Newspaper Writing Tips


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 an Author Bio When You’ve Never Been Published

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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 […]


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 Become a Freelance Writer

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How to Think Like an Editor – 8 Tips for Writers

You need to think like an editor if you want to sell your articles, blog posts, and books. These tips for writers will help you get published – or at least see the idea-generating process in a different way. Finding article ideas that editors will actually pay to publish is the hardest part of freelance […]


10 Ways to Get More Writing Gigs

You love to write, but you also love to make money writing. Right? Here are 10 ways to get more writing jobs, based on my success as a freelance writer. I earned over $40,000 in my first year writing freelance articles for magazines. There is no secret to making money as a writer, no special […]

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10 Steps for Writers Who Want to Earn More Than $15 Per Article

Earning $15 per article is a fine way to start a writing career – but don’t lose these steps for writers who want to earn MORE money from their articles and posts! The lowest amount of money I’ll accept for writing an article is $50. Those articles don’t require research or interviews – they’re straight […]


When to Ask Magazine Editors About Article Pay Rates

Congratulations – a magazine editor is interested in publishing your article! But when do you ask about pay rates? These tips for freelancers are inspired by a reader’s question… One of my favorite freelance writing books is The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success – it’ll get you away from the “rules” of […]

When to Ask Magazine Editors About Article Pay Rates

For Reporters – The Best Way to Make Your Articles Better

What do you think is the best way to make your articles better? These tips for newspaper and magazine writing are especially for reporters – but they apply to all types of writers. They’re from Vancouver-based publication coach Daphne Gray-Grant – one of my writing mentors. “Do you see interviewing as a fact-gathering mission?” asks Gray-Grant. “If […]


Should I Quit My Job to Work as a Writer for Hire?

The $1,000,000 question: “Should I quit my job to work as a writer for hire?” Here are a few tips to help you figure out if you’re ready to work as a freelancer full-time. For me, the biggest sign that I didn’t want to continue working as a freelancer was that I quickly wearied of pitching new article […]


When You Get a Freelance Writing Assignment – Steps for Writers

When you get a freelance writing assignment, do a happy dance! Then get to work. These ten steps for writers will help you write an excellent feature article and ensure the editor gives you more assignments. Before the tips, a quip: “Successful magazine writers have the skills fo a news reporter and the gifts of a […]


Top 10 Traits of Successful Freelance Writers

A panel of BC magazine editors described the top 10 qualities of good freelance writers, in a writers conference at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. Here’s what they said… Are you struggling to make money as a freelance writer? Read The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Commercial Freelancer in Six Months or Less by Peter Bowerman. […]

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How to Write Interesting Newspaper Articles

To learn how to write interesting magazine or newspaper articles, you need to study how news writers do it. These tips are inspired by a newspaper article by Vancouver Sun reporter, Peter McKnight. McKnight’s article is all about the F-word – but that’s not what makes his writing interesting! He could write about fluff, and […]