Q&A: Writing for Magazines

Question: I would love to work from home as a writer, insha’Allah (God willing). Apart from a couple of articles that I wrote for a magazine some years ago, I have never really been able to establish myself. I would greatly appreciate any direction and suggestions that you may offer.

~ A sister in Islam

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  1. As-salamu Alaykum, Sister, and thank you for submitting this question.

    Writing is a wonderful stay-at-home profession. If you have already been published in magazines, that is a great start!

    But now you need to keep the momentum going. You can, insha’Allah, establish yourself further by thinking of new ideas for articles you would like to write and then querying various magazines and websites with your ideas.

    Many writers have as many as 50 to 100 queries circulating with editors at any one time.

    That may seem like a lot (and it is), but it shows you the huge amount of effort that may initially go into securing steady work as a writer. After that, things usually become easier as you build relationships with editors and they assign you work. Once these relationships are built, you may find it is no longer necessary to send out queries unless you are trying to break into a new market.

    It is important to study the publications you query before sending them ideas for articles. Obtain guidelines for writers (these are often available on-line) and then follow them carefully. If you want to be paid, also make sure that the publications compensate their writers (some do not).

    Always send an editor your best writing, even in an e-mail. First impressions count.

    Finally, do not give up. Successful writers know that they must be businesspeople in addition to writers. Establishing yourself in this profession takes perseverance, creativity, and the willingness to try new things.

    Here is a list of Muslim publications (including nearly 20 paying markets) you may wish to approach:

    Freelance Markets for Muslim Writers

    If you want to write for secular markets, you may also be interested in my e-books, which list markets paying specific rates to freelance writers:

    I have also published books listing 151+ paying travel markets and 60 children and teen markets. Both of these books were published in 2014, however, which means that some of the information may be outdated.

    I hope this helps a bit as you search for new places to get your work published. Please write back and let us know how things go.

    Amel – MWC Admin
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