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Sometimes You Have to Quit to Get Ahead (The New York Times)

Article at a glance: Inspired by the book The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit by Seth Godin, this article was one of the more popular articles of 2018 in the Smarter Living section.

It offers counterintuitive advice: Quit. Quit the things that don’t help you so that you can leap toward your goals.

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How the article got published: Slowly… If you include the time it took to pitch this, this article had been in the making for a solid seven to eight months. I shared some of my experience in a GrowthLab article here.

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How to Eat Healthy When the Munchies Strike (PopSci)

Article at a glance: Cannabis legalization is becoming more and more widespread, and it’d be interesting to keep an eye on the industry as it continues to evolve. That said, we can’t escape one of its most dominating side effects: MUNCHIES.

How do we control our inner Pac-Man and still indulge? Is it possible? Here’s my best advice on the matter… based on my expert experience, of course.

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How the article got published: The topic of curbing munchies can be kind of edgy for some publications, but I was willing to try it before I backpedaled to outlets that I KNEW would take it. Popular Science DIY section takes a lot of “how tos” so I asked a writer friend of mine to introduce me to the editor, and that was that.

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Beer Before Liquor Won’t Make You Sicker (VICE)

Article at a glance: You know the saying, “Beer before liquor, never sicker. Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear.” So I set out to investigate whether there was some truth to that. As it turns out, it’s…well, entirely made up.

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How the article got published: I got connected to the editor-in-chief, whom I pitched first. This was a story idea that I just came up with on a whim, though it was possibly born out of a conversation I drunkenly had with a friend.

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What I Wish I Knew Before Working Remotely Around the World (Lifehacker)

Article at a glance: This was written during my first year of working out of my laptop in eight different countries. Very quickly the downsides of this lifestyle made themselves clearer and clearer, which affected me not only physically, but also emotionally and mentally.

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How the article got published: I had been a freelancer contributing three to six articles per week for Lifehacker for the last year and a half at the time. I constantly needed new material, and that in and of itself was one of my challenges while working and traveling.

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The Problems With “Eat Less, Move More” Advice (New York Magazine)

Article at a glance: When it comes to losing weight, you hear it all the time: you just need to eat less and exercise more. Well, no duh. And yet it’s that simple and that hard, as evidenced by over two-thirds of the population being obese.

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How the article got published: Science of Us is — well, was — a behavioral psychology-focused sub-site of New York Magazine. Science of Us has since merged with The Cut, also a New York Magazine sub-site.

Originally, I had pitched the idea as how hollow and vague “eat less, move more” was. That was it. But the draft I delivered ended up shedding more insight on how the advice perpetuated the ideas that using willpower (to eat less) was a losing battle and exercise (move more) wasn’t as important toward weight loss as we all thought it to be.

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How to Conquer the Challenges of Long-Term Travel (The New York Times)

Article at a glance: I get to travel and live in different places for months at a time if choose to. While this sounds wonderful, traveling long-term (we’re talking months) has its fair share of challenges, many of which you don’t think about until you have to face them.

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How I got it published: Originally, I had pitched the idea to the Smarter Living section of the Times since they dealt with more service journalism-type pieces, of which I’m more familiar. The editor told me that the Travel section was interested in the pitch, and from there, I was introduced to the Travel editor.

He told me that it would be strictly 1,200 words because it would be printed on a half page and that there’d be no room to play around with on word count. I didn’t mind. The article would appear in the paper edition of The New York Freakin’ Times!

As expected, there was a long delay between the time I submitted my first draft and getting edits, but once things got going the actual publishing went off without a hitch.

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The Psychological Reason You Don’t Feel Like You’re Losing Weight (GQ)

Article at a glance: We’re all so used to seeing promises of 4, 6, 8, or 12-week transformations that when we face the reality of little to no progress in that timeline we feel like we have failed. And that…is actually what sets you back.

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How the article got published: This was my second GQ article. I pitched this as “Weight loss expectations are ruining your progress,” along with two other pitches in the same email. I hadn’t heard back for a couple weeks.

Thinking that it had been a bust, I moved on, but the editor got back to me, asking for more details. And that was that.

If you’re curious about getting your own articles published in major outlets like GQ, The New York Times, or even your favorite niche blog, check out my blog post on How to Guest Post (which includes REAL pitch examples).