pitch Your Personal Essay

 The first, second and third installments of our popular series, Personal Essay Markets highlighted 45 pitchable pubs for first-person stories. Today, we bring you online outlets for the final piece.

E-zines that highlight everything from food and culture to environmental news are taking pitches, so check out the requirements for some inspiration. Who knows? Maybe you can make some extra cash by turning an I-can’t-believe-that-happened-t0-me experience into an essay.

For more, read Personal Essay Markets, Part IV. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]