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getting essays published in magazines

kate | Apr 24, 200505:19 PM


How do you go about getting essays (travel or food-related) published by magazines?

I'm interested in doing free-lancing, as I've amassed quite a few pieces on food in Northern Italy (where I am currently living). Is it very hard to break into this field without connections, agents, etc? Journalists have to start SOMEWHERE, I imagine...

I was thinking about emailing the editors of American food magazines, with a sample piece included as an attachment, but have no idea if this sort of thing is ever successful in the industry, or whether I will be dismissed as an inexperienced dilettante. I don't mind being rejected if the quality of my writing isn't good enough, but I'd like to know if this kind of approach is frowned upon regardless of the essay!

The essays are more about Italian culture, experiences with Italian foods, etc. than recipes, but I suppose I could try to do those too. I also have some travel pieces, focusing on certain towns, etc.

Any idea of ideal lengths, and any other advice for, well, an inexperienced dilettante? Many thanks...

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