My friend who is an established writer was telling me how she made money when she first started writing. I decided to follow what she did. I am sharing it with you. It won’t make you rich, but you will earn a bit while slowly establishing yourself as a blogger and growing your followers.
She told me about the ‘Tips’ and ‘Filler’ pages in magazines. Magazines need writers to contribute tips and fillers.
They are a good avenue for bloggers because when you write your blog you are sort of doing the same thing.
With a magazine, the word count is usually fewer than 100 words. You are probably doing more than that already so you have the material and will have to cut it.
I remember sending my first tip to ‘Myweekly’ and getting a letter with a cheque for £25.
I was so nervous walking to the supermarket to buy a copy of the magazine and then checking the page to see my little piece of writing. Another woman picked up a copy. This made me so excited and I started telling her that I had written the tip on such and such a page. She was kind enough to say ‘I look forward to reading that section.’
I don’t write tips and fillers that regularly, but I have written to many different women’s magazines and have been published. But the rejections hurt. After my first published piece, I got too confident for my own good, and I didn’t research other magazines as well as I had with my first success. So I got about 6 rejections in a row and then I learned my lesson.
Each magazine has its own audience. Their readers buy the magazine because it speaks the language of its readers and your fillers and tips have to adapt to that language.
There are many magazines from around the world and they pay from £10 to £60 depending on the publication.
So if you’re looking to make money that isn’t related to an online scam just read through your favourite magazine and look for the page that invites readers to send in fillers, tips or photos for publication. The more tips you write the more your brain starts coming up with new ideas.
Here’s a picture of the last tip I had published by ’Pick Me Up’ magazine on 2nd May 2019.