Up until now, I've been writing and submitting on multiple topics. But this morning I sat down and figured out what articles I should be submitting in order to work up to a glossy magazine submission & acceptance. Okay, so I had to revise my whole blasted writing and submission schedules. BUT.
Suddenly all of it has direction, and everything is working towards the same goal. The questions I asked myself (and answers) in the process were:
What topic do I want to write about for the glossy magazines?While there are many things most of us love writing about, narrowing it down to a few topics helps to focus, and build credibility in the eyes of editors. I decided to focus on family and travel, by combining the two into a few articles about living abroad with my husband and going on vacation with family.
What magazines do I want to write for?Um, all of them? But focusing on a few magazines also helps focus in on a certain writing style and format. I chose Family Circle, Woman's Day, and Parenting.
What specific article do I want to submit? And to whom?
Yep, it's time to stop
Exit: facade of confidence.
Enter: the sudden urge for 10 glasses of
So I've decided to query a piece about our family's December cross country road trip.
When would I need to submit it by?
It's amazing what penning in a date on the calendar can do for motivation - especially for the procrastinating, deadline-driven types(ehm).
I'd need to submit my query by the end of June//6 months before our road trip.
5. What shoud I do now to get related clips?
The trick here is to write articles on a similar topic, in a similar style to the glossy magazine you're pitching, and then get them published in smaller markets BEFORE the date you just decided on above. That way, you can send those clips along with The Query to Family Circle, Thimbles USA, or whatever magazine you've chosen. So for me, I'd need the clips in hand by June, to send with my query to Family Circle.
I've decided to try getting the following published by then:
- Austria article, revise and send out
- Alp Pilates article, revise and send out
- Mark Twain House article, personalize and send out
Writing and submitting with direction, I think, is the key to staying on track and consistently building up to a magazine acceptance.