Saturday, November 27, 2010

Writing for the Regionals

Jennifer Gregory had this to say after using the ebook for over a year:

"By using Get Published I have published over 160 times (including reprints) in over 27 different magazines in the past year. Through the relationships I have been able to build with editors I have also been able to get several assignments with the magazines."

I have had the same experience. Eventually I'd like to start writing for national publications, but I will remain loyal to the publications who gave me my start. Some writers turn their nose up at those of us who make $50 per article, yet so many are writing for content mills for only $15 per article and they don't retain the rights and make no money off of reprints. I'd say making $50 per article 10 times is not a bad way to make a living. Who says you can't write for locals AND nationals?

You can do it all!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

How to Sell Articles Again and Again

The following is an excerpt from the ebook Get Published in Regional Parenting Magazines:

Even though the pay is relatively low, writing for RPMs can earn you valuable publishing credits. You’ll need those clips and credits in order to make your move to writing for national publications in the future. Don’t think an author website is unnecessary and too costly for you to set up. You don’t need a professional website developer to showcase your writing credits and synopses of your published pieces. For now, in fact, my author website in on Blogger.

Once you get a body of work under your belt, you’ll want to periodically send an email to all editors to let them know about your author website, which will list all of your available reprints. The reason you’ll do this is to keep your work fresh in their mind for when they need filler pieces.

Your author website is important and should include the following:

• Something about you as a writer and a person

• A photo of you

• Summaries of articles you have written or have had published

• Links to the places where you have been published (your publishing credits), serving as a type of online resume

• A list of available reprints you have for sale

• Testimonials/references. Don’t be afraid to ask for these from editors you have worked with. I have found LinkedIn to be a great resource for asking for recommendations, and I make sure to ask the editor if I can use their recommendation on my author website.

• Links to your online writing so editors can see your writing style

• A way to contact you

With a little patience and a lot of hard work, your author website will grow as you write more pieces, are published more places and gain testimonials. Check out some sample author websites:

Saturday, November 20, 2010

How to Get an Article Published

I recently pitched and wrote two original articles for Calgary’s Child in Canada. When I checked out the digital issue, only one of them had been published. Do you think I sat down and cried? Do you think I yelled and screamed and cursed Calgary’s Child?

Heck no.

I jumped up and down for several reasons:

1. I published something. Period. I get paid to do what I love AND get to stay at home with my kids.

2. The pieces were a little too similar to each other. I don’t blame them for only picking the strongest one.

3. They chose THREE more of my reprints and published them.

Even if they hadn’t purchased those 3 other pieces, I would still be one of the happiest work-at-home moms on the planet.

Please share your successes with me and provide a link to your article or magazine or blog.
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