How to Have an Absolute
Blast Writing and Selling Short Articles to Local and National Magazines and Newspapers
Imagine getting regular checks for hundreds or thousands of dollars per assignment ... and seeing your byline in magazines and newspapers all your friends, neighbors, and relatives read!
May I let you in on a little freelance writing secret?
Being a copywriter, Internet marketer, speaker, and nonfiction book author is fun and profitable.
But it does have its drawbacks:
- Long-copy assignments like magalogs and tabloids are extremely lucrative ...but they’re a ton of work ...and the research and writing can really be tiring at times.
- Books are rewarding, but at an average length of hundreds of pages, they’re also long, drawn-out projects that can take many months – even the better part of a year or longer.
- On the Web, I write lots of Web sites and landing pages ...but these exist only as electrons ...no printed publication I can hold in my hands.
So while I work hard at all of the above … and love it most of the time … sometimes I need a break – a change of pace.
When I do, I turn to an old standard of freelance writing – easily the quickest, shortest, and most relaxing type of writing I’ve ever done in my 30-year writing career: writing articles for pay for print newspapers and magazines.
“Wait a minute,” you’re thinking. “There’s no money in writing articles. E-zines don’t pay for articles, and neither do trade publications.”
That may be true, but there are thousands of print publications – consumer magazines and daily newspapers – that buy articles from freelance writers every day of the year.
Their appetite for great editorial content is insatiable. And the pool of skilled writers who can turn out clear, well-written articles for print publications – whose standards are, frankly, much higher than e-zines – is shrinking daily.
Why article writing is good for your freelance career – and your bank account
Writing magazine and newspaper articles is a great second income for writers whose bread and butter is copywriting, books, Web sites, information marketing, and other types of writing.
All of those other areas can pay great, but they are heavy lifting. If you bang away at them 24/7, you’ll get tired and burned out.
Writing articles offers a number of advantages for freelance writers:
- They’re typically short, averaging 1,500 words. That’s just 6 double-spaced typewritten pages. Some are as short as 500 words; others run 2,000 words or more.
- It can take you 2 to 4 weeks of solid work to write a magalog or major DM package. Most articles can be researched and written in a day or two – some in only a few hours.
- Pay rates are all over the lot, ranging from $50 to $2,000 or more per article. I’ve met a number of full-time freelance writers who earned $40,000 to $100,000 a year just writing magazine articles – although not many get to the upper end of that scale.
- Your friends, neighbors, and relatives kind of dismiss direct marketing as junk mail. But if you publish an article in the local paper or a magazine, they think you’re a big shot. Go figure.
- Getting your byline in newspapers and magazines is a great credential to have as a writer. Writing articles on a subject can sometimes lead to bigger things, like a movie script, book, speaking engagements, and radio and TV appearances.
- Publishing articles on a topic builds your reputation as a writer and as an expert on the subjects you write about. I’ve closed deals to write copy for clients based on having written articles and books related to what they sell!
- You can post links to your articles – or the articles themselves – on your Web site. Lots of articles on a site can increase your search engine rankings.
- Keep the rights to your articles. Recycle them for multiple uses – reprints, special reports, books, marketing, and more.
OK. Let’s say the idea of getting your writings published in Esquire or Family Circle or the New York Times magazine appeals to you. How do you get started?
Write articles for fun and profit
In our new 72-page e-book, How to Write Articles for Fun and Profit, freelance writer Rachel Buchman and I show you step by step how to write articles and get them published.
- Is the demand for freelance writers growing or shrinking? The answer may surprise you. Page 4.
- What every freelance editorial writer needs to know about article contracts and agreements. Page 29.
- Your editor asks for massive revisions. Should you balk or obey? Page 27.
- Time your “article pitches” to publications to maximize your chance of getting a “yes” to your story idea. Page 16.
- Building your career as a successful “editorial freelancer” – how to get started. Page 6.
- Finding a new angle on an old topic that can get you an article assignment pronto. Page 17.
- How to write and sell articles that are always in demand and never go out of date. Page 7.
- A magic 9-word phrase that can turn a rejection letter into an acceptance – and a “no” into a “yes.” Page 18.
- Make money as a reporter even if you never get a scoop or cover front-page news. Page 8.
- 5 ways to get great ideas for feature articles and news stories. Page 19.
- The absolutely essential credential every freelance article writer needs … and how to get it (hint: it’s NOT a press card). Page 9.
- Pull great quotes and deep dark secrets out of your interview subjects for articles that sizzle. Page 20.
- 4 essential skills required for success as an editorial writer. How many do you possess? Page 10.
- Late payments and no payments: strategies for collecting every last dime the publications owe you. Page 37.
- Tax considerations for the working freelance writer. Plus: how to keep accurate records. Page 39.
- How to deal with PR people who stand between you and your subject or source. Page 21.
- Finding the right market for the articles you want to write and publish. Page 11.
- Get the publication to cover any expenses incurred in writing the article for them. Page 35.
- Make money multiple times from a single article: recycling, reprinting, and reselling. Page 31.
- Research shortcut that get you the facts you need to write your article in minutes instead of hours or days. Page 22.
- Using the “local angle” to get your story into print. Page 12.
- Going per-word rates for article writing today. Plus: how to convince editors to pay you what you’re worth. Page 32.
- Steps to transforming a jumble of facts and opinions into a coherent, engaging story. Page 23.
- Tailoring the spin or “hook” of your article to the needs of the market and the publication’s editorial style can help increase your article sales. Page 13.
- "Nut graphs" and how to compose them. It’s the first thing your editor will look at when reading your copy. Page 24.
- How to convince editors to hire you to write articles on the topics you suggest to them. Page 14.
- “Journalistic ethics” is NOT an oxymoron. Here are the guidelines you must follow as a reporter and writer. Page 25.
- Must you as the writer be a subject matter expert to write an article on a specialized topic and convince the editor of a specialized magazine to run it? Page 15.
- Ideal paragraph length for newspaper stories. Plus: best writing style for the youth market. Page 26.
- What rights should you sell to the publication … and which should you negotiate to keep? Page 30.
- Plus: glossary of editorial terms … professional associations for journalists and writers … model query letters … tax-deductible expenses for writers … spreadsheet for tracking article queries … model invoices … And so much more… all starting on page 49.
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I used to teach full-day and multi-week writing seminars costing between $100 and $300 or more – and that didn’t include travel, food, and lodging.
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Bob is the author of more than 70 books including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Direct Marketing (Alpha), The Copywriter's Handbook (Henry Holt), Business-to-Business Direct Marketing (NTC), and The White Paper Marketing Handbook (Thomson).
He has written hundreds of articles appearing in Subscription Marketing, Direct, Business Marketing, Writer's Digest, Amtrak Express, and many other publications. He writes monthly marketing columns for Early to Rise and DM News.
Bob's writing awards include a Gold Echo from the Direct Marketing Association, an IMMY from the Information Industry Association, two Southstar Awards, an American Corporate Identity Award of Excellence, and the Standard of Excellence award from the Web Marketing Association. He also taught writing at New York University.
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