Want to Write for Magazines? Do This First

Want to Write for Magazines? Do This First

Everybody says to peruse a production before you pitch it, however what precisely would you say you should search for?

The following are a couple of things to analyze so as to enable you to make sense of what your fantasy magazine is searching for and tailor your pitch for that title.

In the first place, get a couple of issues of the production you’d like to pitch.

These may be printed versions, web flip books, or stories on its site. In a perfect world, you’ll have a bunch of issues to glance through, including back issues and the most current issue accessible.

I regularly go to my nearby library and get an assortment of issues of a magazine to ponder. I attempt to ensure I have however many customary issues as could be expected under the circumstances, however unique issues, (for example, “best revelations of the year” or “seasonal shopping guide”) can likewise be valuable to inspect.

When you have these duplicates close by (or up on your PC), investigate each issue, page by page, to increase some profitable bits of knowledge.

Look out for these zones specifically:


With a print distribution, begin by taking a gander at the cover. Regardless of whether there aren’t a considerable measure of words, you’ll gain so much from a brisk sweep of the cover.

What is the principle picture? Which articles are advanced? What number of articles are advanced on the cover? Does the issue have a topic that is referenced on the cover?

Taking note of these subtleties will give you a thought of the subjects the editors expectation will engage the production’s intended interest group.

What kind of symbolism is utilized? Is it a model in a bathing suit or a healthy family excursion? Is a big name on the cover? Whatever the primary picture is, the distributer is trusting it will grab the attention of their objective statistic passing magazine kiosks, so remember that while pitching.

Subsequent to investigating the tales and pictures advanced on the cover, investigate the bare essential issue data.

You’ll regularly discover this on the cover, spine, or inside the magazine. Discover what number of issues are distributed every year and when they’re distributed. Are there unique issues or subjects, for example, occasion uncommon or purchasers’ guide

On the off chance that there are clear publication date-book subjects, take a gander at the magazine’s site to check whether you can decide up and coming subjects — and focus on your pitches to those points.


The masthead is the place you can discover who alters each segment of the magazine; you can suss out who to pitch and perhaps discover how to take a few to get back some composure of them.

While analyzing the masthead — ordinarily found on one of the primary pages inside the magazine — investigate just at the latest issue you can discover.

You won’t have any desire to squander your time pitching the wrong individual or somebody who is no longer with the magazine, so make certain to take a gander at the most recent issue for the most breakthrough data conceivable.

You may likewise to investigate the patrons. Who is composing for this magazine? Do you need know any of the journalists recorded? Would they be potential contacts to enable you to break into this market?

The production’s site

When you’re taking a gander at a physical magazine, it’s as yet imperative to likewise set aside some opportunity to check its site.

Check whether you can discover authors’ rules on the website or an email deliver to request definite essayist’s rules, since numerous distributions don’t put these online to keep away from a storm of entries.

The site may likewise contain an up and coming article logbook, calls for explicit pitches, and other important data.

In any case, know that print and online adaptations of a similar production regularly pay tremendously extraordinary rates (with print frequently procuring a lot higher rates), so make sure you’re taking a gander at the data for the market (print or on the web) that you need to compose for.


While you’re presumably not anticipating composing advertisement material for the production, the promotions are an immense part of the magazine.

Are the promotions offering extravagant watches, ultra-lightweight hiking rigging, or great angling gear? Do you see promotions for family travels in Montana or extravagance travels in the South Pacific?

Concentrate the promotions can reveal to you a ton about who the magazine is hoping to speak to, regardless of whether it’s top of the line customers, families, competitors, or others. Being comfortable with the objective promotion groupcraft your pitches to the correct gathering of people.

Photographs and pictures

Because you’re an author doesn’t mean you should skirt the pictures.

Investigate the photos and pictures used to go with articles. It is safe to say that they are tense? Customary? Do they look crisp and new or somewhat dated?

Additionally think about where the pictures originate from. Do you see a ton of stock photography or does it give the idea that the production contracts with picture takers for the majority of its accounts

Contracting picture takers for custom shoots can be very costly, so this can likewise give you a general thought regarding the sort of spending plan the distribution may work with.

On the off chance that the distribution utilizes all stock photography and awkward photographs, it may have a genuinely low spending plan or utilize its assets in different ways. However, in the event that it’s stuffed with best quality expert pictures that are clearly shot for that specific production, it may be a more settled distribution with more profound pockets.

It’s everything hypothesis, except it’s conceivable to get intimations by looking at the photography in a magazine.

“Front of the book”

When you flip open a magazine, the primary thing you see is never the main story. Before getting to the highlights, most magazines normally offer short pieces in the “front of the book” (FOB) segment.

While it for the most part won’t be named “front of the book” in the magazine, masters know these little pieces in the front of the distribution are an extraordinary place to break into another market.

A magazine will frequently have little repeating things in this area, for example, news briefs, book audits, roundups, and other standard short segments.

In case you’re hoping to get into a distribution out of the blue, give careful consideration to this area.

Which segment headings are utilized in the initial couple of pages of each issue? What tone do they utilize?

Utilize this data to create your pitches for this area. Magazines frequently require a considerable measure of new substance for the front of the book since they require such a large number of short pieces for each issue.


Presently, we’re at the meat of the magazine: the element segment. These are the long articles that allure perusers to get the magazine and begin perusing.

What themes do you see highlighted in each issue? To what extent are the component articles?

What tone is utilizedDoes each creator have a one of a kind voice or is ittailored to the voice of the distribution What number of sources are in each articleAre these articles all the more opportune or evergreen Do they instigate discussion

The highlights are the grandstand pieces that the magazine uses to tempt the two perusers and sponsors.

They likewise normally pay the best out of the considerable number of pieces in a production. Investigate these and index the data in your brain for when you’re pitching highlights so you can tailor them to the magazine. Consider taking notes to survey later on when you’re prepared to pitch.

What do you do with this data?

Since you’ve solicited yourself a cluster from inquiries and invested some energy poring more than a few issues, it’s an ideal opportunity to transform this data enthusiastically.

You likely have a couple of thoughts as a top priority for pitches. Presently you can discover what segments of your fantasy bar they may function admirably in.

On the off chance that you have a thought regarding an area eatery and see a magazine with an extraordinary “Eatery Corner” segment at the front of the book, you’ll know to tailor it to that. Perceive to what extent it is, the thing that sort of data is incorporated, and utilize that data to tailor your pitch.

Editors need to ensure you’re comfortable with their production. Don’t simply say you need to expound on the eatery. Let’s assume you need to compose a 250-word piece for the “Eatery Corner” area. Doing as such shows you’ve done your exploration and know about the production.

You can likewise utilize the data picked up from concentrate the distributions to ensure your pitching and composing tone fits with the magazine. On the off chance that the distribution is intense, forgo snark. On the off chance that it utilizes a considerable measure of popular expressions and stylish language, toss in a couple of comparable expressions of your own.

It’s likewise useful to, check and check whether the distribution has as of late distributed anything like your pitch thoughts.

When you have a smart thought of what the distribution likes to include and what sort of peruser it’s endeavoring to speak to, you’ll know where you can fill in the holes and would now be able to pitch in like manner.

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