Saturday, 22 March 2014

It's Research ... Honest!

As you know, last time I blogged, I'd almost cleared my local newsagent's shelves of magazines. Well I managed to read through them and they threw up some good article ideas (thank goodness!) I'm never stuck for article ideas, but I wanted to make sure that I could mould the ideas I had to the needs of the various magazine editors. There can be no substitute for doing this - you have to read the physical magazine, either on-line or the paper version.

So this week I'll be busy editing the article pitches I've already drafted and subbing them. I've sent a couple out already with no responses so far (frustrating and tedious, I know, but all part of the job) but I'm determined to keep pitching until something sticks! Sorry editors!

Pitching articles really is a numbers game; the more you push out there the more likely you are to hit the bulls eye. You can't let rejections or no replies (the worst kind of rejection in my opinion) get in your way or slow you down or, god forbid, stop you from pitching. Keep trying and you will get there.

Don't be afraid to follow up your pitches either. Sometimes pitches do go astray and your email might well jog the editor's memory and get you a commission. Remember that the more pitches you send, the editor will see that you aren't just a one trick pony or a one idea freelancer. The more you send the more practise you get at writing them and practise makes perfect.

If you have any particular questions about writing pitches for articles or if you have any advice then please do comment here.

Happy pitch writing
Julie xx

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

So many magazines, so little time

I went down to my local newsagents recently and it never ceases to amaze me how many different magazines there are on the shelves. I'm often spoilt for choice. But do I choose magazines to enjoy as a reader or magazines to read as a writer hoping to get into a new market?  The answer is, probably, a bit of both.

I've always enjoyed reading magazines but now I have a good excuse to as I can also pitch article ideas to most of the magazines I read as a reader. And I think it helps if you genuinely enjoy reading the magazines you want to write for as you will know the format, tone, target audience, type of articles/features favoured, etc.,

But, I'm also open to new ideas and new experiences (as a writer of articles, it pays to be!)  So I also try and look through at least one new magazine a month to assess it as a potential new market. I'd advise writers to do this because if you don't read new magazines then you might miss out on potential article sales!

So, if you only do one writing related thing this week, pop down to your newsagents and seek out a new magazine to read - you might be pleasantly surprised and find a new market.

Happy writing and reading

Julie xx