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HOW TO FIND FOREIGN WRITING MARKETS
By Gary McLaren © Copyright 2001
Writing for foreign writing markets is a great way to increase
your income as a freelance writer. The highest fee a writer
receives for any article is often the fee paid by a publication
for First Rights. So there is a windfall to be received if you
can successfully sell, for example, First North American Serial
Rights and then go on to sell First British Serial Rights, First
Australasian Serial Rights and others.
Some writers may be able to recall an occasion when a subsequent
sale was even higher than the original 'first rights' sale, but
in principle the theory will hold true. You will earn much more
as a writer if you resell your articles, including 'first'
rights, in different territories. It is one thing to grasp this
concept and another thing altogether to be able to find good
quality, paying writing markets from around the world.
As editor of Worldwide Freelance Writer newsletter I am always
hunting for new writing markets for our subscribers. In the
course of this research I have discovered and can pass on to you,
some particularly good web sites that list thousands of
publications around the world. In this article I focus solely on
sources of market information listing publications outside of
Don't forget that when you find what may seem to be a suitable
publication using the resources below you will still need to
study the publication, check whether or not they work with
freelance writers, and keep to their writer's guidelines. Most of
all, your article or query must be relevant to their readers.
Worldwide Freelance Writer - http://www.worldwidefreelance.com.
The markets section of our web site has many known paying
markets, and even a few non-paying markets for noteworthy
publications. All markets listed on this site have been listed
with the permission of the publication at the time of listing.
Check for the date the listing was last updated. Editors and
editorial requirements frequently change so be sure to check
with the publication for their latest needs.
NewsDirectory - http://www.newsdirectory.com
A guide to online English-language media. It's a breeze to
navigate and includes over 4,800 worldwide magazines and 3,600
newspapers. Links directly to the publication's own web site.
Publist - http://www.publist.com
Publist claims to have a database of over 150,000 magazines, journals, newsletters, & other periodicals (including U.S.). To
get to the international listings you need to click on 'Advanced
Search Options', then choose the 'Advanced' tab and you will be
able to search by country. Many of the listings do not have an
onsite presence, but most will include the editor's name, contact
details, and often an email address.
The Ultimate Collection of News Links - http://pppp.net/links/news
Easy to search by country. 10,000 newspapers and magazines listed.
The Guide To Asian Media -
The site contains information on 25,000 media in fifty-seven
countries. It doesn't link you to the site or give you the
editor's email address, but at least you can find out which
publications are in the country. After identifying a publication
here, try searching for an online presence using Yahoo or a search
engine for that region.
AATSEEL - http://clover.slavic.pitt.edu/~aatseel/eenews.html
The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern
European Languages has posted this listing of East European and
Slavic news media on the Internet.
Search Engines - http://www.allsearchengines.com
You can also find markets fairly successfully by searching for
publications through a local search engine. AllSearchEngines has a
huge list of search engines all over the world. Search for the
type of publication you want, e.g. 'sport magazine' or 'women
magazine'. For a wider search you might try just 'magazine', but
for some countries this will return too many results.
Being located in another country is never a valid excuse to skip
this fundamental step in the freelance writing process. In fact
it is more important than ever.
If a publication has no online presence you will need to get your
hands on a hard copy. Fortunately many publications are now online.
Visiting their web site can often give you a good insight into most
of what you need to know as a freelance writer. Put on your
investigative journalist's hat. Study the publication's content and
style. What are they covering and what are they not? In which
countries are the current writers located? Are they staff writers
or freelancers? Who are the readers? Often the readership
demographics are available in the Advertising section.
REQUESTING WRITER'S GUIDELINES
Once you have determined that the publication seems to be a
potential market for your work you will need to examine their
Writer's Guidelines. If they have any, that is. Be forewarned.
When you start working with publications outside of North America
and United Kingdom you will discover that many do not provide a
formal set of 'Writer's Guidelines'.
Check first whether they have any on their web site and if not
contact the editor by email. Politely ask whether they have a
set of Writer's Guidelines and if not, do they ever work with
freelance writers and what are they looking for.
While finding 'good-quality', well-paying international writing
markets can be challenging, the financial returns and the
prestige of being published internationally will justify the
effort. And don't forget, after you have sold first rights
around the world, its time to start marketing some reprints.
A final word of wisdom from someone who knows - well-known
columnist Margaret Carlson - "Best writing advice I've ever
received: Sell everything three times."
Gary McLaren lives in Hong Kong and is editor
of Worldwide Freelance Writer, a leading source of information on paying
international markets for freelance writers. Visit this site on the web at http://www.worldwidefreelance.com. A free monthly newsletter is also available
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