First-timers pitching to regional glossy Philadelphia will want to start small, targeting their pitches to the front-of-book sections that have just recently been opened to freelancers. Build a relationship with the magazine, and you could find yourself writing the 4,000- to 5,000-word features that pique editors’ attention.
Your pitch should, of course, cover topics relevant to the city, but with a readership that includes older suburbanites as well as younger city dwellers, you have plenty of options for coverage, as long as your reported pieces can tell a story:
As far as advice for newbies pitching to the mag, [deputy editor Patrick Kerkstra] said that “The best way to sort of clear [the high bar] is to just come in with a story that’s so compelling that we just have to take a risk on you.”
For more, including details on the FOB revamp, read: How to Pitch: Philadelphia
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