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Syndicate Your Articles For Greater Income

Updated on October 11, 2013

What Is Syndication?


Imagine that you write an article and after months of hawking that article and sending out query letters, it is finally published in a small magazine. You are paid fifty bucks for the publication rights and with your newfound riches you take your wife or husband out to dinner. You both celebrate and life is good.

Now imagine you write an article and sell it into syndication, and instead of being published in one magazine it is published in fifty newspaper markets across the country at $50 per publishing.

Forget about dinner and start making reservations for a vacation to the Bahamas!

Syndication, for lack of a better definition, is multiple publishings of one work, whether it be in magazines, newspapers or some other form of media. It can be quite lucrative and it is an avenue all writers should consider, especially those who wish to one day vacation in the Bahamas. In its most common form, it is a series of articles spread out over weeks and month. Picture in your mind recurring articles that you see in your local newspaper; often times those articles are syndicated and also appear in other newspapers across the country. Week after week, new articles appear with the same theme, and whoever the author is, he/she is probably lounging on a beach at this very moment.

If lovely beaches and tall drinks with umbrellas in them sound good to you, then read on as we look at the steps for successful syndication.

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Step One: Get Published


Chances are excellent that you will never be syndicated unless you have been published, so send out those query letters and get someone to publish a piece of your work. I don’t care if you have to offer your article for free. We are after bigger fish than one payment for one article.

Find a niche and become the self-proclaimed spokesperson for that niche. Then get published. Check with local newspapers first and pitch the chance for them to sign on a local writer with tons of knowledge. Look at small, alternative newspapers and make sure you try the online newspapers as well. Keep at it until someone, somewhere publishes an article of yours. Once that happens your foot is in the door and we can move on to step two.

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Step Two: Option One Do It Yourself


You have decided to do it yourself. You don’t want to involve syndication companies and pay them a percentage to hawk your work, so now you are going to do it yourself.

Get a list of newspapers in your country and start sending out query letters pitching your articles and syndication efforts. It is best to pitch a series of articles about one subject. Editors and publishers want to hear about the total body of work, and they love it when inches of their publication will be filled weekly with an article that they trust. Pitch a ten-article batch to them, and include in that pitch reference to your previous publication. If you are sending queries by snail mail, then copy your previously published article, including the masthead of the publication, and send that along with your query letter as proof that you have been published. If you query by email then send your published article as an attachment or link to the publication.

This is tedious work. Sending out hundreds of query letters to hundreds of newspapers is time consuming and will test the mettle of any writer, but it may pay off big time.

Remember to promise exclusivity for each market. In other words, promise that you will only sell your article to one newspaper per metro area. Don’t worry about limiting your sales by giving exclusivity. There are a lot of metro areas in your country.

What will you get paid? It will depend on the publication and how large they are. Starting out I would not expect to get more than $25 per column.

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It begins with hard work in the writing studio

Step Two Option Two


If you don’t want to do-it-yourself, then take the easier path and try to get on with a syndication company. There are hundreds of companies across the United States who sign on writers and then they find the publications to publish your work. In other words, all you do is write and let the syndication company find the outlet for your work….for a fee of course.

Although this may sound like the simpler route to take, remember that this is a competitive business, and syndication firms do not take on all writers. You will have to send query letters to the syndication firms pitching your idea and showing them your previously published work. If they decide that you have “game” in the writing business, they will gladly be your “agent” for syndication.

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Step Three: Keep Writing


There are millions of writers all after the same thing: exposure. Hot names will have their moment in the sun and fall by the wayside as new writers take their place. That is the nature of the business, and it is competitive as hell and it requires you to do your part in the process. You need to write.

You need to write as if your financial future depends upon it because, well, it does.

You need to ignore failure and laugh at defeat because those are a natural part of this writing gig.

If you meet rejection with your first syndication attempt then try again. If you can wallpaper your living room with rejection slips then try again because the bedroom needs wallpapering.

Keep writing!

And when you aren’t writing, imagine where you would like to vacation when you become syndicated.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      This is a good reference to keep. I've read about doing this before, but had kind of forgotten. I'm going to pin it to Pinterest, for safe keeping.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Barbara! I hope you give it a try in the future. Who knows what will happen?

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      This would be a dream come true. Maybe someday, but thank you so very much for giving all the necessary steps here in one place to try one's hand at this. Just awesome Bill!! :)

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      This is very useful Bill wow, I never knew all or even some of this information about becoming a syndicated writer for a news paper or for anything related to any publishing company. Maybe I will go at this very hard, and for sure I will make sure my grammatical errors doesn't get in the way LOL :) if I do choose to go such a route.

      I love to write my ass off as many folks know already and like so many of us dedicated hub authors, whom are quite determined to take multiple vacations and maybe even be able to pay off a few debts if anything.

      You my friend seem to have been there and done that, I wonder how it would feel to actually be a news paper editor, and to be able to report some of the most vital news reports worldwide. Now that would be a wonderful gig indeed, and so writing and writing and writing is what needs to be done as you pointed out here, I agree 100%.

      Nice hub bro! Now your talking up some good game here, and many folks will seek to benefit from your wisdom for sure and experience. Thanks a great deal Bill, thumbs up and sharing for sure!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, it would be a dream for sure, and it is one I am going to go for. Wish me luck as I do to you, and thank you for being here. Have a great week, Mom!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This would be a dream come true for all of us..and today the publishingworld is inundated with new writers..as we all know. Many years ago I sent out letters to different syndications..I had some advice from Bill Kean and Liz Smith..had the pleasure of meeting them...I got syndicated with a small syndication that sold to small newspapers such as pennysaver etc...and got paid a flat fee. I had hoped that would lead to more. Today I would figure a way...I actually had two columns in the syndication. GOing through Writers market and like books can be very helpful. Thanks for bringing this dream out that many of writers think about. Sharing and pinning...

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Great advice. There are many syndication services world over and one should try some of them, if he is lazy about sending his writings to many editors.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Another great article, Bill, with some great suggestions on how to get started! Your advice is golden. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Mike! How is life today? This is a new direction I am trying. The odds are great but what the heck, buddy, beating the odds is oh so sweet, right? You and I have already beaten some pretty formidable odds and here we are thriving in our business.

      Thank you for stopping by my friend. I hope you are well and happy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, it would be a dream come true and I'm going for it. The thought of writing one article per week and making money from it is worth the effort. Who knows, right? All things are possible if there is the willingness to try.

      Thank you as always! You really do walk your talk here on HP.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jainismus, true words my friend. You have to share the fee with the syndication service but it is still guaranteed money multiplied over a number of sites. Worth the effort I think.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, thank you! I think it is worth trying for any writer. Who knows when lightning will strike and we will be discovered?

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      Donna Brown 4 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      This is information I can really use! I bookmarked your link! Thanks!

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Good hub with nice information. I like this, thanks for sharing. Great work!

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Great advice! And it's easy to understand. Nice hub!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I never thought about syndication. Interesting and very lucrative, I would imagine. Are you syndicated, Bill?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cygnetbrown, I'm happy to hear that. Good luck to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My Cook Book, thank you and I hope you have success in trying this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok! It's always nice to have you visit my site.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, just one more thing to think about, right? LOL I hope you are well my friend.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, connecting with a local newspaper never occurred to me! I have bookmarked this excellent information for future reference, and I am looking at travel brochures as I write LOL! Voted UP++

      ;) Pearl

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, good for you my friend. I get excited knowing that others are branching out and trying new things like this. Good luck and keep me posted.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm peachy as always, Bill! Thanx for asking.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Great information! I had never thought about syndication, via newspapers (either on the web or in print). That would be such a sweet gig! I wish you the best of luck with your endeavors--I could see a "Living the Simple Life" weekly column in my newspaper, written by Bill Holland. That would be awesome!

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      ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

      I might need to stop reading your hubs for a few days. You get me all distracted from raising the kids and interested in writing and getting published! Thanks for the motivation and the advice! -Ginger

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      penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      Great advice! I tried syndication years ago with no luck. Now I might try again. Thanks for writing this hub.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Will English. 4 years ago from Marietta, Georgia.

      Of course, step one is always the hardest. Good advice though. *shared*.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Huh. I thought I commented on this one already. LOL

      I've never pitched to anyone ever. I know you're shocked. I like the idea of writing for a local newspaper. That would be fun.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Your tips are quite valuable. I would love to be syndicated, but like you suggested, I need to find a niche. I'm so all over the place right now and can't seem to light on just one subject. I'd better get busy with that as my number one priority and then follow that with the rest of your truly helpful advice.

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I have never really tried to get published. I didn't think it was an option. That's what I get for thinking. There's a lot of useful information here, Bill and I thank you for sharing it. The local newspapers are sounding really good to me and not something I had thought of, other than a few letters to the editor over the years. Questions for some time in the future - How hard is it to get published in the real world over on-line writing? I have sold a lot of articles over the last few weeks flat out for others to put their names on. That was pretty easy though the money sucks. How do I transition to being able to sell them and keep my name on them? I don't really expect you to answer that. I'm thinking in print. But, if you were ever bored and wanting to write about it... we would all love it! I love reading your hubs for many reasons, but one of the strongest is that I get an educational experience every time. God bless!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peachy, Sha??? Glad to hear it. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, it would be awesome indeed, for me or you or any other writer. Just something else to put on my to do list. :)

      Thanks, Minnesota! I hope spring has finally arrived there.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ginger, I love that name. I hope I remember it...keep signing that way until I remember, okay? Thanks, and I'm sorry for being such a distraction. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      penlady, I like that you tried it and are considering trying again. Best of luck to you. Don't give up. All it takes is the right piece at the right time.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Will, it is indeed! The prize we all seek. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, no, I'm not shocked. :) Hey, what can it hurt to try? Rejection is a way of life in writing, so you might as well get with it and join the rest of us. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, once you find that niche you will be very good at it. I know about being all over the place. It has just been in the last couple of months that I have narrowed my focus. Now I feel I'm on the right track.

      Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rhonda, I owe you a visit and I will be by to read your new hub shortly.

      As for newspapers, I love this new series of yours about Monsanto. Extremely well written and so damn clever. I would pitch that series to the local newspapers. What do you have to lose?

      As for getting published in the real world, it is very tough. In today's world you have a better chance of getting published on-line with some of the online magazines and newspapers. That is what I would try first. I would try tiny, local newspapers and tiny publications, all local. All you need is one byline and the door will open wider.

      I'll write a hub about this just for you. How's that? :)

      Thank you my friend. You have no idea how much I appreciate you.

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      Kristen Mazzola 4 years ago from South Florida

      Great information! I am so thankful to know about syndication for writing! I had no idea that was even possible! New goals have been set! :)

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      LupitaRonquillo 4 years ago

      Your articles are always so useful and motivating Billybuc, thanks for sharing your expertise on syndication! :D

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, I haven't heard of this before, sound like a very lucrative gig, if one can get it; well worth looking into.

      Many thanks for the useful tips my best to you as always.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Informative, Inspirational and Practical/Doable. Thanks for the great service you perform to all of us. Voted Up.

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      catmalone 4 years ago

      This article is vey useful. Thanks for the professional advice. Another awesome hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      khmazz, new goals are a great thing, and I suspect you do not shy away from them at all. Best of luck to you and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lupita, it is my pleasure. I haven't seen you in awhile. I wonder if I missed a hub by you. I will check shortly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shoot, Jo, as you well know, I'm just giving back to a community that has been incredible in showing me acceptance and love. I am the one who is grateful. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MsDora, I am very happy to do so. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am happy to do so, Catmalone....thanks for stopping by.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have seen some of this syndicated material. Always wondered about it, too. Thanks for showing me what it is all about and HOW it happens.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Never really gave this a thought. Guess I wasn't even sure what syndication could do for a writer. This is interesting. Thanks for sharing this with us. Who knows, this could become part of the "plan".

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you for the excellent advice about syndication, Bill. Good to know.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I would think Boomer Lake would be perfect for syndication. :) just sayin'

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, who knows indeed. Keep it in mind for that travel series....you already have enough material. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I greatly appreciate your loyalty....thank you so much for stopping by once again.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Well! Frankly Bill, I'd no idea about this syndication thing being connected to one's writing; though I've been coming across the same article being published across many platforms. I understand now, thanks to this interesting and useful information.

      Many thanks my friend, for this valuable lesson.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Exactly what we need! Thanks for these!

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      Marilyn Kee 4 years ago from Penang, Malaysia

      Well, never heard of this before. But will definitely find out more bout it ! Thanks Bill!!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It never hurts to learn all about something you love doing. Thank you for another share. You are so giving as well as an excellent writer. We all learn from your hubs Bill..Thank you..

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Wow...did not hear about it until now.

      Will look into it. Before that...gotta write on one topic...so far..I have been writing on various topics.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I want to go to the Bahamas! "ignore failure and laugh at defeat "....that's what I'm going to do first ;)

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, it is a path many do not think of but it can be lucrative. Just another avenue to consider my friend. If one of us makes it we all can celebrate. :) Thank you my friend, and blessings to your family.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I'm glad to hear it. I don't know what it is like in Singapore but here in the States this is a viable alternative to consider.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marilyn, I hope you do. You might be surprised by the results. Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, thank you so much. I'm just trying to help the community that I respect so greatly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, that is indeed the whole trick to syndication. Find a nice and establish yourself in that niche...then start sending out query letters. :) Thank you my dear.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, it's good to see you again. I hope all is well with you my friend. Laugh at defeat...most of us spend a great amount of time laughing, don't we? :) Thank you Mary!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, you've got me doing some serious thinking. My folks (Mom in Hawai'i, Dad in Maryland), are getting up there, and seeing them last month only whetted my desire to figure out how I can finance seeing them and the rest of my family of origin more often.

      What you offer here is both a challenge AND an opportunity to tap into something that is definitely doable in the natural progression of writing.

      But what's key to my enjoyment is the special writer's voice that I hear whenever I read your articles. You make that which might otherwise be mundane come alive like the NBC peacock proudly spreading its tail feathers during the early days of living color TV.

      Thank you for the gifts of your time, talent, content, and instruction, Bill. I'm damn lucky to be a follower!

      Aloha, and have a quality evening of macadamia...um...I meant to say, academia! Sorry, still stuck in the candy factory on the Big Island!

      Joe

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Billy,

      This is excellent reference material. The first step, however, is getting your writing published. With continued passion, good planning, and perseverance, I really believe that getting your writing syndicated is possible. Voted up and sharing. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You are providing a wealth of information with your hubs about writing, Bill. Thank you for this interesting and very useful article about syndication.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

      Syndication is something new to me and it is great read about it. Good and informative hub. Keep it up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, that voice you hear took years to develop. I look back at my earlier writings and it was nowhere to be found. I finally settled on a conversational voice because that is what I am most comfortable with. I want the reader to feel like we are sitting as old friends over a cup of coffee and having a talk. Thank you for the validation. That makes me happy.

      I hope syndication works out for you my friend. I would love to hear that you are able to visit your parents more often.

      My best to you and believe me, I am proud to be your follower as well.

      Aloha from Olympia

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paul, I agree with you and this will be my focus over the coming months. Good luck to you and I hope this works out for you in the near future.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia! We are all learning together and I'm a big believer in sharing knowledge and helping each other.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchi, I am glad to hear it and I hope you give it a try. Who knows, right?

      Thank you my friend.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Billy, I love your ideas. I've often wondered about a syndicated column, but never really researched it. These are great tips. I'm definitely going to pin this article.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Career! I hope this finds you well. Yes, it is something that I am focusing on...just one more thing to do, right? I do think it is doable for those willing to lay the foundation and work hard.

      Best of luck to you and thank you!

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      Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

      Great advice as always Bill! Here's to vacationing in the Bahamas

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      wildove5 4 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

      Very informative Hub, I have only been writing regularly for the last three or four years and mostly as therapy. However I have written a children's picture story. I would love to see it published, even if it's only for my grandson. I recently sent out a few query letters to literary agencies. I did receive one response and they weren't excepting any picture book manuscripts, though they encouraged me to continue querying. If you have any guidance to offer on making my book a possibility I would love to hear it!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jeff. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      wildove, the majority of writers fail on query letters because of the query letter itself. Make sure yours follows recommended guidelines and make sure your opening paragraph has a great hook. If you want to email me I can toss a few more things your way....holland1145@yahoo.com

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      You have a gift for providing essential information in an easy to read, yet entertaining format. You also seem to instinctively know the type of information needed and you deliver everytime.

      Helpful, knowledgeable article, as always. I will bear in mind for future use :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for these tips.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, thank you so much for your kind words. I am honored by them and you are greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Martin! Thank you for your loyalty.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      My living room walls could do with a makeover. lol

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Phoenix, if you continue to be a writer then you'll have those walls covered over in no time. :) I consider a rejection slip a badge of honor. LOL Silly me!

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      I'm curious (and maybe it's because I'm still figuring out the syndication game): Does having your syndicated content appearing on several websites cause a duplicate content problem? If you have insight, let me know. Thanks, as always, for your great content and support!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Heidi!

      On syndication, as long as you only publish an article in one newspaper per metro area then you are alright with the duplicate content problem. :) Good question and thank you for the visit.

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Thanks for clarifying! I am looking into this type of content development strategy. Have a great week!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome, Heidi! Good luck with your strategy.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This was really interesting. I never really knew what syndication was about. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, it's my pleasure. As always, thank you my friend.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      billybuc,

      From the way you wrote this hub, it sounded like you were already doing it. But I see you are attempting it and I hope it works out for you. This is a great idea and I didn't know it was even a possibility. Thanks for sharing all of this with the rest of us. And good luck to you. Please let us know WHEN, not if you are syndicated because if anyone deserves to be syndicated, it should be you. Seems you have been writing a column every day, never mind every week!!! This was a very enjoyable hub. Voted up, awesome, interesting and useful... and sharing!

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Love this advice...especially where you say "If you can wallpaper your living room with rejection slips, keep trying because the bedroom needs wallpaper, too..:" (may have misquoted...but you get the idea!) I don't know if I want to be syndicated, but I would love to go to the Bahamas!!!! Voted up, across and shared!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Karen, that is so kind of you to say. Thank you and you can bet I'll let you all know if that day ever comes. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LaDena, I would love for you to go to the Bahamas, too, so get to writing and maybe one day, right? In the meantime, keep wallpapering. :) Thank you my friend.

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      sean crawford 4 years ago from los angeles

      This article gave me some ideas, however I would like to know how often I could get these types of jobs once I get my foot in the door. I also wonder if I would have to change my writing style to fit those local newspaper agencies.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Scraw, there is no pat answer to your question. Generally speaking, once you have gotten syndicated it is easier to get syndicated again....as for writing style, usually doing a column means you write in your own voice, but it would have to be agreed upon by the editor or publisher.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This is an excellent goal to set as a writer. Thanks for the suggestions. Perhaps someday I will delve into this option, for now I will file it for reference.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna! You biggest problem is undoubtedly time, but hopefully one day you will be able to write full-time.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Are you doing this? Are you syndicated? I can see how your articles here on the simpler life and reflection would fit the bill.

      Good information and suggestions. Voted up and useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Au fait, good morning and no, I'm not yet syndicated, but I keep trying. :) Thanks for the visit.

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