Want to make money online by writing? Consider magazines. As print magazines move more of their operations online, they're looking for writers.
Over the past couple of years, traditional magazine publishing has been receiving a shake up as their advertisers move online. Since magazines are supported by advertising, magazines are moving online too - they need to be where the advertisers are, or die.
This is great news for you if you have writing skills.
If you visit magazine sites, you'll see online-only content, such as articles and blogs. Even if you're a completely new writer, you can break in here, by offering ideas.
How to Submit to Magazines - the Art of the Pitch
When you submit an article or an essay to a magazine, you don't submit the completed piece of writing. You submit a pitch, which is a proposal - a letter outlining your idea.
Primarily you pitch because editors are busy so they just want the gist, but also because when an article is still at the idea stage, editors can mould the the finished piece of writing to what they want.
On the magazine's site, look for a section called About Us, or Editorial Contacts to find out how to submit your pitch your idea to that particular magazine.
Tailor Your Pitch Specifically to Each Magazine
All magazines, even when they cover the same subjects, are very different in their approaches (they have to be, to differentiate themselves in the marketplace), so ensure that when you pitch, you tailor the idea to a particular magazine.
Ideally, you'll read the print version of the magazine if you can, preferably several issues. You need to not only become familiar with the tone of the magazine, but also with its readers.
How do you you get to know the readers? Study the advertisements - they'll give you insight into the aspirations and interests of the readers.
The print-to-online migration of magazines offers great opportunities for new writers, especially if you're familiar with the online world. Start pitching, and you may soon become part of the stable of writers of your favorite magazines.
If you're an established writer, improve your online writing skills. You need to know how to write for the Web so you can keep up with what's happening at your favorite publications.
Get started writing for magazines today - it's a great way to make money online.
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