Thursday, September 3, 2009

Best of British guidelines

Best of British is an excellent market for freelance writers, so i thought I'd take the opportunity to pass on their guidelines for writers and photographers.

Best of British is the country's leading nostalgia and heritage monthly magazine. The publication offers an enjoyable journey down memory lane for a readership that tends to be over 50. (So there will be some readers who are younger, but the majority of readers will be older.)

The 1930s, 19401s, 1950s and 1960s are the most popular periods of interest to the readership. Articles about British people, places, industries, crafts and pastimes of today also fit into the editorial mix.

The magazine welcomes original and previously unpublished articles and pictures for consideration. Articles should be the writer's original work. Although they make every effort to check, copyright issues regarding plagiarised work remains with the writer! (You have been warned!)

Article Submission
The magazine prefers articles to be submitted by post as a paper copy. If possible, include a copy of the article on a CD Rom in Microsoft Word format. The magazine is unable to open Microsoft WORKS format (the filename ends in .wps) Emailed articles are accepted by prior arrangement only. (Usually if you become a regular contributor).

No article should be longer than 1500 words, but preferably 1,000. (So there's no excuse for getting that bit wrong now!)

When submitting your work, include your full name, address, and email address if you have one.

Always enclose a SAE for the return of your work. Submissions without a SAE will be destroyed after 18 months if your work has not been used within that time.

Images should be saved as separate files on a CD Rom, not placed within your text. Articles that are accompanied by pictures stand a greater chance of publication. (How many times have I told you that?) The magazine accepts original photos, prints, digital images (in jpeg format) and colour transparencies. Photographs that capture the period setting of the time (people, street scenes, old shops, etc) are particularly welcome (because they are so difficult for the editor to find.) The magazine cannot use photocopied pictures, however, they can be submitted as an indication of what pictures are available.

You must state if you do not own the copyright in the pictures.

You should ensure that each item in your envelope is clearly labelled with your name and address. Although every care is taken, the magazine cannot be held responsible for items that are not clearly labelled, nor can they accept responsibility for the loss or damage to manuscripts, photographs or illustrations.

Decisions & turnaround
The magazine aims to to respond to submissions as soon as possible, although with 200 submissions a month, this can take time. Acceptance of an article does not guarantee publication. Articles are not used in strict date order, but may be held for some time before it is used. If an article will be used a letter of confirmation will be sent to the writer. Payment will then be made at their normal rates, the month AFTER publication.

As I always say, the best advice is always to look at a couple of copies of the magazine first, to ensure that your idea fits the style and readership of the magazine.

Let me know how you get on with this market!

Good luck!

PS - Severn Trent have just advised me that they won't be cutting the water off today, or tomorrow as planned. Instead, they're going to do it next Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Another whole week of pneumatic drills, JCB trucks and generators all orchestrating their own noisy symphony for 10 hours a day.