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The Essence of the Perfect Pitch

To nab a byline, we writers toil over every word until a shining query letter is crafted, but, for Essence senior editor Tanisha Sykes, perfection simply means leaving no aspect of the article unanswered.

“The more detail you have, obviously the stronger the pitch comes off,” explained Sykes. ”So what’s the potential hed? What’s the potential working title and blurb? Tell us background for the story. Who are the key players, sources and/or statistics?”

Along with solid facts, Sykes said most importantly, “We really want to know why this story is unique to us and our reader.”

To find out specifics on word count, sections open to freelancers and how Sykes describes the quintessential Essence woman, read click here. [sub req'd]

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The Essence of the Perfect Pitch

To nab a byline, we writers toil over every word until a shining query letter is crafted, but, for Essence senior editor Tanisha Sykes, perfection simply means leaving no aspect of the article unanswered.

“The more detail you have, obviously the stronger the pitch comes off,” explained Sykes. ”So what’s the potential hed? What’s the potential working title and blurb? Tell us background for the story. Who are the key players, sources and/or statistics?”

Along with solid facts, Sykes said most importantly, “We really want to know why this story is unique to us and our reader.”

To find out specifics on word count, sections open to freelancers and how Sykes describes the quintessential Essence woman, read click here. [sub req'd]

How to Get Your Story Idea in Essence

Essence has been the “go-to” magazine for African-American women since its debut in 1970. Therefore, if that’s your target audience, take a look at the latest “How to Pitch” feature from mediabistro.com.

The simpliest way to have your words in Essence is checking out the “Work and Wealth,” “Body and Spirit” and “Sex and Love” sections, all geared to freelancers.

“We have great relationships with all of our freelancers, many of whom are award-winners not only for us, but for other major newspapers and magazines,” says senior editor Tanisha Sykes.

The monthly publication has a circulation of 1.5 million and about 1 million unique visitors to its site.

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