SPAWN Market Update – January, 2007
By Patricia L. Fry
Going, Going, Gone – 10 more magazines have quit publishing
Here’s What’s New – 10 new magazines and changes for 8 others
Opportunities for Freelance Writers – 3 mags and 3 writing job sites
Opportunities for Fiction Writers – 4 mags and ezines
Opportunities for Authors – 2 great resources and a publishing opp.
Book Promotion Opportunities – 4 solid resources for published authors
Opportunities for Poets – 10 magazines that publish poetry
Opportunities for Scriptwriters – Win $10,000 and a contract
Opportunities for Artists – 3 potential jobs and a directory of opportunities for artists.
Industry News – The jailing of reporters is on the rise worldwide.
Bonus Item – A dozen article markets along with ideas for using them to promote your book.
Official US Playstation Magazine
TV Guide Canada
Women’s Health and Fitness
Communications and Networking
Six78th: The Junior High Lifestyle Magazine
Brian Sacks started BizSanDiego as a monthly print magazine designed to report on the issues facing San Diego, California business. The magazine also features profiles of businesses in all categories. If you have an article idea related to San Diego business, contact the editors by phone (619-308-0420) or fill out the contact form at the Web site: http://www.bizsandiego.com/contactus. For additional information about this magazine, go to: http://www.bizsandiego.com.
Canadian Smart Living
West Coast Golfer
Editor Huyun Kim has left BizAZ and Tina May is the new editor. The new associate editor is Rose Tring. If you want to write about business in Arizona, contact Tring at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Chiarella is the new fiction editor for Esquire Magazine. Can you write fiction for men? If appropriate, consider submitting an excerpt from your novel for consideration. They also publish short stories, poetry, memoirs and even plays, but nothing pornographic. After studying the submission guidelines, send your complete manuscript to Tom Chiarella by mail only: Esquire Magazine, 1790 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.
El Pasoan Magazine
Coleen Curtis is the new executive editor for US Weekly.
Marcia Preston has turned the editorial duties for Byline Magazine over to Robbi Hess. If you have something to submit to Byline, send it via snail mail. They do not accept email submissions. Robbi Hess, Byline, POB 111, Albion, NY 14411.
Did I tell you about Divapreneurs? What a concept. This is a magazine for women who are small business owners and entrepreneurs. And they are seeking features, profiles and tips. It doesn’t appear that they have a Web site set up, yet, but you can contact an editor and ask for submission guidelines. email@example.com
Here’s a free writing job site! Find magazines that are seeking freelancers at FreelanceWriting.com. Go to: http://www.freelancewriting.com/guidelines/pages/index.html and click on the category: science fiction, hobbies, architecture, art, law, business, military, parenting or pets, for example. There are 68 regional magazines listed and 56 religious publications. If you’re a freelance article or story writer and you can’t find a gig through this database, you’re not even trying.
Here’s a great site for freelance article writers and authors with a book to promote. I haven’t mentioned WoodenHorsePub.com in a while and this would be a good time to do so because Meg Weaver is running a special. Start the New Year armed with the information you need in order to get those writing jobs. Sign up and gain access to hundreds of freelance opportunities. Meg’s is the only such database that includes editorial calendars for many of the magazines. The fee for now is $119/year or $79 for 6 months. http://www.WoodenHorsePub.com. Questions? Contact Meg Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spanish language book market is one of fastest growing segments in American publishing today. According to statistics, there are over 25 million Hispanics living in the U.S. And a spokesperson for the Children’s Book Council says that there is a particular need for Spanish and bilingual books for children of all ages. Learn more about the need, the statistics and how to go about producing Spanish language books at http://www.cbcbooks.org/readinglists/spanish.html.
Do you need statistics for your book proposal? Do you want to know who was the agent for a recent bestselling book or who is the publicist? You’ll find this information and much more at the Book Standard Web site. http://www.thebookstandard.com
Double Edged Publishing
Distribute Spanish Language Books
How do you distribute Spanish language books? Baker and Taylor has a Spanish division. Contact Michael Shapiro at 800-775-1500 ext 7028. The largest Spanish book distributor in the states is Lectorum. Contact Teresa Mlawer, email@example.com. For children’s Spanish books, Mariuccia Iaconi Book Imports is your first choice in distributors. Visit their Web site at http://www.iaconibooks.com.
Seasonal Promotion Ideas
Promote your books by the season. In other words, find ways to connect your book topic (for fiction, the genre/setting/story focus, etc.) to a seasonal event or celebration. Visit http://www.brownielocks.com to get started. And read more about this concept in my book promotion article in the January edition of SPAWNews—delivered on the first of January to your email box.
Book Promotion Resources
Be sure to visit Moira Allen’s Writing World for a fantastic list of book promotion opportunities. They include a book festival directory, book review sites and much, much more. http://www.writing-world.com/links/promotion.shtml
Mailing Lists for Libraries/Bookstores
http://www.newpages.com offers mailing lists for authors who are promoting their books. The lists, ranging in size from 996 names to over 5,000 will cost you from $50 to $270.00. What do you get for your money? Lists of independent bookstores and libraries. You can order just the names and contact information or pay more for pre-printed self-sticking mailing labels.
Do you have some poetry you’d like to see published? Here are a few magazines that use poetry today, Country Folk, Nostalgia, True Romance, Mature Years, POZ, Saturday Evening Post, Today’s Latino, Adbusters, The New Era and Absolute. Do a Google search to locate submission guidelines. Or study the latest edition of Writer’s Market.
As you will notice above, Factotum seeks artwork and photography. Check with Matthew Norris at, firstname.lastname@example.org for submission guidelines.
Can you produce artwork that “question the idea that your identity and tastes are as simple as checkboxes on a questionnaire?” Then you might get your work accepted by the art department at Other Magazine. They want art and cartoons that reject traditional categories. Check em out at http://www.othermag.org. Contact the art department here: email@example.com.
Direct Art Magazine
People ask me how I keep up on so many things related to the publishing industry. Well, I’m curious about and interested in my field and I am an industrious researcher. You should be, too. How else will you stay apprised of new developments in your field and maintain an active and reasonable promotional plan.
My note of interest this month probably doesn’t affect any of you, but I found it fascinating to learn that the number of journalists being jailed throughout the world is on the rise. This is the headline appearing in the South China Morning Post on December 9, 2006, but the story came out of New York. Evidently, the Committee to Protect Journalists has a way of tracking the number of journalists imprisoned throughout the world. They say there are currently 134 reporters, editors and photographers incarcerated world-wide and 49 of them are internet journalists. Most of those were caught blogging or emailing controversial or forbidden thoughts and information. Of the 24 nations that have imprisoned reporters, China and Cuba top the list with a total of 54 media personnel behind bars.
Joshua Friedman, director of international programs at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism refers to this freedom of the press issue as “the Canary in the coal mine.” He is quoted as saying, “It’s a barometer of the insecurity of the people running these governments. One of the things that makes them insecure these days is the power of the internet.”
Yes, the internet has certainly changed a lot of things—the way we raise our children, learn about our illnesses, fill our time, fill our heads, carry on relationships, establish new friends, shop and even behave. Think about that for a moment. Do you communicate via the internet in the same way that you would if you were standing face-to-face, toe-to-toe with someone? From what I see in chatrooms, blogs, forums and personal emails, I think not. We tend to hide behind the anonymity of the internet much the same way that we hide behind the tinted windows in our cars during those ugly fist-shaking freeway clashes.
As citizens and fellow members of the human experience, let’s all try to use the concept of freedom of the press—freedom of speech—in the most positive way in order to do the most good not in ways that test the boundaries of this American privilege.
How to promote your book through magazine articles
Lifestyle, regional and luxury magazines seem to have made the biggest impression on the industry during 2006. In August, I reported that WritersMarket.com listed 360 regional magazines. It seems as though I reported new lifestyle, regional and upscale magazines every month in the Market Update.
According to Mr. Magazine, Samir Husni, there were 1013 new magazines launched in 2005. This was noted as the year of the magazine. The numbers through August 2006 show that new magazine launches are down by nearly 100. Visit Husni’s interesting site at http://www.mr.magazine.com.
Whether you earn a living writing magazine articles like I did for years and years, or you just like to pick up a few bucks selling an article now and then, here are some magazines that might pique your interest. Those of you with books to promote, stay tuned. I’ve added my commentary after each magazine listing explaining how you can promote your book through that particular publication.
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Both Sides of the Bridge
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The following are older, more established regional and lifestyle magazines.
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New Jersey Monthly
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Now and Then
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Over the Back Fence
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Hispanic Lifestyle Magazine
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Don’t close the door on opportunities before you explore them. Get creative. Use your imagination to come up with new ways to promote your book while selling your articles to a variety of magazines. Can you promote your book of cat stories through a magazine that focuses on sailing or your book featuring a children’s wild adventure through a rock climbing magazine? With the right hook and the right angle, you just might score.
Here are a couple of good books on magazine article writing:
The Complete Guide to Writing and Selling Magazine Articles,
A Writer’s Guide to Magazine Articles for Book Promotion and Profit
Study pages 1-83 in the 2007 Writer’s Market for help and resources to help you understand more about the article-writing business.
by Patricia Fry (Matilija Press), $6.50. http://www.matilijapress.com by Dan Case and Peggy Fielding. $19.95. (Order at the AWOC Web site.): As reported earlier in this edition, Hispanics are quickly becoming a major market for books. If there is something about your book that would appeal particularly to the Hispanic population, this might be an opportunity for you to promote it through an article. Let’s say that your book features family events in California—some of them probably relate to the Hispanic culture. There’s your natural tie-in opportunity. Perhaps you’ve written a book teaching high school graduates how to survive in the college environment. An article featuring a look at a few California colleges with quotes from directors and students, might certainly rate a place in this magazine. is designed for the more affluent Hispanics who are living in California. The editorial staff is interested in business, the community and cultural events. Contact the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.: Here’s a regional magazine that should be real easy to crack if you are a resident of or are familiar with Southern Ohio. If not, become so. Perhaps one of the contributors to your inspirational/spiritual book lives in Chillicothe or Vinton, for example. Ask him/her to help you get a leg up with this publication by agreeing to be interviewed for a story. Write an article about traveling through this region with your family when you were a child. Be sure to research the history of the place so you have your facts right. Even if this doesn’t relate to the book you’re promoting, you can mention the book in your bio. is another magazine for and about Ohioans. Editor Sarah Williamson is interested in personal experience, travel, general interest pieces, nostalgia and they publish fiction. Learn more about the magazine at http://www.backfencemagazine.com. Contact Sarah at email@example.com. : Check the magazine for the scope of their content and then go to work formulating an article idea based on the topic of your book. For example, let’s say your book is on good grammar. Is there an institution in this area that turns out more students with excellent grammar than anywhere else? Is there a study taking place somewhere in this region on language arts? These are just some of the ways you can possibly tie your book into a place. For a life skills self-help book, locate an organization that is teaching techniques similar to those you teach in your book. Do a piece on them and the people they are helping. Mention your book in the bio at the end of the article.is a regional magazine for the Appalachian region from Southern New York to Northern Mississippi. They seek material on practically any topic as long as it relates to this area. Contact the editor at: firstname.lastname@example.org. : If you happen to live in Connecticut, you may have an in as far as this magazine goes. This could be true no matter where you live—seek out regional magazines in your area and pitch articles, offer excerpts from your book or ask for a book review and/or an interview since you are a native son/daughter. uses fiction as well as nonfiction. It also features Connecticut authors. This is a weekly magazine and it pays for news articles and personal stories with Connecticut ties. They pay around .50 cents/word. Contact the editor at Northeast@courant.com. Visit the Web site at: http://www.ctnow.com.: If your book is on sports or the arts, come up with a New Jersey hook and pitch it to Hann. Does your cookbook include recipes from your New Jersey ancestors? buys as many as 100 manuscripts each year and they pay up to $1/word. If you are familiar with New Jersey, you might get an acceptance on your article featuring local sports, politics or travel. Contact editor Christopher Hann at email@example.com. Visit the Web site at http://www.njmonthly.com.: If your novel takes place in Ohio or features a historical event that occurred in Ohio, pitch a piece on a little known aspect of the city or the event and, of course, include your book title in the bio. If you live in Ohio, you may get space in the magazine as a local author. publishes articles and fillers about Ohio travel, news and things that make this state unique. They pay $300 to $1,200 for 1,000 to 3,000 word articles. Email a query to Richard Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Web site at http://www.ohiomagazine.com.: If your book focuses on aviation, write a piece on the latest in private jets. For your book on de-stressing techniques in these trying times, pitch an article on a particular luxury resort and include some tips for making the most of your resort stay. You might even write about an intriguing true mystery related to an elite traveler somewhere in the world in order to promote your mystery book. is considered the private jet lifestyle magazine. You’ll find resort reviews, articles about technology and jewelry and many other things important to the wealthy. Michael Espindle is the editor. Contact him at: email@example.com. Check out the editorial calendar at: http://www.elite-traveler.com/calendar.html.: Here’s your opportunity to promote your book to the affluent. If your book features solid financial advice, unique luxury travel tips, a profile or history of a fascinating person, for example, Time Affluential might be thrilled to have you submit a story to them. launches in 2007 and it’s all about affluence. If you can write about vacation planning, buying cars, outfitting a second home, entertaining and investments, for example, you might be able to land a gig with this magazine. While this new magazine is affiliated with the original Time Magazine, I’m not finding an easy access link to the new one, yet. Here’s a phone number that might get you to the right person: 212-522-2693. : Do you have a book featuring a unique dieting model, a fitness regimen or a method of de-stressing your life? If so, the editors of this magazine might be interested in an article focusing on an aspect of your book. I know that some of you have books on life skills; can you take an excerpt from your book and turn it into an informative article for Vivmag? is an online magazine for women who want to live a healthier more balanced lifestyle. This magazine features articles on fitness, wellness, awareness and nutrition. http://www.vivmag.com: To get some notoriety for your book through this magazine, try locating an interesting personality in or from the area—someone, perhaps, who has a tie to the topic of your book—and pitch a profile piece to the editor. For example, let’s say you’ve written your memoirs and it includes your life as a hobo hopping trains in the Midwest. Interview someone else who professes to have been a hobo once or an engineer for a train system that goes through this area. Perhaps your children’s adventure book focuses on a place in the wilderness near Lake Taneycomo or you have a mystery story with ties to this area. is a brand new magazine for residents of and tourists to Branson and Hollister, Missouri. The bridge refers to the Lake Taneycomo Bridge, which separates the two cities. The editors of this magazine are after interesting a