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Freelance: How To Sell Almost Everything You Write

I was speaking with an acquaintance at a writing seminar and from out of nowhere, he said, “I write cheesy material.” Now I wasn’t exactly sure how to respond, so rather than let the conversation die, I decided the proper thing to do was inquire. So I asked, “How cheesy?” Through the conversation I discovered he had written many articles about a topic 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? Many cooking magazines are available, even a wine magazine would be interested in an esoteric article about the use and history of goat cheese. One should also consider the local “farm” magazines such as Dairy Today or Ohio Farmer. Don’t forget regional and state magazines like Sunset or Montana Magazine.

Need a bit more help? How about trade magazines? If you’d like a nicely listed grouping of different trades, check out: and of course, Writer's Market is a viable resource, too. 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 cliche, but the truth is there. When you write what you know, you’re writing from the heart and it reflects in the final product and tends to make the sale just a little easier. Actually, the fastest and easiest money is there 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 magazine readership are in the lower numbers, unlike Time or Newsweek, and as such, probably don’t have a large staff to create the articles they publish. Hence, freelancing will fill their needs and your coffers.

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

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