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Issue #277: Highly Effective Self Promotions: How to Gather Testimonials
October 21, 2019
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Editorial: Dealing with Magazines That Don’t Pay For Your Work

In my first couple of years in the freelance writing game, I would occasionally discover magazines that did not pay their contributors. This surprised me at the time.

These editors rely upon the novice writer’s gullibility, or play on their desire to get published, using phrases like “it will increase your exposure as a writer” to get them to donate an article.

Sometimes I decided to play their game - I would donate a story if it suited me. I wanted to build my bylines. So I had one story published in each non-paying magazine.

Of my first 100 published articles, 34 were written for free. This helped me build my bylines rapidly. Then, as I moved up the travel writing totem pole, I stopped donating my stories.

If you encounter a magazine that doesn’t pay, you’ll need to decide about whether or not you want to "donate" an article for the byline, or simply move on. This decision depends largely on where you are in your progression as a writer, and your own business philosophy.

Seasoned writers typically ignore magazines that do not pay. We target the ones that pay top dollar. Beginners don’t usually have the luxury of getting published in top dollar magazines, but most magazines do pay their writers, however modest. Whether or not to write an article for free is a decision you’ll have to make for yourself.

Here’s a link to a more in-depth article about writing for free and when you might consider doing it. And, because this is always a hot topic, I wrote some guidelines for travel writers and writing for free.

This Week's Featured Post

Highly Effective Self Promotions: How to Gather Testimonials from Editors & CVBs

I often look at other travel writer’s websites to get ideas on how to improve my writer’s website. And, I’m constantly amazed at how my peers undersell themselves and their talents. 

It’s understandable that people have trouble self-promoting - and it’s a common problem with introverted writers. 

But, there’s an easy and highly effective technique you can use to promote yourself and your writing. It will help you get assignments and pave the way for travel assistance on self-guided press trips.

What’s the technique? Let someone else promote you!   Here’s how I collect testimonials from editors and Convention & Visitors’ Bureaus (CVBs), and then publish them on my writer’s website. Follow these same steps to collect your testimonials, enhance your website, and let other people promote you and your writing …


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That's all for this week.

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Roy Stevenson
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