Magazine Articles & Query Letters


How Not to Ruin Your Writing Career With Reader’s Digest

These four practical tips on how to start writing articles for Reader’s Digest are based on my humbling experience with my column pitch. I’d just started my freelance writing career when I got my first assignment with Reader’s Digest.  Yay! I wrote an article about going green on Valentine’s Day – and it went so […]

How Not to Ruin Your Writing Career With Reader's Digest

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11 Popular Magazine Articles That Editors Love to Publish

Here are the 11 most popular types of articles in magazines – both online and print publications. I also included descriptions of roundups, personality profiles, research shorts, human interest, and “how to” articles. If you’re an aspiring freelance writer, this list of the different types of magazine articles will help you write big, bold, and beautiful. And […]


7 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Writer’s Conference

These tips for a successful writer’s conference will prepare you to get the most out of your publishing, editing, and writing workshops and seminars! Here’s a roundup of things I learned in my three days at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in British Columbia, Canada. First, though, here’s what one writer said: “Writers are introverted and insecure.” – best-selling author […]

7 Tips for a Successful Writers Conference

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How to Get Good Story Ideas for Ezines and Print Magazines

Yes, you can be 100% sure that your pitches will pique the editor’s interest! Here’s how to get good story ideas to write for ezines, popular blogs, online journals, and even print magazines. “This is a great article on creative ways to find story ideas for articles, but I have two more tips to add,” says Joan […]


How to Start Freelance Writing at 40 – and Make Money

These tips on how to start a freelance writing career at 40 are screaming to get out of me! Why? Because I’m taking this epic Artist’s Way writing course, and the facilitator told us it’s never too late to start writing. Even at 40, or at 50, or 60. That was the good news. Yes, […]

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How to Get Published

Whether you want to publish a short story, article, novel, or nonfiction book – you’ll need to write a query letter. These tips on how to get published revolve around the single most important letter you’ll ever write. Do you know how to write a query letter? Learn from the experts in Writer’s Market: The Most […]


How to Write an Article – Test Your Story Idea

The most important part of learning how to write an article for a magazine, periodical, or newspaper is recognizing good story ideas. No matter how skillfully you write, an editor won’t publish an article on a topic that’s been covered gazillions of times. In The Complete Guide to Article Writing: How to Write Successful Articles […]

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How to Become a Freelance Writer

How to Become a Freelance Writer

Writing for a living is awesome! These tips on how to become a freelance writer are inspired by reader’s questions about pitching query letters, waiting for magazine editors to respond, writing for your blog, and starting out as a writer. If you want to make money writing, read Secrets of a Freelance Writer: How to […]


How to Write a Magazine Article

From pitching a query letter to submitting your invoice to the editor, these tips on how to write a magazine article will give you the inside scoop on freelance writing. I learned how to be a freelance writer by reading books such as The Art and Craft of Feature Writing: Based on The Wall Street […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About Writing for Magazines

These tips on how to write for magazines are from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles. These tidbits jumped out at me as some of the most important things freelance writers need to know about writing for magazines. Sheree Bykofsky and  Jennifer Basye Sander’s Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Magazine Articlesis a valuable book […]


5 Ways to Become a Freelance Writer Who Gets Repeat Work

Here are five tips on how to become a freelance writer who keeps getting work from editors of print and online magazines. One thing I didn’t realize when I first started freelancing was that good writers don’t have to keep pitching articles. Editors need a stable good writers, and when they find a writer who is smart, […]

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15 Things You Need to Be a Freelance Writer

Ten of these tips are from a panel of BC magazine editors, and five are my things you need to know if you want to be a freelance writer. It was easy for me to sell my articles and earn a living as a freelance writer for two reasons: 1) I read all the books on […]