All of us have our own way of making ends meet. Some people work a nine to five job while others earn sales commissions by recruiting others to work for them. But if selling is not your niche and writing happens to be it, perhaps you should write for a magazine Publishing.

Most magazines hire people who graduated with a degree in Journalism. But it takes a special skill to write about airplanes, cars, medicine and computers. This is where you come in because if you are knowledgeable about any of these topics, a magazine publication would like to get your input and have this published.

Are you well compensated while working for a magazine publication? A lot of people say yes. Just to give you an idea, some companies who make brochures and fact sheets pay writers from $50 to $1000 per project. A blogger is could be paid per word, by the hour or per project that could also translate to thousands of dollars.

These rates vary on several factors namely where the article will be published if it is print or online, the kind of article being written, word count, number of pages and if there will be diagrams or images included.

For writers who are required to add images to their articles, the rates will also vary because this will be assessed by an article editor and a photographic editor.

If you are able to work for them for quite some time, naturally the rate will be higher. You may even be able to demand how much you want to be paid. This is not applicable to a newcomer because he or she has to prove themselves first. They will have to prove their writing abilities and eventually build up their own portfolio so they too can negotiate how much they will be paid.

For veterans and newcomers alike, once your article has been approved, do not think that the job is finished. Most often than not, some things will have to be revised so be prepared to edit.

If the article you wrote is not approved, find out why so you can improve your writing skills. Getting feedback is better than not getting any.

Also try to submit this elsewhere so all the hard work you did in doing the necessary research does not go to waste.

Some people find it easier to write for a newspaper than a magazine publication because of the larger circulation size. People who have tried both say that the pay rate is not that far apart. You just have to work for it.

Once you have landed a nice writing job for a magazine publication, the trick now is to keep it. The only way this can be done is by maintaining consistency in your work.

So should you write for any magazine publication? This depends if you share the same interests. If you don’t, perhaps you should work for someone one else. If you have a magazine in mind, it is best to read as many copies of that magazine as possible so you know how they work and who their target audience is.

If the editor likes what you did, the title of your article may just get on the front cover and this could be the start of something big in magazine Publishing.

 

So you're browsing through the shelves of your local bookstore and after the rows of Gaiman, McNaught and the Bronte sisters, you glance upon the magazine section. Rows upon rows of magazines hit the stands and they sell like hotcakes. Why does this phenomenon happen in the magazine publishing industry? What exactly is the selling point of magazines as compared to a genuine curl-up-in-bed book? If these questions got you thinking, then read on.

What is a Magazine and How Different is it from a Book?

The most obvious difference between a magazine and a book is that magazines are changed. They have schedules by which issues are published and distributed to the different bookstores -- weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. This gives the magazine publishing industry the edge of being constantly renewable. They have the chance to constantly adjust to their readers' demands such that they will be able to encompass a larger audience and keep the interest up.

Books don't have this advantage because once the story is out, it's out. The only chance authors have at change is through different editions which don't really alter the story drastically. Magazines, on the other hand, are capable of providing a wide variety of articles suitable to the majority of their readers' interests, and thus, the industry continues to thrive.

Magazines as a Major Production on Paper

There are so many ingredients before you are able to publish a legit and official magazine. First, and obviously, you won't expect to just write a few articles, paste some pictures and voila, a magazine is born. This is not how it happens in the magazine publishing industry. Aside from consumer profit, the industry lives on because of the advertisements that fill the pages with new product lines, promos and simple attention-getters.

Second, you'll need an appropriate publishing schedule, depending on the content of the magazine. For continuously changing content such as news and current events, they could come by weekly or twice in a week. More specific content could be published within a longer time period since it takes more time to gather up special topics and relevant material.

You'll find on most magazines that there's a specified date by which they assume the magazine was published. In truth, magazines are prepared for many weeks in advance and are published before the indicated date. This is to anticipate for any delays from the many writers that contribute to the content.

Third, you'll need to be aware of the availability of the magazine. Are they available on newsstands or bookstores? Will they be sold in specialty stores and vintage bookstores or just the main multinational bookstores? Will there be the option of subscribing to the mailing list? Usually this gives the readers the incentive of not having to line up for a copy and just getting the issues in the mail every time they are distributed.

Sometimes readers even get special offers and early published issues. As for those who have missed out on important issues, there may also be the option of ordering back issues. These are issues published in the past that were returned to the publishers, usually because they were not completely sold before the next issues arrived.

Magazine publishing is a process with undoubtedly complicated shoes to fill. So many elements go into the publishing of a magazine that sometimes we may even wonder how so many of them are offered and distributed all around the world.