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Various Fitness Magazines

My life is filled with family, fitness, and writing though not necessarily in that order. What better way to connect two parts of my life than by delving into writing for fitness magazines?

Am I endeavoring to write for any? No… I thought about trying and I occasionally still toss the idea around but I really have no idea what they’d want and I’m content reading them and collecting the workouts I find.

I thought I’d take this opportunity to list a few fitness magazines that were mentioned in Writer’s Yearbook 2014. I have subscriptions to 3 different magazines but only one of them was listed in Writer’s. Coincidentally, it’s my favorite magazine.

kate-hudson-bares-abs-for-shape-magazine-exclusive-quotes-02Shape (my personal fav)

Monthly magazine that covers health, fitness, nutrition and beauty. Targeted audience is women 18-34. They’re currently endeavoring to switch people to their electronic copy. You don’t have to switch, of course, but I find it convenient AND the electronic copies allow you to watch demo videos of featured routines so you know you’re getting the moves right. True, you can just go their website for the same thing, but this way is more convenient (for me anyway).

70% freelance. Circulation: 1,600,000. 33% kill fee. Accepts snail mail queries. When querying include some of your published work.

NEEDS: Book excerpts, exposé, health, fitness, nutrition-related, how-to health/fitness, recipes.

LENGTH: 2,500 words for features; 1,000 words for shorter pieces. Pays $1.50/word on avg.

TIPS: ‘Review a recent issue of the magazine. We rarely publish celebrity question-and-answer stories, celebrity profiles or menopausal/hormone replacement therapy stories.’

Muscle & FitnessAugust-2013

Monthly magazine geared toward bodybuilders and active men and women. It tends more toward hard core people who want lots of muscles and really shouts out to guys (although this cover always had my head turning when I walked by and running into polls/walls in the stores).

50% freelance. Circulation: 500,000. Accepts snail mail queries. When querying include some of your published work.

NEEDS: Book excerpts, how-to, training, humor, interviews, photo features.

LENGTH: 800-1,800 words. Pays $400-$1000.

TIPS: ‘Know bodybuilders and bodybuilding. Read our magazine regularly (or at least several issues), come up with new information or a new angle on our subject matter (bodybuilding training, psychology, nutrition, diets, fitness, sports, etc.), then pitch us in terms of providing useful, unique, how-to information for our readers’.

yogajournalcoverYoga Journal

As the title implies, this 9-issue magazine is geared toward yogis and is all about yoga.

75% freelance. Circulation: over 300,000. Kill fee. Accepts snail mail queries.

NEEDS: Book excerpts, how-to, exercise, inspirational, interviews, opinions, photo features, travel.

LENGTH: 3,000-5,000 words. Pays $50-$2,000.

TIPS: ‘Please read several issues…before submitting a query. Pitch your article idea to the appropriate department with the projected word count and what sources you’d use. In your query letter, please indicate your writing credentials. Please read our writer’s guidelines before submission.’

Do you subscribe to any magazines or buy single issues on the stands? What’s your favorite and why?

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“Rapunzel” is Published!

After nearly 2 months of waiting for DM du Jour to publish my short story “Rapunzel,” they finally did on Friday, November 29, 2013! Black Friday no less. Awesome! It’s a blog that is associated with the online magazine Danse Macabre. I originally submitted the work to Danse Macabre but it was rejected for whatever reasons it had.

However!

It’s blog, DM du Jour, wanted it! I took a chance and asked the burning question writers always want to know when their work has been rejected: Why was my work rejected?

Except I didn’t ask it like that. I asked how the blog got all their material because they post on an almost daily basis.

“I mostly use work that has been submitted to Danse Macabre, but for one reason or another hasn’t made it into the big book. Mostly because, although it’s good, it’s not a good fit with the rest of the issue.

So she thought my work was good enough to be published but the reason it was rejected when I submitted to the actual magazine was probably because it didn’t fit with the rest of the issue. Makes sense. Opens up a whole new idea for why my stories might get rejected from magazines too. This makes getting that rejection easier…for me at least.

Right now “Rapunzel” is at the top of their blog because it’s their most current posting. However, the more time goes by the more it’ll get pushed downward so the more scrolling will be needed to find it. Or I guess one could do Cntrl + F and type in “Rapunzel.” I’m not sure if that works on the internet or not though. I haven’t tried it in forever because I don’t use a normal computer when I’m on the internet. Somebody who uses a computer try it and tell me!

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Published!!

Just when I thought I wouldn’t have anything to write about today, I’m hit with BIG news! HUGE news!

I’m published!

IdeaGems Publications has finished their Halloween Special 2013 issue and it is now out to buy! You can either get it from a link on their website or you can go directly to the printing site: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/645900?__r=20783. They print on demand. It takes about 1-2 days to print and then another 1-2 weeks to ship. The issue is on sale right now for $6.70 +tax and there’s a free digital copy for those with an iPad. At least, I think it was only for those with an iPad but I could very well be wrong about that. Considering the file is in PDF format, I’m willing to bet that I’m wrong. Adobe opens PDF files after all.

My flash fiction, “Ghostly Visit,” can be found around page 24 along with two other pieces of flash fiction. I’m so excited! It’s been a lifelong dream to be published and now I am! True, I didn’t get paid for it but that hardly matters.

I’VE BEEN PUBLISHED!!!!!

Two thumbs up for IdeaGems’ editor Laurie Notch who put up with my stupidity during this process. Everything in life seemed to be happening at the same time when she was working to get my story into her magazine and then the Shutdown happened and I felt I’d go crazy because my husband has a government job. I’m afraid I gave her the impression that I’m a total ditz (which is only half true really) but she ignored it and was very pleasant and professional to work with. It’s been a wonderful experience (and quite easy on my part considering I didn’t have to create the magazine) and I hope I’ll be able to work with IdeaGems Publication again sometime in the future.

Naturally, everyone should buy a copy. Or two. Yeah, everyone should buy at least two copies. I mean, what if you lost the first or it got damaged? You’d need a backup, wouldn’t you?

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IdeaGems Publications

My flash fiction “Ghostly Visit” will be appearing in the October 2013 issue of IdeaGems Magazine. Yay! They can’t pay for published submissions at the moment but they’re a reputable bimonthly magazine. I ran across their magazine in the book “2013 Writer’s Market” by Robert Lee Brewer some weeks back.

I’m not sure what it was about my cover letter that grabbed the editor’s attention but there must’ve been something about it because, when she couldn’t open the attached file for my story, she gave me a second chance and asked me to embed it in an e-mail. I wrote the normal things you’d put in a cv – title, word count, kind of story (short, flash, horror, fantasy, etc), story description, short bio, thanks, and a personalized paragraph that says I know something of the magazine to which I’m sending my story. Cover letters are very boring but at least they’re easier than queries because I was told it’s best to be boring and stick to the basics.

However, I was so amused with my mistake on what was needed that my personalized paragraph was more personal and with more my voice than I had ever done on any professional letter yet. The story behind that can be found in my Submission Guidelines post.

I admitted my mistake in my cv. It’s something I debated about, wondering if it was too casual/not professional but I suppose I made the right choice for this particular editor. She could have tossed my submission into the virtual trash but, as luck would have it, she didn’t.

She then sent me their consent form etc and I proceeded to lower myself in her opinion by acting like an unorganized airhead. At least, that’s what I assume she thinks of me now. So many important things were happening at oncet that I couldn’t get my brain to settle down and think properly. For a few days there I honestly felt like a headless chicken.

But I think she’ll forgive me as I was honest about that too and told her it was my lifelong dream to be published and now that it was really happening I was too excited to think straight.

So, I guess, honesty and a good story are key to getting a story published in a magazine? And really good timing I think. And good luck perhaps.

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Submission guidelines

Have you ever come across  funky submission guidelines for magazines? Or maybe they’re not weird but they’re weird for you because you’ve never seen them. That’s what happened to me this morning. I submitted two stories – one is a short story, Terror in the Dark, and the other is a brand new flash fiction, Ghostly Visit.

Funny story behind that one. I thought the listing said the magazine was looking for “paranormal experiences” for their non-fiction section. I was so psyched to be able to write one of my own accounts. Then I looked at the listing again when I was writing the cover letter and found it said “personal experiences.” Needless to say, I felt like an idiot. They were looking for seasonal scary pieces for their Fall issue so I mutated what I read in the non-fiction section.

Dork.

But I still thought it was a good story and it was short enough so I deleted the non-fiction essay parts, tweaked the story, and voila! Flash fiction. About 1-2 hours later, I had submitted Terror to one magazine (the second is closed now so I’ll have to wait. Hate that!) and Ghostly to two more magazines. Two of those magazines pay while the 3rd (IdeaGems, lack of funds so they can no longer give monetary payment) does not.

If you’re looking for a magazine that caters mainly to flash fiction, I’d try visiting Vestal Review. They have a huge archive and the stories are so entertaining!

http://www.vestalreview.net

Anyway, the submission guidelines at IdeaGems was extremely unfamiliar to me and it made my story look super weird. I hope I did it all correctly or, if I didn’t, that it doesn’t make the editor throw my submission into the virtual trash. I’d hate to be rejected because I didn’t understand unfamiliar guidelines rather than on the merit of my work.

Keep your fingers crossed for my new submissions and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for all of you!