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Do You Really Want To Get Published? Write For Trade Magazines!
Have you been repeatedly snubbed by consumer magazines? Do you have little to show for your research and querying efforts other than a folder of form rejection letters? If your writing dream includes earning a halfway decent to excellent income writing magazine articles, there are editors at thousands and thousands of publications worldwide who would open their doors (and their wallets)to work with you. You've probably never heard of most of them, but they have loyal readerships. They're called "trade magazines."
Trade magazines are periodicals that are published for and read by members of specific trade groups, occupations, and/or persons
And many of them would love to hear from, and work with, reliable
But how do you get started writing for trade magazines? What
1. Getting Started
My personal experience in writing for trade magazines came after
This isn't the only way to break into writing for trades, however. Are there occupations or businesses you would love to learn and write about, but have no work experience in? Do you know people who do them, or could you go through a local Chamber of Commerce or trade association chapter to meet such people? You can also conduct a search for professionals in nearly every field online, via such sites as http://www2.profnet.com or http://www.experts.com (typing "find an expert" into the Google search box will provide you with a plethora of similar sites).
Once you find your "experts," ask questions and listen. What are
2. What qualifications do you need to write for trade magazines?
While it may help immensely to have an education or background in a particular trade or industry to break into writing for its trade magazines, it's not essential. As with querying consumer magazines, showing that you have done, or can do, research on the topic, and mentioning the sources you'll tap when writing the actual article, will go a long way in piquing an editor's interest.
3. What types of articles do trade magazines carry?
Except for the fact that trade publications have a narrower focus
� news items specific to the magazine's occupation or industry
� products and trends
� how-to articles
� personal/professional experience articles (e.g., case histories, company and professional profiles, etc.)
As stated above, use your own experience as a springboard or your
4. Where can you find or learn about available trade magazines?
You can obtain fre^e one-year subscriptions to hundreds of different trade magazines at TradePub (http://i.nl03.net/ltr0/?
You'll also find Kendall Hanson's book, "Writing for Trade Magazines" (http://tinyurl.com/yqher) enormously helpful. In it, he includes information on many of the major publishers in the trade magazine industry, as well as many additional tips on breaking in.
Finally, just keep your eyes and ears open--trade magazines lie inm waiting rooms everywhere, from doctor's offices to automobile repair shops. And don't hesitate to ask your friendly neighborhood plumber, hair stylist, CEO, salesperson or pet shop owner if they receive any magazines specific to their industries, and whether or not they have back copies they could lend to you.
While writing for "Aqua" (the pool and spa trade
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