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Vol 17 Number 8 - March 5, 2013

In this Issue:

  • "Welcome" - Dan Case, editor

  • Feature "Five Ways to Use Your '15 Minutes of Fame' to Make More Money" by Jennifer Brown Banks

  • 12 Paying Markets - High, Medium, and Low

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Five Ways to Use Your “15 Minutes of Fame” to Make More Money

by Jennifer Brown Banks

As creative professionals, publishing our works in both print and online publications allows us to make a difference and make a living as well. Depending upon the venue, in a matters of minutes, there’s a chance to connect with hundreds, (or maybe thousands) of potential clients, blog followers, and future publishers, to not only increase our exposure, but our bottom line.

Which is why capitalizing on your exposure is so important. Yet, some writers fail to make the most of these important opportunities.

Here’s a case in point. About a month ago, I read an engaging Q & A on a popular Ezine for writers. So intrigued by what I read, I immediately scrolled down to the bottom of the page, to read the featured writer’s bio, to contact her about collaborating on a project.

To my surprise, there was no bio provided, and no website either. So, I did what most inquisitive writers do; I Googled her. To make a long story short, after about 20 minutes of going in circles and trying to comb through countless links and social media profiles, I just gave up. To make matters worse, this feature piece appeared on a site that boasts over 20,000 subscribers. What a huge loss. Don’t let it happen to you.

If your goal this year is to make more progress and earn what you deserve, here are a few insider’s tips to close the deal. 

  1. When publishing work, if you don’t have a website to point to, consider constructing a blog until you can afford something better. Why? Having a “central hub” where others can learn more about who you are and the scope of your services allows you to work smarter, not harder. It also establishes you as a serious professional.

  2. Include an email signature line in daily emails to editors and others, to promote your business. A few simple lines that include your title, awards, or other mentionables, can sometimes make all the difference. Not doing so is the equivalent of attending a networking event without any business cards. What’s the point?

  3. Use social media wisely. Social media has massive appeal. It also has the power to make or break one’s professional career. Keep postings PG rated and conservative. If a potential client were to click on your FaceBook page, would you be pleased? Or have to plead the 5th?

  4. Consider the benefits of Guest Blogging. Posting an article on the site of popular blogs can create important connections, and allow you to tap into a bigger audience base. Some blogs, (like Renegade Writer and Make a Living Writing) pay writers 50 bucks for quality submissions on various writing topics. Add guest posting to your promotional efforts this year to reach greater heights.

  5. Have a potential client on the hook? Don’t forget to use testimonials in your marketing message. Whether they’re reflected on your website, or in collateral materials you send to pitch new places, they speak volumes about your abilities as a service provider.

The smarter you are about using your “15 minutes of fame“, the longer you’ll enjoy the spoils of success.

© 2013 by Jennifer Brown Banks

Jennifer Brown Banks is the former senior editor of Mahogany Magazine. She holds a B.A. in Business Management and blogs at Penandprosper.blogspot.com

12 Paying Markets
Updated or added in our database since February 26, 2013

High - Over $500

  • Diablo - Guidelines:  Pays on acceptance.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Travel, food, homestyle, and profiles in San Francisco East Bay area. 

  • Information Week - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction.  Subjects: E-commerce. 

  • Wend - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Accepts simultaneous submissions.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Adventure travel with a social/anthropological/environmental awareness theme. 

Medium - $125 - $500

  • The Chronicle of the Horse - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, fillers, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Competition results, how-to equitation, horse care, interviews with prominent horse people. 

  • The Country Connection - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, fiction, columns/departments, fillers, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Canadian Pro-nature, country themes. 

  • Kentucky Monthly - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Kentucky general interest. 

  • StarIQ - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction.  Subjects: Astrology. 

  • Texas Parks & Wildlife - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Texas outdoors. Hunting, fishing, bicycling, canoeing, hiking. 

Low - Less than $125

  • The Comics Journal - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments.  Subjects: Industry News, Interviews, Reviews of Current Comic Book Works. 

  • FellowScript - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Seeks nonfiction, fillers.  Subjects: Material specifically slanted towards the needs and interests of Christian writers. 

  • Indiana Review - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Accepts simultaneous submissions.  Seeks nonfiction, fiction, fillers, photos/artwork.  Subjects: Essays, poetry, book reviews. 

  • The Iowa Review - Guidelines:  Pays on publication.  Accepts simultaneous submissions.  Seeks nonfiction, fiction, fillers.  Subjects: Stories, essays, poems for a general readership. 

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