Thursday, August 28, 2014

7 Magazines and Tips to Make Money With Writing


Is writing your passion? Would you like to use your talent to earn more and eventually become a full-time author?  Writing novels or non-fiction books is a rather lengthy way of earning money with your writing skills. However, there are lots of possibilities to leverage your talent and your research much faster.  Often even parts of your manuscript can be re-used for writing articles – in a huge variety of magazines and newspapers, here are just a few, there are thousands of English-language magazines out there: 

Seven Magazines Who Pay for Your Writing:

Real Simple is the magazine for women who are very busy and want ways to simplify their lives. Magazine is particularly friendly to freelancers in the front of the book area to include "Health" (1,500 words) and "Money" (1,000 words). Features are harder to obtain, but they are 1,000 to 3,000 and open to freelance pitches. "Food" and "Fashion" are difficult to obtain. If pitching to "Life Lessons," you must have ample magazine publishing experience or a couple books to your name. There is a light chance of obtaining a gig online in the Work and Life area. Pays up to $2/word.

Routes is distributed in the foothills region and some south Calgary, Canada, suburbs. Primarily a lifestyle magazine, Routes showcases local business, history, people and events, with a mandate to inform, entertain, and impassion its audience. ROUTES pays writers competitively within the professional magazine industry. Rates may vary depending on the experience of the writer and the difficulty of the assignment. Some stories are paid by the word (typically around 50 cents/word) and some departments and features have set rates.

Woman's Day has taken on a new flavor in the last 4-5 years, so look hard at current issues. Our editors work almost exclusively with experienced writers who have clips from major national magazines. As a result, we accept unsolicited manuscripts only from writers with such credentials. There are no exceptions.
If you do have significant national writing experience, and you have an idea or manuscript that you think might interest us, email us at, and please include some of your most recent clips. Woman's Day doesn't have features well. Instead, each section hosts its own feature, so pitch accordingly. No beauty, fashion or home pieces. Pay rate ranges from $1.50 to $2 a word, depending on writer's experience.

Airline Magazines often pay the most for excellent articles!  Alaska is no exception. The monthly in-flight magazine for Alaska Airlines, reaching more than a million travelers in Alaska, California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, Western Canada and Mexico each month. 75% freelance. Columns include Journal (arts and culture), Business, On Location, Profiles, Sports, Technology and Travel. Rates begin at $150 to $250 for shorts through to $500 for columns and $700 for features.

If you're interested in working for Fodor's as a travel writer, send your résumé and writing clips, together with a cover letter explaining your qualifications and areas of expertise, to You may also mail materials to: Fodor's Travel Publications, Researcher Writer Positions, 1745 Broadway, 15th floor, New York, NY 10019. Remember that most Fodor's writers live in the areas they cover. Note that we do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Arizona Highways is a monthly magazine that encourages travel to and within Arizona. It does this by publishing stories, short monthly departments, and fine photography on places to go and things to do, on the state’s unique scenic environment, on its flora and fauna, on its people, and on the history and culture. The magazine’s feature stories typically run between 1,500 and 4,000 words. Several departments open to freelancers. No fiction, humor or poetry. Pays up to $1/word.

A Christian parenting magazine designed to take parents from pregnancy through the preteen years. ParentLife brings a Christian worldview to today’s top parenting and cultural issues, covering topics related to health, development, education, discipline, and spiritual growth. Each issue of ParentLife gives practical ideas and insights to help parents meet the responsibilities and celebrate the joys of parenting. ParentLife is set apart from other secular parenting magazines in that it alone addresses the whole child: physically, cognitively, socially, emotionally … and spiritually. Pays up to $350 for articles of 350 to 1,200 words.

More Magazines You Can Write for are listed in the 2015 Writers Market:

How to pitch to magazine editors:

  • Very important: Learn how to write a query for magazines
  • Get to know and understand the magazine before you query, read at least 12 issues back.
  • Create a list / database of editors at prestigious magazines, blogs, newspapers.
  • Don’t forget a catchy byline at the end of the article with a link to your book / website.
  • Offer your best photographs to illustrate your articles.

You can use published articles as clips to show to potential publishers and clients in all writing areas. You will receive traffic, money and credibility as a writer, and you will get a huge audience that you could never reach with your blog and Social Media alone!

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