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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Q&A: Getting Started 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

Answer: Writing is a wonderful stay-at-home profession. If you have already been published in magazines, that is a great start. You can, insha’Allah, establish yourself further by thinking of ideas for articles you would like to write, sketching out some outlines for these ideas, and querying various magazines to see if they would like to publish your articles.

It is usually wise to study the publications you query before sending them ideas for articles. Write first, and ask if they have guidelines for writers (these are sometimes available on-line). Follow the guidelines carefully. If you want to earn a living, 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 magazines and newspapers you may wish to approach:

Paying Markets for your Work

Amel S. Abdullah

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