Magazine article Risk Management

Writing for RM

Magazine article Risk Management

Writing for RM

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Some of you may have noticed in recent issues that there are a lot of consultants, insurance executives and attorneys writing our features. There is nothing wrong with this--these folks are producing some really great stories. But what would be even greater is if more risk managers were writing for us, too.

If you have a good idea for a story, or if you have written a story already and would like to submit it to RM, send it directly to the editorial staff. All feature pitches and submissions should go to editor in chief Bill Coffin. All news items should go to managing editor Morgan O'Rourke. And all items regarding new products/services and upcoming events should go to associate editor Jared Wade. All submissions should be sent by e-mail; unsolicited faxes will be discarded unread. If you send something in and do not hear back from an editor within 2 to 3 weeks, please follow up with a phone call. The contact information for all RM editors can be found on the this magazine's masthead page as well as on our website, www.rmmag.com.

If you have not written for RM before, begin by sending us a story pitch via e-mail. If we like the pitch, we will contact you asking to see a full manuscript. We begin each issue nearly three months in advance, so keep that in mind if you wish to appear in a particular issue, like our April RIMS conference issue or our September executive boardroom issue. RM comes out during the first week of every month, and generally speaking, we need all manuscripts for any given issue two months prior to publication--one month for production and another month for printing.

Prior to sending your pitch, please consult the RM editorial calendar, at www.rmmag.com. This lays out the basic theme of every issue for 2005 as well as the features we would like to see for each issue. Story pitches do not have to conform to the calendar, but they will have a much better chance of acceptance if they do. Also, it helps to be aware of what RM has published recently. Go back through the last year or so of the magazine (a full archive is available at our website) and see if your story has been covered recently. If it has, it is likely to be rejected.

When writing your story, remember that features need to be 2,000 words and one-page columns need to be 750 words. …

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