Well, you’re in luck!
¡Dios Mio! welcomes pitches from writers of all backgrounds, regardless of experience. We’re on the lookout for great pieces about basically anything music-related. Got a great idea for a feature? Hit us with it. Local band in your area who you’re dying to talk about? Tell us about them.
Please note that right now ¡Dios Mio! is unable to compensate you for your work. Please only pitch us if you feel comfortable putting your time into writing for us with that knowledge. We totally understand if that’s a deal-breaker and thank you for your interest anyway!
What we’re looking for:
Funny and/or thoughtful. We’re not The Hard Times, but we’re also not Pitchfork. We want unpretentious articles with words that everybody can understand. Not to say we won’t ever publish satire or no-bullshit pieces, or that you have to be funny, but we like to laugh and learn.
We’re up for reviewing/interviewing anything/anyone, from your local unsigned act to a world-famous band – but do bear in mind that we most likely don’t have the clout to get you Kanye West‘s new album in advance or Paul McCartney on Zoom. We can certainly try, but do be realistic.
For new writers:
Hi! I’m R.A. Hagan, I’m the editor of this here blog. I, like you, was once a brand new writer – hell, I didn’t have any experience before I started my degree in music journalism. I understand how crushing this game can be at first – so, I’m writing this little bit to give you some tips for pitching in the scary world of music journalism!
- Learn the name of the editor you’re pitching and double-check you’ve spelled it right.
It sounds very obvious, but it shows you’ve done the bare minimum of research. The double-check part comes from the time I misspelled an editor’s name and he took the time to reply to reject and correct me. Embarrassing. Once again, I’m R.A. Hagan ☺️.
- Be clear and concise.
It saves you time and it saves editors time if you can cut down four paragraphs into one or two. Think about what information you desperately need to include.
- Check your idea hasn’t already been done.
I pitched an article to Kerrang! in November 2020 that had already been done days earlier and the editor replied and told me very nicely that they’d already covered it. It was embarrassing. It takes like, two minutes to check! Don’t forget.
- Don’t get shirty with an editor.
It’s fully possible that you might get a bit frustrated when editors don’t reply to a pitch you spent a while crafting. But the reality is that editors are very busy people and unfortunately don’t have time to reply to every single person (this is another reason why point 2 is important). An editor not replying to you isn’t a reflection on your writing talents – I pitched Clash around four or five times with no reply before my first piece was published – so don’t be discouraged. Try again in a few days. But never angrily email an editor, because they will remember that and it’ll show unprofessionalism. Here’s a very funny thread about the time one of the editors of The Quietus experienced such behaviour.
- Make sure you’re into the subject you’re writing about.
Just make sure you actually like and believe in the idea you’re pitching. Writing about something you couldn’t give a fuck about just because you think it stands a better chance at being commissioned usually isn’t the way to go. You won’t be as invested, you won’t care and it’ll reflect in your writing. Stand behind what you believe in and try your best to work with it. Have fun!
- Get Grammarly.
It just makes things a lot easier, man. It’s free. Do it. Now.
¡Dios Mio! aims to help new writers find their voice and is prepared to work with new writers to get the best out of their ideas. Don’t be shy, whack us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the form found on our contact page.
Looking forward to hearing from you, and thanks for your interest!