1. Writing magazines for articles is a tough job. Well, at least, if you’re just starting out. Writing these types of articles require hard work, patience, and determination. There’s simply no getting around it. You need to develop certain skills (writing, research, interviewing skills, etc.), make time to develop an idea that will really sell, and exert conscious effort to get it written. Don’t get me wrong — I am not saying that it’s impossible to succeed in this field. What I am saying is that the road can be bumpy but with perseverance and hard work, you’ll get there eventually.
2. Be ready for stiff competition. You’re not the only one who wants to make money by writing articles for magazines. In fact, there are millions of people out there who’ll be happy to work from home and get fat paychecks each time their articles are published. You can get ahead of the competition by simply being the best one in this field. Making this happen will take a lot of time. Start by improving your skills, learning from the experts, understanding your audience, being passionate on what you do, etc.
3. Get idea on how much you’ll make in the long run. You might ask me, is it all worth it? Well, let me tell you that writing articles for these publications is one of the most lucrative ways to make money from your writing skills. There are people out there who are getting paid as much as $ 1,500 per article.
4. Pick the magazines that you’ll write your articles for. For your own advantage, choose those magazines which themes are aligned to your interests and areas of expertise. Through this, you can make the whole thing not only fruitful but enjoyable as well. List down all the topics that you would like to write about and rank them base on your preferences. Then, list down the magazines that might be interested in these topics. Pick those ones that are popular and those who’ll most likely to pay you more.
5. Know what your chosen magazines are looking for. It’s imperative that you carefully study your chosen magazines. This will surely increase your chances of getting them to buy your articles. Start by reading the masthead and take note of the various kinds of editors. Also, determine if they’re accepting submission from freelance writers. Then, study their table of contents and the usual types of articles that they publish. It will also help if you read the letters that are addressed to the editors. This will give you a feel for the audience.
6. Increase the chances of your articles being published. Capture the attention of editors by making sure that your articles are the best that they’ve ever seen. Talk about topics that are relatively new or those that were not yet explored by their other writers. Offer useful, refreshing information particularly those that will interest your target audience. Also, ensure that your articles are well-written, entertaining, and engaging. Lastly, ensure that you write them base on the requirements and preferences of the editors.
Sean Mize teaches coaches, consultants, and small business owners how to package their knowledge and sell it at a high price.