11 responses to “To freelance for trade magazines, be a team player”

  1. todaysfreelancer

    Good advice!

  2. Sharon Waldrop

    I agree with you 100%. I write for trades in addition to custom publications and national consumer magazines. The trade business is a big chunk of my revenue.

  3. Michelle Rafter

    Thanks Sharon! One of the editors I met on my recent trip to New York was for a new-to-me trade that’s in an up-and-coming but very tech-intense field. One of the reasons I’m interested in doing this, despite the steep learning curve, is because they pay very well. But it’s a technology that’s showing up in more consumer products so I hope to sell stories about it to consumer and business magazines as well. Gotta think about those re-slants.

    Michelle R.

  4. Roxanne

    Agreed. I often pitch elements from my trade magazine sidebars as stand-alone FOBs for consumer publications. Most trade mags do big trend pieces 1-3 years before mainstream media catches a clue. You have to time it just right, but you can make that lag work for you when you pitch.

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