Most magazines rely on their contributors for their content. So, if you love reading magazines and if you want to have your name published on glossy papers, you should sink your teeth into this endeavor. This could be fun and if your articles are really good, this can also be a great source of supplemental income.
Before you take the leap, here are the most important things that you need to know:
1. Writing magazine articles can be extremely difficult especially if you’re just starting out. It requires hard work, determination, passion, enthusiasm, perseverance, and above all, the right sets of skills. It may take time before you develop high level writing skills that is being looked for by the publishers and before you master the art of writing articles in a very informative and entertaining manner.
2. Expect stiff competition. Right now, a lot of people are looking for ways to make additional money. Most of these people who have great writing skills are trying their luck at writing magazine articles. In order to get ahead of the pack, you need to produce better articles compare to these people. It’s important that you offer something different so publishers can easily set your articles apart from the rest.
3. Pay outs. The money that you’ll get from this endeavor will vary widely and will depend on the amount of your output. Most magazines pay by the word and their rates range from one cent to $2/word. There are those that are offering flat fee. I know one magazine that pays $250-500 per article depending on the quality. So, what I suggest is that you send articles to those magazines that pay more.