For this week’s market spotlight, we look at Blade Magazine, which covers working and using collectible and popular knives.Blade Magazine: Market SpotlightEstablished in 1973, Blade is branded as “the world’s #1 knife publication.” This monthly magazine covers the entire knife industry, including making knives, how to use knives, collecting knives, knife rights legislation, and more. The editors say, “Stories for Blade must not only be newsworthy, educational and informative, they must entertain.” They pay $150 for shorter pieces up to $300 for feature stories.What They’re Looking ForBlade needs “stories that are brand new in scope and content.” This can include the following:knives used for unusual purposes or adventure settingsnew knife designs, steels, and other knife materials (and how they’re made)knife collections of celebritiesstories on how to collect, what to collect, and why The editors say, “Pick up several different issues of Blade on newsstands and study them. This should give you an idea of what we’re after.” Excellent, magazine-quality pictures are a must. Length ranges from 500 to 1,700 words. The editors advise,”Use as many words as needed to write the story in a clear, concise and entertaining way, AND NOT ONE WORD MORE.”How to SubmitPotential freelancers can query editor Steve Shackleford at firstname.lastname@example.org.Click here to learn more and submit.*****In today’s competitive marketplace, it’s important to catch an editor’s attention. It all starts with a pitch. No matter what kind of article you want to write, a good pitch letter will get you noticed by an assigning editor. This intensive two-week course will teach you how to craft a good pitch letter and do it well.Click to continue.