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Land Up to $2.50 a Word at This Mag Dedicated to American Home Design

house-beautiful-feb-2014House Beautiful is on a mission to find gorgeous home design right here in the U.S. The pub caters to a mostly female, affluent audience and editors say they’re always open to new writers with a passion for design and strong reporting skills.

The mag’s content is 50 percent freelance, and almost all sections are ripe for pitching. But where should a writer begin? Executive editor Shax Riegler suggests starting with Q&As.

“We publish five big feature stories a month and four of those are always written by freelancers,” said Riegler. Features vary in length, but most run about 700 to 800 words, plus 100 words for captions. Because the magazine is visually focused, a feature story won’t be assigned without a layout and photos in mind. “The story is driven by what you see in the picture. We don’t like to write about a room we don’t have a picture of because that’s just frustrating for the reader,” said Riegler.

For more information about this Hearst book, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: House Beautiful.

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Back to Business With Walter Isaacson, Joe Kernen and Time Inc.’s CEO

LunchAtMichaelsWe’re back! The power lunch crowd eased back into the swing of things with a fairly low key, celeb-free scene at Michael’s today. While there were plenty of head honchos filling out the dining room (Time Inc’s CEO Joe Ripp, NBCU’s Lauren Zalaznick and Discovery ID’s Henry Schleiff), there was a  touch of post-Labor Day letdown in the air (Where did the summer go?), but no matter — it’s time to get back to business.

I was joined today by Newell Turner, editorial director of Hearst Design Group and EIC of House Beautiful, Shax Riegler (don’t you just love that name?) House Beautiful’s executive editor and Hearst Magazines’ PR guru Michael McGraw. I don’t mind telling you that our table was one of the more lively spots in the dining room as we dished about our favorite show (Is Paul Giamatti really going to play the love interest of Lady Mary on Downton Abbey? Did Dan Stevens commit career suicide? ), pondered how people could possibly enjoy their vacations when they spend all their time posting photos from their holidays on Instagram and agreed Bravo needs to devote less PR oxygen to Housewives and give more attention to Property Envy which features one of my favorite designers, Mary McDonald. It’s like Fashion Police for the real estate-obsessed. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

Shax Riegler, Diane Clehane and Newell Turner

Having decided those important issues, we settled in for an interesting chat about the exciting things House Beautiful has in store this fall. Between bites of salad nicoise, Newell (who looked dashing in his Ralph Lauren linen suit), told me all about his plans for a new series of “pop up” editors who collaborated with him on a series of issues beginning in October. He told me the idea came about when he and the magazine’s Editor-at-Large, Chesie Breen “were stuck in the airport in Barbados” and were “killing time over a glass of rose.” Nice work if you can get it.

Right there on the spot, Newell decided on bringing in a series of guest editors christened “pop up editors” who could create issues that had a “curated, one-of-kind feeling” bringing their particular interest and expertise into the mix. His first order of business once he was back in New York was to “sell it to my bosses (at Hearst) and tell them that everything we did would communicate House Beautiful.” To do so, “We eased into it with Chesie as our first pop up editor,” explained Newell. “Which was great because she was already part of our world.” Still, he was interested in bringing a fresh perspective (“We get so insulated”) and started off by asking each pop up editor to “bring everything to the table.”

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Shax Riegler Named Exec Editor of House Beautiful

Shax Riegler has been named the new executive editor of House Beautiful. This is a position at the magazine. Riegler was most recently the articles editor of Hearst Design Group, a role he had held since late last year.

“With his sharp eye and deep knowledge of decoration and design, Shax has been an invaluable member of the House Beautiful team,” Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful, said in a statement. “There’s no better editor to work with me to lead the magazine.”

Riegler’s appointment is effective immediately.