Thursday, January 04, 2007

Finding Markets for your Work

"Where can I find places to submit my work?"

That question pops up repeatedly from new writers looking to find outlets to submit their work to. Unfortunately, most markets don't come to us on a silver platter -- we have to network, research, and put effort into finding markets that suit our particular strengths as writers. For beginning writers do don't know where to search, this can be a difficult process.

Luckily, there are many resources available to help advance your career. Do you have a particular niche? Search for magazines that fit your particular niche and examine the tone of the magazines you're interested in submitting to. Nothing can get your query quicker in the slush pile than one where the writer was obviously uninformed about what articles the magazine accepts.

Research magazines you're interested in and view their websites to see their writer's guidelines and other pertninent information. Purchase or request sample copies so you can gain a feel for what the magazine's audience and the material they regularly purchase. If you have questions, ask! Then you can craft a well-formed query letter that will be sure to garner an editor's attention.

Writing can be a lucrative career choice, but you can't expect to get rich overnight - truthfully, thre's no guarantee for riches at all. However, if you have the dedication to pursue writing as a career, and you can research markets for your work effectively, then you're already on the right path to becoming a successful freelance writer.

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