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How To Submit A Magazine Article: A Step by Step Tutorial

Updated on September 29, 2013

I Know Who You Are

There are still some of you out there in Cyberspace who have not submitted an article yet, aren’t there? You know who you are. Despite all of the encouragement I have given, you have managed to find excuses that seemingly justify not submitting your work to a magazine. Well, I will not be derailed.

I am willing to bet that one of those excuses is that you have never done this and you are unsure of the procedure. I am also willing to make it a Daily Double and bet that there are some of you who have not done it because you are not convinced that you are good enough to be published.

Well to those two excuses I say hogwash and more hogwash.

It occurred to me today that perhaps it would help you if I took you through the entire process, step by step. I just finished an afternoon of submitting work so the process is fresh in my mind. What better time to write this article than now?

Here is the one truth I know: If you are a good writer then you have a good chance of being published. There are thousands of online and in-print magazines to submit to, and each one accepts a certain number of freelance articles each year. It might as well be you.

Sacramento Parent Magazine
Sacramento Parent Magazine | Source

Some Preliminary Remarks

There are two ways to submit to a magazine. One, you can send a query letter suggesting a topic and article, as yet to be written. Two, you can send an introductory letter and a finished article for their review.

I have always taken the second route. I have written over 500 articles on HubPages and quite frankly I don’t feel like writing any new ones just for a magazine. With so many magazines to choose from, I can always find a magazine that specializes in information that I have already written about. If necessary I can tweak my article to fit the submission guidelines of a publication, but that is much better than writing an entirely new article….at least in my opinion it is.

Some magazines will not accept submissions only and that’s fine. There are enough that do to keep me quite busy.

With that point out of the way I want you to grab your copy of the Writer’s Market and follow along with me. What? You don’t have the Writer’s Market? Oh for heaven’s sake! I have harped and harped and harped some more about this and still some of you have ignored me.

Fine! Follow along anyway and I’ll try to tell you everything you need to know without the writing Bible.

The Writer's Market
The Writer's Market | Source

The Beginning

I began today choosing an article to submit. Today was adoption day for me, so I read through the twelve adoption articles I have written and chose one for submission. It is titled “A Message To Adopted Children Everywhere: Stand Proud.”

I read through the article to make sure there were no grammatical errors, even though I have already proofread it five times earlier.

Next I took my Writer’s Market and went to the consumer magazines section. There I found a section for Parenting Magazines. I painstakingly went through that entire section ( there were 25 magazines under this section) and I read the submission guidelines for each one. I marked the ones that were looking for what I was offering, and I began the submission process.

Read the Guidelines

Let’s take a look at Sacramento Parent Magazine for this exercise.

Under their section I was given an email address for submissions and a name to go with that submission. I was told that they accept queries by e-mail, and they are interested in general interest and personal experience. So far so good. They have a circulation of 50,000 and they publish monthly They pay upon publication and they pay between $50-200 for original articles.

They also give a website where I can view their magazine, and that was the next step.

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Viewing the Magazine

Onward to www.sacramentoparent.com I went in search of information I needed. Once there I read a few articles to make sure that my style matched what they preferred. Next I looked for their “writing guidelines” link and yes, most magazines will have that link on their website.

I clicked on that link and was treated to the following information:

LENGTH
• 300-500 words for short articles
• 600-900 words for medium-length articles
• 1000+ words for long features (usually only allotted for narrative or in-depth stories)

PHOTOS
Able to provide great photos along with your words? You rock! If we can use them (i.e., they're attractive, hi-res and BIG enough), we generally offer additional payment, and, of course, photo credit.

PAYMENT
We have a limited monthly budget, and our rates vary (from $25 to $45 for reprints to around $50 to $200 for original articles) depending on the fit for our publication, and the amount of journalism, research, or travel, etc. required by a story. Not to mention how much additional work it needs before it's ready for layout. Whenever possible, we are happy to help new and emerging writers build their skills and portfolios, and we can offer pointers on picking up reprint fees in the parenting publications market. (Note: If you’re submitting with an asking price, please include online rights fees.)

EXCLUSIVITY
We require regional exclusivity (usually 6 months-1 year). If you submit a piece to multiple publications within the Greater Sacramento region, please ensure that it does not run in parallel publications within that time frame. We will notify you of intent to publish well in advance; if you agree, and you have submitted the piece to other local publications, please retract it from those other guys.

Note: Editorial staff has the right to edit copy and make final decisions on page layout. We are not able to provide writers with final drafts before printing.

Thank you so much for your time, hard work and talents,
and for your interest in contributing to Sacramento Parent magazine!

Shelly Bokman

Editor-in-Chief

Sacramento Parent,
Dandelion & The Source Book
shelly@sacramentoparent.com

Thank the heavens that I did this because the contact information at the bottom of that page did not match up with the contact information in the Writer’s Market. Upon further investigation I found that Ms. Bokman was indeed the editor and contact person, and not Ms. Crelly as stated in the Writer’s Market. Important information because it shows the editor that I cared enough to find out her correct name, and that is huge for brownie points.

Next Step: The Query Letter

I was not sending a classic query letter in that I was not asking permission to write an article. Instead, I sent Ms. Bokman an introductory email explaining the article I was submitting to her. Here is that email:

Dear Ms. Bokman:

There are approximately 130,000 adoptions in the United States each year, with the latest statistics showing a 26% increase over the last reporting period. Chances are that every member of your staff knows someone who is adopted, a fact that underscores the importance of the article I am proposing to you.

I am adopted. I was adopted at nine months of age and yes, I have been adopted ever since. J

What is it like to be adopted? What are the thoughts of an adopted child? What insecurities do they feel and what issues of self-worth do they deal with?

Those are the questions answered in my article, “A Message To Adopted Kids Everywhere: Stand Proud.” It is a positive message of hope and it is a message that will help all parents who have adopted or are considering adoption, as well as adopted children everywhere. I have attached the article to this email and I hope you take the time to read it. I have no doubt that your readers will find it uplifting and inspirational.

Who am I? I am a professional freelance writer, former teacher, former business owner and very active adoptee. I have written over 500 articles for the writer’s site HubPages and I have three published magazine articles to my credit.

I look forward to hearing from you soon and discussing the publication of this important article.

Sincerely,

William D. Holland

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

To that letter I attached the article. This was allowed by this magazine. If they did not want attachments to an email they would have mentioned that in their guidelines, in which case I would have copied and pasted the article at the bottom of my email.

I re-read the email and made sure the address was correct and that there were no errors and then I hit “send.”

And that's all there is to it!
And that's all there is to it!

Final Step

I was almost done. The last thing I did was go to my online article tracker and enter the information. I do this for every submission. I mark down the date of submission, the magazine title, the person I contacted and the article name. Why? Because there are times when a submission will be lost and it never hurts to follow up. Also, when I do hear back from the contact person, I gauge by their language whether they are interested in anything else I might have to submit. I find this article tracker to be invaluable and a great networking tool.

So there you have it. I plan on doing much more of this starting in July as I cut back on my HubPages activity.

So what is my success rate? To date, covering the last nine months, I have submitted fifty-eight articles to magazines and I have had three accepted and published. That is a success percentage of 5.2%.

Is that good? Heck if I know, but it’s exciting for me because ladies and gentleman, this is a numbers game. Provided you are a good writer, and provided you do the legwork, then the more you submit the better your chances.

In other words, my future success is in my hands, and I like it that way.

Please note that I received fifty-five rejection letters during this process. I had every reason to give up and feel like a loser. Nonsense! There is nothing personal about a rejection letter, and with every rejection letter came the opportunity to learn more about the process.

I hope that has helped some of you. Give it a try. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      That is awesome advice. Something I always wanted to do. I have the Literary Market, earlier version I believe! One silly question. If they ask for exclusivity and you have the same hub on hubpages, do you then need to remove that hub from here?

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Lol! told of about the Writers Market, duly noted! lol! um thats me then! Brilliant information billy, this is bookmarked! one question, do they ask you to delete your hub after publication? votes all the way!

      Added after writing, I saw the same question from epbooks! lol!

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Direct, simple and to the point. Thank you seriously for sharing your tips on trying to sell articles to magazines. I was wondering a bit about this, but do have so much on my plate, but would love to try my hand at this at some point. So, I really appreciate you sharing it here and have pinned this to use down the road. Thank you and have voted up, shared and wishing you a great day now!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Liz! You have to remove your hub as soon as it is published in another source. If you wait long enough HP will do it for you, but I always remove it the day it is printed in the magazine. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell yes, you have to delete your hub as soon as it is published in a magazine. :) Thanks for dropping by my friend.

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      hmmmm...I think I will try it! Thanks Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I think there are a lot of Hubbers who are thinking about it but don't do it because it seems overwhelming or confusing, and it really isn't. If I can do it then any writer can do it.

      Thank you my dear; have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You should try, Sheri! You are a good writer and you have what it takes. :)

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a great article, and one that I hope will come in handy very soon! I have already added the "Writer's Market" to my budget for my next paycheck in 2 weeks or so, and this is great advice for actually getting ready to submit an article. I like that you urged us to check out the "writing guidelines" link on the website, in case there's a discrepancy. That would be embarrassing! The advice about checking the style of the publication is also very useful.

      Thank you, Bill, for sharing this information with us while it is still fresh in your mind. And for bringing us through the entire submission process, and warning us that a great deal of rejection letters are normal, and that persistence is necessary to get anywhere.

      Have a wonderful day, Bill! My day is pretty productive so far, and I am following somewhat of a routine, and paying attention to how long I am working on each task. I hope to come out of this week with a lot accomplished! Thanks again for everything.

      ~ Kathryn

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      this is excellent Bill, and I am trying to find some magazines for astrology articles. There are not many online. I would love to find non astrology magazines to write for ...lots to think about here. Great as always...will have to check this all out.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      You are my hero! Such good advice. I've queried a few magazines with ideas for articles that I had not written (no luck yet, but did get some encouraging comments back) but will consider submitting some of my hubs as appropriate. Of course, my hub portfolio is way smaller than yours. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, the Writer's Market has a section for astrology magazines. :) Good luck!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I'm a bit lazy. No sense in writing new articles when I have a portfolio already written. :) Glad this helped and good luck.....you have a couple good magazines in Iowa to check out, including Our Iowa which is publishing one of my articles soon.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Yes, I'm ordering The Writer's Market...yes, I want to submit magazine articles and yes, this is a super hub.

      Bill your personal experiences are what lead us back to you time and time again. I read in the comments that if you use an already written hub you have to remove it from HP if it is published...is that HP's rule or the magazine?

      Another great treat for us sensei!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I am encouraged that you are working on that routine...good for you. :)

      Listen young lady: you are a good enough writer to be published, so give this magazine thing a try. We will never know unless you do, right?

      Thank you my friend. Bev is working on your bracelet as we speak. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, that is the HP rule unless you sign over exclusive rights to a magazine, and then that means your article can't appear anywhere else, even on a writer's site like HP....but HP will flag it as soon as it appears somewhere else anyway, so it's a moot point. :) Thank you!

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Awesome, Bill! Make sure to let me know when it is published.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      P.S. Just came back to tell you I bought the book through your hub!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm certainly bookmarking this one, Bill. And yes, I followed along with my 2013 Writer's Market book! July is also the month for me to spread my wings, so this is perfect timing. I do have a couple of questions:

      1. What is considered a 'reprint'?

      2. Tell me about your online article tracker. Is it a program? Could I accomplish the same thing using Excel?

      3. Where does one find the online article tracker?

      OK, so it's three or four questions. Inquiring minds want to know! :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you are a doll. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Will do, Deb! Check them out...I know you can write for them. They are always looking for local authors.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Sha!

      The tracker is just a spreadsheet that I made so yes, you can easily do the same thing for yourself. There, that takes care of #2 and #3. LOL What is considered a reprint? I'm not sure I understand the question...a reprint would be anywhere else the article is printed other than the magazine that bought it....so HP would be a reprint, although magazines don't care too much about HP. On the other hand, HP cares greatly about hubs being reprinted and they will flag your hub if it is printed in a magazine. :) Does that answer your question?

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      mjkearn 3 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      So you Harp and Harp. I didn't know that you were musically talented but then again I haven't heard your Harping.

      Now what is the story with this so called must have Bible book thingy that doesn't contain the correct information or did I get that bit wrong.

      I mean if something is supposed to be the "Bees Knees" then shouldn't it be the "Bees Knees" and not the "Bees Ass", LOL.

      OK I'm confused again. Wasn't Hogwash an imaginary place in a Hollywood Blockbuster or was it another of Suzie's magic potions, ouch.

      Don't want to wind you up too much today as the month's end is coming at an alarming pace and I've got some crap to scribble.

      Before I go I've got 2 questions oh great teacher. What is a Magazine and what is an article?

      As to not being convinced about submissions, that's a load of Codswallop (which is not an imaginary place but something to do with marbles and beer).

      I've been making submissions for as long as I can remember but that has been to editors who wear uniforms and conduct interviews on the side of the road.

      The guru teacher has made 5.2% so does that say that the rest of us should give up and apply to Walmart where we can feel equally rejected but earn less than minimum wage.

      You say you are dialing down in July but be careful that you don't reach my level. It's really not a pretty place.

      Have a great day Bill.

      MJ.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Yes. I thought perhaps that was it as far as re-print goes. Did you submit to the magazine as 'original' or 'reprint'?

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      skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      billybuc dear b therother you rock. You r a blessing precious bro.The light of Christ shines in you. Thank you for taking the time to present is this awesome info to your readers. We do reap what we sow. Your harvest will be abundant running over. Love ya God Bless you n yours. Skye

      love you

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Original, Sha....HubPaged doesn't count in the literary world regarding "rights."

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill,

      My sister and I were just this morning, right before I saw your email had popped in, talking about writing articles for submission to magazines! There you go. Obviously, I must purchase the Writer's Market. That is interesting about the on-line article tracker, which does seem to be a very useful tool. Is that something you download or purchase?

      I am with you on not having to start from scratch when one already has plenty written.

      Thanks again, dearest Bill, for your insight here as always.

      I understand about you having to cut down a bit here on HP, as one must do what one must do no doubt! You will be missed, but it is good you will still be here from time-to-time! : )

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      I have heard of this book through you and others as well. What's stopped me in the past from submitting to magazines is the query letter - it frightens me terribly!

      You make it seem like it's ALL possible, and one day - i am GOING to submit an article to a magazine - i promise!

      This book writing thing is exhausting - at least for me, and i'm giving it all i've got right now.

      I can't multi task like you my friend - but - i'm sure glad you CAN!

      sharing and bookmarking

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      KT Banks 3 years ago from Texas

      As usual, by the time I read your work, there are already a lot of comments that sound exactly like what I was thinking of saying. But instead of staying silent this time, I will just say, "Thank you!" You really are so inspirational, and have a great knack for taking away our lame excuses. lol

      Voted Up and more...

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      Carola Finch 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi guys, you should know that you can subscribe to Writer's Market at www.writersmarket.com for a very low fee for one or two years. You can not only search the latest information online about every kind of publisher, you can also create "Favourite" folders. It has a built in article submission tracker that you can use to track your submissions if you wish.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Carola! I love your helpful attitude.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, you have brass balls. Jump in the water and get wet my friend. You have talent and it's about time we find out how much talent you have. :) Come on, girl, the water is fine.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      KT, thank you for that sweet comment....I want everyone to be successful....everyone!

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      watergeek 3 years ago

      Bill - Great letter - touched my heart. Was this particular article accepted?

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Voted up, interesting, and an informative hub on How To Submit A Magazine Article: A Step by Step Tutorial, you have created another wonderful idea for a hub

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I am with the many others, will be back and get going on this. Why not? Need that book to, be back for that!

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      Alise- Evon 3 years ago

      Thanks for the very helpful information, Bill!

      I have submitted one article (with photos), to date, to a new magazine called Our Wisconsin. (I liked the challenge of keeping it to under 700 words). Your information, though, is all very much appreciated as it helps me stream-line what I know about the process.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, say it isn't so....you have Walmarts in Ireland??? Please tell me this is not true. Is nothing sacred in this damn world anymore?

      Dialing down on HP....certainly not on writing. The literary world can't get rid of me that easily, buddy.

      If I don't make it as a writer I'm going to Italy where I will offer my skin to Suzie so she can experiment with all of her potions. Do you think she will pay me minimum wage to be a test rat???

      Thanks for the laugh my friend. Keep your head down and have a great weekend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Skye, I'm just doing my thing....gotta give if you want to receive, right?

      Blessings and love to you, today and always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I doubt I could ever totally leave HP; there are too many friends here. But an article per day is no longer going to happen. I need to concentrate on my career outside of HP.

      The article tracker can be made with an Excel worksheet...nothing fancy necessary. :)

      blessings always dear lady

      bill

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      I am definitely going to bookmark this one. I have submitted articles in the the past with moderate success but have not done so since moving to the UK. One wonders why not, since it appears that it could well be a little more lucrative than writing for HubPages - that is, if I was lucky enough to get an article published. Voted up Billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Watergeek....basically the same letter was used for another magazine that did take one of my adoption articles...only a couple sentences were changed.

      Thank you buddy! I hope you are well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE....I'm trying to pass it on to all of you. Hopefully some of it will help.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, why not indeed? Nothing ventured nothing gained, right? I hope you do try, Jackie. You are a good writer and there is no reason why you couldn't be published.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, it most definitely would be more lucrative than HubPages if one did it religiously...practically anything would be more lucrative than HP, right? LOL

      Good luck; I hope you do this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alise, that is a challenge. I'm not sure I could write a 700 word article considering how much I love to ramble on. LOL

      Good luck in the future my friend.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Great article! I've never given much thought to submitting to magazines, but after reading your page, the wheels are starting to churn.TO me it sounds just like submitting queries and/or manuscripts to literary agents. Been there, done that.

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Oh, I absolutely love this article! It is very helpful for those of us who haven't taken that step...I also just wanted to add that I really like your daily blog and I'm glad you went back to doing it every day. I have been on vacation for a couple weeks, so I'm still catching up, but I love the fact that you don't ever give up on all the procrastinators and self-doubters like myself. It is greatly appreciated!

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      watergeek 3 years ago

      OK Billybuc, I'm gonna try it. I recently submitted queries for new articles, using a hub or two as reference, but I hadn't taken the step to market the hubs themselves, yet. Thanks for the prod.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, not much difference....a little different query letter but basically the same thing. I hope you give it a try, and don't get discouraged. You are a good writer and that is the biggest obstacle.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I hope you had a great vacation. You'll have to tell me what that feels like one of these days. LOL Give up? It's not in my vocabulary. I don't give up on friends. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      watergeek, I am very happy to hear that. Go get them, buddy, and don't get discouraged if you don't find instant success. There are a lot of magazines out there....also try online mags.

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      Richard Bivins 3 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Bill, you are without a doubt, one of the true assets to this writer's community. Every time I read one of your hubs I find great inspiration. Before I started writing online, 6 or 7 years ago, I submitted articles to magazines almost weekly. I've had 6 published out of the hundreds of submissions, so yes it is a numbers game. My girlfriend only submits to trade and consumer mags and is amazingly successful and wonders why I don't concentrate more efforts on doing the same. I often wonder too. This has inspired me to stop wondering and start doing. I'm going to submit an article every day in July... Maybe I'll find some success, maybe not, but at least I can say I tried.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Richard, that is a very kind thing for you to say...thank you!

      Interesting what you wrote because I have set a goal of submitting fifty times in July....we'll see how that goes. I do better with a goal; it keeps me from making excuses.

      Good luck my friend and thank you again.

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Bill,

      Were you reading my mind today? I saw on Facebook where you submitted 10 articles today. My intention was to ask you more about the process after vacation, but you beat me to the punch with your answers. LOL.

      I do have the 2012 copy of the Writer's Market and will be taking it on my vacation since it's a 9 hour drive each way. I figured I can finally take the time to see where else I can submit articles to. I would love to see my works published in magazines.

      By the way, did you actually receive rejection letters from all that didn't use your material? I would rather receive a letter telling me 'yes' or 'no' than to never hear at all. When I sent my book to reviewers (and some who actually came to me for them), I was surprised to never hear a word back from some. It was frustrating.

      P.S. This made me chuckle, "Is that good? Heck if I know... ."

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      mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

      Thanks Bill !! That's Awesome information for beginners like me to get started with... You are simply Awesome and your piece of Advice is always taken with high regards !!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Mr. Veg...glad to be of assistance my friend. Good luck with your submissions, and thank you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Late again, apologies - working on the writing takes time don't you know! LOL

      Loved this article, you are a gem for doing all this step by step! The book as I mentioned to you is in my radar as magazine articles are. Thank you for putting up your own personal example of letter and the magazines requirements, seeing an example really helps me see "the nuts and bolts" of how to write this style.

      You have so much to give and you do . . . constantly. Thank you so much for being the teacher you are. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, I'd say for you, anything, but we don't want the Mickster all jealous or anything....:) So I'll simply say you are welcome. I love the plan you are working on; you have a solid direction and your healthy beauty ideas will do well with magazines. Have a great weekend my friend and thank you.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 3 years ago from New Jersey

      All of your advice and steps are spot on. I took a certificate course in writing for children and teens. I could have saved a lot of money if this article was created back then :)

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I did a lot of submitting in my 20's. That is years and years ago. Not one of my articles was accepted, but I was naive back then and mailed them to big magazines. Then I became discouraged and quit. I did manage to get 5 crochet designs accepted in the '90s though. So I know it can be done.

      Your article inspired me to get busy again. Sadly my "How To" articles on Hubpages would never work though. I'll have to write something else.

      Thanks for the inspiration. Good luck to you Bill as you move forward.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well shoot, Stephanie, I'm sorry I wasn't earlier with this article. :) Best of luck to you and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, I'm convinced I can do better, and every rejection is a learning process for me. The key is to not take the rejections personally and remember it has nothing to do, usually, with the quality of writing.....certainly not in your case. Carry on my friend and good luck.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great tips on submitting articles to magazines. Thank you for sharing.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      You are a sweetheart, Bill, to share so much of yourself and your personal experiences so that other writers can profit from what you have learned. Particularly valuable is your reminder that writers should check contact information for the periodical of their choice before submitting query letters. Here's to a wonderful weekend for you and the Mrs.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I know you know who I am. Do you know I know who you are? Who knows. Don't worry, I'm going to bed now.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Billy, I think I will start submitting to magazines again. I've probably submitted about 50-60 in my career, and only have 3 published articles. Ha, I guess that's the way it goes, right? But, I think my writing and topics have improved and expanded, so I might pull out that Writer's Digest and start the process again. Thanks fr another great hub.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, this "on hands walk-through" is absolutely a godsend. I felt very inspired while reading it, and I chuckled at the parts you were gently scolding us slackers. Ha-ha! I like the system you've got going, and I especially applaud you for the record-keeping aspect. Congratulations, my friend, for the good percentage.

      While we're on the issue of percentages, how was your batting overall? When you pitched, did you ever hit a homerun during a game that you pitched? That's always exciting to see a pitcher accomplish in the big leagues. I remember Felix doing it once. There have to be several others.

      Okay, time to get back to my post-midnight work. See ya, Bill!

      Joe

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      freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain

      I enjoyed your informative hub & voting you up.. I enjoy writing on here but I don't think I am good enough for magazines .Your article sounds helpful for so many readers.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, Bill, I never would have guessed from your opening paragraphs that you used to be a teacher. lol OK, I'll play...

      (Raising my hand) Sir? Sir! Was this a submission for an online or in-print magazine? Also, does the article you submitted appear anywhere else? If so, did you mention it to the editor? And, is this 'online article tracker' of which you speak something of your own creation?

      Right, I'm done now. This is a wonderful guide to the submission process. Having all the steps laid out in a step-by-step format makes it

      less intimidating. Thanks for the help.

      Have a great weekend and enjoy your summer.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      This is another useful awesome hub of yours Bill. It´s been a long time ago that I was thinking of submitting an article to a magazine. Am I good enough to write an article for a magazine? That´s always my question. Though when I think about it, I´m doing it now in HP. Right?

      This is the first time I heard about Writer´s Market. Sorry! I´m in Germany. Maybe it was only written in German language. LOL! I´ll be searching for this "bible" now.

      Thanks for sharing your personal experience Bill. You are always a good help to us her in HP. Voted up and pinned. Have a lovely weekend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Vellur! Thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I will pass your blessings on to Bev. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, it took me 60 years to figure out the answer to that question...I hope you do it considerably faster. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Career, I hope you do...you are a good writer and your time is coming. Keep selling yourself and your work and good things will happen. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Joe, I was a horrible batter but a great bunter. LOL I actually did clear the bases once with a double to left center....I have no idea how I did that. LOL

      Thanks buddy. You are an excellent writer and I want to see you with a byline.

      Have a great day; the heat is almost here.

      Aloha,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      freecamping, pick up a magazine and read an article. I'm willing to be you write just as well. :)

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Phoenix, good to see you as always. You can put your hand down now.

      This was an in-print magazine but I have published in online mags as well.

      The article only appears in HP. If it appeared anywhere else I would tell the editor and offer different rights.

      The tracker I made myself.

      Have a great weekend; the summer heat has arrived here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Thelma! The Writers' Market only covers American mags; don't know if you care about that or not. There is a European version but I never remember the name of it. :)

      Good luck; I hope you do submit. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Yes, I do care about it Billy. I´ll search for it online and I have to look for the European version as well. Thank you. I will in the future. Enjoy your weekend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great, Thelma....I'm sorry I don't remember the name of it.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Really interesting hub.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Good info as always. Glad you gave folks the dose of rejection letter reality. Again, as we keep harping about, it's sales. (With all the harping we do, will we become angels one day?)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks vkwok. Have a great weekend.

      Aloha,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Heidi, I'm having my wings fitted as I write this. :)

      It is sales my friend, and writers who think they can just write and be discovered without sales are living in a dream world I have never visited.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      This hub has a lot of good detailed information that has to be helpful for anyone who is trying to get published. There is a lot of competition out there, but shear determination can overcome many obstacles. Thanks for all the tips.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good evening Bill.

      Absolute. Won't matter much what I have to say, except to uphold hogwash perhaps in slightly embellish form, ' pigswill' - a point of my writing capacity. Sigh. What I'm doing here ? Trying to think of myself , if staying close enough a bit longer , something good is going to happen.

      You manifested nature of generosity , thank God. Much more then just helping writers to spread wings and fly , you're challenging every good person to reach ultimate .

      Voting across. Good and blessed night.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, I believe that my friend. Hard work and determination can make up for a lot of deficiencies. :) Thank you for visiting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, wouldn't that be something if we all sought our potential? Stick around my friend, and I will do the same. I have a vested interest in you and I look forward to seeing your first writing effort.

      blessings this weekend and forever

      bill

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Hi Billy so nice to have time today to catch up with my friends today. This gem was great; it is along the lines of my writing course but (and this is an honest comment) this one was better than what lies in my course books .So well done and I am saving alongside my other assignments.

      Here's hoping you and Bev are having a great weekend.

      Lots of love

      Eddy.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bill-iam....when you are not teaching something useful, in your genius manner, you are truly lending inspiration.....(just the little push, so many writers need). If I had only a penny, for every time I "thought" about writing a magazine article.......yeah, you know.

      Thanks buddy. You woke me up this morning. In more ways than two....but we won't go THERE, right now.

      What I read, said to me, "HELLO, Paula.....Let's get that brain firing on all cylinders again." Enough of this complacency!!.....Ta-Ta, brother bill..............UP+++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy my friend, it is good to see you. I'm sure you have been quite busy, as have I. Enjoy your weekend and thank you as always for stopping by.

      blessings and love

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, the only other person ever to call me Billiam is Bev. I am still laughing....where did you ever come up with that inspiration? Has Bev been talking to you.

      You are a very good writer. If being published is important to you then you have a better than average chance of it happening....all you have to do is do the footwork. :)

      Thanks Sis! Have a great day. It is going to be hot here, and we don't do hot very well in Washington. :)

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I have never been able to explain the things I do....or "come up with." I have been known to fabricate explanations, under duress, for instance...to avoid lock-up. Bev has not been sharing secrets with me. It should be fairly obvious to YOU, that "great minds think alike." I said it a long time ago......Bev is my kind of gal!

      However, now that I am aware that "bill-iam" is Bev's little pet name for you......I shall never be so sacrilegious as to use it again! That is a privilege for your true love only. Trust me....as your sister, there are any number of NAMES I can come up with!! Who knows what's next?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Paula, the list of names you could call me is endless. LOL Let's not even go there. :)

      You and Bev would get along so well that I would be forced from the room for self-preservation. One thing for sure: it would be a good lesson in humility.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      DAMN, Bill......You ain't kiddin!!! What a smart man!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It doesn't get any plainer than this. I DO have a plan for action.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, another gem...you've well and truly shamed me into getting a little more proactive.

      I don't know if we have the equivalent to the 'Writers Market' here in the UK, but I will start looking into it. Thank you for this generous gift, most definitely one to keep, also sharing.

      My best to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Paula, daddy didn't raise an idiot.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes you do, Deb, and it's a pleasure to watch unfold.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, there is an equivalent in the UK and I've named it in an earlier hub, but I don't remember the name now....sorry...it's in my hub about a book review of the Writer's Market if interested.

      Enjoy your weekend and thank you for your support and friendship.

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      Kylie 3 years ago

      I think you may have given me the courage to go forth and submit! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kylie, I hope so. Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Billy,

      Bill,

      Here in Nepal I submit articles in two ways. One, I know someone who works in the magazine, I mail the article to him. Two, I email the article to the magazine with a short note, I wait for the publication.

      When I choose first method, it always get published. In the second method, just over half of my submissions get published.

      Since years, I'm also submitting articles and stories to the western publication. I'm still waiting for my first publication.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, it certainly does help to be known in your country. Establishing a relationship with editors is very important. As for the west, it is a much larger market and easy for one writer to break in to. Best of luck to you and thank you.

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      bradley brown 3 years ago from Harrow Middlesex

      Thanks Bill, very interest hub containing great advise.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you eurozulu; I appreciate you stopping by for a visit.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      This is an extremely useful hub Bill. I think one of the most important tips is to follow the guidelines (I have submitted once to a quilt magazine). If you don't it makes it really easy for them to say no. My guess is that it is a magazine's first line of cuts, people that don't follow the instructions.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I suspect what you say is true. They have to have a simple way to weed out the numbers and that is probably it. Good luck submitting....your articles should do well in magazines.

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      alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

      One can use these steps if you want to write articles for online entities, such as websites and portals. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aurelio, true words my friend. Thanks for stopping by and Happy 4th of July.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Bill, I just wanted to get back to you to tell you that I bought the Writer's Market book! And after looking online, Amazon has the best prices on them, too! I paid about $19 for the book, including shipping! I'm wicked happy. I haven't had much spending money, but I decided this time to just buy it. It should be a good investment :)

      Have a great day! I'll have to read your newest hubs soon.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, that's a great price for that book new...nice job of finding a great deal. Now there are no excuses LOL not that you made any. :) Thanks for letting me know; I'll pass the word on to others when they ask

      Have a great afternoon my friend.

      bill

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Bill,

      You have got to get an elevator for women over 35 years old---I am tired.

      Anyway, I thank you for taking the time to share this knowledge with us and I am going to try it.

      And I will see what happens. Thanks for taking the time to teach and encourage us. You are a great.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, I'm just doing what I was born to do....giving is easy for me; taking, not so much. :) I've got an elevator for you if those steps get too much.

      Have a great weekend my friend.

      bill

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Well thanks, Billybuc, You have given much food for thought here on getting published. Yes, I confess, I don't have WM. I will get it ! Thanks for rattling my teeth!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful and precise information, Bill. I'm motivated to try out this avenue but haven't any idea of magazines that accept articles on health. Any suggestions, my friend?

      Voted up and useful.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I was impressed with this article. It is informative and motivating!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Rebecca. Thanks for the visit and good luck with your articles.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, there are literally pages of Health Magazines in the Writer's Market, or just Google "health magazines" and you'll find some. Good luck!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Rebecca! I hope you give it a try.

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      Ronnytron 3 years ago

      Great hub, Billy! Every aspiring writer should read your hubs.

      I'll definitely give it a try.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Ronny and welcome to HubPages!

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      Habib ur Rehman 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Hay Bill, your megzine article approval ratio is so low that folks like me really disappointed yet your experience and persistence you showed to your cause is really something which encourage many to write. Thanks and congratulation for the best writer award here in HB. Your articles are a source of inspiration for me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Habeeb, if there is one thing a writer needs, besides talent, it is persistence. Don't give up. Work at your craft and good things will happen to you...and thank you for your congratulations.

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