How to Pitch Articles to H+ Magazine

I’m the new Managing Editor at H+ magazine, which in practical terms means I need to come up with five good articles a week to publish. The magazine gets a lot of traffic so it’s a good place to share information with other transhumanists.

1. Come up with an idea or coverage of a company/product/news story worth covering. Ideally you have had personal experience with the company/product/news story and are uniquely suited to write about it. If not, you should be ready to quote someone who has.

2. Send the pitch to editor@hplusmagazine.com. That goes into my inbox. Include links to samples of your other writing. (If you want to write articles for H+ magazine but haven’t written serious blog posts yet, you might want to try that first.)

3. If you get the go-ahead, investigate the story, get a quote from an expert in the area you’re writing about. Take notes. The article should primarily be reporting, not speculation or personal opinion. Editorials are welcome but harder to write than straightforward informative articles. If you do want to insert a little speculation, save it for the end.

4. Write the article. Between 500 and 1000 words is ideal. The less experienced you are at writing, the shorter and more concise it should be. Follow Singularity writing advice. Omit needless words. Remember the Most Important Writing Rule. Most likely, what you write will be boring not because you’re stupid, but because you aren’t bending over backwards far enough to please the audience. Make each sentence matter.

5. Use the inverse pyramid structure that is common for all news and magazine articles. The five Ws come first: who, what, where, when, and sometimes why and how. Then, the most important details of your story. Why should we care? That should be answered within two or three sentences of the beginning. Why is reading this article worth the reader’s precious time? Why should I read this article in my free time instead of going hiking, visiting the beach, or reading something better-written? If your idea isn’t good enough to occupy the reader’s time, don’t bother.

That’s it! Follow these simple guidelines, and your article will be accepted and you will become famous overnight. Within the transhumanist community, anyway. :)

Comments

  1. chzero

    Those are some tough requirements.

    Rehashing is the lifeblood of any special interest group. I hope it’s allowed.

  2. These are not tough requirements, seriously. The problem with rehashing is that so many people can do it — poorly. If people want to rehash things I think they should prove themselves by covering recent news first. That’s my position as editor.

  3. linkage

    Great rare Bill Gates interview:
    ‘It is important to see places. When you go into a ward with kids who have cholera, it’s horrific. They are losing their vital fluids and their brains are shutting down. As a father, as a human, it’s just horrific.”

    Sometimes, perhaps even often there seems to be a disconnection between transhumanism and day-to-day problem solving like Gates is engaged in. The recent posting on how to apply transhumanism in one’s life was something we, and transhumanism, needs more of – without forgetting about the inspirational big long-term picture, of course.

    Perhaps a more thorough article on transhumanism in the real world, today, every day – how a transhumanist differs from the mainstreamist? What are and what aren’t transhumanistic world views and why?

  4. linkage

    And perhaps a poll to find out what people agree and disagree with in terms of what transhumanism to them personally means.

    Another article could discuss why is transhumanism so slow to penetrate mainstream awareness, why does it still remain so marginal in this tech-driven and much more informed age? And what could be done about it?

    Even without any transtechnologies, a world governed by transhumanists – who are rationalists by definition – would seem to be a far better managed place. More efficient, less wasteful resource usage due to preference for more virtual and info-centric, and less materialistic lifestyles – at least the transhumanists I know are all rather “green” and live modestly and smartly (even Bill Gates could be seen to live relatively modestly in comparison to what he could be consuming and building for himself.)

  5. Panda

    I don’t have the free time to contribute, unfortunately, but I like the direction you are taking things in, Michael.

  6. Patrick Robinson

    Thats awesome that you’re trying to get some hidden talent to express him/herself.

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