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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-25-2012, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Semi OT Freelance Writing Articles for 4x4 Mags?

I've thought about doing some tech write ups and trail report articles for 4x4 magazines. How do I make it turn from a thought to reality? Has anyone gotten published in any of the magazines?

I sat down today and wrote most of the first article in a series of articles for a truck build up.

How do you submit articles? Just e-mail them to the editor? Any leads on how/ where to submit them would be helpful. Also how is mentioning of businesses and parts handled? Do businesses pay the magazines for the mention? Are most of the parts “donated” in exchange for exposure?

If you would rather PM or e-mail me at andystoneplowing-at-hotmail.com (replace the -at- with @) that would be fine.

Thanks for any help,
Andy

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I would suggest that you contact the editors at the magazines and ask what their procedure is and how much they pay. Some may tell you that they don't accept unsolicited articles. In that case you can ask how new authors get published.

Some will probably want a sample of your writing, so make sure that what you have ready to send is absolutely as good as you can make it. Have several other people proofread it. Those familiar with the subject can check it for accuracy, and those not familiar can check it for understandability.

Something I can't answer is what level to aim for in grammar and vocabulary. My impression is that a good percentage of the readers will be unsophisticated, young, and have a relatively limited vocabulary. My first guess would be to aim a bit above that level to gain credibility. Aim too high and you'll come off as a snob.

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Send a letter to CJdave... he writes articles for several tractor magazines... and we all know his style of writing ain't neither snobbish or juvenile.
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