Getting Back to Freelance Writing
Although I’ve been an online content writer for 7+ years, I got my freelance start writing for print publications. Writing for magazines and yearly anthologies is a long and drawn out process. It might be a few months to over a year from the time you send out your query to the time the article actually gets published. Most publications don’t pay the writer until the magazine hits newsstands. That can be a long time to wait for payment.
That’s why I got into online writing. You get paid shortly after or even before your article goes live. I can write an article, upload it to the website then send the link to the publisher for immediate payment. And when I publish guest posts on any of my blogs, I send an invoice via Paypal and don’t set the article to go live until after I’ve received payment.
Write for Llewellyn Worldwide
I used to write for Llewellyn Worldwide, they publish a number of yearly almanacs and calendars including their yearly Herbal Almanac. But it takes about a year and a half from the time you pitch them your story idea to the time it actually gets printed and sent out to bookstores. That’s a REALLY long time to wait from the time you write the article to the time you see any cash money.
But after a 5-year hiatus from print writing I decided to send out a few queries and see where it leads me. To make it easy on myself the first few queries I’m sending are to publications I’ve written for in the past. That way I can refer to my earlier articles giving me a history writing for that particular magazine rather than a pitch from an unknown freelancer.
But a couple of the magazines I’ve written for are no longer in existence. R.I.P. Veggie Life and Jewelry Crafts. Yesterday I sent out a query to Llewlleyn Worldwide with 3 article ideas for their 2016 Herbal Almanac. Yes, you read that right, 2016. The 2015 edition hits bookstores in July so although it is only January 2014 they are already making plans for the 2016 edition.
Send Article Ideas to Llewellyn
Here is the link to Llewellyn’s writer guidelines, the information for sending a query to write an article for one of their anthologies is at the bottom of the page: http://www.llewellyn.com/about/author_submissions.php.
I’ve had a few articles published in past editions of Llewellyn's yearly almanacs and other publications. Here is a list of those articles and the year published.
Llewellyn's 2004 Herbal Almanac
- The Story of the Edible Herbal Flower - pp 83-100
- Medieval and Renaissance Strewing Herbs - pp 233-246
Llewellyn's 2005 Herbal Almanac
- Monastic Herb Gardens - pp 9-22
- Herbal Thanksgiving Celebration - pp 99-114
Llewellyn's 2006 Herbal Almanac
- Red Herbs of Chinese Medicine - pp 133-144
Llewellyn's 2007 Herbal Almanac
- Thanks for the Memories - pp 145-154
Llewellyn's 2007 Magical Almanac
- Magic Wands & Wizards Staffs
Llewellyn's 2007 Witches Datebook
- Making Magical Inks
Llewellyn's 2008 Herbal Almanac
- Organic Gardening Practices - pp 49-58
- Breakfast & Brunch Delights - pp 89-98
- The Herbal Alchemist - pp 251-260
Llewellyn's 2008 Witches Calendar
- Common Scents
Query BackHome Magazine
Last night I also sent a query to BackHome magazine after reading their writer’s guidelines: http://www.backhomemagazine.com/guidlines.htm.
I’ve written a few articles for them in the past. In fact, here are the titles and dates of the articles I’ve written for BackHome. I referenced the articles in the email I sent pitching a new story idea.
- March/April 2005 - Herbaceous Salad Bowl - pp 63-64
- May/June 2005 - Edible Flowers - pp 29-31
- Nov/Dec 2005 - Holiday Herbs & Spices - pp 63-64
Stay tuned for future updates on the responses I receive from these article queries. Right now it’s time for me to send out ideas to a couple of the other magazines I’ve written for in the past.
Drop me a line if you have any questions and let me know if you decide to send out pitches to either BackHome or Llewellyn.
Take care and write on!