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Write for Magazines: Steal This Writer’s Strategy to Land Top Pubs

Steal This Strategy to Write for Magazines. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to write for magazines?

It’s the dream for a lot of freelance writers.

Maybe you’ve got your sights set on getting published in a glossy consumer magazine with millions of readers.

You read every issue. You study the headlines, writing style, and topics. And you think about story ideas for your dream magazine…a lot.

That’s a start. But how do you turn your story ideas into an assignment with a contract, your byline in a popular magazine, and a check in the mail?

One freelance writer took the challenge to get published in AARP: The Magazine…a highly-competitive niche magazine that pays $1/word.

At first she didn’t see a clear path to break in. But with a little effort, she discovered a strategy to write for magazines that really works, whether you’re just starting out or a pro.

Want to steal her idea to break into your dream pub? Here’s what you need to know:

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Writing Process Reset: 5 No-Compromise Rules for Freelance Success

No-Compromise Writing Process Rules for Success. Makealivingwriting.com

What’s your writing process look like? Are you productive and efficient, or do you spend a lot of time spinning your wheels?

Stop right there.

If you’re dreaming about the days of crushing it as a full-time freelance writer, you’re probably wondering how to dial in your writing process, find clients, get work done, move up, and earn more.

When I was new to freelancing, I needed to hit the reset button on my writing process and mindset, but I didn’t fully understand that until years later.

If you want to be a successful freelance writer, make an appointment with Mrs. Discipline.

Why? Freelance writing isn’t for the faint-of-heart, easily-defeated type. It’s hard. It requires a long-game mindset, commitment, and the ability to deflect distractions to get work done.

Making some commitments to yourself and your freelance goals can be a total game-changer. I only figured that out after a lot of stops and starts and second-guessing myself. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Want to be a successful freelance writer? Adopt these five no-compromise rules:

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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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Get Stuff Done – A Busy Freelance Writing Ultramarathoner’s Productivity Rules

Get stuff done. A busy freelance writing ultramarathoner's productivity rules. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to know what a crazy writer schedule looks like? I’ve got three little kids. I have a day job as a health and wellness writer. I’ve got a solid line-up of freelance clients in the same niche and a bunch of looming blog post deadlines. Sometimes, it’s tough to get stuff done.

It’s always busy. There are a million things demanding my attention. And that doesn’t even include TV, movies, hours on social media, video games, hanging out with the guys, or sleeping in. Do people really do that anymore?

The hot 40-something woman I’ve been married to for 18 years is in grad school (future teacher). She volunteers where our kids go to school. She works part-time at a gym. And the kids have dance, Cub Scouts, homework, and probably some other activities going on that she-who-will-not-be-named will be texting me about shortly.

Then there’s my passion (some call it a sickness) for running. And I’m not talking about a 30-minute jog around the block. I ran a 100-mile race at the end of September. When the heck is there time to train for that?

Crazy. Every. Damn. Day.

How do I get it all done, and keep my freelance writing career moving forward? I don’t use any complicated planning tools to get stuff done (maybe I should), but I do follow a few basic rules to stay productive.

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5 Valuable Insights About Freelance Writing I Found at a Track Meet

Inspiration for improving your freelance writing business can often be found in your own life experiences. For instance, where I live, summer means concerts in the park, walks on the beach…and all-comer’s track meets. That’s right, people of all ages …

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