#DreamComeTrue: My First Article for O Magazine

In Amy Schumer’s brilliant sketch “Fight Like a Girl,” she says that women can’t deny the authority of therapy and/or Oprah, and she’s damn right.

As a freelance writer, I have a list of my dream magazines that I would be thrilled to write for, and now I have my byline in one of them — O: The Oprah Magazine. In the August 2015 issue, I wrote for the Women Who Make Beautiful Things section, featuring Erin Lang, the business owner behind Garden Creamery, a delightful ice cream food truck.

I’ve been pitching O Magazine for five years now (no joke) and I’m beyond happy that my persistence has paid off.

Back when I lived in NYC, I used to play street hockey in a female and male league. One of my male teammates said to me once that other teams underestimate me. I might look small at five feet and one inch, but I’m tenacious and don’t let up on my opponents. That comment has stuck with me through the years because on the outside, it may seem like, wow, that’s cool, she wrote for Oprah, but not see the many years it took me to get to this moment.

There’s nothing quite like hanging on to a dream and then seeing it happen. Thank you, tenacity.

8 Comments on “#DreamComeTrue: My First Article for O Magazine”

  1. Congrats! That market is a great milestone. 🙂 On a scale of 1 to 10, how was your experience working with O? I’ve heard not-so-great stories from other freelancers. Curious if you would pitch to them again or if you’re happy to have your byline and ready to move on to bigger and better markets?

    • Thanks for your questions. I’m still pitching O and hoping to sell other stories to my editor in the future. I had a great experience so I can’t complain at all, so a 10. For me, it’s taken me many many pitches so I don’t plan on stopping now. Thanks for reading!

  2. Hi Jennifer. That is a nice article. I’m interested in the possibility of being featured in this section, and I was wondering if you guide me as to whom I should contact. I make scarves that are boiled with leaves on them, and this process makes the leaves release the pigments and shape onto the fabric. Thanks.

    • Hi Marcela: Thanks for reading. If you want to send me a link to your website (my email is in the Contact section of my site), I’d be happy to take a look and possibly pitch my editor at O. For professional reasons, I don’t publicly share my editorial contacts on my blog. Hope that helps!

  3. Hello Jennifer!

    I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog and so happy I found it. I was googling on how to pitch to O Magazine and this post came up. Wow! What a find! I did not find out to pitch to O Magazine, but I found your blog and it is very inspiring with a lot of great content. I am a writer and also a vegan so I am really enjoying your blog. I write about spirituality, consciousness and how to live a fulfilling life through self exploration. I did click on Media Bistro and it is a paid membership to gain access on how to pitch. Is it possible to provide more advise on how to pitch to O Magazine? I really want to break into the publishing field and get myself established.

    Thank you and I really appreciate it!

    Sarvasmarana (Sarva)

    • Hi Sarva: Thanks so much for reading! I highly recommend Mediabistro’s How to Pitch section since that has the best information about how and who to pitch at particular magazines. As a rule, I don’t provide my editorial contacts publicly to maintain my relationships with my editors. My best advice for pitching O magazine is what I’d advise for any magazine. Read at least 3 back issues, know what section you want to pitch, and try to find a story that they haven’t published yet but would be relevant for their readers, and pitch. I pitched O magazine for 5 years before I got a byline in the magazine so it’s all about persevering and a little bit of luck.

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