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Writing for Fiction Feast

July 21st, 2014

Hello All!

If you’re a fiction writer and you’re more in to short stories than novels, it can be difficult to know where to start when you’re looking for markets for your work. Take a Break’s “Fiction Feast” is a great place to get started, and we have a really helpful article from one of their regular contributors, Linda Lewis!

Writing for Take a Break Fiction Feast

Have a great week!

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“But I don’t read magazines like that…”

July 16th, 2014

This is a sentence we hear a lot, and it’s not hard to understand why. When you first get started as a freelance writer, your first instinct is to pitch to the publications you already read regularly because you know a lot about them. There’s nothing wrong with this, and actually it makes a lot of sense. After all, everyone always says you should write what you know.

The problem comes when you realise that the publications you usually read only make up a very small part of the whole industry. Most of us will regularly read maybe three or four magazines or newspapers, but if you restrict yourself to writing for just these publications, you aren’t giving yourself the best chance of earning money for your work.

We find that a lot of our students have successes with women’s magazines like Take a Break, Pick Me Up and Chat! – and we can completely understand why magazines like this might not be your cup of tea. However, would it change your mind if you found out they were willing to pay you up to £50 for sending in a letter, photograph or short filler? It could be your first accepted piece of work, and it’s an easy start to your portfolio of published work. You don’t necessarily have to enjoy reading a magazine to be able to write for it – in fact, you don’t even have to believe what you’re writing. Just like any job, there are going to be parts of being a freelance writer that aren’t much fun, but they will help to pay the bills.

To help to kick-start your market research, we’re going to give you a bit of a challenge. We’d like you to look at the selection of publications available in your local newsagent or supermarket and pick up a copy of something you’d never dream of reading for fun. It could be anything from Your Cat to Yachting Monthly, the more obscure the better! Then, have a read through and start to think of a few ideas for articles you could write for the publication you have chosen. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know anything about the subject matter, because you’re going to do some research and find out. Use the internet, your local library and anything else at your disposal to find out what you need to know.

You could write the articles in full if you feel like you can, or just draft a few outlines before you start doing your research. When you’re confident that you could write up the article in full and do a good job of it, send off an email to the editor and see if they might be interested in printing your article. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

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