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.

writing for magazines

Writing for Magazines

Sheree Bykofsky and  Jennifer Basye Sander’s Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Magazine Articlesis a valuable book on getting articles published and writing for magazines. When was the last time you read a book on writing for magazines? The internet is a good place for soundbites of information (tips), but a book about getting published contains all the information freelance writers need to know in one place. Plus, a print book won’t distract you from your main task: learning what you need to know about writing for magazines.









According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, employment of writers and editors is expected to rise 8 percent from now until 2018. Thanks to the Internet and its millions of writing outlets, demand for freelance writers is higher than ever! That’s good news, fellow scribes.

The following tips for writing for magazines and online e-zines will help you move forward in your writing career. I’ve been freelancing for six years, and these are the tips that really resonated with me…

The Complete Idiot’s Tips on Writing for Magazines

Write now, not later. Play later. Write now. When you get an assignment, don’t procrastinate. Make sure you understand the assignment sheet, ask any questions you need to ask, and start writing. The reason I think this is one of the best tips for becoming a freelance writer and getting repeat work is because I tend to sit on my assignments for a week or two. Then I start researching, and then I write. This is not a good technique for writing, fellow scribes. It’s bad business practice because it potentially puts unnecessary and unprofessional pressure on sources or experts to hurry up and do an interview, and it doesn’t allow room for error or unforeseen circumstances.

Read the “letter from the editor” in past issues. The more you know about the magazine editor – her personality, lifestyle, family, location, quirks, likes, dislikes – the easier it might be to find the perfect article idea for the magazine. If you’re interested in writing for magazines, you need to fit the magazine. Don’t expect the magazine to fit you.

Learn how to research efficiently and effectively. Whether you want to write articles for traditional print magazines or online news websites, you need to have the best information sources. In online writing especially, there is little room for anything but the most important, factually correct information. When you’re learning how to get articles published, make sure you learn how to research your topic. Writing for print magazines is a bit different – you don’t need to work as fast as for online e-zines, but it’s a good skill to learn.

magazine article publishing tips

5 Things You Need to Know About Getting Articles Published

If you already know how to get articles published, read 11 Types of Magazine Articles to Write for Magazines.

Never stop learning how to get articles published. If this tip was in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles, I missed it. This tip for writing for magazines is one of the best pieces of advice I could ever give you: never stop reading books about freelance writing. For instance, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles has a whole page on the importance of using transitions to guide your reader from idea to idea. I’m an experienced writer, but even so I need to continually improve my skills. How? By reading books about writing, which I do all the time.



Need encouragement? Get a beautiful FREE "She Blossoms" 2019 calendar when you sign up for my free weekly Blossom Tips!

One Blossom Tip a week. Short and sweet. You'll love it.

* indicates required



Fellow scribes, I welcome your thoughts on these tips on how to get articles published. To learn more about writing fro magazines, read How to Pitch a Query Letter to Magazine Editors.











My Books - She Blossoms

Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back She Blossoms Laurie Pawlik
Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back - to help you walk through loss into a new season of life. I share glimpses into my life with a schizophrenic mother, living in foster homes, teaching in Africa, and coping with infertility. Woven through the book are practical, encouraging Blossom Tips to help you grow and flourish!





How to Let Go of Someone You Love She Blossoms Laurie Pawlik

How to Let Go of Someone You Love - Powerful Secrets (and Practical Tips!) for Healing Your Heart After a Breakup. Do you feel like you'll never get over your broken heart? This ebook - available immediately - will help you heal. It's time to let go of what was, and embrace what will be.





When You Miss Him Like Crazy She Blossoms Laurie Pawlik

When You Miss Him Like Crazy - 25 Lessons to Move You From Broken to Blossoming After a Breakup! You miss him desperately right now, but you won't always feel this way. This warm, comforting ebook will give you the tools, encouragement and strength you need to move through the pain and start blossoming - today!



Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *