Top magazines like Glamour purchase freelance photographs from professional photographers to grace the pages of their publication. When a magazine purchases rights to a photograph, it can use these images any time and in any manner. To pitch or sell photographs to Glamour, you must send a query with sample photographs to the appropriate editors. Make sure you have permission (via contract) of anyone present in the photograph before selling it.
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Things you need
- Query letter
- Writer's Market (latest edition)
Locate the contact information for the Glamour editor in the Writer's Market. This book is released annually and contains information for most major publications. Glamour is located under Women's Interests, Fashion or related subjects. The publications are listed in alphabetical order under subheadings. Look for the "Contact" name and address listed in the paragraph. If the book is an older edition, verify by looking in the Masthead of Glamour for the editor or assistant editor's name; you can also look online.
Write a query letter to the contact listed above. Start by listing your contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail) and a business greeting such as "Dear Ms. ..." Write a letter explaining what photographs you want to submit to Glamour. Use a catchy pitch that makes the photographs sound interesting and explain why they are relevant to the magazine. Include the price you would like for the photographs and how many photographs you have. Sign the letter with a "Thank you" and "Sincerely." Include the photographs with the pitch (at least one for a sample) in either hard copy or electronic form.
Read and sign the purchase agreement contract if purchased. Understand that you lose rights to the photographs once Glamour purchases the photographs. You can still use them in your portfolio as samples.
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