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Freelance Writing: Taking the Leap

Part 4 of 4

Last week, we discussed the characteristics of a winning pitch. But now that you know what editors are looking for in a pitch, where do you start?

In an earlier post from this series, we instructed you to research online and print magazines that house topics of interest to you. Pitching to these magazines would definitely be a great place to start. If, however, this feels daunting, we have put together a list of magazines that are great starting points for new freelance writers.

We have organized this list by three categories: business, creative writing and personal essays, and faith-based. Not only do these magazines pay, but they are often open to newer writers, for example Success Magazine, or they take other qualifications other than writing experience into account, an example of this is Inc., Magazine.

Business Magazines

  • Vox

  • Fortune

  • Inc., Magazine

  • Success Magazine

Creative Writing and Personal Essay Magazines

  • Slice

  • Funds for Writers

  • The Sun

Faith-based Magazines

  • The Quiet Hour

  • Clubhouse

  • Guidepost

As you examine these sites more to see if they are a good start for you or as a lead to other sites that are better suited for you, keep a few things in mind:

Know the magazine’s criteria

While the pitching checklist given in the last post is definitely a good start, it is not a fireproof way to land a gig. It should be tweaked according to the criteria listed by the organization regarding how to apply.

Have a criteria

Just as magazines have their criteria, have yours. For example, if pay is an absolute must for you, be sure to check if the organization pays as well as their pay rate. If you are new to the freelance writing scene and would like to contribute without getting paid, in order to build your portfolio, that is also a step, but make sure that it is something you are willing to do and that you are not blindsided by it.

Aim high

Even if it feels like an online or print magazine is out of your reach as a newer freelance writer, don’t be discouraged. Still pitch your ideas. While nerve racking, this is a great way to practice pitching and allows you to gain insight into that magazine’s selection process.

It is also important to keep in mind that just because you have not written for a magazine before, doesn’t mean you don’t have any appeal. For example, if you apply to Success Magazine, listed above, which focuses on trending small businesses, and you have worked in the business field and perhaps have a successful business of your own, this can work in your favor.



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