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If This is Wednesday, It Must Be New Yorker Cartoons Pitch Day

A highlight of last night’s 60 Minutes profile of New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff is the portion where Morley Safer sits in on the weekly Wednesday illustrator pitches.

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One of the drawings submitted on this particular day hinged on, as is so often the case, a very clever cultural observation:

Mankoff: The apes are saying [to Tarzan]: “We found you and raised you as one of us. So we were just wondering at what point did you learn to shave?”

Artist Joe Dator: Can I say I have researched this? There is no iteration of Tarzan in literature, comic books or the movies in which he has facial hair. It makes no sense.

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The Kim Kardashian Vogue Cover is Here

Like we said — what Kanye West wants, Kanye West gets. After months of pestering Anna Wintour to put his boo Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue, it has finally happened. Of course Kanye being Kanye, he couldn’t resist putting himself on the front too.

Some people might call a reality TV star gracing the cover of Vogue the apocalypse. Others might refer to it as the end of days.

We choose to call this “Oh snap, Kim K one bad bitch.”

People and Other Celebrity Titles Raise Cover Prices

Get ready to pay more to stare at pictures of famous people pumping their own gas. According to The New York Post, People and several other celebrity magazines are raising their newsstand prices. People is jumping from $3.99 to $4.99; the glossy’s first price hike in five years.

A rep for People said the price increase was necessary and basically, everyone needs to just deal with it.

People’s cover price reflects Time Inc.’s commitment and investment in increased paper stock and new multi-platform subscription model,” the spokesperson told the Post. “Consumers and advertisers expect a premium experience from the People brand and our cover price reflects just that.”

People isn’t the only celebrity magazine raising its price. American Media is now charging $4.99 each for OK!, Star and the National Enquirer.

Pitch Influential Stories on the State of Maine for Down East

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Down East is a magazine all about Maine. The monthly pub aims to highlight what makes the state so special. As editor-in-chief Kathleen Fleury says: “Maine is very diverse in terms of the kinds of people, the lives and places that make up the state.” The mission of the mag, she adds, is to really scour the whole state and “find the stories that communicate what Maine is and share what makes it unique.”

The pub is 50 percent freelance written and editors are looking for writers with a literary touch. Furthermore, high-quality writing and originality are a must. So what kind of content are the editors looking for? Here’s a snippet:

The “Talk of Maine” section, in which the magazine highlights a timely local issue, often with a controversial bent, is [a] spot for freelancers to target. It can be meaty, too. “If someone had a great 3,000- to 4,000-word piece that was about something important in Maine but wasn’t necessarily visual, that would be a great place for it,” Fleury said. “We’ve written articles in this section that have changed legislation in the state. We view it as an important platform.” Word counts vary. Features might range from a short service item on up to 6,000 words.

To hear more about this mag, including what mistakes to avoid when sending in your submission, read: How To Pitch: Down East.

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Cosmopolitan’s Online Strategy

Amy Odell, editor of Cosmopolitan’s website, participated in an interesting interview with The Business of Fashion today. The entire exchange is worth checking out, but below are our favorite quotes.

On the importance of humor:

The first thing I wanted to change was the voice [of Cosmopolitan.com]. I wanted the voice to be stronger. I wanted people to go to the site because they wanted to read what we were saying and not just get there by accident. I said from the beginning it needs to be funny. It’s the Internet and people read things on the Internet that are funny. It’s the easiest way to build a following.

On straddling the line between sharable content and “click bait:

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Pitch ‘Buzzy’ Stories for Natural Health‘s Front-of-Book

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Natural Health aims to be the “trusted source for the latest news and trends in integrative medicine and an overall balanced life.” The pub has recently undergone a redesign, complete with a new lifestyle focus, location (offices moved from the West Coast to New York) and editorial staff.

The revamp means there are plenty of opportunities for writers who want to become fixed players in the freelance roster. Pitchable topics include integrative health, natural beauty, fitness, travel and even natural pet-care tips. So which section should freelancers pitch first? The FOB is always a good place to start:

Freelance-friendly sections include the front-of-book’s newsy health stories that highlight something buzzy in the natural-health world. “Spotlight” features a 1,200- to 1,500-word health service piece that’s based on new research or a change in traditional thinking, and there’s also a new one-page pet story that runs every month. There are typically one or two features assigned to freelancers each month (at around 1,800 words), so those are open for pitches, too.

To hear more about this pub, including submission etiquette guidelines, read: How To Pitch: Natural Health.

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This Land Seeks Writers With a Love of Long-Form Journalism

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This Land, a literary magazine based in Tulsa Okla., has a New Yorker-esque vibe. The pub specializes in narrative nonfiction, but it also includes poetry, art and fiction. One of the most distinguishing factors of this semimonthly is its dedication to long-form.

A “short” article in This Land will run around 1,000 words, while the longest piece so far came in at 15,000. Virtually the entire pub is freelance-written, but only exceptional writers need apply. Before sending in your pitch, it’s important to know exactly what editors are looking for:

This Land [is] eager to recruit new writers, particularly in a few target areas, including politics, religion, energy and science. Michael Mason, founder and editor, is also on the hunt for more creative non-fiction. Overall, [the mag] wants a story with impact. Mason pointed to a piece that raised the magazine’s profile early on: “The Nightmare of Dreamland.” The story profiled a founder of Tulsa, Tate Brady, and revealed him to be a Klansman.

To hear more about this pub, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: This Land.

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Marie Claire Launches Popup Magazine

Say hello to Branché, a new magazine from another magazine — Marie Claire. Branché is a popup title in that it will only be distributed here in the city, and only from today through next Tuesday.

The 42 page magazine features 22 pages of editorial aimed at young, hip New York women. Old, uncool New Jersey women will not be allowed to own a copy Branché. We kid!

Branché’s is NYC centric though — beyond only being available here, inside the title readers will find items on The Smile’s executive chef Melia Marden and the Council of Fashion Designers of America Johanna Stout.

If you don’t get your hands on Branché’s debut issue, don’t worry. Another edition is already being planned for the fall.

Cheryl Brown on Allrecipes Magazine’s Nontraditional Model

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As the new editor-in-chief of Allrecipes magazine, Cheryl Brown is tasked with a bit of reverse engineering — she is building a print platform where only a digital one (in the form of Allrecipes.com) existed. And if anyone’s cut out for the job, it’s her.

Before her current venture, Brown worked at Gourmet for 10 years before transitioning to digital at AOL and then arriving at Meredith in 2011 to oversee Recipes.com. In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do, Brown shares what she learned at Gourmet, her mission for Allrecipes and advice for journos trying to break into food media:

Don’t be afraid to try something that isn’t part of your intended ‘career plan,’ and don’t avoid jobs or tasks you think are at a level below where you currently are. Some of my most important learning moments came from trying things that had nothing to do with my day-to-day job. For instance, when I switched from print to digital, my world was rocked in a lot of ways. I remember learning to program a website. I sat down and I had no idea how to make it go live, how that even worked. But [now] I have a completely new skill set and career path because I took that chance with digital.

To hear more from Brown, including her thoughts on the web-to-print model, read: So What Do You Do, Cheryl Brown, Editor-in-Chief of Allrecipes Magazine?

Sports Illustrated Goes Retro with Latest Cover

Sports Illustrated’s latest cover is delightfully retro. The image was inspired by a 1977 SI cover that featured Larry Bird.

That right, SI is comparing Doug McDermott to the legendary Larry Bird. No pressure, kid.

You can see the original Bird cover below.

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