Be A Contributor
Alameda Publishing Group, publisher of Oakland Magazine and Alameda Magazine, is in the market for great freelance writers and reporters to contribute to our East Bay lifestyle magazines.
Ideal contributors are based in the East Bay and know the area’s diversions, people, issues and dynamics. It’s also important to be familiar with our magazines. We’re looking for good generalists as well as contributors who want to report on and write about arts and entertainment, society, wine, personalities, home/garden/interior design, trends, food and community do-gooders. There’s room for quirky, snappy shorts and in-depth profiles. Pay is commensurate with complexity of subject matter per assignment.
Freelancers must have magazine writing or comparable experience and know AP style. Journalism degree preferred.
Send a cover letter, resume, a writing sample and a story idea to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Please write “Freelance Writer” in your e-mail subject line. Material may be mailed to 7977 Capwell Drive, Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94621, or faxed to (510) 553-1697.
How to Pitch
If you’re a PUBLICIST pitching an idea, the editor prefers to receive this information via e-mail, so send pitches and news releases to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
If you’re a WRITER, the editor also wants queries sent by e-mail, so send them to:
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
BEFORE YOU PITCH any ideas, however, it’s imperative that you familiarize yourself with our magazines, which includes general understanding of what our lifestyle-oriented magazines actually cover and our sections and departments. The editor prefers writers to pitch articles for specific sections of the magazine when possible. All queries should be well thought out and well researched yet short, to the point and information packed. Upon receipt of a query that may interest the editor, clips and writing samples will be requested as evidence of the writer’s ability to complete the proposed assignment. Those should be sent via e-mail as attachments.
Typical front of the book section are less than 200 words (section fronts are closer to 450 words), departments are in the 650-word to 1,000-word range and feature articles hit the 2,500-word-or-plus mark. Our lead-time is about three months, so timely items should factor that component into the proposal. Pay depends on the complexity of the assignment, and Alameda Publishing Group pays upon publication.
Interested applicants should send a one-page cover letter, resume and three writing samples to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or mail material to Judith M. Gallman, Editor, 7977 Capwell Drive, Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94621.