Monday Markets for March 9, 2009

This week’s Monday Markets includes a magazine for women who are leading double lives, a reptile mag, and one that prefers to publish submissions from Canadian writers.

Hybrid Mom

From the Web Site:

Readers of and Hybrid Mom magazine are women who are leading double lives…and loving it. Blending a commitment to at-home parenting with other demanding roles means that their days are crazy; they crave a support group that is there when they have time for it, to make them laugh and feel good about the path they have chosen.

These women are no longer choosing between a successful career or a successful family life, but rather integrating their many aspirations for the purpose of achieving a balanced life. Hybrid Mom’s editorial content reflects a voice of friendship, rather than an expert and focuses on the “real world” of this new generation of Moms. Hybrid Mom provides insight and intelligence, practical tools and strategies to guide today’s Moms in their quest to work, play and live without sacrificing their families.

We share secrets, stories, photos and wisdom gleaned from experience, but we don’t tell readers how to be a better mother, housewife and person. We celebrate and commiserate rather than lecture. Our readers are more than mothers. They are wives and daughters and human beings with brains and dreams and a yearning for a community that fits all of their identities.

Our readers are educated, determined and at times, frustrated. They are also very busy, so get to the point fast. Entertain them with stories about people like them. Educate them with information they need in the easiest-to-digest format possible. Most important, have fun. Find new and creative ways to reach the heart and mind of our readers.

This is the next generation of “reality magazines.” A good trick is to read the story out loud to a friend before you send it in. If it doesn’t sound natural, try again. Read the stories on our site. Once you understand where Hybrid Mom’s readers are coming from, you will understand how to write for them.

Pays $150 for columns and $300 for features published in print; Does not pay for articles published online.

Common Ground

From the Web Site:

Thank you for your interest in submitting an article to Common Ground.

We prefer to receive a query first by email describing the proposed article, including its title, approximate length, and the most important points it will cover. It’s an excellent idea to send us the first paragraph to help get us excited about your proposal. Also include a brief biography as well as an explanation of why the author is qualified to write on this subject. Please do not send any attachments with your query. Send queries to [email protected].

Please read past issues of Common Ground to understand the nature and style of the editorial content. The offices of Common Ground have past issues available to you for $5 each. Generally we accept articles on health, wellness, the environment, transformational travel and personal growth. We prefer articles by Canadian authors, and we very rarely accept fiction and poetry. For current needs, please refer to the Editorial Calendar.

Articles of 600 to 1,500 words are accepted. We will consider longer articles, up to 2,500 words, but will probably ask you to edit them to a shorter length once they are accepted, but please query first. Most articles are enhanced by a high contrast, compelling photo, line drawing or graphic.

Pays $0.10 per word.

Reptiles Magazine

From the Web Site:

What is REPTILES? Who reads it? REPTILES is a monthly magazine that caters to reptile and amphibian hobbyists. It covers a wide variety of reptile and amphibian-related topics, including captive care, field herping and herpetocultural trends. REPTILES also has an annual sister publication titled Reptiles USA, which is geared toward beginning herp enthusiasts.

Advice for “reptile people.” Please query us first via e-mail at [email protected]. Be sure to give us an idea of your herp background. If you have some experience with the animals you wish to write about, or a particular type of setup, that’s the best place to start. Long-term success with keeping reptiles and/or amphibians is great, and a track record of successful breeding is even better. This type of experience is much preferred over an author who simply scans a book or does some brief research on the Internet before churning out an article.

Advice for freelance writers. Submissions from freelance writers are welcome, though we ask that you query first at the e-mail address listed above.

Articles that interest us:
— Husbandry articles about a particular species of herp, or family of herps, should contain a bit of natural history as well as detailed care and husbandry of the animal(s) in captivity. Include info about tank size, food, temperature, tank setup, potential cagemates, temperament, lighting, potential life span, etc.
Breeding — Include information about how and when to brumate, courtship, gestation lengths, nesting, incubation, hatchling care, etc.
Field herping/travel — Articles about domestic and foreign herp-hunting trips should include a sidebar that outlines travel information, such as how to get there; other attractions; where to stay and eat, if applicable; etc.
Interviews — Q&A-style articles with “name” people and personalities in the reptile world.
Latest trends — New developments in the hobby, i.e. new morphs, new husbandry techniques, etc.
How-to’s/tips — Step-by-step how-to’s and specific advice on setups, keeping, lighting, feeding, handling, etc.
Health — Articles about disease are typically assigned to our veterinarian authors, but if you’re a vet with expertise in treating herps, you are welcome to send health-related articles.

All freelance submissions are sent “on spec.” This means “on speculation,” which translates as, “You send, we read, we either accept or we don’t.” We’re under no obligation to accept your article. Even if you query first and we tell you to go ahead and write the article, the submission will still be on spec. Our telling you to go ahead with your article idea does not guarantee acceptance once we receive it. It may be a while (few weeks to a month… maybe even longer) before you hear back from us. Please be patient. Contacting us once to make sure we received your materials is fine.

Pays $500 for a 2,000-2,500 article with photos, on publication.

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