Here is the piece I am sending out for today. It's also a reprint like I've been sending and is an evergreen piece. Instead of sending my reprints once and then never again, I think sending them annually is smarter. Editors change, publications come and go, opinions and magazine space change.
I suggest you get a good system down that works for you. I use Excel and in one tab have all the publications and what they have used of mine (so I'm not sending a magazine something they've already used and wasting their time), in another tab I have it arranged by article so I can see when each was published and how it did, another tab for financial stuff like invoice numbers and amounts, and another tab for my submissions plan.
So here is my offering to the magazine gods today, and I'll keep you updated on how it fares. It's been used twice and I received $85 for it from just one round of submitting!
#27 Home Renovation Sanity
And here is your #27 tip/step/help for the month:
Remember who your audience is. I submit the same articles to every publication in my book, but I also realize that some of the magazines will never publish my pieces on homeschooling or attachment parenting, and that's okay.
If you want to dust off your ideas and take the challenge with me sometime this summer, comment below and get my book here on Amazon as an ebook or as a print book. My book not only has all the markets you need with contact and pay information, but also embellishes on the tips I'm going to be giving you this month to get you going. I recommend the print version (I make the same amount of money either way pretty much) because you are going to want to make notes, cross things out, highlight publications you've worked with, etc.