8 tips for selling articles to magazines and websites
This column is taken from the Create Your Writer Platform articlefrom Writer’s Digest Books.
Writing articles can be great for your writing career: there can be nothing wrong with writers trying to sell content to magazines, newspapers and websites. Think about it. Selling articles enhances your credibility and credibility; it gives you something amazing that you can talk about in the “Biography” section of your letters of inquiry; it brings good wages; it connects you with media representatives who can help you later; it creates your writer’s platform and visibility, and more.
If you want to make more money on writing and broaden your writing horizons, consider writing short journalism for outlets looking for a good job. It’s an easy way to do something useful for your writing career.
Here are 8 tips for selling articles to magazines and websites
1. Find recommendations for publication writers
All publications have guidelines that, simply put, are an explanation of how writers should contact a publication to write for them. Writers ’recommendations typically address three key things:
- What articles is the publication looking for (including length, tone, and subject matter)
- How to submit your work for consideration (detailed information on formatting and whether they are accepted by e-mail or e-mail)
- When and how they will respond to your request
2. You don’t need to write complete articles before selling them
Selling a journalistic article is the same as selling a scholarly book – you are selling a subject based on a concept and a “business plan” for it. Here’s how it works: You compose a one-page request letter (usually sent by email) detailing the article / column, as well as your credentials as the author of the article. From now on, the publication, if it is interested, will agree with you to write the article – and only at this point will you write it.
Writing an article when no one has agreed to buy it is called writing on spec. You can do this if you feel you need it, but you risk wasting time on a project that may never get a financial return.
3. Think about what a concert can offer
Remember that in your case the goal is a platform. The goal is to make your name, job, and resume available to people who will buy your book and become followers. If an editor asks you to write a long article for little money, that’s not good.
But are there any benefits? Will you get more assignments in the future – and therefore more platforms? Are you doing the editor a favor he’ll remember? Does writing an article connect you with key people you would like to know?
4. Stay tuned for new publications
New publications are actively looking for content to fill the pages and are ready to work with new and untested writers. I would suggest subscribing to the Writer Gazette and Writer’s Market newsletters (both free) to receive notifications of any new publications or paid websites that appear.
5. Write for local publications
In addition to being friends with local media professionals who can help you later, you should know that local publications have a natural attachment to local writers. People always say “write what you know” – and you know your hometown and community best of all. (Click to write this idea in a tweet).
6. Feel free to aim high, but expect to start small
You will find it easier to publish things if you offer shorter parts and target small and medium-sized outlets. The goal is to invade and then use your successes and achievements to get bigger and better quests. That doesn’t mean you can’t at least strive Really simple or The Huffington Post –just don’t be surprised if they say no because you lack experience. (But hey, never mind asking.)
7. You can rework ideas and get multiple paid jobs
One of the best parts of a freelancer is your ability to rework and reuse ideas. I, for example, threw Ohio Magazine a series that will feature the state’s historic theaters that still operate today. After the magazine said no, I made a few changes to my request and sent it Pennsylvania Magazine. This time I got a “yes” and I got fourteen articles and salaries out of it.
8. Read the publications you offer
Explore multiple target markets and read content online, by subscription, or through issues at your local library. Pay attention to the tone of the articles, the sections of the magazines and the general feeling of the magazine and its advertisers. From there, you’ll be better off offering the best ideas for articles – and you’ll also find out if the idea you want to share has been used recently.
You never know where a writing opportunity or assignment will take you, so challenge yourself and stay in different waters. In my case, I am writing this series for Pennsylvania Magazine was what made the literary agent sign me. From there we were able to sell six books together. If I hadn’t delved into writing articles and asked inquiries until I succeeded, who knows if my way of writing would have been similar to what he does today.
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