Women writers will find there are many opportunities for magazine writers. There are
magazines on most any topic you can think of: sports, hobbies, business, collectibles,
cars, boats, decorating, cooking, child rearing, and children’s interests. This creates an
open market for women writers.
Perhaps you would like to become one of the women who write for magazines.
Here are some magazine submission tips that will help you get started.
1. Find the Right Magazine
The first step is to find a publication that covers the topics you want to write about.
You can find a list of publications in a directory for writers at a bookstore. Libraries
usually offer a reference list in a “List of Periodicals.” Also, look for a sizable selection of
magazines at a large bookstore.
The next thing to do is read the publications you are interested in writing for and
identify their editorial perspective. This will give you an idea of how to adapt your article
to their interests. You normally wouldn’t send an article on cooking to a sailing magazine.
But possibly you could change the focus of your article to cooking on a sailboat. This
would give you a much better chance of seeing your article published. Generally, you will
have more results writing for a magazine that covers the same types of subjects as your
2. Send a Cover Letter
When you are ready to submit articles to a publication, send a cover letter to the
editor outlining your idea. Make it clear and simple with an outline of your subjects. Give
the approximate length of your article and promise to deliver on their deadline. Enclose a
self-addressed stamped envelope and wait to hear from them. Make a pitch to several
magazines and customize it for each one you contact.
You might receive many rejections before you are accepted. This is where you need
to persevere and not give up on being a woman author! Once your article has been
published in a magazine, it will be worth the wait. Some magazines don’t pay for articles,
but at least you will be published and able to add to your credentials.
3. Writing Professionally as a Woman Author
Always submit your best writing. Women writers who want to be published must
be smart and professional. Don’t waste an editor’s time on hastily written copy or missed
deadlines. It is suggested that when submitting an article to magazines, you should meet
your word count within only 15 words above or below the number requested.
Send a handwritten thank-you note to the editor after you’ve been published. Wait a
few weeks and send another pitch to sell your next idea. Try to build a professional
relationship where your name and quality work will be recognized. Be a dependable,
professional woman writer that the editor will look forward to hearing from.
Get started with your research, and write letters to editors on a regular basis. You
will see results once you are committed to writing. There is a huge market waiting for
magazine writers, especially women magazine writers. Get started today in this fulfilling
profession as a woman magazine author!