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How To Make Money Writing Articles For Magazines and Websites

I know this blog is mostly about agents and book stuff, but one area of writing I've always been active in is article writing. If you've never tried to sell articles or columns, you should. It's a great way to make money, get publication credits, and build your platform. That's why WD Managing Editor Zachary Petit and I are teaching the awesome webinar "Sell Freelance Articles: How to Write for Magazines, Newspapers and Websites" on Thursday, March 20.

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DETAILS

It all goes down at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, May 20, 2010. The webinar lasts 90 minutes, and you will have access to the archived recording for a whole year, so you don't need to take notes during the live presentation unless you want to.

Besides getting access to the presentation and learning the keys to article writing, attendees are invited to: 1) submit an article query for a critique!, and also 2) ask as many questions as you want! No question goes unanswered.

WHAT ATTENDEES WILL LEARN

This webinar will discuss all aspects of freelancing
—from how to gather ideas to catching an editor's eye to crafting winning queries. The presentation will examine actual magazine queries and examine what elements work when trying to rope in assignments. What you'll learn:

  • How to find article ideas and analyze the topics of expertise you already possess
  • How to identify appropriate markets for your ideas
  • How to compose a query that hooks editors
  • How to repackage and resell articles
  • How payment works, what warning signs to watch out for, and how to get assignments coming your way from editors.


INSTRUCTORS

Over the years, I've had 600 articles published in magazines, newspapers, books, and online. I've written for publications such as Cincinnati Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, Pennsylvania Magazine and Watercolor Artist. Meanwhile, co-pilot Zachary Petit is the managing editor of Writer's Digest magazine and a freelance writer. Since getting his start as an intern at National Geographic, he has worked as a news and features reporter and has penned hundreds of articles for different publications.

So: Want to get small stuff published and make a little money? Sign up for the presentation!

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