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Write About Your Furry Friends: 18 Pet Publications That Want Your Stories

Your dog is the smartest and cat is the cuddliest. Surely, you have a tale or two about the time Charlie ate the couch cushions, or Daisy unboxed the UPS delivery.

Pets can be a wonderful inspiration, and there are many outlets looking for your stories.

Study the magazine or website to get a feel for the tone and content. If you’re writing an expository feature, be sure to research fully and use accurate citations. If you are working on a personal story, write from the heart. Good hi-res photos are usually welcome.

18 publications that want your pet stories

Why not combine your love of animals with your talent in writing? Here are 18 outlets to pitch. 

To help you find the right fit, we’ve compiled a list of publications that will consider your pet articles, as well as tips on how to pitch the editor, how to contact and, whenever possible, how much the outlet pays. The details of payment often depend on each editor, the amount of work involved and your experience.

Here are 18 opportunities for pet writers.

1. All Creatures

This national magazine features heartwarming stories about the animals who share our lives. They publish true first person accounts, interviews and inspiring articles. One way to break in is by submitting much-needed material to these columns: Is This for Real? Their Mysterious Ways, Creature Comforts and Should I Be Worried? (Study the magazine for examples.)

Payment: Varies with pitch, length of article, research involved, etc.

How to pitch: Pitch allcreatures@guideposts.org. Include as many specifics in the subject line as possible. (i.e. “Submission: Mysterious Horse Sighting Confirmed Mom Was Watching Over Us”).

2. Simply Pets

Simply Pets is a lifestyle magazine for the whole family, available digitally or in print and sold in Barnes & Noble stores. The website describes the magazine as “one that represents you as a pet parent, as well as your petkids, your values and your interests as a pet-loving person.”

Payment: No monetary compensation, but author bio and links will promote you to their audience.   

How to pitch: Check out their submission guidelines and email info@simplypetsmagazine.com with “Great story to be told” in the subject line.   

3. Chicken Soup for the Soul

The brand’s popularity and the high volume of stories in each book make Chicken Soup for the Soul an exciting market for authors. Each volume features 101 true stories submitted by writers just like you. For animal lovers, there are opportunities to contribute to a new dog book and a new cat book each year. All stories should be true and written in first person.

Payment: $200, plus 10 free copies of the book where your story appears.

How to pitch: Submissions are accepted only through the website form. 

4. The Bark

Well-researched, journalistic articles are most likely to find a home in this magazine, seeking to publish “literate and entertaining” dog-centric articles and stories. They also accept shorter web articles (less than 600 words).

Payment for magazine: Varies according to complexity and length of article, and is individually negotiated. Payment for website only, plus a one-year complimentary subscription to The Bark.

How to pitch: Submit magazine article or queries to submissions@thebark.com, submit website articles to editor@thebark.com with “YOUR LAST NAME and WEB ORIGINALS SUBMISSION” in the subject line.

5. The Dodo

This website posts entertaining, highly shareable animal videos and stories. Writers have an opportunity to tell stories that go along with their videos and slide shows. Think popular, trendy, and amazing!

Payment: This information is not disclosed on the website.

How to pitch: Send your pitch here.  

6. Dogster

Dogster is a popular magazine and website where dog lovers come together for expert advice on everything from dog breeds, to barking, to training issue, to dog cancer treatments.

Payment: Varies.

How to pitch: Submit queries only (no fully written articles) here.

7. Catster

Cat lovers will find informative articles in this magazine and website, on topics such as cat breeds, vocalizations, feeding and health and wellness.

Payment: Varies

How to pitch: Submit queries only (no fully written articles) here.

 8. Animal Wellness

Articles in this magazine focus on holistic healing and provide readers with information to help them make health care choices for their dogs and cats. They’re looking for articles on topics including physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. To break in, consider writing short features such as Animal Passages, Warm & Fuzzy, and Tail End. (See magazine for examples.)

Payment: Varies with pitch, length of article, research involved, etc.

How to pitch: Send complete articles or story outlines to ann@redstonemediagroup.com

9. Guideposts

This inspirational magazine is always looking for great animal stories. Guideposts publishes true, first person stories about people who have attained a goal, surmounted an obstacle or learned a helpful lesson through their faith. When writing about your pet, be sure to write about how that pet has helped you heal, physically or emotionally.  

Payment: Varies with pitch, length of article, research involved, etc.

How to pitch: Submit your query here. 

10. Pets in the City Magazine

You’ll find multiple opportunities for submitting to this print and digital pet magazine. They’re looking for informative articles, profiles of local rescue organizations, articles on breed profiles, training how-to’s, seasonal tips and informational guides on exotic pets. 

Payment: This information is not disclosed on the website.

How to pitch: Query with a short synopsis of your article to Editor@PetsInTheCityMagazine.com with “Submission: article/store title xx word count” in subject line.

You can also submit these short features:

  • Rescue Stories: Submit your short (300 words) story about a pet you got from a shelter or rescue group. (Include a high resolution JPEG image of your pet) to info@petsinthecitymagazine.com with “PIC Rescue story” in the subject line.
  • Goodbye Tribute: Submit your short (250 words) tribute to your late pet. (Include a high resolution JPEG of your pet) to: info@petsinthecitymagazine.com: with “PIC Saying Goodbye” in the subject line.  

11. Natural Cat Care Blog

Do you have an uplifting, true story about you and your cat? Or an expert post about natural cat health and wellbeing? This site is looking for helpful posts including DIY eco cat toys, green cat care options, and helpful or inspiring content about cat healing, behavior, and healthy and holistic feeding. Articles that are 500-1,300 words is the ideal range.

Payment: No monetary compensation.

How to pitch: Submit your full article in email to liz@naturalcatcareblog.com with “Guest Post Submission” in the subject line. 

12. Your Pet Space

This website offers a wide range of perspectives on a variety of pets and pet subjects. They’re looking for helpful articles, as well as posts from nonprofit organizations and pet vendors about their work and products.

Payment: $20/article

How to pitch: Query managing editor Jessica Smith at managerjessica@yourpetspace.info

13. The Chronicle of the Horse

 The Chronicle of the Horse is a national bi-weekly magazine focused on dressage, jumping, foxhunt, steeplechase racing and other sport horse news. In addition, they publish articles on horse care and profiles of prominent horse people. They occasionally accept humor, human interest and historical articles.

The Chronicle of the Horse Untacked, a sister publication, is looking for articles on fashion, travel, product reviews and other elements of the equestrian lifestyle.

Payment: News stories (approximately 1,500 words) offer payment of $165-$220. Feature articles offer payment of (approximately 1,500-2,500 words) $150-$400.

How to pitch: Submit stories to brasin@coth.com

14. Horse Network

It’s hard to imagine an aspect of equestrian life and horsemanship that isn’t covered on this website. Subjects include horse sports, trends, training, health, cowboy culture, fashion, art, literature and more. They are currently seeking articles on horse health, profiles, interviews, and human interest stories.

Payment: $50 and up for an article. In addition, you’ll receive extra compensation ($100) if your post becomes popular on social media.

How to pitch: Submit your work here.

15. Reptiles Magazine

Reptiles is a bimonthly magazine catering to reptile and amphibian hobbyists at all levels of experience, from beginner to veteran. They are seeking articles on pet reptile husbandry, breeding “herps” in captivity, field herping/travel, conservation and health.

Payment: $300 on average, for 2a ,000 to 2,500 word piece with photos.

How to pitch: Email your query to reptileseditorial@gmail.com

16. Tropical Fish Hobbyist

If your hobby involves aquariums and fishkeeping, you may find just the right outlet for your writing in Tropical Fish Hobbyist. They’re seeking articles about freshwater fish, saltwater fish, aquatic plants, aquarium basics, food and feeding. Articles should be between 10,000 and 20,000 characters-with-spaces.

Payment: This information is not disclosed on the website.

How to pitch: Submit manuscripts as email attachments to associateeditor@tfh.com 

17. Continental Kennel Club

The CKC audience includes dog breeders, dog owners, canine professionals, puppy buyers, affiliate clubs and event participants. According to their website, “If you’re as passionate about dogs as we are, we would love to feature your work on our site.” They are looking for articles on responsible breeding, training, health, nutrition, grooming, lifestyle, travel, DIY projects, recipes, and opinion pieces.

Payment: No monetary compensation.

How to pitch: Submit your work to editor@ckcusa.com

18. I Heart Pets

This website is devoted to “finned, feathered and furry fun.” The site is full of sharable photos and videos, and you can also submit your true stories.

Payment: This information is not disclosed on the website.

How to pitch: Send your story to IHeartPetsOnline@gmail.com

Have you pitched any of these pet publications? Do you have other favorites you’d add to the list?

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9 Places to Look for a Freelance Book Editor You Can Trust

Despite the tired narrative that writers resent their editors, who slash through their hard-won lines with a flick of the red pen, many of us have come to realize that a quality editor can help a writer figure out exactly what they meant to say…and say it better. 

If you’re finishing a manuscript, for example, a round of professional edits can help you shine it up and increase your chances of getting published. Hiring a book editor can be a major leg up in the notoriously competitive publishing market. 

And even if you’re just publishing a blog post on your own website, you want to ensure it’s the best it can be. 

Where to find a quality freelance book editor

Ideally, you’re looking for an editor who’s got great chops, and someone who offers affordable freelance editing rates. Which kind of sounds like looking for a unicorn.

Fortunately, such editors for hire aren’t mythical beasts — but it can take some digging to find one. 

Here’s where to look for a book editor.

1. Reedsy

In this marketplace for authors, you can compare offers from dozens of book editors, as well as designers, publicists, and marketers. 

Pricing depends on the scope of your project and the professional you choose. Although you’ll have to browse through — and negotiate with — individual editors for a final price, Reedsy’s most recently calculated average editing costs run about $7 per page for developmental editing, $5 per page for copy editing and $3 per page for proofreading.

2. ProofreadingPros

This editing service is unique because you can access it right in Google Docs. Once you sign up, an editor will join you in your doc and use Google Doc’s track changes feature to suggest edits.

Although it works like a program extension, ProofreadingPros is powered by real, live humans who have niche topic experience (with more than 50 specific subject fields covered) and can edit any content type, including long-form writing and books.

Choose between a pay-as-you-go option, which costs $75 plus $0.075 per word, or a monthly subscription at a $45 base rate and $0.045 per word after the first 1000, which you get for free. You can expect a turnaround time of one hour per 500 words.

If you want to give ProofreadingPros a try, you’ll get 10% off if you use our discount code: PPTWL10.

3. Ebook Launch

If you’re writing any book — be it fiction or nonfiction, ebook-only or print — Ebook Launch is something of a one-stop-shop for your editing, design, and formatting needs. 

Professional edits, by real, live humans, start at $0.016 per word for copy editing and $0.007 per word for proofreading, with a minimum or $200 per service per book. They also offer cover design and formatting at additional costs.

 4. Editorial Freelancers Association

While apps and comprehensive programs offer ease of use, sometimes you actually get a better deal and more personal attention by contracting with an individual professional.

The Editorial Freelancers Association is one of the largest collectives of professional freelance editors, writers, proofreaders, indexers, and other editorial professionals, and a great resource for those in need of their help. (Also, freelance writers, it might be worth joining to help you find new clients, too! It’s $145 per year or $260 if you sign up for two years.)

You don’t need to be a member to search the group’s directory, which allows you to filter by specific service and skill. Enter your criteria, and you’ll get a list of professionals who fit the bill, as well as their contact information. 

You’ll have to negotiate prices and services; here’s about how much you should expect to pay — and here are five important questions you should ask

5. ACES: The Society for Editing

Another large organization specifically for editors (as well as their educators and students), ACES is a great resource for finding freelance book editing, copy editing, and any other editorial services you might need. 

Its Editors for Hire Directory lists professional editors from around the world, as well as their specific services, specialties, and contact information.

6. Manuscript Wish List

Manuscript Wish List is a well-known resource for finding agents once you have a polished manuscript — but you can use it to find freelance book editors as well. 

The directory lists editor profiles alphabetically by first name, as well as content specialities, and there’s a search function with lots of useful filters. 

7. NY Book Editors

This platform takes the legwork out of editor shopping by matching you with an editor based on your specific style and vision. The company offers a risk-free trial edit to ensure that your newfound partnership is actually a fit. There’s a $165 fee for the service, and it’s refundable if you’re not happy with the results.

Once you’re happy with your editor, you’ll move forward by determining which services your work needs — the depth and scope of which will determine your final pricing. 

Along with making finding an editor a little bit easier, this company will also let you know if you’re not ready for professional edits yet. That can be a hard message to hear, but an important one.

8. BookBaby

Writing a book does feel like having a baby. And most people don’t expect themselves to have a baby without any help. 

BookBaby is designed specifically for people who plan to self-publish, and the company can help with everything from editing your manuscript to designing your book cover to getting that book printed and on store shelves. 

Services are offered a la carte, and your overall cost depends on exactly what kind of help you’re looking for. 

For example, line edits, which include critique of character development and style, run $10 per page, but you can get proofreading services — which just deal with grammar — for $3 per page instead. 

9. Facebook

Yes, this one might look like a surprise at first glance, but online writing groups can be a treasure trove of resources at any point in your drafting process.  

On Facebook in particular, you can find a wide range of groups dedicated to all things editorial, from places like EAE Ad Space, which is explicit in its mission to match editors and clients, to groups like Beta Readers and Critique Partners, where you can get (potentially free, but also potentially non-professional) editorial help. 

In any case, the other writers in your online spaces may have a lead on a great editor, so it’s worth asking. (And if you’re not already a part of The Write Life Community group, this is your reminder to get in there!)

Finding a great editor can really take your work to the next level — as can learning how to become an editor yourself. So if you’re a writer looking to market your skills in every way possible, keep in mind that these resources also work for selling services as well as buying them!

As a next step: Is it your first time hiring an editor? Here are some questions to ask once you’ve figured out how to find an editor that could be a fit for you. 

And if you’re wondering, what does a book editor do? We’ve covered that for you, too.

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