If you’re interested in magazine writing, there are endless publications for which you can write, especially when you go beyond the ordinary, and look for those “secret” publications of which most writers are completely unaware.
We discussed the secret publications in this article, Magazine Writing: Sell Your Articles Today:
These kinds of searches can be very, very profitable. Here’s why: custom publications aren’t besieged by hopeful writers. They’re not on any database of writing markets. And because of this, they’re not only receptive to writers, they also pay writers well. Publications which receive thousands of pitches from writers a week aren’t inclined to pay much, or pay quickly.
Therefore, while finding custom publication publishers takes a little digging and detective work, it’s a wonderful use of your time. You’re doing what 999 writers of 1000 won’t do – you’re using your creativity and your brain and you’ll be rewarded.
Custom publications are everywhere: start looking for them.
In the above article, we gave you a strategy for finding custom publications. They can also appear in your letterbox. I received several this week.
One was from our local veterinary surgeon. I haven’t asked him about his magazine, but if I were looking for magazine writing jobs I would. He might well be paying a writer to produce this glossy magazine which he sends out every few months. I’d also ask him whether he receives custom publications from dog food manufacturers, or veterinary drug companies. It’s highly likely that he does.
Another publication was from our local council. They send out a magazine every couple of months. And yet another was from a health insurance company. If I were looking for magazine writing gigs, I’d investigate all these possibilities. Here’s why: even if the magazine you approach doesn’t need articles or a writer, they receive custom publications too — and they will give them to any writer who asks.
Custom publications buy personal essays.
We discussed writing and selling personal essays earlier this week. You’ll find that few custom publications run personal essays. It’s not that they don’t want to run them; it’s that they have real challenges finding material. Most of the content is written by staff, since few writers approach these publications.
One tip if you’re writing personal essays. Unlike other material which you write for magazines, you write the full essay. You never pitch an essay, because an essay needs to be read in its entirety.
So there you have it: custom publications pay, and they’re rarely approached by writers. Check Google, and keep an eye on your mailbox. Custom publications are everywhere, and some are wonderful markets for writers.
Get started with magazine writing
Magazine writing is both easy and highly profitable. Once you’ve learned the techniques in these writing guides, you’ll soon be writing for magazines which pay from $1 to $4 PER WORD.
With thousands of magazines to write for, and new magazines being started every year, you’ll never run out of writing opportunities. Get started writing for magazines today. And don’t forget custom publications — you’ll have little competition, once you find these little goldmines.
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