I am reposting this older article to help anyone who wants to publish their work in magazines.
When I first decided to write articles, I searched for a free course and found this:
The experienced author recommends writing about popular topics, which include:
- How to save time
- How to save money
- How to make money
- How to be loved
And ask the editors of magazines you already know e.g. those to which you subscribe, so I contacted two such magazines.
For ‘Foods Matter’, I wrote about how to save money if you have to eat a special diet. This fitted in with the second item on the list.
For ‘A Single Step’, I wrote: ‘Social strategies to use when you have depression’. Item 4 on the list: check!
Both editors welcomed my articles and would welcome more in future. I didn’t ask for payment because their magazines have helped me so much in the past.
Next, I asked local magazines if they would like articles about the local area. The first to reply was enthusiastic, so I sent two articles off but didn’t hear back.
The second was equally keen but made it clear no paid jobs were available. But at least I could build a portfolio of my work, so I wrote an article for him on a local landmark and it was published.
Then the first editor phoned to ask what I’d like to be paid for my article and if I could write two per month about local historical buildings! He wanted exclusive rights to them too!
We agreed on a price of £100 per month for the two articles of 500 words each. It took him a while to organise payment but I got it eventually.
The going rate is 20p per word for qualified journalists, 10p for non qualified ones. I’m not qualified which leaves me room for more negotiation with editors.
• Write what you know.
• Write what other people want to know.
• Ask at smaller magazines to start with.
• Give them an example of your work.
• Find out the going rate of payment.
• Keep asking until they pay you.