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How to start writing for trade, niche, and international magazines

There’s a whole world of publishing opportunities outside your local newsstand.

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As a freelance writer, you have more options for magazines to pitch your ideas to than you may realize. When you peruse the racks at Barnes & Noble or other newsstands, you only see a fraction of the publications circulating the country. Most people are familiar with general-interest consumer magazines like Better Homes & Gardens, People, and AARP The Magazine, but many more lurk in the background. Have you heard about Bee Culture, a trade magazine for professional beekeepers and those interested in the science of honeybees? Or how about the niche publication Teddy Bear Times & Friends, which explores all aspects of the wonderful world of teddy bears? Then there’s Get Lost, Australia’s leading adventure travel magazine. All of these, along with many other niche, trade, and international magazines, are out there, just waiting for your enlightening, entertaining, and/or informative articles.

When you think beyond the publications found on newsstands, more opportunities become available – and even more when you think beyond the border. The U.S. has over 7,000 print magazines, as does the UK. There are many more in other English-speaking countries around the world, and they all have the same basic need — good content, from good writers, which is great news for you. 

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