Beginning today and running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 31, 2015, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the Writer’s Market 2017. Sometime in November, 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 a recent edition or two of Writer’s Market. (Learn more about the Writer’s Market 2016 here.) 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).
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 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: 2017 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 31, 2015.
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 and writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine. He’s also the author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.