Friday, January 25, 2019
Tips for Selling Your Essay - Magazine Pub series #9
Tips for Selling Essays to Magazines ---- Should I submit a pitch or a draft?
The question of sending a full draft or a pitch varies from magazine to magazine. Follow your selected magazine’s guidelines and requirements for submittal, if possible.
Here are points of reference:
• Literary journals customarily require full drafts for submittal.
• If you don’t have clips of published essays, a good rule of thumb is to submit essays on spec, meaning in full draft form.
• When your essay is difficult to convey in a pitch, send a full draft.
• On a tight schedule? Get your pitch out there and buy yourself some time to draft it.
• Some editors prefer to receive a pitch. Search the magazine’s website or place a call for the info.
• If your essay topic is relative to breaking news, your best choice may be to pitch your idea.
• When you’ve worked with an editor previously, a pitch may be all that’s needed to assign the essay.
• Should your essay require in depth research and include interviews, pitching the idea may be best.
To grab your reader, compose the essay as you would a story with one theme, a beginning, middle, and end. Include dialogue, setting, and engaging description.
You may choose to write a personal essay sharing a part of your life with others. Personal Essays connect and communicate to the reader they are not alone. As I worked through an essay about being emotionally sidelined during childhood I knew I was not alone and wanted encourage others with similar experiences. Writing a personal essay in first-person narrative is customary.
Personal essays are just that: personal. You are telling true-life experiences that may also lead to discussing a subject about which you are passionate. These essays are public—it’s important to consider the subjects you would rather keep private for your journal alone.
** Last time we talked about getting a handle on our Copyrights. I’ve added a couple links you may find useful.
Deborah Lyn Stanley : MyWriter's Life .
Write clear & concise, personable yet professional.
Know your reader.
Use quotes & antidotes.
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