Earn Money Writing For Hard-Copy Publications

Writing is the only profession in which you’re expected to work (sometimes 12 hours a day) without any pay at all for months on end. I’ve told you about this before, how a certain publisher kept my manuscript for 11 ½ months (that’s almost a year) before saying they weren’t interested.

While creating our books we need to find other writing-related ways to make some money. However, even if we are earning from writing, most of us have other jobs because the money we make simply isn’t enough to live on. This is why I’ve decided to include some potential earning links here on A Blogger's Books.

The first set consist of sites which invite you to submit work to them for a chance to be published, sites running writing competitions with winning and runner-up prizes, and sites which list articles and material to help you get your work accepted and bought by magazines and other publications. Remember these are mainly related to hard copy works because the online versions are easy to find.

Writers' Market. Find publishers, competitions, agencies and places to submit your work.
Haunted Magazine. Submit paranormal stuff.
Spinetinglers. Submit horror stories for a chance to win money if yours is in the top three.
Brit Writers' Awards (competitions to win money - for unpublished authors)
Women On Writing
BBC Writers' Room  submit TV and film scripts – drama and comedy.
Short story Radio 
Wordsmag and The New Writer, get practising for your big break by entering stories and poetry competitions.

Below are the (hard copy) magazine listings for the UK, Canada and the USA. Normally you need to buy a few back copies of a publication. This is in order to gauge what they publish to properly target your submissions. With this list, you’re just a click away from finding all your facts on one page for free.

In most cases you can read a few pages of their back copies to determine what they publish, check the current editor’s name to know who to send your material to, and generally establish whether they accept unsolicited material or not before sending yours. There are also some new publications you may never have heard of, opening your possibilities for more potential work.

UK magazine listing
US magazine listing 
Canadian magazine listing

And here is a link to my hard copy published article (Dec/Jan issue). It's the feature article called Silent Nights starting on page 22.

Here are a bonus couple of online sites where you can earn small amounts of quick cash (from $10.00 an article)

Simple Life Of Joy. They pay through paypal - $10.00 U.S per article.
Common Ties. They pay no money as such, but you stand a good chance at being published if you can write short and snappy ‘answers to questions’ and you can illustrate or take pictures. Plus it’s fun.

For more freelance writing jobs click on the link. It will take you to my big (regularly updated) writing opportunities' page on this blog.

Happy Submitting, and I hope you make some money from one of these leads.


Tamika: January 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM  

Thanks Anne! I appreciate all the leads. Building a resume while plugging away on my novel seems wise.

Icy BC January 8, 2010 at 3:18 PM  

Thanks for all the links Anne! I'll check out your story!

Unknown January 9, 2010 at 4:25 AM  

Thanks for the links and words of wisdom.

Ann Summerville January 13, 2011 at 3:58 AM  

I didn't see Chicken Soup listed. They pay $200 per story plus 10 copies of the printed book.

Anne's a published author, freelance writer and experienced editor. She's just signed her second publishing contract this year with 2 separate publishing houses. You can hire her or see her available books in the side panel on the right.
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