We research, we thoroughly digest the material, then we rev our brain to work out how to put it together so that our readers can get something meaningful out of it. Following the creation of our pieces, we toil – tormented for days in edits and in getting just the right words, the perfect phrases. Alas, we then take a deep breath and send it out. Then we wait... and wait... and wait some more for editors to nonchalantly respond after three taut months, ‘Sorry, not for us.’
Some time ago the Writers Bureau’s (a body to which I belong) magazine, ‘Freelance Market News’ pointed me towards an online magazine that works with Freelance writers like myself. ‘What? A magazine that works with writers?’ you say.
I know it can seem that magazine editors generally try to keep as far away from writers as possible, especially those of the freelance variety. This is a bizarre notion since one would incorrectly assume that writers are the lifelines of said magazines. ‘Nonsense!’ you say with your head indignantly tossed to one side. Can I draw your attention to the most reverent, most esteemed, advertisers. Aha! Now you see why writers have to come at the very bottom of the food chain.
(And if the smirk on my face isn’t clear from that sentence – I’m being sarcastic!)
Back to this online magazine. It’s called, Girlfriend 2 Girlfriend , and as the name suggests, deals with anything and everything relating to women, their interests, and relationships. I’d like to compare it to my other blog, The Relationship Supermarket, because of the wide variety of helpful information available for women and because it gives me an opportunity for a plug - naturally.
Unlike my blog though, its articles are written by a variety of writers, all of them experienced and well-known in their own right. It’s free to read online, so if the current economical climate meant that you had to give up your magazine subscriptions, you can read this one completely free. You can also subscribe to them safely. They will not send you any mail other than to tell you when the new monthly magazine is ready for you to peruse.
I started with them as a contributor and found that they were welcoming indeed. They maintain a very high standard, so if you want a shot at being accepted as one of their writers you may want to keep the following in mind.
· Articles should be totally free of spelling and grammatical mistakes – obviously.
· They have a submissions guidelines page which you should study and adhere to.
· There are suggestions for topics of articles they seek to publish every month. Naturally, writing about one of these topics increases your chances of being accepted. They are however, open to ideas.
· They pay an honorarium agreed upon at the time of acceptance.
Why not take a tour of their home page and click on the magazine to read it. You may have to clear your pop-up blocker temporarily for this to work. If this is needed, it will tell you at the top of your page when you click on the magazine. While you’re there, why not look at my article in this month’s issue called, ‘Gardening With Children.’
Happy writing and publishing.