Why would a US magazine accept work from a UK freelance?
America has a population approaching nine times that of Britain. There must be thousands of freelance writers and photographers working there, all chasing the same markets. Why would American editors consider an unknown freelance from another country?
Maybe they think that someone who has taken the effort to seek them out from abroad is more professional than most and so they take proposals more seriously. Or maybe you have something to offer that their home-grown freelances lack. Whatever the reason, it works for me.
I have had illustrated articles published – and more about to be published – in American photo magazines Shutterbug, and Photo Technique, plus several published and another coming up in British Heritage, a magazine for Americans who love British culture. (That's my cover shot on the left.)
Also, Schiffer Books in Pennsylvania have published a 300-page with 500 pictures book of mine on classic cameras, another on the history of amateur cine cameras and a new one, published only a few weeks ago, called 50 Landmark Cameras That Changed Photography.
And here’s the really interesting bit. All these ideas were originally ignored, turned down, or kept on file for “possible future publication” that never happened by UK magazine editors and book publishers.
A little diligent Googling discovered all these magazines, as well as the book publisher, plus names of editors and suitable contacts.
Oh yes, I almost forgot. The average fee for the magazine articles mentioned above was between $600-800. Compare that with what you might get from an equivalent UK magazine and you have another good reason for aiming at America.