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Travel Writing: Explore 20 World-Class In-Flight Magazines That Pay

Pitch In-Flight Magazines for Paid Travel Writing Gigs. Makealivingwriting.com

Sit back and enjoy the flight…and the magazine. If travel writing is your niche, that standard flight-attendant message should get your attention.

Let me explain.

With the Thanksgiving holiday in the rearview mirror, an estimated 30 million people in the U.S. are back home or back to work after catching a plane to celebrate. Many more travelers will book flights between now and New Year’s.

And for every passenger, there’s a little something for them in the seat pocket in front of them. No, I’m not talking about the barf bag. It’s the in-flight magazine.

It’s a hidden market for travel writing a lot of freelancers overlook. You won’t find many of these custom pubs listed in Writer’s Market (there’s only two listed).

But nearly every airline in the world has one. And most in-flight magazines depend on freelancers for travel writing pieces, profiles, features, and front-of-book content.

Want some of those travel writing assignments? Explore these 20 world-class in-flight magazines and start pitching.

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Freelance Dreams vs. Reality: 7 Truth Bombs About Time Management

Truth Bombs About Time Management for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

You think you’ve got time management dialed in to be a successful freelance writer.

But do you really? Be honest.

Go ahead. Cough up an hour-by-hour report of how you spend your time.

It might sound like a frivolous, time-wasting task. You’re too busy, right? Too busy doing what exactly?

I can almost guarantee the exercise will deliver some serious truth bombs about your time management skills and commitment to make a living writing.

There’s the made-for-TV dream version of what freelance writers do all day. You know, where they spend like five minutes a day writing.

And then there’s the reality of being a freelance writer (which doesn’t look anything like the dream version of the freelance life).

When you look at your day-to-day activities from a time management perspective, it’s a telltale sign of where your writing career is going…Never-Never Land or on a path to move up and earn more.

Here’s the truth about where you’re headed:

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Terrified of Freelance Failure? 15 No-Fear Moves for Writing Online

No-Fear Moves for Writing Online. Makealivingwriting.com

You’re staring at the computer screen thinking about making money writing online. But something isn’t right.

You’re anxious. You’re full of self doubt. You keep thinking of worst-case scenarios. You’re terrified by the fear of failure. And that kind of makes writing online and making money hard to do.

Sound familiar?

If you’re cowering in the corner afraid to make a move as a freelance writer, you’re not alone. A lot of writers struggle with the same kind of issues, even pros who’ve been writing online for years.

But if you want to make money writing online, you can’t let fear stop you from trying, writing a query, sending a letter of introduction, networking, or going after higher-paying clients.

The thing you should be most afraid of is wasting days, weeks, months, or even years paralyzed by fear, when you could be writing online and building your dream freelance life.

Ready to move up and earn more? Punch fear in the face and kick self doubt to the curb. These 15 no-fear moves will help you make it happen.

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Get Paid $300 Per Minute with this Time-Sensitive Writing Skill

The Writing Skill That Pays $300 Per Minute. Makealivingwriting.com

The clock is ticking. Every day you’re hustling to move up and earn more. And you’re wondering if you need to carve out some time to learn a new writing skill, too.

Sound familiar?

There’s always a new writing skill you can learn or improve on. And it can pay off in a big way.

Believe me, I know. I’ve been a copywriter for more than 30 years. You know, like before the Internet, social media, blogging, and digital marketing.

And I’ve had to learn a lot of writing skills over the years to make a living as a freelancer. Consider it part of the job.

Now think about this. What’s your hourly rate? You probably use it to quote a project for a client. But have you ever thought about your rate per minute?

There’s a writing skill every serious freelancer should learn that pays $200 to $300 per minute or more. And it’s in demand by thousands of businesses and organizations.

Got a minute? Here’s a tutorial to learn this lucrative writing skill:

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Pitch Story Ideas to These 99 Markets for Freelance Writing Jobs

Pitch These Markets for Freelance Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

If you want to land more freelance writing jobs, you want to try and throw strikes every time you pitch a market, a magazine, or a niche blog.

Think of it like you’re trying to win the World Series of freelance writing.

It’s a numbers game. The more you practice, the more consistent you’ll be at landing assignments. And the more money you’ll score for the home team.

What should you do before you pitch a story idea? Start with a warm-up.

Study the market. Read back issues. Check the site or publications for the writer’s guidelines playbook. Do a little research or even a pre-interview with a source.

Then wind up and throw a pitch in the strike zone with a great idea for a story or blog post.

Looking for freelance writing jobs? Pitch these 99 markets to move up and earn more:

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Follow This Persistent Path to $100-Per-Hour Freelance Work

The Persistent Path to Well-Paid Freelance Work. Makealivingwriting.com

You’re sifting through LinkedIn one day looking for freelance work, and come across a solid prospect. What’s your next move?

If you’re the stereotypical sales type (extrovert, talkative, a good presenter, a won’t-take-no-for-an-answer closer), you pick up the phone and hustle with a lot of bravado and high-pressure tactics.

(I don’t know about you, but that’s diametrically opposed to my own personality traits.)

So if you’re looking for freelance work, how do you find prospects and turn them into clients?

When I started this journey, I headed down an unmarked path to find niche freelance work for clients with the budget to pay pro rates. Sound familiar?

I took a few wrong turns, got back on track, hiked deeper into the freelance forest looking for prospects, and then something happened. I landed a client that pays $100 per hour.

When I looked back at the route to get there, I discovered that I was following the Persistent Path to freelance work the entire time.

Looking for good freelance clients? Follow this path to find them.

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