What a Magazine Editor Wants (& Doesn’t Want!) with Brian Klems of Writer’s Digest
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I recently had the pleasure of jumping on a Google hangout with Brian Klems, the Online Editor at Writer’s Digest. Brian is also the author of humorous non-fiction, including Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl: A Dad’s Survival Guide to Raising Daughters.
We talked about a bunch of things on the call, focusing around the topic of what it’s like to be an editor. (We mention how we like to be treated like real people when being pitched and when receiving submissions – something so many writers at the other end of the email can forget.) If you’re a freelance magazine writer or have aspirations to be published in your favorite magazine, I highly suggest watching this short talk to get inside the head of an editor!
In this 20 minute interview we discuss:
– How editing work has helped us to become a better writers
– What writers can do to make their pitch, writing, and submission stand out for an editor
– The style of query letters we like to receive
– Whether a writer should include an article title with their pitch or not
– The easiest way to get started writing for magazines (this tip is great!)
– Whether writers should be familiar with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) or not
– Our pet peeves as editors – from bad pitches and beyond
Enjoy the chat!