Twelve Environmental Magazines That Pay Writers

12 Environmental Magazines That Pay Writers

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When you think of environmental essays, you probably think of intimidating places like National Geographic, Smithsonian, Orion, and other big name science magazines, but the environmental sector is more than scientific articles or heavy journalism. Whether you write about your hometown, healthy recipes, travel, or activities for kids, consider putting an environmental slant on your essay and send it to one of the following paying magazines. As of the publication date of this article, all listed publications offer PAID writing opportunities! Mother Earth Living With the tagline “Natural Home, Healthy Life,” this website focuses on green lifestyles. Topics include gardening, … Read More

R.I.P. The Mix - Here's how to pitch Hearst magazines directly

R.I.P. The Mix – Here’s how to pitch Hearst magazines directly

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Many of you remember recently departed The Mix, which served as the easiest point of entry to write for all of Hearst Digital’s publications, including the online versions of Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Marie Claire and 13 others you’ve probably heard of. Some critics (including Jezebel) regarded The Mix as a low paying conduit for less experienced writers to break into Hearst’s digital platforms, while others found their daily calls, which often contained sensational calls for personally revealing essays, to be over the top. Still others have had incredible success being published via The Mix and were very disappointed to see … Read More

Keep Imposter Syndrome From Affecting Freelance Productivity

Keep Imposter Syndrome From Affecting Freelance Productivity

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“It must have been a fluke.” “It was nothing.” “I just got lucky.” “It could’ve been anybody.” “You’re not good enough. You never were, and you never will be. Anything good that happens is purely by coincidence or having been being privileged in some way.” Moreover, at any given moment, people will find out what I actually am–an impostor, a fraud–someone who just got lucky. Perhaps you feel a similar anxiety to my own.  Maybe, you worry, any day now, your supervisor at work is going to call you out on your incompetence and let the department, the company, hell, … Read More

Things You Should Unlearn to Become a Smarter, More Profitable Writer

Things You Should Unlearn to Become a Smarter, More Profitable Writer

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Beyond Your Blog is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. If you purchase those items through my links I will earn a commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link. It seems counter-intuitive at first. That the act of “unlearning” can actually serve to inform, increase your creative I.Q. and your bottom line as a writer. But it’s true. As a veteran freelancer, I can attest. In my earlier years, I followed … Read More

Quick Read: 4 Ways To Hook Readers (and Editors) with Headlines

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Let’s face it. When it comes to copy, headlines are important. It doesn’t matter what you’ve written if people get to the headline and then mosey on to something else because the words just didn’t hold their interest. Conversely, what’s written after the headline matters too. Nothing is more frustrating, in my opinion, than reading that cliff-hanger headline and then getting to the body of a post or article to find out I’ve been conned. The headline is a promise to the reader that you’ll deliver on something. This might be information that’ll save time or something laughter-inducing to break … Read More

Help! I Hurt Myself Writing - 5 Ways Bloggers Can Avoid Desk Injuries

Help! I Hurt Myself Writing – 5 Ways Bloggers Can Avoid Desk Injuries

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In June, I attended an eye opening session at the BlogU conference lead by Ashley Fuchs of The Malleable Mom. Ashley talked about the importance of posture and movement in our work environment as a means to eliminate and prevent related injuries. In short, I learned that I was writing in the wrong place, writing in the wrong position, and that my head was placing about a 60 pound strain on my neck all those hours I spent looking down at my laptop. My husband nicknamed me ‘Big Head Todd’ after the band a few years ago because of my large cranium, but I … Read More

How do you get published for the first time in the New York Times? and more with Estelle Erasmus

How do you get published for the first time in the New York Times? and more with Estelle Erasmus

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How do you get published for the first time in the New York Times? Where do you go from there with your goals for being published? and What professional opportunities await a successful freelance writer that are not necessarily writing? Estelle Erasmus shares all this and more in this Q&A! Beyond Your Blog is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. If you purchase those items through my links I will earn a commission. You will not pay more when buying a … Read More

Start thinking of your blog as the business tool it truly is.

Start thinking of your blog as the business tool it truly is.

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I am often asked how I was able to “break into” the writing business. I am fortunate that I now consider myself a freelance writer who makes money writing for clients, companies and myself. But this was not always the case. It’s been a process that took place over several years. But when people ask me how they can do the same, I always say the same thing: use your blog. I’ve considered myself a writer since I was a child. I graduated college with a degree in journalism, and then joined the ranks of the “real world” and got … Read More

How Will Family and Friends React To My Writing?

How Will Family and Friends React To My Writing?

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Congratulations, you’re succeeding in your blogging career! Whether your work is online, in print media, print books, or ebooks, your friends and family may not be as supportive of your work as you had hoped. Furthermore, you might find that your online writing buddies are your biggest cheerleaders, which shouldn’t make you doubt your “real life” friends and family. As a longtime blogger, freelance writer, and friendship advice columnist, I like to help fellow writers keep their expectations of friends and family in check. Here are the five typical ways you can expect the people in your non-virtual life to … Read More

Using Big Name Bylines To Book Clients

Using Big Name Bylines to Book Clients

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Let me tell you a little story, a story about the gift that keeps on giving. I know this is a hot topic in writing circles, so hold onto your seats, but there was a time that I wrote for free. I wrote for free to test the writing waters (was my writing worthy of being published?), I wrote for free to get bylines on big sites, and I wrote for free because I was passionate about my words and wanted more eyes on my writing. Those times I wrote for free, well, they’ve been paying me handsomely ever since. … Read More