Niche magazines: Periodically weird

Print’s not dead yet. Magazines with ultra-specific target audiences show signs of good health that mainstream outlets would kill for — lots of ads, glossy paper, high reader engagement. We dug through “Writer’s Market 2011,” a dictionary-thick listing of publications seeking freelancers, and selected 50 or so that accept “general interest” stories. These are the ones that answered our emails. We hope they’ll answer our emails when we need jobs, too.Mushing: The Magazine of Dog-Powered AdventureBimonthly, $5, Mushing.comTarget audience: Devotees of sports in which dogs pull stuff over snow.Vocabulary: “Skijoring,” a winter sport in which dogs (or horses or motor vehicles) pull humans on skis.Useful in real life: Howling Dog Alaska’s Ear Protector ($11,, designed to prevent frostbite in racing dogs, is useful for keeping long-eared dogs’ ears out of the food dish.Best headline: “The Unfortunate Death of a Not Very Good Sled Dog.” You don’t even have to read the story to know it will end in bawling.Personalities in need of an “Animal Planet” show: Miriam Cooper, who writes about “connecting to sled dogs on a more personal level” in her “Off the Trail” column; and Ichabod and Hermes, her sensitive, handsome, once-troubled lead dog.Read more here:


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