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

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