What's it like writing articles for magazines?
Could you write a hub explaining what it was like writing articles for magazines? You could include advice about the process etc. It could be imformative for those of us who'd like to try it.
What a great question...I will begin working on your request right away.
Happy Mother's Day to your aslanlight.
I wouldn't write a hub now on magazine article writing since it's too long ago since I last submitted one - I'll leave that to better authorities such as Dee aka Nonna. But just to say that a few years ago I had a some articles published. There was a specific layout for each page you had to follow, such as double spacing between lines; specific margins and so on. you had to put at the bottom of each page the word 'more' to indicated that the article continued over to the next page and so on. And you had to include the all important SAE.
But what I will say is that the thrill of getting a letter back saying your work has been accepted is magical and definately worth all the hard work. I look forward to reading Dee aka Nonna's hub as I would like to pick up pointers that are up to date.
I wrote for an ezine a few years back two things I didn't like as opposed to freelance on sites such as hubpages or Helium. I had to write about things that I had no interest in which usually involved time doing research as opposed to just writing about what u know on a site like hubpages. The other down side was deadline they had to be done at a certain time so that it could be published on time. Other then that I enjoyed it.
The great thing about writing for a magazine is you generally are going to work with an editor that has a clear eye for what that publication is looking for and can help you mold your work to their use. They aren't babysitters, however. They expect you to bring your A game to the process, but they can be enormously helpful.
The down side is working for a blowhard editor that got the job because his dad is the publisher and he doesn't know his butt from a hole in the ground.
Very similar to writing for HP with the exception that the magazine's editor has complete control in regards to the layout, photos, page location, page number, duration of print, add placement and publication launch date.
They can also hold the article for an indefinite amount of time before publication, however this is usually discussed or agreed upon, and you are not compensated until the article is published.
They may further have you sign a contract of exclusivity which prevents you from submitting the article anywhere else until it is released by the first publisher.
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