Surefire Ways to Get Your Magazine Article Queries Accepted

Written by Kathy Burns

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4. Contactrepparttar proper person. I userepparttar 129569 online version of Writerís Market to stay abreast of contact changes. I use this as a research and lead tool only however. Once Iíve found publications that fit my acceptable payment range and interest, Iíll then visitrepparttar 129570 publicationís site and search for freelance information there. Oftenrepparttar 129571 publicationís website will have a different editor listed, or they may even direct you to send your queries to an assistant instead. I always followrepparttar 129572 rules outlined onrepparttar 129573 publicationís website, regardless of what information I originally found onrepparttar 129574 Writerís Market site.

5. When crafting your query, keep it professional and concise. Briefly introduce yourself and your article idea. Mention which upcoming issue of their publication you feelrepparttar 129575 article will fit best in based on their editorial calendar, and if possible, mention how you feel it will fit into their publication based on what you know of their recent articles. And last but not least, include 2 - 4 relevant credits and a link to your online portfolio or clips.

When mentioning credits, I suggest simply listing a few ofrepparttar 129576 magazines youíve published with inrepparttar 129577 past. Includingrepparttar 129578 complete title, issue, page number and so on isnít usually needed. I also strongly suggest including a link to an electronic portfolio, or at least to a page that has a list of your available clips. This makes it easy forrepparttar 129579 editor to review your previous work at their own convenience.

Of course it should go without saying that you have reviewedrepparttar 129580 publicationís available guidelines before doing any ofrepparttar 129581 above, and that you will present yourself as professionally as possible Ė including performing spelling and grammar checks Ė before sending anything.

My preferred market is business, technical and trade publications, so your own results with these methods may vary slightly. But by followingrepparttar 129582 simple submission preparation steps outlined in this article, any freelance writer should be able to turn more queries into paying assignments.

Kathy is a professional business & technical writer who has a knack for converting complicated copy into enjoyable and understandable materials that get results. View her portfolio at and contact her about your project needs today.

When Clients Don't Pay, Pay Late...and Other Anomalies of Freelancing

Written by Melissa Brewer

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3. Whenrepparttar Client Ignores You Completely: Nudge Harder

What if your client won't return your email or phone calls andrepparttar 129566 Accounts Payable department only has a voice mailbox? (This is a sure sign of trouble!)

Make sure that your contact person is actually in town! I've had editors leave for three weeks without any notice andrepparttar 129567 Accounting department couldn't pay freelancers without approval fromrepparttar 129568 Editor. If this isrepparttar 129569 case, you'll have to call (or leave a message for)repparttar 129570 accounting department and fax them a copy ofrepparttar 129571 invoice and initial contract. Explain thatrepparttar 129572 copyright doesn't transfer to their company until you're paid and thatrepparttar 129573 signature onrepparttar 129574 contract authorizes your payment. (It's a matter of CYA for them...Cover Your Assets)

If you're still being ignored, and it's almost been a month, it's time to get serious. Before you go report them torepparttar 129575 Better Business Bureau, or decide to sever your relationship, make sure it's worth losing their business inrepparttar 129576 future.

Try sending a "friendly" past-due postcard from this collection agency website: (I've used one ofrepparttar 129577 "light" postcards twice and didn't lose either client!)

Make sure you note all ofrepparttar 129578 dates and times you've called and keep copies of all of your correspondence. If you work for this client in repparttar 129579 future, make sure that you ask for a larger up-front deposit, just in case.

4. Whenrepparttar 129580 Client Is No Longer a Client: They're a Debtor

Once you've figured out that you're NOT getting paid without some outside interference, don't panic, harass, or spread vicious rumors about your client. There *are* steps you can take, but if you're owed a lot of money, it's wise to tread lightly and remain civil to stay out of court.

If you're a member ofrepparttar 129581 National Writer's Union or another organization for writers, it's time to make a phone call. Your union representative can help mediate disputes with clients. If you're not a union member, you can try contacting Angela Hoy at Writer's Weekly. She regularly "goes after" non-paying clients in front of an audience of 67,000 readers/writers!

Report to Writer's Weekly

If your client is a member ofrepparttar 129582 Better Business Bureau, you can contact their local branch. You may also want to consider hiring a collection agency. If you handled transactions solely online, you can also consider reporting them torepparttar 129583 FBI's Internet fraud department at You can also start sending snail-mail collection letters with 30, 60, and 90 days "past due" notices.

You can download some sample collection letters here: ools/letter_m.asp

Sometimes, however, no matter what you do, your client won't pay. They may "skip town" or go directly into bankruptcy, absolving themselves of debt. Unfortunately, as a freelancer, you can't write this off as a "loss" in your taxes. What you CAN do is go to court and try to collect what ever you can. As long as you keep records of all of your correspondence, you'll have a decent court case. However, even if you go to court and a judgment is entered against them,repparttar 129584 chances are slim that you WILL get paid.

The only certainty about a non-paying client is that you'll learn from your mistakes. It's a painful lesson, but at least you can go back torepparttar 129585 warnings boards listed inrepparttar 129586 first section of this article, and share them with your fellow freelancers.

Luckily,repparttar 129587 paying clients usually outnumberrepparttar 129588 non-paying andrepparttar 129589 late-paying clients about 30-to-1. And they'rerepparttar 129590 ones who make freelancing worthwhile, anyway.

Melissa Brewer is a full-time freelance writer and author of The Writer's Online Survival Guide, available at She hosts a website for professional freelance writers and she publishes a free weekly newsletter, The Web Writing Buzz, featuring articles on freelancing, writing jobs and publishing news from around the web.

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