Last week I was browsing through the newspaper and noticed an ad for an Imax film about the 1944 D-Day Landings at Normandy. It was showing at the Seattle Pacific Science Center. There was also an interesting exhibition about spies and spy craft in the Science Center.
I wanted to see the Imax film and the Spy exhibit, and thought “who might be interested in a story about this?”. Fortunately, I have an outlet -- a military magazine -- that agreed to run a short piece about the D-Day film that will eventually be showing in theaters around the country.
I contacted the center's media relations person to request tickets, and she had no problem issuing me with two sets of complimentary tickets to the Imax film and the Spy exhibition.
On Sunday morning I headed out with a friend and attended - and thoroughly enjoyed - both shows. I'm now writing a short piece about the D-Day Imax film to send to my editor.
The point of this story is to show that you don’t need to go further than your own backyard to find stories, and to get complimentary goodies.
Have you considered pitching your home town sights and attractions to regional, national, and international magazines and newspapers?
I attend the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) on a press pass, covering it for a film magazine. I get to attend press screenings and any other movies I want to see. If I purchased a SIFF season ticket, it would cost several hundred dollars. But I get to enter the theater early by flashing my press card and I can see any films I want, just for writing an article about it.
It’s a good life, writing about things at home that I want to do. Be sure to keep your eyes open for similar opportunities where you live, and for your interests.
In the last issue you read about an important technique called “simultaneous submissions” and how it can help you increase your acceptance rate.
When you use this technique, you need to have some strategies for dealing with the situation when more than one editor wants your story. It doesn’t happen often, but you want to be prepared when it does happen.
I’ve used a variety of different
strategies to keep everybody happy, and share four of my strategies in this article.
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Simultaneous Submissions Part 2:
In Part 1 of this article I discussed why simultaneous submissions were an important strategy for freelance writers.
I also told you how to go about using this strategy and the rules around playing fairly with editors.
(If you haven’t already read Part 1, you’ll want to do that first.)
This follow-on article answers the question “what do I do if more than one editor wants to buy my story?”
If you don’t have some strategies for dealing with simultaneous acceptances, you’ll panic. So this article is about a few strategies you might want to consider when sending out simultaneous submissions.
And a brief reminder, the scenario of multiple acceptances rarely happens, but when it does, you want to be ready for it.
Four Strategies: When Simultaneous Acceptances Happen
In my seven years of experience with full time freelance writing I can count the number of times I've had multiple acceptances on one hand.
And I can also tell you that there has never been a problem when this has happened.
You can handle this situation quite easily without treading on toes and upsetting editors, if you have a strategy or two.
Here are some strategies that have worked very nicely for me
and for the editors involved.
Strategy #1. Have a back-up story idea in your hip pocket.
In some cases you can turn around and sell the second editor another story – as long as you have that story in mind just in case this happens.
Here’s an example:
I pitched a story about the Royal Signals Museum in England to several ham radio communications magazines. The first magazine to respond got the piece.
What did I do with the second magazine that wanted the story?
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