The Emporium Gazette
Issue 51 -- July 2003

Freelance: How To Sell Almost Anything
by Bob Nailor

I was speaking with an acquaintance at a writing seminar and he said, "I write cheesy material." I wasn't exactly sure where the conversation was headed, but my curiosity was piqued and rather than let the conversation end, I queried, "Just how cheesy?" All was revealed and I discovered that he had written many articles about a topic that is very dear to him: cheese.

Yes, dear reader, there is at least one magazine available for almost every type of devotee's desire; be it cheese, basset hounds, model planes, carving, wines, running, even candle stick making.

Where would you sell cheese articles? There is a plethora of cooking magazines available; even a wine magazine could be wooed with an esoteric article about goat cheese. One should also remember the local farm magazines such as Farm Journal ( and Ohio Farmer ( Don't forget regional and state magazines like Traverse (, Sunset ( or Montana Magazine (

Need a bit more help? How about trade magazines? If you'd like a nicely listed grouping of different trade magazines, check out: Some categories are limited, but others, such as computers, have many possibilities.

Freelancing is easiest when you write about what you know. It's a worn and haggard cliché, but the truth is there. When you write what you know, you're writing from the heart, which reflects in the final product and tends to make the sale just a little easier. Actually, the fastest and easiest money flocks to your mailbox when you already know the subject and don't need to invest a lot of time researching. Of course, research is always a good thing; especially if you want to give your article that extra special punch.

Remember, specialty magazines have lower readership numbers than Time or Newsweek. As such, they usually don't have the staff to create all the articles they publish. Hence, freelancing fills most of their needs and your coffers.

If you love it, you can write it. If you write it, they will buy it.

Bob Nailor is author of "The Secret Voice," an Amish-Christian story, "Pangaea, Eden Lost," an adventure story, "Three Steps: The Journeys of Ayrold," a Celtic fantasy, and "2012: Timeline Apocalypse," an end-of-time tale. He is also included in several anthologies and collections. Check his website at

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