First let me take a moment to introduce myself.
My name is Catherine--and the plan is for me to share some information with you about my experience with writing for print. I have been a full-time writer for many years, and have had my writing published in national, regional and trade magazines, as well as newspapers, books and custom publications. I have also written text for calenders and planners.
If it's one thing I love it's helping writers avoid making some of the mistakes that I did along the way.
So why should you listen to me? I'll give you three reasons:
- I have made piles of money writing for print publications.
- I have broken into some big mags--examples include American Style, AAA Living, Boys' Life and American Fitness, to name a few.
- I am willing to share some of the secrets about writing for print. You will find that not too many print writers want to give away their resources.
So with that...why don't we start this journey by taking a closer look at some of the opportunities out there for getting published on paper. Here are some of the possibilities:
- Magazines. Don't just think about the publications at your local bookstore--there are plenty of magazines out there that are mailed direct to the customer or are written specifically for a particular trade. I write for a publisher that puts together a lifestyle magazine for a very well-known client, and I have penned many a piece for trade magazines out there as well. Hospitals, associations and non-profits are other places to look for magazine writing opportunities. The pay rate range varies a great deal for this type of writing.
- Newspapers. There are all kinds of different ways to approach writing for a newspaper. You can get in touch with your local paper to see if they will pay for freelance work or you can write a travel piece for a big city publication. Pay for newspapers tends to be on the low side, but it is a great place to get some published clips if you can find a good angle.
- Catalogues. This market is not as large as it used to be, but there are still some jobs writing copy in print these days. Many tend to be employee positions, but sometimes you can find a temp spot as a freelancer. Pay varies.
- Greeting Cards. Create text for birthday cards, thank you cards and sympathy cards and make a little money in the process. You won't get rich off of this one--but it is a fun writing job that doesn't eat up too much time.
- Calendars and planners. Most of these gigs are on a per-project basis, but they can turn into an ongoing job if you impress the client.
- Books. You don't have to write an entire book to get published in one. Other opportunities in this arena include travel guidebooks or anthologies. Many will pay in copies or pay writers a nominal fee, but the prestige can be huge. Some will pay a decent stipend, and fewer still will share royalties with the writer.
Although this isn't an exhaustive list of places that you can get published in print, it can help you focus in on an area that you may find interesting. Whether you have been writing for the web or are just getting started on a writing career, print can be a little bit intimidating. Luckily there are plenty of ways to get going.
If you have yet to go into a Borders and pick up a magazine with your byline in it--perhaps it's time to add that to your list of accomplishments. I'll see if I can't help you do just that.
I'm here to tell you--it feels pretty amazing.