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|06-15-2012, 08:37 AM||#1|
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Join Date: Oct 2011
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A Few Questions About Interviews
I've been content-milling full-time for awhile and have been contemplating dipping my toes into magazine markets, but I've always been too nervous to give it a shot. As I was rolling around my Facebook wall, I realized how profoundly stupid I was because I have a possible DEEP well of articles waiting for me.
I happen to be fortunate enough to be on at least friendly terms with several established and up-and-coming midlist authors. Most of them have books out right now and more upcoming within a year. And it only just now occurred to me that I could interview them, and that people might actually pay me for those interviews.
So, um, a couple questions because I am a complete n00b at this:
1.) Do magazines even buy interviews from freelancers? Is that a reasonable type of article/market to break into, or should I put that on hold until I have more clips?
2.) Do I do the interview first and then query, or query first and make sure I have the assignment before I do the interview? I was thinking I'd basically send a message saying, "hey, I want to pitch an article about you to xyz magazine, if they accept would you like to do an interview?" but not sure if that's the right way to go about it.
3.) How...um..."important"...do interviewees have to be? Like obviously nobody probably wants to hear from an unpublished writer or a self-pubber with no sales. But if you're midlist, are you "interesting" enough to warrant a magazine article (in an editor's eyes), especially if I can write a decent hook/angle?
What I'm thinking I'll do is find some magazines that are maybe not necessarily writing-related and pitch them instead of/in addition to writing magazines. Like, for example, I have one acquaintance who writes LGBT YA fiction. I was thinking I could try pitching articles to LGBT mags, teen mags, and LGBT-teen mags (which I'm sure exist although I don't know any off-hand).
My theory behind that is two-fold: 1.) The market might be less saturated for that type of article, so it might be easier to sell? 2.) It might be better for the person I'm interviewing because it would get them out into a fresh circle of prospective readers and out of the sort of circle-jerk writer community that we all tend to live in.
But I'm not sure if that would actually work. Thoughts?
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|06-18-2012, 10:16 PM||#2|
Mentoring Myself and Others
Join Date: May 2010
Location: New York
You are on the right track when you talk about gearing your interviews to specific topics and themes. The more specific your query, the more likely they'll accept. Before querying, you might want to check on the willingness and availability of your subjects.
It is also a good idea to find the magazines, read their guidelines, review their websites and or issues, and seek other info on the editors and mags. Duotrope may be a good source here. Use this material to establish what to pitch and write your query. Answers to your three questions will depend on the zines, but you'll need to make sure they don't already have something printed on the topic you've chosen.
|06-21-2012, 09:36 PM||#3|
Slave to the Wordcount
Join Date: Aug 2006
Pre-interview your friends - just five or ten minutes to get a couple of good quotes for the query, then query the magazines with an angle and include a couple of your best quotes in the body of the query. Also establish with your friends which magazines you are pitching. It's rare, but some editors will save themselves the "trouble" of hiring you and go behind your back to contact your interviewee themselves. You'd ideally have your friends tell them "Sorry, I talk to tlbodine, or no one." (This is almost unheard of with general magazine IDEAS, but with the entire idea being an interview with a specific, easily-reachable person, it is more in the realm of possibility, and while shady isn't illegal.)
As for your idea of where to pitch, YES! Go for it - very smart.
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|06-22-2012, 01:34 AM||#4|
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Naples, FL
JK Rowling might be important. Bob who wrote a poem on the ladies room wall may not. But if Bob got a publishing deal because the agent saw the poem and contacted him, he could be really important.
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