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Write About Animals + Pets ♦ Get Published ♦ Grow Your Writing Career Series

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4 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Intro

      2:47
    • 2. Writing Markets for Animals + Pets

      5:34
    • 3. 10 Ideas To Write About

      2:03
    • 4. A Cause Close To Your Heart

      1:02

About This Class

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Another class in this writing series is: Get Published in Magazines
Click HERE to access that class.

Writing about animals is one of the most heart-felt topics in the non-fiction markets in magazines and blogs.

There are a lot of places that will publish your work without paying you.  They offer to print your article for exposure.  While exposure is a benefit, this class focuses on teaching you where to get paid to be a freelance writer.

Class content

Lesson 1: Animal Magazine Markets

Lesson 2: 10 Animal Ideas To Write About

Lesson 3: Philanthrophy, Write For A Cause Close To Your Heart

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Transcripts

1. Intro: Hello and welcome to class. This class Siri's teaches how to build and grow your writing career. In the Siri's. Students will learn how to break into the magazine market, where to find profitable writing jobs, how to write an effective pitch and email to editors, and how to turn one idea into many income streams and so much more. Everyone has their own reason why they entered into a freelance writing career. My research revealed that the top motivations our freedom to design a rewarding career and financial independence. Flexibility to travel in trying new activities such as skiing, scuba diving, learning to play a musical instrument or to learn a new language, helping others and make a positive change in the world. Often our reasons and motivations are topics we want to write about. Travel writers get paid to write about their adventures. Food, health and fitness writers inspire others. People passionate about photography art designed for fashion become experts in their field through writing the old adage. Write what you know is true, but I also believe you should write what you love. I started my freelance writing career in the nineties. Here's some of the magazines and blog's that published my work. My niche is parenting, Education, Special Needs, Families and the art world. I've also been hired to do copy writing for corporations, newspapers, television and the travel industry. Most of my copyrighting jobs were the results of clients finding me, your magazine articles, blog's or word of mouth. I've been a professional writer, artist and teacher for 20 years. Today's class is called writing about animals who doesn't like animals. According to my Facebook feed, cats are pretty popular. There are a lot of places that will publish your work without paying you. They offered a print your articles for exposure. While exposure is a benefit, this class focuses on teaching you where to get paid. As a freelance writer in less than one, we're gonna talk about animal writing markets in less than two. I'm gonna give you 10 animal topics for your articles and a lesson three. We're gonna talk about philanthropy. My freelance writing career is proof that you can make money and fulfill your goals. In 2010 my husband and I bought our dream writing retreat and art studio in the woods. Please join me in this class and this rating Siri's to build and grow your writing career for free creative news, please sign up on airy north dot com. My online courses have closed captioned for the hearing impaired and to promote literacy. 2. Writing Markets for Animals + Pets: welcome back to class. In this lesson, we're going to go over some of them markets that you can write for about animals. If you go over to Google images and just type in magazines about animals, you will find some beautiful covers here that will inspire you and help you get ideas about what markets are out there for you to write for. In the writer's market. I wanted to show you a few magazines that you might consider writing for Vital Friendly magazine has a lot of very good information. They have the contact, the email, the website and it tells you what the magazines about. We want articles about all things travel related with your dog. If you took my travel writing course, I did mention that there is a market for pet travel information. They'll allow you to submit your article toe other magazines as well as theirs. At the same time, they have a large circulation. Now, circulation and readership is different. Circulation is the number of magazines that they put out there, but readership would be more than that because more than one person usually reads that magazine. They will give you a 25% kill fee and great news is 95% of their articles air written by freelancers There. Nonfiction topics are essays, general interest, how to travel with dog humor, inspirational interviews, personal experience and again, travel. I like to this sentence no articles from dog's point of view or in a dog's voice. So I guess Scooby Doo can't write for this magazine. They buy 24 manuscripts a year. The length of their nonfiction is 600 to 1200 words, and they pay 10 to 20 cents for assigned articles and unsolicited articles. It's always nice to know that they will take unsolicited articles, especially for new writers who tend to prefer to write the article first and then send it in, opposed to writing a pitch email to an editor, saying, I have an idea for this type of article, and then if the editor says yes, then there's a lot of pressure to meet those expectations. So a lot of new writers do really prefer to write the article first and then submit it, which would be called it unsolicited article. They don't offer any additional payment with photos, accept it with their manuscript in columns and departments. They have a vital friendly city. City dogs have lots of options to enjoy restaurants, dog retail stores, dog parts, dog parks and sports activities. Columns and departments tend to be smaller than the features, so this is a great place to get your feet wet. As a first time writer in fiction section, they also would like articles 600 to 1200 words, and they also pay 10 to 20 cents per word. This looks like a really good magazine to write for. I highly recommend you go to their website, take a peek around, and if you can get your hands on a paper copy of the magazine at a bookstore or a library and learn the voice of vital friendly magazine, you'll be way ahead of the game. Let's look at another magazine. The American Quarter Horse Journal has a website and a contact but no contact email, So you will have to find that this magazine covers American quarter horse breeds and more than 30 other disciplines in which quarter horses compete, business stories, lifestyle stories, how to and others related to the breed and horse activities. If your hobby is horses you might consider writing for these equestrian magazines. This one's well established. Back in 1948 they will accept simultaneous submissions. Their circulation is really good, with 60,000. They offer 60% kill fee, so if they accept your article, they'll likely publish it. 30% of their articles are written by freelancers. They accept nonfiction. They buy 10 manuscripts a year. They like 700 to 3000 words. They will take unsolicited articles, which again is perfect for new writers, and they pay to 50 to $1500. That's very good pay. That's about 50 cents a word. If you can get the 3000 words and the $1500 they just want you to state the availability of your photographs. And they do have a columns and department area that pays quite well. Let's look at one more magazine. This one is Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine and their well established a swell, and it's a monthly magazine covering tropical fish. I would bet that the photos in this magazine are beautiful. Great news. 90% of their articles are written by freelancers. They don't give a kill fee, and they buy all right so they can take that article. It's theirs and do what they wish with it. They have nonfiction and by ah 100 toe 500 manuscripts a year, which is very good. They don't pay as well as the other magazine's. But if you're into tropical fish, then you will love to write a piece about them and get paid 100 to $250. 10,000 to 20,000 characters with spaces is about 1000 2000 words. So that gives you a great introduction to some of the magazines that accept unsolicited articles from new writers and pay rather well. Visit your local bookstore and look through their magazine displays or go to your local library and see if they have any of these magazines and start crafting your articles in the next lesson. I'm going to give you 10 animal article ideas that you can take and build on to create your first articles. I'll see you in the next lesson 3. 10 Ideas To Write About: Hello and welcome back to class. Here are 10 animal article ideas for you to consider writing about number one Dog Park Etiquette five. Do's and dont's at the Leash Free Dog Park Number two. Homemade Healthy Puppy Treats Recipes for Rover Number three. Allergy Free Pets seven. Pets for highly allergic people Number four. Handcrafted Callers for Cats Arts and Crafts for Kitty number five. How to Help Your Bird Live Longer Healthy Bird Tips Number six Exotic Animals Five animals you thought were illegal, but they aren't number seven. My fish is smarter than your fish Do fish have accused number eight reptiles? Your mother will love the truth about reptile emotions. Number nine. Horse Hairdressers Interview with America's top horse hairdressers and number 10. How to Groom your Platypus. Five. Pets you have to bait. That list was so much fun to come up with. So if you're stuck on what to write about for the animal magazine market, you can use any one of those or a version of any one of those, or have a brain storming session with yourself where you just sit with pen and paper and write down titles. Toe articles that you would like to read, and then you could write about them in the next lesson. We're going to discuss philanthropy. I'll see you there. 4. A Cause Close To Your Heart: Welcome back to class. Some writers donate a portion of their income to charity if you decide to focus on writing it. But animals consider donating to an animal charity of your choice staff. Working with animal focus magazines are definitely animal lovers and will appreciate that you donate to a cause close to your heart and there's it means you care enough about your article to commit to your cause. Thank you for taking this class. It was a pleasure to teach. Please stay in touch by signing up on airy north dot com.