How to Get Published In a MagazinePosted: May 21, 2009
Terry Whalin wrote an interesting article about how to get published in a magazine called “The Basics of Magazine Article Writing.” There is no formula for getting published, but reading articles like this will help you glean things that may be relevant for your own writing.
Whalin writes about rejection:
Every writer meets with rejection and projects which are never published. In fact, I have files of material which has circulated and never been published. I caution you that rejection and unpublished articles is a part of the writer’s life and the road to consistent publication. Read More about the Basics of Magazine Article Writing…
Another article is Gary Bell’s “Eight Tips for Getting Published in Magazines.” The main takeaway, in my opinion, is building a relationship with the magazine. Like so many things in life, getting published isn’t about what you know as much as it is about who you know. Once you prove yourself to a publication and have a relationship with an editor, it’s much easier to come back the second and third time to get published.
EHow’s “How to Write a Magazine Article” is a good, practical resource, as well. Perhaps, the most relevant “tip” is what it says in the upper-right corner in the “difficulty level” of this how-to: “challenging.” Writing an article isn’t easy, if you’ve never done it before. If you’re looking for an easy shortcut other than just doing the hard work, you won’t find one.
Lastly, check out my article on “How to Get Published as an Author,” which goes into detail about how to get published, particularly in magazines, which is where I have most of my publishing experience.