Róisín Lanigan is the news editor at i-D magazine and a freelance writer. She is also a BPA First Novel Prize winner 2020. Her work has been featured in i-D, The Atlantic, VICE, New Statesman Refinery 29, Cosmopolitan, The Outline, Prospect Magazine, Mutual Art, Art UK, Canvas 8, and Goss.
What You’ll Learn This Week:
- That you can launch yourself into the writing and journalism industry even without having professional or classical training.
- How to be open to the changes from an editor, but also stand your ground on the things you’re an expert at.
- Having a really good pitch with a great idea can often be more important than a well-established portfolio.
- Why it’s important to not give up on pitching somewhere, especially if you get a response from an editor.
- Be upfront and communicate with your editors on when they can expect your next draft.
Mentioned in This Episode (Links and Resources!):
- i-D Magazine
- “How to Pitch to i-D” (guidelines)
- “The Mummy Returns is gay, actually”
- The Black Hole of Despair on Trello
You Can Find More of Róisín and i-D Magazine On:
Shareable Quotes From This Episode:
- Pitching @rosielanners at @i_D means you need to answer these questions: “What are you writing about? Why are you the best person to tell that story? What makes it interesting and what makes it new?” #WritersRoughDrafts
- Knowing when a pitch is perfect as an editor: “If you see the headline and it makes you laugh or it clicks, that’s ultimately what you want [for your readers]. When you’re like, ‘Why? I want to know more!’” @rosielanners @i_D on #WritersRoughDrafts
- To make editors’ lives easier, @rosielanners at @i_D suggests to writers: “Be really clear on when you can turn something around and turn it around on that date. Be really clear on the edits you are prepared to make and turn them around quickly.”