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Help for writers

Updated on February 4, 2011

Author: W. K. Hayes

Help for writers

Now I am aggravated and that is putting it nicely. Why are writers getting scammed left and right but so-called writing jobs? In the past four hours, I have looked at all sorts of magazines that were advertising for free-lance writing.

What I discovered is very shocking to me. There are magazine companies charging, a writer for their submission and magazine companies, trying to raise money with no real way of actually submitting, an article.  

With a strong belief of never paying to work for someone, I thought, ‘Why are people, pushing garbage versus sharing what they know? I get the concept of competition but if these writers were as good as they think they are, would they really have to worry about someone being better?

Granted, this all happened, in the first hour of doing research on the topic and yes, it is disturbing how people think. After, I waded through the garbage; I began looking at other posts and started finding real jobs for writing articles…if you happen to have a ton of experience in a particular field. If a person works in any of those fields, why in the world would they need to write about those subjects? It is reasonable to believe that any of those jobs would pay good enough that supplementing one’s income would not be necessary.

Speaking of working online, how many work-at-home people actually exist? I know the figures look great on paper but that is nothing more than sales hype in my book. From what I have seen and experienced, the only ones making money online are those taking advantage of people’s hopes and dreams.

Forgive my frustration but I will die with a hatred of those that would take advantage of others. The so-called writing jobs online are for Technical Writers and there is a huge difference between a technical writer and an author. Those so-called Freelance Writing Jobs should be properly, named as such.

As for writing for magazines, there are good companies that do take works of fiction and they DO NOT charge you to look at your work. This advice is to anyone; look up the magazine online, see if they have a submissions links and adhere to how they want the work, turned in to them.

Avoid the Scammers, and go directly to the magazines you are interested in writing for. Even if you do not see a submission link, contact the magazine directly and ask them about their submission guidelines. Stick to magazines that relate to topics you are interested in writing for and consider whether, this is a magazine you can write for, or not.

Eventually, it is my intention to create a database of magazines and their guidelines to post on Hubpages to help others avoid my frustrations. Truthfully, I would really appreciate any information that would help make that Hubpage a great Hub for all of us, and those to join Hubpages, in time.

Thank you for reading this article and please feel free help others with what you have learned. If you have written an article that does offer real answers and solutions to this problem, let me know and I will be more than glad to post links to your article, within this article and the database. Be sure to submit the article name of your article, exactly as it was, written. Thank you and have a great day.


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      Warren Keith Hayes 7 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

      Thank you Sueroy333...How can anyone call themselves an artist with a passion for life if they don't spend their time embracing life by helping others in constructive ways? By the way...Leprechauns only wear green on the outside but they're pure magic on the inside. Can't wait to spend more time with your work.

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      Susan Mills 7 years ago from Indiana

      I'm sorry that I don't have any information to help out with your hub, but I do think it's great that you want to put a hub out there to help.

      I did find out something this morning that, I guess, would seem obvious to people, but I really hadn't thought of it. I read about someone using Twitter and Digg to expand their audience.

      I also think it's helpful, when you find a hub you really like, to share it on facebook, also to share it with your followers here and other places.

      I'm with you on the competition thing. This is NOT a competition. This is a place where a bunch of writers encourage and help one another. I love this place! :O)

      I wish I had more to add, but I'm so green I still get mistaken for a Leprechaun.. or someone who ate a bad burrito.

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      Warren Keith Hayes 7 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

      Thank you Mandeeadair...I really enjoy trying to help others and love learning myself. So, if you have any cool tips, let us know and thanks.

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      Mandeeadair 7 years ago from California

      This is a great hub, thank you for the advice.

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      Warren Keith Hayes 7 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

      Amen to that WTS...I'm am a true work-a-holic but I'll never pay to get work. That's not the way it should be, ever.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I'll shoot myself in the head before I'll pay to work for anyone. Thanks for posting this.