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Writing for FERRETS magazine

Thank you for your interest in FERRETS magazine. The following editorial requirements and suggestions will help you in preparing your submissions.


NOTE: Ferrets magazine ceased publication.
Should you wish to submit a query on a ferret-related topic for consideration on SmallAnimalChannel.com, please contact us at smanimaleditor@i5publishing.com

FERRETS’ FOCUS
FERRETS magazine is directed to the general population of ferret owners and written for the adult audience who is either a first-time or continuing ferret owner. Read past issues of the magazine to acquaint yourself with the types of material we use.

We publish informative articles on the care, personality and pet potential of ferrets. We do not publish fiction, and rarely use stories in which a ferret speaks as if it is human. Most medical articles are assigned to veterinarians.

The ideal manuscript is an 800- to 1,000-word article accompanied by high-quality digital images or professional illustrations.

SUBMITTING QUERIES
Please send a query letter detailing the story or article idea, or a completed manuscript. Please do not call with queries; we can't judge writing ability over the phone. Due to the volume of queries and manuscripts we receive, a response may take eight to 10 weeks. If we request to view your manuscript on speculation, please submit it via e-mail as a Microsoft Word document. Send to ferrets@i5publishing.com

STYLE
FERRETS magazine follows Associated Press (AP) editorial style, with minor exceptions.  Following are 10 basic points to keep in mind when writing for FERRETS magazine.

1) Do not get your information from the Internet. You can use websites to locate people in order to get information, however, information on the Internet cannot be verified as to the origin and content.

2) When writing an article, please interview more than one source. Quotes help keep a story from being boring and lend credibility. Use of quotes is encouraged, but only when the words of the interviewee make a point powerfully or eloquently. Do not use excessive quoting (more than a sentence or two).

3) Tone: FERRETS wants one of two approaches to an article:
             a. Authoritative and informal
             b. Journalistic and informal

Informal does not mean casual. Informal means a friendly tone with words our readers commonly use, no slang or profanity.

Do not use a judgmental tone. A judgmental tone is when the writer is telling the reader that the writer’s way is the only correct way and implies that the reader is a child and not an adult participant. Don’t use words like you should, you must. For example:
WRONG: You should feed your ferret every day.
RIGHT: Feed your ferret every day.

Authoritative means that you are the authority and are telling the reader the best way to do something from your expertise. Do not use a judgmental tone when using this approach. Our readers should never be treated as children.

A journalistic approach means that the writer is a detached, impartial giver of information. The story is balanced, shows all sides of the issue and does not make any judgments. Readers respond well to this type of approach. It allows them to make up their own minds based upon all the facts.

4) All writers must provide a reference list for any book, magazine or website that was used in the course of putting together an article or column. A website would only be used as a reference if the writer got a phone number or address for someone off of it. It then should still be included.

5) No words in an article or column should be in any way similar to what was found in a reference material; even paraphrasing is unacceptable. All information that isn’t known to the writer through personal experience or knowledge must have the source of information cited. 

6) Writers should edit all articles prior to submission. Extraneous words should be removed. Examples:
      A. You should
      B. It is important to
      C. In order
      D. In summary
      E. As I previously mentioned

7) Don’t misuse since and because. Since refers to time.

8) Don’t repeat information. Don’t sum up at the end of the story.

9) The writer should end the story or column with the one point he or she wants the reader to remember about the article. Ending on a nice quote is good if there were interviews in the article.

10) The lead sentence should be captivating and draw the reader into the article. Any news articles must have the most current and important information in the first two sentences. Never begin a news item with something that has already happened, but the current consequence of what has happened.

PAYMENT FOR ARTICLES
FERRETS magazine pays the month following posting online. If your article appears online in the January issue, payment will go to you in February. The payment rate varies according to quality and length of article, and number and quality of author-supplied photographs. We buy First North American Serial Rights on exclusive basis; the non-exclusive right to use the article in electronic media; and the nonexclusive right to use the article, as well as your name, image and biographical data, in advertising and promotion. We are entitled to make use of the article for the duration of the copyright and throughout the world.

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I want you to know that my husband and I terribly MISS the Ferret magazine you used to put out quarterly. We have obtained some older printed issues in an auction and are reading every one of them (even back to 2006) from cover to cover, and enjoying them immensely. The PERSONAL stories are wonderful and so very entertaining! The web magazine us confusing and boring. I can only find static articles about caring for ferrets, which are repeating information that is readily available elsewhere. Bring back the personal touch please? The warm, entertaining articles, preferably in PRINTED FORM with photos/illustrations. Looks like we will not even get the annual iissue this year. So sad.
Tillie, Springfield, MO
Posted: 3/10/2014 7:19:01 AM
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