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The Personal Stories Editors Want to Publish

After talking with at least 60 editors for our four-part series on pitching personal essays, we’ve learned a lot about what they expect in a publishable story.

Paula Derrow from Self wants fresh and relatable while Whole Life Times’ Abigail Lewis puts extra emphasis on humor and a tie into their L.A. home. And for Shape, editor A.J. Hanley says it’s all about tone, tone, tone.

Our latest installment adds 15 more magazines that are gunning for a first-person narrative. Find out what these editors and others crave in the pitch in Personal Essay Markets, Part  III. [sub req'd]

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The Personal Stories Editors Want to Publish

After talking with at least 60 editors for our four-part series on pitching personal essays, we’ve learned a lot about what they expect in a publishable story.

Paula Derrow from Self wants fresh and relatable while Whole Life Times’ Abigail Lewis puts extra emphasis on humor and a tie into their L.A. home. And for Shape, editor A.J. Hanley says it’s all about tone, tone, tone.

Our latest installment adds 15 more magazines that are gunning for a first-person narrative. Find out what these editors and others crave in the pitch in Personal Essay Markets, Part  III. [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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