So, you’ve written yourself an article. Great! But…now what do you do with it?
Well, there are options. Eat it. Give it to your dog/cat/goldfish. Ask the nice old lady down the road if she’ll read it (alternatively, you could go for the grumpy old man next door). Or…maybe you could get it out there, into the big, wide and scary world.
Sending your writing in for consideration to print is scary. Trust me, I’ve been there, done that, and got the terrified diary entries to prove it. But how else is someone going to read it if you don’t try?
When you send something in to be published, you have to choose your audience carefully. There’s no point in sending your adult novel to a children’s publishing press – likewise, there is no point in sending a picture book to a newspaper. Because they just won’t print it. So it’ll be wasted. Right?
Top Tip! Get a few of the most recent copies of the magazine/newspaper you want to send your stuff in. That way, you know exactly what they’re looking for. Also, you know if something has already been published, so you don’t pitch something that they’ve already had.
If you’ve written something, you should know who your audience is, and that means you know who wants your book/article/letter. If you don’t, a quick Google search (for example, if you simply search ‘Romance publishers’, a whole torrent of them come up).
When you send in your article, make sure you add in your name, email and any other information the magazine/paper/whatever has asked for. Include something like your Twitter username, if you want.
You have to wait for a few weeks for an answer most of the time. Be patient, keep writing. If it is rejected, then just think of it as a learning experience. Hopefully, they’ll tell you why they rejected your article, and may even offer tips in case you want to send something else in.
Pitching is important in articles. There’s no point in sending someone in a 2000 word article if they then reject it. All your hard work, for nothing.
I’m going to be honest: I’ve never properly pitched something. I’ve only ever had one workshop in it, and that was film pitching. But, I’m going to guess it’s basically the same thing.
How many words do you think you have to pitch an idea? 200? 100? 50? Wrong! 25. 25 measly words. For the film script I did in July, the pitch could be: “A gay guy who leaves his female fiancée at the alter, and runs away to become a temporary art teacher.” Thing about your main idea/theme you want to convey and try and put it into the smallest amount of words possible.
Once I actually start pitching I’ll probably do another post about it. But I’ve done a quick Google search, and found that you basically do what I said above, then add in about 100 extra words of context beneath it. Put in relevant writing credentials, add in extra information about the tag line.
Alternatively, you could send in the entire article, but this could be a few hours of your time, so perhaps it’d be better if you got the all-go sign. Or, you could write something that could be sent into lots of different magazines, so if one fails, you have back ups.
Questions, thoughts, comments? Shoot! 😀