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What Is Freelance Magazine Writing?

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Summary:
Freelance magazine writing can be o
ne of the most rewarding careers av
ailable to a freelance writer. Succ
essful magazine writers are articul
ate, have a wide variety of interes
ts, and know how to research a topi
c. Many freelance magazine writers
write for various magazines, not ju
st one, and like to write on divers
e topics and sell their articles to
 a variety of magazines and media o
utlets.

The key to writing for magazines an
d selling what you write is knowing
 your market....


Keywords:
writing, freelance writing, freelan
cing, creative writing


Article Body:
Freelance magazine writing can be o
ne of the most rewarding careers av
ailable to a freelance writer. Succ
essful magazine writers are articul
ate, have a wide variety of interes
ts, and know how to research a topi
c. Many freelance magazine writers
write for various magazines, not ju
st one, and like to write on divers
e topics and sell their articles to
 a variety of magazines and media o
utlets.

The key to writing for magazines an
d selling what you write is knowing
 your market. Most magazines focus
on a fairly narrow range of content
. One magazine might deal with the
finer points of horse grooming. Ano
ther magazine might focus on the in
s and outs of toy robot collection.
 And yet another might cover the be
auties and travel opportunities ava
ilable in Bali.

This degree of specialization means
 that magazine editors usually have
 a specific idea of what articles t
hey're seeking, sometimes even down
 to a specific writing style or voi
ce. Since magazines typically cater
 to a "niche" audience of educated
readers, you'll need to write well-
written and interesting articles; y
our articles will have to feel new
to an established audience. If you'
re writing for a parasailing magazi
ne, then submitting a 500-word arti
cle about the basics of parasailing
 just won't do.

You have two options to write salab
le articles. The first is to become
 deeply involved with the activitie
s or topics which the magazine cove
rs. If you're planning to write and
 sell travel articles about Germany
, take at least one trip to Germany
. If you're planning to write and s
ell articles about cat care, spend
a few days with a cat yourself (or
find a knowledgeable, cat-owning fr
iend who's willing to give you some
 good, real-life information).

Writing magazine articles is a form
 of journalism, and often adheres t
o the same standards of quality and
 truthfulness. Would you trust a ne
ws article about declining air and
water standards in a nearby town if
 you could tell the writer had neve
r set foot in that town? Of course
not.

Unfortunately, most of us don't hav
e time to take on an entirely new h
obby. That's why the second way is
usually the best option: write abou
t what you know. We're all complica
ted people. We all have stories to
tell. We enjoy hobbies and activiti
es that fascinate us. We can easily
 uncover material for a hundred or
more articles. So think about what
you can write about, and what inter
ests you. It seems hard at first, b
ut once you sit down and start thin
king about it, the article ideas wi
ll flow. Once you have your article
 ideas and have written articles ab
out what you know, start looking ar
ound for magazines that might be wi
lling to buy them. Chances are good
 there's a magazine covering your i
nterests or hobbies.

How do you find suitable magazines,
 and how do you ask if editors are
interested? There are many ways to
find appropriate publishing venues
for your articles. For one, you cou
ld go to your local bookstore and s
earch the magazine racks. If you ha
ve an independent bookstore in your
 area, so much the better: you may
find some titles that don't circula
te at the larger chains. You can al
so take advantage of Writer's Marke
t, which list pertinent information
 about hundreds of magazines, inclu
ding typical rates and what editors
 seek.

Once you've picked your magazine, s
end the editor a query letter about
 your article. This should be short
 and sweet, briefly stating who you
 are, your previous publication his
tory (editors like to work with pro
ven successes--wouldn't you?), and
your article topic. The length, top
ic and addressee of your query lett
er will depend on the magazine; you
 can usually find information on su
bmissions policies in the "credits"
 section or on the magazine's website.

Send off your query letter and wait
. Be prepared, as well, for rejecti
on. There are many reasons editors
won't take an article, and few of t
hem have to do with your skills as
a writer. If you get a rejection le
tter, just take a few minutes to mo
urn before starting on your next ar
ticle. The hardest sale to make is
always your first sale; keep up a s
teady stream of good, well-marketed
 work, and the sale will come. When
 it does, pat yourself on the back;
 you're on your way to freelancing
as a magazine writer!