PREACH! Honestly unless I personally know an editor and what they look for, I don’t pitch ideas because the amount of work that goes into a pitch (before I’ve even written the actual piece!) is not worth the £25-£50 I’m going to get. I much prefer to pitch written pieces to publications. Also, at least I get to start with the writing that way, rather than starting with what feels a lot like begging. Then, if it’s not accepted at least I still have something to show for it — a solid piece of writing that I can submit elsewhere or publish myself, rather than an inbox of full of ‘Keep sending ideas!’.