|Many regional parenting publications, like Metro Parent, have both |
paper and online versions in need of content.
I have added a new page to my blog titled Parent Magazines. On that page I will have a listing of regional parenting publications for those of you interested in writing for these magazines. Many writers begin their careers writing for these types of publications and you can also sell reprints to them for extra money as well. I will be adding to this list as time permits and soon should have most - or almost - all of the regional parenting publications listed.
Writing for Regional Parenting Publications
As some of you may already know, I started my freelance writing career almost 20 years ago writing for regional parenting publications such as Minnesota Parent, Cincinnati Parent and even New York Family Times. Many of the articles I sold for First North American Serial Rights to MN Parent I was able to re-sell to other parenting publications and make extra money off of just one article. (For more information on selling rights to your articles, read this article by Sharon Kirby on Suite101.) Today, with so many markets available online and off, reselling articles to regional parenting publications may be a good way to add to your writing income.
In general, regional parenting publications are looking for articles on parenting, ways to spend time with your child, children's health, day care, school, family finances, family vacations, child development, special-needs children and much more. Most of the parenting publications are monthly and many follow a monthly topic - like Back-to-School in September, Holidays in December, Summer Fun in June - just as ab example. The best way to find out what each publication is looking for is to visit their website (on the list) and get a feel for what their needs are. If you have an idea for a feature article, you can either write to or e-mail the editor with it and possibly be assigned an article. Most of the regional parenting publications prefer articles to have a local slant, however, you can always use a local source for your article even if you don't live in that part of the country.
Pay at regional parenting magazines can be feast or famine. Some pay $125 to $350 for feature articles (1,200 to 2,000 words) and reprints usually range from $25 to $50. Payment is usually after publication and articles are generally published 2 to 6 months after you submit them.
Tips for Writing for Regional Parenting Publications
- Always read the Writer's Guidelines for each individual publication before even attempting to send and idea or article.
- Read the online version of the parenting publication or send away for a copy of their paper publication. Make sure you aren't submitting a similar article that they just published.
- Always be professional when contacting the publication. Just because some of them are small publications doesn't mean they don't expect professionalism.
- Always send quality articles. They want articles that are just as professional as any glossy magazine has.
- Keep a record of the date, article sent, rights sold or selling and how much you were promised to be paid on every article you send out. This way you can check on payment if you don't receive it when expected.
- For tips on how to write a Query letter or e-mail, visit Andrea Beca's article on Suite101.