Tips for Writing a Magazine Article
Most freelance writing books and websites explain how to do the marketing side of freelance writing (e.g. writing query and pitch letters, where to look for markets, etc.), but there’s not a lot of instruction on how to actually write the article once you successfully sold your idea.
How do you know if you’re writing articles that editors will love? How do you write great articles that will keep editors knocking on your door every month? Yes, it’s true that if you can deliver great articles, editors will begin to query you! That’s the best feeling in the world to get an assignment out of the blue from an editor that you’ve written for. It shows that they love your work and you’re a dependable writer.
Some writers really love writing articles. It’s funny because the actual writing isn’t my favorite aspect of being a freelance writer. I prefer researching markets, locating editors, and pitching my services. When I’m in the middle of writing an article, I’m usually itching to get back to the marketing side.
Over the years I’ve written dozens of articles for all kinds of publications including consumer and trade magazines, newsletters, alumni magazines, and major websites like AOL, Yahoo!, and Bankrate.com. So I’ve had plenty of practice crafting articles. I’ve also developed a few tricks and shortcuts that help me write as effectively and efficiently as possible.
How to Write a Magazine or Online Article is Free!
I compiled my entire article writing process into a 16-page eBook that is available for free download called How to Write a Magazine or Online Article. It’s yours for free - no strings attached!
Download How to Write a Magazine or Online Article (pdf) here.
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Feel free to bookmark it or save it and refer to it as you’re writing your own magazine and online articles. I use the same process for the majority of my articles and I have lots of repeat clients. I hope you find it helpful as you grow your clip file!