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Vol 16 Number 22 - December 11, 2012

In this Issue:

  • "Welcome" - Dan Case, editor

  • Feature "

  • 12 Paying Markets - High, Medium, and Low

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Make Money Attending Writing Conferences

by Mary Ann Kerl

Go ahead.

Attend a writer's conference this year—and make money for the upcoming year. I do it all the time, and I certainly don’t mean that as a brag. Here is what I mean: If I can do it, you can too. It’s not hard.

In fact, you can make money before attending a conference. How? Simply check out a state or local newspaper where the conference will be held. Ask if they would be interested in an article on the upcoming conference. Chances are good they will be, especially if the community takes an interest in the fine arts.

Then do your homework. Get in the touch with the contact person(s) coordinating the conference and ask them to give you some information. They will be glad to get the publicity also.

Now, continue to get more information on the conference. Find out what editors, authors and agents will be there. Take advantage of this opportunity. Produce some manuscript(s) that you want to pitch at the conference and make your editor and/or agent appointments early and accordingly. You never know. This could be the big break for that novel you wrote. And, if magazine and/or newspaper editors will be attending, don’t forget them. Pitch your magazine stories and news articles too. Don’t have any? Study the companies sending representatives to the conference and write some manuscripts for the particular markets to be represented at the conference. This also brings in nice monies for a writing income.

And, don’t stop there. Go to all the workshops you can at the conference. Before the workshop, quickly ask the editor/agent/author if you can write an article about them. Again, chances are good the speakers will say yes. They, too, like publicity. And markets like Writer’s Digest, The Writer’s Journal and other writing magazines love this stuff.

Most important, be social. Attend the social events and buzz sessions at the conference. Network. Rub elbows with editors, agents and other authors like yourself. At one conference, I visited with an editor for about an hour at a buzz session. I could see she began to take an interest in my work.

“I really need articles for this summer,” the editor said. She managed a local farming publication.

“I’d be happy to interview some people for you,” I said.

“Great!” she said, and then she gave details on exactly what she was looking for.

When I went home, I interviewed a farm woman—and sold the article. Then I interviewed a farmer and sold that story. Then another. I ended up selling about six articles that summer to the magazine. This brought in an extra thousand dollars for my writing income from just that market alone.

I also take advantage of the sample publisher’s writing guidelines that are on hand at writing conferences. Then, when I get home, I study these and write and submit material accordingly. I make most, and sometimes all, my yearly writing income from studying these guidelines and writing and slanting my material accordingly for the various markets.

Go ahead. You can too. Enjoy the conference—and the monies you’re bound to receive!

© 2012 by Mary Ann Kerl

A freelance writer, Mary Ann Kerl also teaches online communication courses for the University of Phoenix. Over 2,000 of her articles and short stories have appeared in over 100 different publications, including Writer's Digest, The Writer, Family Circle, Home Life, Children's Digest and others. She sold 16 books to royalty companies, including Augsburg Fortress. Her latest book is Devoted to Economizing with Devoted Books.

13 Paying Markets
Updated or added in our database since December 4, 2012

High - Over $500

  • Adirondack Life - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Activities, history, culture, recreation directly related to the Adirondacks.. 

  • HR Magazine - Guidelines:  Pays on acceptance.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments.  Subjects: Human resource, business news, benefits, recruitment, training, career development, compensation. 

  • TPJ - The Tube & Pipe Journal - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Instructional . 

  • Writer's Chronicle - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, fiction, columns/departments.  Subjects: Best essays on the craft and art of writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. 

Medium - $125 - $500

  • The Christian Science Monitor - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, fillers, photos/artwork.  Subjects: International daily newspaper, current events, newsworthy items. 

  • Clubhouse - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, fiction, fillers.  Subjects: Children ages 8 to 12, emphasis on Christian values. 

  • Clubhouse Jr. - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, fiction, fillers.  Subjects: Children 4 to 8, emphasis on Christian values. 

  • Russian Life - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Russian Culture, travel, history, cities, towns, politics, issues. 

  • Sasee Magazine - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments.  Subjects: Women's lifestyle. 

Low - Less than $125

  • Apogee Photo Magazine - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Photography. 

  • Ceramics Monthly - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Ceramic Art,and Craft Field. 

  • Over My Dead Body - Guidelines:  Pays on acceptance.  Accepts simultaneous submissions.  Seeks nonfiction, fiction.  Subjects: Mystery-related manuscripts, from cozy to hardboiled and everything in between.. 

  • Tech Directions - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Technology, CTE, and applied science education for elementary through postsecondary years. 

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