[PR] How to Pitch Local Magazines, with Editor in Chief Olivia Abel of Hudson Valley Magazine


Coverage in your local magazines can mean a big boost in your business. People love being in-the-know locally. But how does a business pitch a local magazine? Our guest expert for this live class is Olivia Abel, the editor and chief of the Hudson Valley Magazine, one of New York's biggest regional magazines.


  • What are best ways for a business to sound relevant?
  • Does a business need a storefront in order to be covered in the magazine?
  • Does a business need to advertise in a local magazine in order to get editorial coverage?
  • What types of pitches get responses?
  • Who is the best person to pitch to at a local magazine if the staff is small?
  • How far in advance does a business need to pitch a story?
  • If a business runs a major local event, do they still need to pitch? Or will the magazine just "know" about the event and cover it?
  • What is a day in the life of an editor and chief of a regional magazine?

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Olivia AbelOlivia Abel is the Editor in Chief of Hudson Valley Magazine for nearly eight years. During her tenure, she has helped this glossy monthly publication increase its readership, refresh its image, win its very first national award (for civic journalism) and establish a dynamic online presence. Previously, Olivia worked in both editorial and marketing at some of the biggest magazines in the world, including a six-year stint as a reporter at People, writing press releases for Newsweek and creating direct mail packages for TV Guide.

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