Recently, I wrote a blog post called Writing for Magazines. In it, I discussed the pros and cons of working within this market. If you’re still sold on writing for magazines, then you’ll definitely want to check out http://www.mediabistro.com. At MediaBistro (cool name, isn’t it?) you’ll find a wealth of information on the media industry, from TV to newspapers to, of course, magazines.
According to their website, their mission . . . is dedicated to anyone who creates or works with content, or who is a non-creative professional working in a content/creative industry. That includes editors, writers, producers, graphic designers, book publishers, and others in industries including magazines, television, film, radio, newspapers, book publishing, online media, advertising, PR, and design. Our mission is to provide opportunities to meet, share resources, become informed of job opportunities and interesting projects and news, improve career skills, and showcase your work.
One area I bet you’ll be intrigued with is their “How to Pitch” section. This area gives specific information on how to pitch magazines in a wide variety of niches. Like AARP? There’s information on that. Really into fashion? There’s a link for that.
But there is a catch. (You knew that was coming, didn’t you?) This area isn’t free. However, the investment of $55 for one year or $89 for two years could be paid back to you with one freelance writing project.
Here’s what you do:
- Visit MediaBistro. Check it out. Look around. Click on some things.
- Then register (it’s free).
- If you want access to the How to Pitch area and other specialized places on the site, you’ll need to sign up with the AvantGuild area. That’s what costs. But I believe it’s worth it.
- If you need health insurance, are looking for bookkeeping help, want access to classes to improve your skills (the classes are extra but AG members get a discount), you’ll like what you find on the MediaBistro and AvantGuild sites.
- There’s also a Freelance Marketplace where you can be seen by media types looking for freelancers. Yes, there’s an additional cost here, but if you’re wanting to break into these markets, part of the game is being seen.
In case you’re wondering, I don’t get anything from recommending MB or AG. I simply think they’ve put together a good site for freelancers to use, get training and learn new ways to do business. It’s worth 5-10 minutes of your time to see if there’s anything there for you.
So – good luck! Let me know what you think.