Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Ask the editor!

Here's a chance to pose questions about magazines, freelance writing, editing or WildBird. Please do so in the Comments, which is where I'll respond.

You're welcome to send an e-mail, to which I'll respond in a future post. Anonymous e-mails, however, won't be considered. Please sign your name and city to your words.

Fire away!


Blogger Laurie said...

I am new to writing, but not to birding. I have submitted one article to a national magazine which has been accepted.
I have a question about proposals. I sent a proposal to a magazine which I would love to be able to finish and see published. I have corresponded with the editor who likes the idea of the article but doesn't know if the concept fits in with the planning cycle already in place. How long must I wait before pitching the story elsewhere?
Laurie Foss
Austin, TX

August 23, 2006 2:13 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hi Laurie! Thanks for the question.

I recommend clarifying the proposal's status with the editor. He/she needs to give you a definitive answer (it sounds like you didn't receive one). In asking the editor to give you a "yes" or "no" response, pose a deadline if time is of the essence.

I'd be inclined to write something like "As much as I'd like to see this article appear in your publication, I'm very eager to see it in print soon. If the concept will not fit into one of your upcoming issues, then I'd like to pitch it elsewhere. Please let me know before (date) if you can make room for this article in a future issue."

If time is not of the essence, then you needn't pose a deadline. In either case, you need to receive a clear answer from the editor before pitching the story elsewhere.

Thanks again, Laurie, for posing this question!

August 23, 2006 4:20 PM  

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