Writing is only part of a freelance writer’s career. You must also spend a lot of time marketing yourself and your work, paying careful attention to business details such as quarterly taxes, and staying ahead of ever-changing trends in all areas of publishing. There is also the matter of intense competition from many thousands of other writers, but don’t let that stop you.
Be honest with yourself about the quality of your writing skills. Chances are excellent that a busy editor will not continue to read your submission if she sees lots of grammatical errors.
“Know the romance market,” says Sheri McGregor, author of “Under One Roof.” Romance novels made up more than 50 percent of mass market fiction sold in 1997. “Read in the genre and find where you think your story ideas fit. Get the guidelines. Then write your story with the market in mind, without letting go of your story’s heart,” McGregor says.
Know the story you want to tell, and know your characters.
A writer explores a subject he is interested in, then queries a magazine that may be interested in that topic. At first, the writer has to ask magazines for work, but eventually the magazines may start doing the asking. Following are steps to begin writing magazine articles.
Read the magazines you want to write for. You will need to write the same kinds of articles if you want to get published in them.
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We don’t always like what we read in magazines, newspapers and online media. Sometimes, we love the article and want to add our two cents. If you have something to say, say it! Here are a few easy steps to help you write to an editor of a publication.
Pick a topic that you feel passionate about. Relate it to an issue very recently discussed in the publication to which you are writing.
The summary of your article is your last chance to convey the message you are trying to send. If you are trying to call your reader to action, it is your last opportunity to convince your reader to take that first step. If you are writing an informative article, it is your opportunity to sum up all your main points. Writing a good article summary is key to leaving your readers with a lasting impression of your article.