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Vol 17 Number 3 - January 22, 2013

In this Issue:

  • "Welcome" - Dan Case, editor

  • Feature "Quality articles. Quality Relationships. Quality Income"
    by Steff Green

  • 15 Paying Markets - High, Medium, and Low

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Quality articles. Quality Relationships. Quality Income


by Steff Green

When I started freelance writing, I was told to make any kind of successful career out of writing, I would need to make contact with an editor and pitch an article every single day.

All the experts said "Send a query every day". So I listened, and I sent a query every day. In fact, in my usual desire to work twice as hard as everyone else, I would over exceed this, sending five, ten … up to twenty letters every day.

As soon as one rejection came in, I'd edit and send the query out again. I kept this up for many months, sending out hundreds of queries and waiting for the job offers to roll in.

And they did, sort of. I wrote for several magazines, including a few high paying ones. I even "broke" into a couple of my favorite major publications, so I figured I had the hang of this freelance writing business. But I wasn’t earning anything like what I thought I’d be earning – I certainly couldn’t pay the bills with my freelance income, despite the hours of work I put into querying.

I kept at it, convinced I was onto a winning formula.

I was wrong.

In aiming for breadth, rather than depth, I wasn't trying to sell again to the same markets. I didn't build relationships with editors. Each time I queried, I was trying to "break" into a market. I was working my ass off instead of chilling out with the network I’d already built.

Cue facepalm. I know, how silly, right?

I sold over 100 articles, but it took me much longer and expended much more effort than it should have. And in the frenzy of querying and writing and getting work I had completely overlooked the need for making connections with editors, clients and other writers.

The following year, I revised my strategy. I focused on sending queries to only the 10 magazines I enjoyed the most. Instead of sending 30 queries to 30 new magazines every month, I send off a completed assignment with two new pitches to around 5 different editors. I focused on building relationships with magazines, and having myself known for a certain type of article.

I connect with editors via Twitter and LinkedIn, and email them back immediately with the contract, more pitches and ideas. I work on making each article the best thing I’ve ever written, so they can’t help but ask me for more. I spend less time frantically querying, and more time on what I really love – writing.

And, since I've done this, I've noticed several changes:

  • I'm spending a lot less time researching markets and writing queries and a lot more time writing and selling work

  • I've been offered more features and higher-paying jobs, because editors know who I am and trust me to write a good piece

  • I've landed my first ever bi-monthly column

  • Editors have recommended me to colleagues, bringing in additional work

  • My income from freelance writing has become more regular, and steadily increased.

The moral of the story is: quality wins over quantity every time. Not just quality of your work, but the quality of the connections you make with people in the industry.

© 2013 by Steff Green


15 Paying Markets
Updated or added in our database since January 15, 2013

High - Over $500

  • Heliotrope Magazine - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, fiction, fillers.  Subjects: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery and Horror short stories. 

  • Midwest Living - Guidelines:  Pays on acceptance.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments.  Subjects: Travel, food, home and garden. 

  • Smithsonian Magazine - Guidelines:  Pays on acceptance.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Arts, science, technology, history, nature, the environment, culture. 

  • The Sun - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, fiction, fillers, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Essays, interviews, fiction, and poetry. 

  • Yoga Journal - Guidelines:  Pays on acceptance.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Yoga, Nutrition and diet, cooking, natural skin, body care. 


Medium - $125 - $500

  • Okanagan Life Magazine - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Regional magazine serving Okanagan residents Valleywide in British Columbia Canada. 

  • Online - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Practical, how-to advice on the efficient and effective use of electronic information. 

  • Paint Horse Journal - Guidelines:  Pays on acceptance.  Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Paint horses, owners, historical, how-to, train and show horses. 

  • Scale Auto - Guidelines: Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Model cars. 

  • This Land - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Explores the cultural landscape of Oklahoma: past, present, and future. 


Low - Less than $125

  • Colorado Central Magazine - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Culture, economy, politics, issues, people, history of Central Colorado and the San Luis Valley. 

  • Lake Country Journal - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, fiction, columns/departments, fillers, photos/artwork.  Subjects: North central Minnesota lakes area. 

  • Road & Travel Magazine - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Automotive, travel, and personal safety topics, slanted towards women. 

  • Snowshoe Magazine - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Profiles, destinations, health/fitness, snowshoe race coverage, protection of the environment. 

  • Travelers' Tales - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction.  Subjects: Anthology, travel stories personal, nonfiction stories, anecdotes-funny, illuminating, adventurous. 

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