10 Tips on How to Cultivate Relationships with Editors

Written by Elizabeth Kirwin

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6. If you choose to telephone an editor to pitch them a story, remember – their time is valuable. First, ask them if it’s a good time to speak for 10 minutes. If it’s not, then ask them for a convenient time to call back. If they can speak, limit your pitch to 5-7 minutes. No editor wants to be onrepparttar telephone with someone for an unendurable length of time. Do not start telling them about all of your publication credits or credentials unless they ask. Stick torepparttar 108089 pitch for your story idea, and focus your conversation accordingly. If they like it, you may continuerepparttar 108090 conversation for longer than 10 minutes. If they’re not interested, politely endrepparttar 108091 call.

7. Deadlines are important to editors, because they need written material before they can make decisions about visual materials, ad space, and layout and design. If you have promised an editor something, do your absolute best to submit it byrepparttar 108092 agreed upon deadline. If something has come up – in your personal or professional life or inrepparttar 108093 process of writing and interviewing forrepparttar 108094 story, communicaterepparttar 108095 need to slightly extendrepparttar 108096 deadline torepparttar 108097 editor in advance. Most editors will work with you on deadlines, provided they are not underrepparttar 108098 gun themselves. Newspaper editors usually do fly byrepparttar 108099 seat of their pants, so keep this in mind when asking for extensions.

8. Engagerepparttar 108100 editor in a short e-mail about your story prior to writing it and he/she may come up with a few guiding sentences to help you. This is a chance to try to get a feel for howrepparttar 108101 editor would like this written prior to writing it. An editor may help you frame a story, give suggestions for potential interviews or subjects, or cause you to look atrepparttar 108102 story in a totally different way. Don’t despair if you receive no response. The editor may be busy and not have enough time to reply.

9. Do not write stories or articles that are just barely disguised promotional pieces for your business associates, friends and family, or your own business. It’s OK to mine these contacts for story ideas, but make certainrepparttar 108103 content you present is not OVERTLY promoting anyone. Any seasoned editor can smell a promo piece a mile away and will not publish it.

10. Try to write in subject areas you feel passionate about. For example, if you are passionate about hiking, write for some outdoor magazines. Editors are drawn to freelance writers who have a knowledge base forrepparttar 108104 material they’re submitting. This is an excellent ‘in’ with any editor – a well-developed knowledge base is a good foundation for any story. If you have a passion, pitchrepparttar 108105 right editor your idea. GO For it.

Elizabeth Kirwin has published work in national magazines and newspapers. She is co-owner of Sidhe Communications http://www.sidhecommunications.com in Asheville NC. She develops web sites, newsletters, brochures, and other marketing materials for companies and health care ogranizations nationally.For more information, e-mail ekirwin@bellsouth.net.

Avoid The Big Advertising Mistakes

Written by Robert Warren

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Exaggerating. Most people expect advertising to be overblown and inflated, so surprise your readers and be honest. Put your best foot forward and shamelessly emphasize your strengths, but don't do more than that. Keep it real and get real attention.

Saying too much. Excessive wordiness puts a burden onrepparttar reader that can be lethal for marketing. Read through your copy again: could you sayrepparttar 108088 same thing with fewer words? Try rewriting with a 25% cut in word count to inject new life into your pitch.

Not gettingrepparttar 108089 reader moving. The entire point of advertising is to motivate your customer to do something, so are you telling them what that is? End your pitch with a direct appeal. Tell your customers to call, visit or look at your website. If you're not giving them orders, you can't expect them to start marching.

Robert Warren (www.rswarren.com) is a freelance copywriter in the Orlando, Florida area, specializing in providing for the marketing and communications needs of the independent professional private practice.

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