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A Guide For Freelance Magazine Writers: How To Jump-Start Your Career

One of the most exciting freelance writing jobs has to be writing for a magazine. But with any career that is both thrilling and glam, it is usually very competitive and can be frustrating. One of the best ways to jump-start your career is by spending some quality time reading the magazines that you are interested in writing for. By doing this you get a better idea of the audience and the calibre of the current writers. Know your audience. Know your competition.

This may sound really negative but you need to understand that the work can be unpredictable, inconsistent and fast moving. Remember that magazines are written for people who have a particular interest and people’s interest may change very quickly.

  • If we look at fashion magazines, what is the trend one season or even week may not be hot news that next week.
  • Once all the articles for a magazine have been completed and edited it then goes for printing or for a makeover publication for an online magazine.
  • While you are producing one edition of the magazine you have to also be planning at least the next edition.

One of the best ways to be a success is to make sure that you have the education needed to compete with the best of the best magazine writers.

  • You need to enjoy writing. Learn more about crafting words. Gain formal qualifications, at the highest level you can achieve. Sign up for seminars and meet other writers.
  • Diversify. Freelance can be unpredictable. You need to make sure that you develop other writing skills other than magazine writing.
  • Always have a backup plan. If you find that you are having difficulty in gaining freelance work in magazines then try writing for a newspaper or make sure that you have another source of income that may not be linked to writing.

As already mentioned the world of magazines can be unpredictable. Learn to be flexible, both in your approach and in your writing. Try out different styles of writing, you may surprise yourself and find that your skills are very adaptable.

Start out small and then blossom and grow. Always keep your eyes on your goal. Start by submitting articles for the local newspaper, this way you will start getting your work into print. The editor may offer you some timely and useful feedback.

You could also pick out the magazine that you would really like to write for and send the editor a few samples of your work that have the content that would support one of their recent articles.

Good Luck


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