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I got a response from the expert I emailed. She wants to know which magazine I'm writing for. What do I tell her? Should I be honest and tell her that newbies in the nonfiction field (and in the children's magazine field) have to write an article and do all the research first before getting an acceptance? Or should I simply say I'm planning on submitting to Highlights? But then I've got the problem that Highlights might reject it. I don't want her to think, that without an acceptance, her time would be wasted because the article could potentially be rejected. I really want this but I don't know what to do!


#1 - July 21, 2005, 11:01 AM
ALTERED (YA) Little, Brown Fall 2012
BOT WARS (MG) Dial Summer 2013

That post above is what happens when you're a big ball of nerves! I talked to a writer friend and she said to simply say the piece I'm working on is freelance. That was such an obvious answer! I'm a dork!

#2 - July 21, 2005, 11:08 AM
ALTERED (YA) Little, Brown Fall 2012
BOT WARS (MG) Dial Summer 2013


Hi, this is actually the topic of my next article I'm writing. I landed a NASA expert to interview without an assignment. Just be honest. Tell the expert the magazines you plan on pitching or subbing. The few interviews I have done recently didn't mind at all. I did promise to give them an update and keep them posted if the article was accepted. If you are up-front, you'd be surprised how willing people are to help you. I'm still so new to this too! Hope that helps.
#3 - July 21, 2005, 11:13 AM

Yes, it does help Javerine! It's so nice to get some input from other writers because I'm VERY new to nonfiction. I'm so nervous right now (going to send that email out!). I look forward to that article you're writing. Do let us know when and where it will appear!

And NASA! WooHoo! That's a great expert! Good luck with the interview and piece. I hope you place it soon.  :)

#4 - July 21, 2005, 11:33 AM
ALTERED (YA) Little, Brown Fall 2012
BOT WARS (MG) Dial Summer 2013

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I did that with my first article. I had approached a couple of places that turned me down. The person in question was only going to be in town a couple of days. I told him I was a freelancer and where I hoped to sell the article. He was very nice about it, took a chance on me, and the article became a cover story for a national magazine.
#5 - July 21, 2005, 12:20 PM

Barb  :owl



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