When it comes to freelance writing, there are many markets you can break into. You can write articles, press releases, blog entries, you can write ad copy and you can even write how-to’s. These projects, depending on the client, typically don’t pay more than $10-20 each. If you can crank them out fairly quickly, however, while concentrating on producing quality work, you can make a great living as long as you work at least 7-8 hours per day. However, there’s a much higher paying market that I haven’t mentioned, which I’m pretty sure you can infer from the title. You guessed it, it’s magazine writing.
Magazine writing has many advantages. You not only get your own byline, which you often don’t get with articles and press releases, but you also get paid a whole lot more. You can often get paid hundreds of dollars for one magazine article, depending on which magazine you’re writing for. Now, when you consider that an internet article pays only $10-20 and a magazine article pays ten times that or more, the choice should be clear, right? Well, hang on a second. There’s more than meets the eye with this type of market.
Internet article writing usually doesn’t require very much research. If it does, it usually pays a little better. Not much, but you’re typically able to command a higher rate for anything you do adequate research for.
With magazine article writing, there is extensive research to be done. Magazine articles cannot have fluff. It’s solid information. They’re well researched, well written, and for that they pay a whole hell of a lot more. But there’s something else you should know about magazine writing.
While magazine writing pays ten times or more than internet article writing, you will sometimes have to wait weeks for your payment. And sometimes you may even have to wait months.
If you can wait that long for payment, then magazine writing is a great market to break into. Just the fact that you get your own byline is reason enough to try. However, most writers will find that magazine writing is much better as filler income and that it’s better to make most of their income by completing projects that, while they don’t pay as much, offer the opportunity to have income coming in all the time.
But if you think that you have what it takes to do magazine writing, and you can handle the slow pay, then all you have to do is send a query letter to your favorite magazine’s editor with a story idea. They may like it and they may not, but sooner or later you’ll have a winning idea and you’ll get to take advantage of that higher pay and the prestigious byline that goes along with it.
Magazine freelance writing can be a very lucrative career, but you’d better be prepared to face a lot of competition. If you’re driven and talented enough, however, this shouldn’t be a problem at all..