One other suggestion if you are working on your ebook. Have writers know their markets if they are sending out pieces that talk about the weather, snow, mountains, boots, sledding and even vacations.
I get a lot of stuff that talks about mountains, winter/snow/frost etc. and I just can them since they wouldn’t appeal to our market and I don’[t have time to rewrite articles. If the article is about swimming in a lake – that isn’t going to happen here, there are alligators.
I think you get my point. I know it is easiest to just send one mass e-mail, I have done it myself; however when I read one or two article from a writer and they continue to do this, I really don’t bother reading their submissions many more. One gal keeps sending me a summer vacation article ( it’s been several years now with the same article) and it talks about taking a trip to Florida…that’s where we are…needless to say, I don’t even save these anymore, I just delete them.
This is just my two cents, but if the other magazines get as many e-mails & articles as we do it is great to have a piece ready to go. Sometimes we have extra space a few days before we go to press and we need more editorial. If we need to rewrite or drastically edit it, it isn’t going to happen.