I don’t know how many of you have purchased MediaBistro AvantGuild memberships or have considered doing so. I bought a membership a number of years ago, and then let it lapse—until last year, when, determined to build up my freelance practice, I renewed it.
In fact, I purchased a two-year membership (I’m one of those consumers more likely to fall for the discounts offered for long-term commitments!). And late last week, I received a contract—for a personal essay—that will pay for that extended membership multiple times over.
Since I’m so hyper-superstitious, I’m not quite ready to reveal the name of the magazine that has brought me such good news. But I will say that the essay in question, which is slated for either summer or fall publication, is one in a series of linked pieces I’ve been working on. (As it happens, I also learned during the past week that another essay in the series, one that received an acceptance several months ago, will be online next month. Stay tuned for that!)
But to return to this most recent acceptance: I didn’t know that the magazine in question even existed until I read through last year’s (four-part) series on personal essay markets. Frankly, the publicity surrounding that series was part of what motivated me to jump back into the AvantGuild pool. And that’s because access to this particular slice of MediaBistro information required AvantGuild membership.
Although I haven’t made use of a number of benefits that accompany AvantGuild membership, there are some features that I’m quite pleased with, especially the “How to Pitch” features and an editorial calendar guide. What about you? Have any of you purchased AvantGuild memberships? Why or why not? Which benefits have mattered most to you?