I think that is a reminder for all of us my friend. Thank God you are back on track. Thanks…
Women writers will find there are many opportunities to write for magazines. There are magazines on almost any topic: hobbies, sports, business, cars, boats, collectibles, decorating, cooking, child-rearing, and many children’s interests. This creates an exuberant market for women writers.
Perhaps you would like to become one of those women who write for magazines. Here are some magazine submission tips I hope will help you get started.
Finding the Right Magazine. Finding a publication that covers the topics you want to write about is the first step. You can find a list of publications in a directory for writers at a bookstore. Libraries always offer a reference list in a “List of Periodicals.” Also, large bookstores keep a sizable selection of magazines on their shelves.
Read the Publications. After locating the ideal magazines you are interested in writing for please read them and identify their editorial perspective. This will give you ideas on how to adapt your article to their interests. You wouldn’t send an article on cooking to a sailing magazine. But perhaps you could change the focus of your article to cooking on a sailboat. This approach will give you a much better chance of seeing your article published. However, you will gain more results writing for a magazine that covers the same types of subjects your article represents.
Make it concise and simple with an outline of your subjects.
Submit a Cover Letter. When you are prepared to submit articles to a publication, send a cover letter outlining your idea to the editor. Make it concise and simple with an outline of your subjects. Give the exact length of your article and ensure them you will deliver on their deadline. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and wait to hear from them. Make your pitch to several magazines and be sure to customize it for each one you contact.
You might receive many rejections before you are accepted. This is where your ability to persevere and not give up on being a woman author must come shining through with the light of reason! Momma always said, “A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.” Once your get that first article published in a magazine, it will be well worth the wait. Even if your article gets published in a magazine that doesn’t pay for its articles, at least you will be published and now able to add this to your resume.
Writing Professionally as a Woman Author. The women writers who want to be published must be smart and professional. Always submit your best writing. Don’t waste an editor’s time with hastily written copy or missed deadlines. As a rule of thumb it has been suggested that when submitting an article to magazines, your word count should be at least 15 words above or below the number requested.
This will assist you in building a professional relationship…
As a professional courtesy always send a handwritten thank-you note to the editor after you’ve been published. Then wait a few weeks and send the editor another pitch to sell your next idea. This will assist you in building a professional relationship where your name and quality of work will be recognized and established. Be a dependable, professional woman writer whom the editor will look forward to hearing from.
Makes sure you stay current with your research, and write letters to editors on a regular basis. Once you are committed to writing you will begin to see results There is a huge market waiting for magazine writers, especially women magazine writers. What are you waiting for? Start pecking those darn keys and get to it! Be that writer you know you can be!
Thank you so much for your continued readership and support. Until next week…Blessings and Peace!
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I wrote fore a few magazines sometime ago. It’s worth the time and effort. It also helps with motivation and encourages a write to write more because it’s been accepted. Acceptance is important for all writers – new and experienced. Great post.