An experiment in paired pitching

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Every magazine pitch hides a potentially catastrophic conflict of interest. On one hand, writers are creative professionals who want what is best for their stories. They need to have good relationships with their editors or their pieces may falter. On the other hand, writers also need to look out for their own financial and creative interests. This means taking …

Are you pitching a silo or a market?

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At this point, it’s no secret that writers get a pretty lousy deal in the publishing business. Every day, someone asks me if there’s a way to fight back. In fact, there’s one common practice that writers take on that hobbles them from the very start, and it’s our fault that the problem exists at all. Most journalism schools, editors, and old-time-freelancers …