Pitching a story or article to a magazine or blogsite is the same as writing a query letter. There are important steps to recognize in order to get your piece first accepted, then approved, and finally published.
- Read the magazine or blog before you submit a pitch
Are you familiar with the magazine or blog? Have you read their publications? Familiarize yourself with the magazine, and then read their guidelines explicitly. Follow them to the letter. You wouldn’t send an informational article on how to raise your own garlic to a girl’s magazine, nor would you send an animal story to a sports blog. Know who you are pitching to.
- Research: Has the story been done recently?
Google your idea. Has the same idea been published elsewhere in the same magazine or one close to it? Sometimes you can revamp your story with a different focus or angle.
- Send point of…
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