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Issue #32: Finding Gold Mines in Low Paying Magazines
October 13, 2014
Autumn has arrived in Seattle. The days have cooled off, the leaves are changing colors, and today there’s a light drizzle falling from the sky. That definitely makes it easier to stay inside and get some work done, so I don't mind it.
Here I am at the authors book signing event, which was a lot of fun. And I really enjoyed the high energy, audience engagement during my presentation about breaking into travel writing. It's great to get together with aspiring travel writers and I’m happy when I find so many close to home.
To all of our new subscribers - Welcome to the PitchTravelWrite community!
I receive a lot of emails asking questions that I'm sure are on everyone's mind at one time or another. I've got a page on PitchTravelWrite.com called FAQ's where I post answers to questions that I hear a lot. Here are the two latest:
One freelance writer had a question about finding magazine leads for an antiques article when Writer's Market didn't have much to go on. Magazine leads are critical, of course. Without them you can't sell your stories.
There's a process that I follow, no matter what niche or genre I'm writing in. If you are struggling with finding magazine leads for your story ideas,
you can find my answer here.
My answer to this question is in the same link (above). Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the answers.
As many of you know, I write in a wide variety of genres. Visiting ghost towns and gold mines is one of my favorite niches.
The article this week gives you some insight into how you can use your own interests and special niches and find gold mines - even in low-paying magazines.
Read the article to learn how I do it, and how you can do it, too.
Finding Gold Mines in Low Paying MagazinesWriting about gold mines around the world is one of my special niches. I love the history, the legends, and doing a little bit of recreational gold panning when I visit these places.
In a similar way, I like to look for gold in any writing assignment. If I’m going to put the time and effort into writing an article, how can it provide a tangible benefit to me?
The most common way to benefit is getting paid a fair sum of money (like $1/word) for writing the article. And, as a travel writer, the ideal assignment also includes a press trip to an interesting or exotic place. Nirvana!
Unfortunately, getting high-paying assignments are highly competitive. They are the exception, not the rule, and they are difficult to break into.
Many magazines are hanging on by their fingertips for survival and can only afford to pay writers a modest fee. Some magazines don’t pay writers anything at all.
So, why would we write for magazines that don’t pay well?
There are lots of reasons to write articles, and many people write for reasons other than money. I’ve often seen articles by well-known writers published in ‘small time’ magazines that pay little for an article.
If you’re just getting started, maybe you want to write an article to get a byline. Or maybe you want to communicate a message, educate readers, or talk about something important to you.
Maybe you have something to sell and want to lead them to your website for more information.
As a travel writer, I sometimes write for a low paying magazine for a different purpose than all of these. I write to travel!
When a magazine gives you a legitimate assignment to write an article, you can use this assignment as collateral to request assistance in planning your press trip or Fam tour.
Please share this e-zine with friends, family or anyone who may be interested in travel writing and can benefit from some free marketing and travel writing information.
That’s all for now.
Until next time, you keep pitching....
Please note: Some products mentioned in this e-zine may result in my receiving a small referral fee if you decide to purchase the product. I only recommend products and services that I believe are high quality and can help you be more successful as a freelance writer. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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