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Freelance Writers' FAQs

Freelance Writers’ FAQs

This FAQ page is tailored for freelance writers who contribute to our publication. It serves as a quick reference to address common questions and streamline your experience with us. Whether you are a seasoned contributor or new to our community of freelance writers, this guide aims to provide clear and practical information to support your work with us.

Freelance writers FAQs

Who are our readership?

KOL Social is a dynamic magazine that celebrates diverse cultures with a multicultural focus. It’s important to note that while we primarily focus on multiethnic cultures, half of our readership and some of our content is “white”. 😮 We value inclusivity and are interested in stories beyond ordinary expectations.

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What is the remuneration for freelance writers?

Freelance writers will receive a compensation of 15p per printed word, equating to £150 per thousand printed words.

Why per printed word?

  1. Editorial Edits: Your initial submission may undergo changes before publication. Payment based on printed words ensures you’re compensated for the content that actually gets published, taking into account any editorial modifications.
  2. Encouraging Quality: This payment method motivates writers to deliver precise, high-quality content right from the start. If paid for every word, regardless of its relevance, there could be a temptation to write longer, less concise pieces.
  3. Fitting Within Guidelines: Some assignments or publications have specific word count guidelines. Being paid by the printed word helps ensure you align your content with these requirements.
  4. Protecting Your Efforts: With a per-printed word rate, you can be more confident that your efforts align with your compensation. It reduces instances where you might over-write and then face extensive cuts, leading to reduced pay.
  5. Fair Compensation: If your article requires extensive edits or cuts, being paid per printed word ensures you’re compensated fairly for the content that ultimately reaches the readers.
How are assignments commissioned to freelance writers?
  1. Pitching: If you have an original article or story idea that aligns with our content and audience, you can submit a pitch to our editorial team. If it captures our interest, we’ll commission you.
  2. RFP (Request for Proposal): Occasionally, we have specific content needs or topics we want to cover. We’ll release an RFP detailing the requirements and invite writers to submit their proposals on approaching the subject.
  3. Recurring Contracts: After working with us and establishing a consistent record of high-quality submissions, we may offer you regular assignments. This way, you can enjoy steady work without pitching new ideas every time.
Can freelance writers pitch their own topics?

We value creativity and fresh perspectives. While we often have specific subjects or themes in mind and assign them to writers, we’re also open to receiving pitches from freelance writers. If you have an original article or story idea that aligns with our content guidelines and audience, we encourage you to pitch it to our editorial team. We appreciate collaborations that bring diverse voices and unique insights to our readership.

How should I pitch my story idea to ensure it stands out?

Great question! Focus on packing a punch right from the start to grab our attention with your pitch. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Catchy Subject Line: Think of the subject line as your first impression. Make it specific and compelling to pique interest—like “Exclusive: Unveiling the Hidden Art Scene of Naples.”
  2. Please get to the Point: In your opening, immediately connect your idea to our magazine’s interests. Skip the lengthy personal intro and dive right into your story, why it matters now, and how it fits with what our readers love.
  3. Clear, Concise Summary: Briefly outline your story’s angle. What’s the hook? What insights or unique perspectives are you bringing to the table? Keep it tight and impactful.
  4. Relevance is Key: Link your topic directly to trends, events, or previous articles featured in our magazine. Show us you know our content and audience.
  5. Your Expertise: Why are you the right person to write this? Mention any specific expertise or past publications that align with your pitch—but keep it short and relevant.
  6. Follow Guidelines: Always adhere to our submission guidelines. They’re there to help you structure your pitch effectively, ensuring you include all necessary information without any fluff.

A strong pitch is like a teaser for a blockbuster movie—it should leave us wanting more and confident in your ability to deliver an engaging story. Keep it sharp, focused, and tailored to our magazine; you’ll have our attention!

Is there a minimum or maximum word count for submissions?

We aim for clarity and conciseness in our content. While we don’t strictly impose a minimum word count, we have a recommended submission range to ensure depth and comprehensiveness. Typically, our articles fall between 800 to 1500 words.

However, we always prioritise quality over quantity, so it’s essential that your piece effectively communicates its message within these guidelines. If you have a compelling reason for a longer piece, please discuss it with our editorial team during the pitching process.

What are the freelance writers' turnaround times for assignments?

We understand the importance of both quality and timely submissions. Generally, once an assignment is commissioned, we expect a turnaround time of 2 – 4 weeks. However, the exact deadline can vary based on the complexity and nature of the piece. Our editorial team will always specify the deadline when commissioning an assignment, and we encourage open communication if you foresee any challenges in meeting the timeline.

How and when are payments processed for freelance writers?

Upon the article’s publication in the magazine, freelance writers are invited to submit their invoices. Payment will be processed via bank transfer, and transactions will be completed within 30 days after the invoice is submitted.

What is KOL Social's style guide?

At KOL Social, we adhere to a specific style guide to maintain consistency and quality in our content. This guide directs tone, voice, formatting, and other stylistic considerations. Before you start any assignment, we recommend you familiarise yourself with our style guide to ensure your submissions align with our publication’s standards. Please see our Editorial Style Guide.

How should freelance writers send a pitch?

Send your pitches via our contact page with

  • A standout headline
  • A complete outline
  • Examples of any accompanying photos
  • Examples of previous print work

Please note we will not consider anyone without accompanying examples of previous work.

Does KOL Social accept previously published articles?

We welcome submissions of previously published pieces that are exceptionally rewritten and thoroughly researched. The journalist must ensure that the article is not subject to copyright restrictions.

What types of articles do we not accept?

We do not accept articles that rely heavily on AI, show a lack of depth in research or portray ethnic groups in a negative/stereotypical light.

Do we cover expenses for freelance writers?

As an independent magazine, we do not reimburse freelance writers for expenses incurred without prior agreement for commissioned work. Freelance writers are responsible for all costs associated with their submissions. 

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