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David, I’d look to post on some of the better-reputation sites that don’t pay for starters, rather than hitting the paying markets. Look to get a handful of clips together you can put on a portfolio site — and then hit the paid sites.
I couldn't be more pleased with the result.
I think I will take both your advices, but I am going to take mostly the second one: I am going to keep sending articles (or at least segments of articles) adding a deadline to the message for some time. If I send only pitches I think I´m in big disadvantage as a lot of people send pitches and I have currently no published articles in English language in the “Lifestyle and General Interest” field (that are the ones I´m writing right now). I only published a small review article for a scientific publication some years ago and I suppose most publishers don´t consider that as experience as it is too different from their magazines focus.
Great list – thank you so much!
And I haven’t written for Finance pubs I’d say — just business pubs, but have told a lot of financial stories, covered bankruptcies, credit-card lawsuits, and on and on. Not the Kiplinger’s or Money magazine type places.
Thanks so much for the wonderful roundup!
I knew NOTHING about business at all. I got a job with a business trade off my clips covering communities and social issues (somehow!)…and literally the first thing I was handed was a 200-page SEC document about one of my beat companies’ IPO, which I needed to write a story about that week. It all rolled from there. Asked lots of questions, and learned as I went.
Please let me know if you need anything else.
It’s becoming more of a difficult thing to parse, as endless hordes of CEOs, marketing managers, experts, and other ‘thought leader’ types pop up willing to post for free. It’s our responsiblity as writers to show why what we deliver is more valuable — because it’s not self-serving.