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What Are The Downsides of Freelancing?

Journalism is an ever-changing profession and at the moment, freelancing is having a surge popularity. A quality piece of freelance writing is a hot commodity, but it better be meticulously researched, well executed and an all-around engaging read.

In theory, freelancing sounds great. You have flexible hours, you can work from home, you can spend more time with loved ones. But there are plenty of downsides too, like an unpredictable income, no benefits whatsoever and the isolation of working alone. In our latest Mediabistro feature, a freelance writer talks about the struggles of separating her work and home life:

When there’s no boss hovering over your shoulder, and you can’t get that vision of the overflowing laundry basket out of your head, and you don’t really have any immediate deadlines, it’s difficult to stay on task. It’s taken me four years to develop my little system, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t still duck away for the occasional afternoon nap or throw in the towel early to watch TV on a bad day. But like any other job, when something isn’t working, you adapt to the drawbacks and work to restore balance the best way you can.

To hear how she overcame her freelance challenges, read Balancing Your Freelance Life With Your Personal Life

Aneya Fernando

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Food Network Magazine Wants Food-Culture Obsessed Writers

Food Network Magazine

As many New Yorkers would agree, the plethora of delectable food ranks high on the list of reasons to love NYC. We’re often at the heart of explosive food trends (anyone else sick of hearing about the cronut?), which comes in handy if you’re a food culture-obsessed writer looking for offbeat stories to pitch.

Food Network Magazine, the best-selling food magazine on the newsstand, publishes more than 100 recipes in every issue and covers everything from gear, cookbooks, health, food science, food styling, entertaining, kitchens, travel, shopping and restaurants.

While the broad coverage may lend itself to more byline opportunities, writers still need to hit the nail on the head when pitching to the pub.

To find out what Food Network Magazine editors are looking for in a pitch, read How to Pitch: Food Network Magazine.

Sherry Yuan

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‘Move the Narrative Forward’ with Multimedia

photo video

In today’s professional world, journos need multimedia skills. Whether it’s taking a good picture or shooting video, technical chops can really help you stand out as a job candidate.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, media pros share their advice for keeping things simple when picture-taking or filming:

To be safe, use a tripod to keep the camera steady, and also avoid zooms, pans and other unnecessary filming techniques. “When you’re in those types of situations when you are very shaky and [there are] lots of zooms, it makes the camera very noticeable,” says Charlie Castleman, in-house videographer for esd & associates, a full-service marketing and PR firm based in San Antonio, Texas. “And you shouldn’t have that; you should never know that there’s a camera there. You should be able to watch something and let the story move the narrative forward.”

For more on lighting and audio, read 6 Tips to Help You Take the Perfect Photo or Video.

Sherry Yuan

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Lessons in Freelancing: What to Do When You’re Stiffed on Payment

Small Claims Court

Ever had to wrangle a paycheck from a publication, or worry that hounding them for your money will make you seem “difficult”?

What can you do when a publisher fails to pay for work that you’ve already done? Is it worth it to take the magazine to small claims court? In the latest Mediabistro feature, one writer shares her story of being stiffed on payment for over a year:

I was writing almost monthly, sometimes for multiple departments in one issue because [my editor] passed my name on to other editors. I covered news, spirituality and relationships, sometimes pitching, sometimes taking assignments. And, during the course of all these interactions, I built friendly working relationships.

There was no indication in those initial months, then years, that I would eventually be plotting to Spiderman crawl up the walls of their corporate office building just to get my money.

For the rest of her story, read: Lessons in Freelancing: What to Do When Stiffed on Payment.

Sherry Yuan

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Connect Spirituality with Health at this Freelancer-Friendly Mag

Spirituality And HealthDid you know the placement of mirrors in your apartment could be affecting your mood? We didn’t, either.

This is just one of the recent freelance stories pitched and published by Spirituality and Health, covering the ins and outs of wellness, fitness, spiritual practices and the environment.

“In the same issue, we might have a progressive Catholic talking about women’s rights, a mindfulness practice from a Zen Buddhist practitioner, and a Wiccan talking about earth-based spirituality — or natural cures for insomnia, raw food for firing up your libido, and aloe for better digestion,” explained editor-in-chief Karen Bouris.

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Spirituality and Health.
Sherry Yuan

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Speak to Risk Takers at Entrepreneur.com

Entrepreneur.com

At Entrepreneur.com, editors are looking for forthcoming writers who can inspire and encourage entrepreneurs at every stage of their business.

“We’re really looking to inspire readers and help them grow their business. There’s a lot of questions out there and there’s a lot of uncertainty. So, people really need to feel like they’re coming to an authoritative source,” explained executive online editor Laura Lorber.

Get editors’ contact info and their tips for a successful pitch at How to Pitch: Entrepreneur.com.

Sherry Yuan

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Tailor Your Pitch to the Fit Readers at Shape

Shape

Perhaps the ultimate (mental) workout for freelance writers is tailoring the pitch. Five magic pitch perfect-ers? Dream byline in three easy moves? If only.

Landing an assignment at Shape may not be easy, but it’s not impossible, either. Like most mags, editors at the fitness/lifestyle pub have a stable of freelancers. However, “If someone pitches something that’s fresh… we absolutely are open to new writers,” said deputy editor Jeanine Detz. And unlike other publications, Shape editors are more than willing to assign features to new freelancers, as opposed to just FOB pieces.

For more details and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Shape.

Sherry Yuan

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Music-Loving Freelancers Can Land a Byline at XXL

XXL

What better time to pitch a pub than after its 16th anniversary issue?

XXL, a publication aimed at representing ‘hip-hop on a higher level,’ is all about speaking in the language and attitude of the culture — bold, cocky, smart.

As for content, music is undeniably the keystone. “People get it confused and think that if you’re African-American and in entertainment that you automatically go in the book. But we’re a hip-hop music magazine. So, if you’re Asian and you’re an artist, you have a better chance than just being a Black actor or something,” explained editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten.

Editors are always on the lookout for fresh content from new writers. So if you want to avoid the slush pile, check out How to Pitch: XXL.

Sherry Yuan

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Cover Lifestyle Trends for Parents at Babble.com

Babble

At this award-winning online mag, editors are looking for pitches that speak to the “new, modern parent,” said senior editorial manager Dara Pettinelli.

Launched in 2006 as an alternative parenting space, Babble.com has recently evolved into more of a lifestyle outlet and now covers everything from entertainment and travel to work and money.

Although more sections may mean more byline opportunities for journos, doing the proper research is still key to landing an assignment at this digital outlet.

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Babble.com.

Sherry Yuan

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Write to Empower at Glamour

glamour For the past quarter-century, young women have been turning to Glamour for the news they can use in every facet of their lives, be it relationship advice, health tips or real life stories. It’s this wide swath of coverage — delivered in an authoritative, well-researched way — that distinguishes Glamour from the bevy of other women’s titles on newsstands.

A recent freelance story published by the mag, titled “Why It’s Good to Be High Maintenance,” encouraged women in relationships to stand up for themselves and not worry about being called clingy or demanding. “It’s just a good message that Glamour likes to send, something that’s really positive and affirming towards women,” said deputy editor Mikki Halpin.

For more details on pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: Glamour.

Sherry Yuan

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