For instance, "back to school" is an evergreen topic for parenting magazines. Off the top of my head, here are some variations that may not have been done before:
- What back to school means to homeschooled children.
- Clothes or supplies? How to balance the budget on putting kids back in school.
- When is a school bus not safe?
- When you don't like your child's new teacher.
- Preparing organic school lunches.
- Since when is a cell phone a school supply?
- List of bed and breakfasts that allow animals and how they handle it.
- How to vacation with pets and kids and keep both happy.
- How airline transportation for pets has changed with the economy.
- How to vacation with disabled pets.
Take that evergreen topic and your five or six ideas and pitch five or six magazines. Pitch your stories with the finesse you used to mold that new twist to an old topic. Shoot them to national, regional and local publications - at the same time. That's the beauty of having so many ideas. While your mind is wrapped around the subject, capitalize on that energy until you drain it dry, querying as many times as the ideas on your list.
This is simple efficiency of your time. You work over a group of magazines in the same area (i.e, parenting, pets, woodworking, writing) while your brain is engaged in that arena. Economize your brilliance. Who knows? You may create and ultimately publish enough variations of an idea to become known as an expert!