Well, it’s that time of year. The 2014 Guide to Self-Publishing is out (get your copy here). Now, it’s time to start gearing up for next year.
Beginning today and running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on December 15, 2013, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the 2015 Guide to Self-Publishing. Sometime in the beginning of 2014, I’ll start making assignments. If you’re interested in pitching an article idea or three, read on.
What I Like
So, what do I prefer? The best way to figure that out is to read the inaugural edition of Guide to Self-Publishing. Anyone familiar with the book will know that I’m looking for articles that will help self-publishers find more success, whether it’s making better covers or reaching a wider audience.
Previous articles have tackled cover design, blogging, selecting freelance editors, 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–unless you have access to a “high profile” self-published writer).
I’m also 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 this book. If you’re in doubt, go ahead and pitch it.
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: 2015 Guide to Self-Publishing 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.
- I won’t read attachments.
- Deadline: 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) December 15, 2013.
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 the Senior Content Editor for the Writer’s Digest Writing Community. He’s worked on the Writer’s Market book since 2000, and also edits the Poet’s Market book and forthcoming inaugural edition of the Guide to Self-Publishing. Voted the Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere in 2010, Brewer’s debut full-length poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems, is due out from Press 53 on September 1, 2013. He’s married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five little poets (four boys and one princess). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.
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