Beginning today and running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 20, 2016, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the 2018 Writer’s Market. I’ll start making assignments sometime around the end of October.
What I Like
So, what do I prefer? The best way to figure that out is to read a recent edition or two of Writer’s Market. Anyone familiar with the book will know that I’m looking for articles that will help freelancers find more success from a business perspective.
Previous articles have tackled queries, book proposals, taxes, record keeping, business management, and more. If you’re an experienced source and can interview other sources, that is ideal. However, I’m unlikely to assign featured interviews with writers (as I tend to tackle those myself).
Put yourself in the shoes of a freelance writer and think about what would help them find more success. That’s really the best way to understand what my target audience is most interested in reading.
As such, I’m not interested in articles on the craft of writing. While I think those pieces are extremely valuable, they’re just not a good fit for Writer’s Market. If you’re in doubt, go ahead and pitch it.
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How to Submit
Now that you know what I like, here are some guidelines on submitting:
- Submit your pitch via e-mail in the body of the e-mail. I don’t like attachments.
- Send your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: 2018 Writer’s Market Pitch
- Begin with your pitch (or pitches) before introducing yourself through your bio. While your experience will be important, I’m more interested in your article idea(s).
- If you have more than one pitch, include them all in the same e-mail. Please avoid sending me several e-mail messages.
- Deadline: 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) October 20, 2016.
Some Other FAQs
There are a few other questions potential writers ask each year. For instance, we do pay competitive rates for freelance articles. However, I don’t discuss those rates until the piece is assigned.
Freelancers for the book do receive a contributor copy, and we pay reprint fees for articles that are included in other editions of the book. Plus, we buy first rights–so it’s a writer-friendly deal.
Now, get to work thinking about what to pitch. I need great articles.
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community. He edits the Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market books, writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine, maintains the Poetic Asides blog, co-hosts a podcast for writers with Brian A. Klems, speaks at conferences, leads online webinars and tutorials, and so much more.
Robert is also the author of Solving the World’s Problems, a poetry collection published by Press 53. A former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, he’s been a featured poet across the country at poetry events in Austin, Houston, Cleveland, Atlanta, and more.
Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.
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