Magazine Writing Tips


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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8 Things You Need to Know About Succeeding as a Freelance Writer

Yes, you can earn more than $5 per article as a writer for magazines and online websites! And yes, you can succeed in the field of freelance writing. These practical tips will help you nudge your dreams closer to reality. My inspiration for this article came from a reader who asked a question about article writing for beginner […]


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

How to Write an Author Bio When You’ve Never Been Published

How to Write an Author Bio When You’ve Never Been Published

Learning how to write your author bio – even if you’ve never been published – may be easier than you think. It’s a classic writer’s conundrum: you can’t sell your articles to magazine editors because you haven’t been published yet, and you can’t get published because you haven’t sold any articles yet! I get it. I’ve […]


How to Write a Good Ending to Your Article or Essay

Some writers believe ending well is more important than starting strong. These five tips on how to end an article, essay, or chapter will help you find the right way to say “The End” without coming out and saying…ahem…The End. “It is always important to know when something has reached its end,” writes Paulo Coelho in The […]

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How to Write a Query Letter to a Magazine

How to Write a Query Letter and Get Your Article Published

How do you get an article published in a magazine? By learning how to write a query letter to a magazine editor, of course! That’s your first step – because without an excellent pitch, you’ll never sell your articles. Here’s what one beginning freelance magazine writer says: “I have a brilliant idea for an article, […]


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 […]

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How to Get Your Magazine Article Published in a Niche Market

These five things you need to know about getting your magazine article published will help you break into the niche market of your dreams. I’m featuring an awesome new book on how to get published – it’s called Selling Your Writing to the Boating Magazines and Other Niche Mags by Michael Robertson. First, know this: […]


How to Write Powerful Words That Grab Attention

When you’re writing for readers easily distracted by the common ground squirrel, you need to know how to write powerful words that grab – and keep – their attention. Your readers’ attention, that is. Not the squirrel’s. I’ve recently been mesmerized by The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Power Words by Scott Snair, PhD. Almost every […]

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Writing Techniques That Make Words Come Alive

Writing Techniques That Make Words Come Alive

These writing techniques won’t make your words come alive unless you actually apply them to your writing. That is, you need to edit your work by looking for each technique in your writing. The only way to write better is to rewrite your work. If you’re serious about learning how to write better, read Improve Your Writing […]


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 […]

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How to Decide if You Should Major in Journalism

If you want to be a journalist, you might consider becoming a journalism major. A successful writing career doesn’t depend on journalism school – but an education can be helpful! Here’s what to think about when you’re choosing a college major. I’m not convinced you need to go to college and be a journalism major to become […]