markets that pay

Pitch Accepted: The Newbie Strategy That Landed a Major Magazine Assignment

Get a major magazine assignment with no experience. Makealivingwriting.com

Can you land a freelance magazine assignment without any clips?

If you’re new to freelancing and don’t have a lot of writing experience, it’s easy to think you can’t.

But it’s just not true.

About a year ago, I started at ground zero. I was pitching local newspapers and charity organizations. And I wasn’t getting anywhere. Not even low-paying gigs or pro bono work.

How was I ever going to land a magazine assignment without any clips?

Fortunately, Carol set me straight. “You need to learn how to pitch successfully,” she said.

Instead of chasing dead-end clients, I decided to go big and pitch a major magazine – the kind of magazine that has a massive readership, millions in ad revenue, and a freelance budget that pays pro rates.

And it worked. Pitch accepted.

Want to know how I did it? Here’s how you can land a major magazine assignment without any clips or experience.

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Writing Sites That Pay $30 to $50: 21 Niche Markets for Freelancers

Niche Writing Sites That Pay $30 to $50. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you on the hunt for writing sites that pay to land your first assignment?

Or do you want to break into a new niche?

Sometimes going after smaller clients is a great way to gain experience, build confidence, and improve your portfolio.

In this post, you’ll find 21 niche writing sites that pay $30 to $50 per assignment.

These aren’t quit-your-day-job kind of writing gigs. But they’re a perfect place for freelancers starting out to get paid to write, earn more than content-mill wages, and work with real editors.

And for more seasoned freelancers, pitching writing sites that pay entry-level rates can be a fast way to get the samples you need to go after higher-paying clients.

Looking for writing sites that pay in your niche like travel, lifestyle, technology, software, parenting, or the craft of writing? Check out the list:

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27 Parenting and Family Magazines That Pay Writers

Family-friendly magazines that pay writers. Makealivingwriting.com

If your niche is writing about family matters, parenting, and everything that goes along with having kiddos, magazines that pay writers are plentiful.

No doubt you’ve heard of some of the heavy hitters like Family Circle or Parenting. These national magazines can be great places to pitch and get paid well.

But they’re not the only magazines that pay writers in this niche.

The next time you’re at the library, grocery store, or even the doctor’s office, take look at the magazines available to read. Chances are pretty good you’ll find a local or regional pub on parenting or family life.

These magazines that pay writers can be a great way to tap into your niche and give readers the skinny on changing diapers, cooking for picky eaters, homework help, things to do, places to go, and everything else that goes along with family life, too.

If you’re looking for magazines that pay writers for stories about parenting and family matters, check out these pubs, and start pitching.

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Geek Out Over These 15 Paying Markets for Technology Writing

Paid Technology Writing Gigs for Computer-Savvy Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re a computer-savvy freelancer, you can cash in on those skills by landing technology writing gigs.

Do you geek out over new software and devices?

Are you following the latest trends in information technology, computer hardware, Internet security, web design, or programming?

Can you master a software program in a weekend, and teach others how to use it?

If you can write about things like how to build a website in WordPress, use PhotoShop, or explain technical topics like using Windows or Linux operating systems, you can tap into a niche with plenty of earning potential.

Looking for your first gig in this niche, or want to land more work?

Check out this list of 15 paying markets for technology writing. You’ll find pay rates starting at $60 for shorter pieces to $500 for 2,500-word assignments.

Ready to get started? Go ahead, geek out over this list, and start pitching:

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2 New Content Mills That Suck + 3 Promising Freelance Websites

Promising Freelance Websites for Writers + New Content Mills That Suck. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re a writer who spends time looking for freelance websites where you can find work, you’re not alone.

Job boards, move-up mills, and agencies can be places to find good clients. But freelance websites for writers can also be a cesspool of low-paying gigs.

How do you know what freelance sites are worth your time, and which ones to avoid?

Do your homework and read this blog. We like to check out freelance websites for potential opportunities and let you know where to find great gigs and what sites totally suck. And believe me, there are a lot of freelance sites for writers out there that suck.

While doing your own marketing by sending LOIs (letters of introduction) and query letters is one of the most effective ways to grow your freelancing business, picking up work on freelance websites is a great way to help you move up and earn more.

We recently vetted five new freelance sites for writers. Three turned out to be good places to find clients that pay decent rates. But two new content mills we haven’t featured before didn’t measure up to Make a Living Writing standards.

Here’s the scoop on two new mills that suck and three promising freelance sites for writers.

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Freelance Writing Gigs With Great Pay: 50 Niches to Explore

Niche Nectar. Get the best-paid freelance writing gigs. Makealivingwriting.com.

Do you ever wonder where the better-paying freelance writing gigs are hiding? It can be hard to believe a good income is even possible, especially if you’re trapped in low-pay assignments that don’t even earn you the minimum wage.

The good news is, there are plenty of niches that pay better than writing, say, a 300-word blog post or a 50-word online product description — to name just two classic bottom-of-the-barrel niches where pay is often miniscule.

The problem is, many writers aren’t aware of all the different types of freelance writing gigs that offer better pay.

Below is a list of writing niches that I can report writers are seeing strong rates for. I’ve noted rate ranges as I’m aware of them, from talking to thousands of writers through Freelance Writers Den and my coaching. I’ve also included tips on industries and approaches for connecting with these clients.

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