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How to Get Your Feature Pitch Accepted

For writers who want to avoid all the front-of-the-book dating, and jump straight to the matrimony of a feature story assignment, it will take more than a killer lede or a glowing portfolio to get an editor to say yes. In Mediabistro’s latest feature for AvantGuild members, veteran freelancers share their best advice for landing that first piece in the “well” of a magazine.

“Persistence can be just as important as having great ideas,” noted Oregon-based writer Teri Cettina, whose work has appeared in Parenting. Before writing for many national magazines, she says she focused on a few pubs and pitched them “like it was my job” before breaking into the industry.

For more tips on how to package your pitch and impress editors, read How to Get Your Feature Pitch Accepted.

Sherry Yuan

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10 Terms Every Freelance Writer Should Know

Every industry has its own jargon, which can be confusing for those who are just starting out. For rookie freelance writers, it’s essential to understand certain terms to avoid frustration down the line.

In the latest Mediabistro feature for AvantGuild members, editors and veteran journalists break down the terms that are crucial to success in the biz.

Read the full article in 10 Terms Every Freelance Writer Should Know. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

5 Digital Skills Every Journalist Should Have

multimedia skills“[Journalists] are increasingly being required to take away from time doing actual reporting to do a million other things,” said Menachem Wecker, education reporter for U.S. News & World Report. Which is why, if you want to succeed in the world of new media, having certain digital skills is a requirement. In the latest Mediabistro feature, seasoned journos tell which skills are the most important for journos to have, and give tips on how to boost your social media presence and resume. Below, an excerpt:

1. Social Media Management

Once you’ve written the perfect post, monitor how well it does through platforms like Chartbeat and Google Analytics. Find out how many shares you’re getting through Facebook posts or whether Twitter fans are actually reading your stories or just retweeting them. Then, take it a step further and promote your stories during the times of day when your audience is the largest. Tweetdeck will let you “future post” updates, as will other apps like Twuffer or twitmessenger. Now that social media is no longer just a fad, your goal should be to familiarize yourself with any and all platforms that will bolster the efficacy of your accounts.

For the full list, read 5 Digital Skills Every Journalist Should Have. [subscription required]

How Writers Can Get Through the Editing Process

After spending hours and hours perfecting your latest story, it can be devastating to see what you thought was surely a masterpiece come back drenched in red ink. Instead of resenting a rewrite, there are a number of ways to deal with the process while keeping your reputation (and sanity) intact.

When your article comes back with vague instructions, get clarification so your updated draft doesn’t warrant even more rewrites.

For Meryl Davids Landau, an author and writer featured in PreventionMore and others, that means following up to any revision requests on the phone. She asks what the editor wants the reader to come away with and if the publication has covered the topic before but wants a fresh angle. ”I try never to revise anything until I have a clear sense of where the editor thinks my version went off the rails; otherwise the next version is just as likely crash,” she explained.

Get more strategies in 6 Ways to Make the Revision Process Stress Free.

Andrea Hackett

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