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Finding Markets

July 11th, 2013

One of the most common questions we’re asked is ‘How do I find a market for my writing work?’ So, this week, we’ll have a look at some of the most obvious places you can look to find work and feature a few of the more obscure ones too!

Okay, the first and, some would argue, the best place to start is The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook (WAY). You can either get the hard copy version or go all digital and subscribe to the online version, which is updated throughout the year. This provides details of all the publishers in the UK, giving names, addresses and information about what the publication accepts and, the most important bit, if they pay.

If you don’t find what you are looking for in WAY, there are plenty of other places you can search for publications.

First, use the internet! If you have an article you think might be good for a golfing magazine, Google ‘golf publications’ and see what pops up. You can use lots of different search engines too, there’s not just Google (although sometimes you’d think it)! Here are some alternatives:

DuckDuckGo

Start Page

https://ixquick.com/

And, most of these do not track your searches, like Google do, if privacy is important to you.

Next, use shops. By this I mean get yourself off into town and have a look in the largest local newsagents you can find. Have a good root around, you never know what you might come across on the shelves.

But a trip to town also allows you to look in any specialist magazine shops there might be and have a gander around the local libraries too.

Finally, ask friends, relatives and those in your social network what they like to read.

Honestly, if you don’t find a market from all that lot – you are really not trying hard enough!

 




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