The Open Notebook is building a searchable database of successful magazine queries–a resource that we hope will be useful for science journalists at all experience levels. [UPDATE: Thank you for the many pitches already sent! Please keep them coming!]
If you would like to submit any pitches that you have sold within the past 4-5 years, and if the corresponding story has already run, please email us the successful pitch (we will redact all contact information), along with a link to the published article. If the article corresponding to your pitch is behind a paywall, let us know; we’ll still be able to include the pitch, but will make a note of the fact that a subscription is required to view the article. You’re welcome to submit several pitches for inclusion in the database.
Feel free to append any annotations that you like concerning your pitches (e.g., “The editor and I discussed this pitch and she asked me to refocus it in such-and-such way” or “What I later realized I should have emphasized more was…” or “I have written several times for this editor, so I kept this briefer than usual” or “I spent about X hours researching this pitch, which involved doing Y”). It’s not necessary to include annotations, but more the information you include, the more helpful your pitch is likely to be to others.
Thanks for considering sharing your successful pitches. Please help us spread the word, and stay tuned for the launch of the new database soon!