How do you start an online magazine that has good ideas, attracts subscribers and advertisers, makes a profit, and even creates a community of readers who share tips and support?
Writing articles for magazines isn't as hard as you think. Yes, there's lots of competition. Sure, you'll receive more rejections from editors and publishers than acceptances. But that's actually good news, because it discourages other writers! And that leaves the freelance writing field open for smart cookies like you.
If you think natural talent - the ability to write well - is a personality trait of a successful writer, you'd be wrong. "Talent is cheaper than table salt," says bestselling author and writing teacher Stephen King.
I've written literally thousands of articles and blog posts since I first started blogging in 2008. Believe it or not, learning how to write good titles that are eye-catching, attention-grabbing and curiosity-invoking was never high on my list of priorities.
My Reader's Digest editor taught me more about writing magazine articles and query letters than any other editor I've worked with! These are the ten most important things I learned about writing for Reader's Digest; these tips will also help you understand and follow the submission guidelines for contributors (which can feel overwhelming to freelancers).
How did I earn $35,000 my first year as a freelance writer? Not by writing for free! These freelance writing pay rates reveal how it's possible to earn a good living as a writer. I also list several writing jobs and pay rates for freelance writers who work for magazines, newspapers, editors, and publishing houses.