“I have written some articles and am having no luck getting them into national publications. Any ideas?”
Yes. Stop submitting articles to national publications. That is, unless you already have a relationship with someone who works at the newspaper or magazine or you know these four things:
- Whether they want an article on your topic.
- How many words to write.
- The deadline.
- If they want you to provide a photo or graphic to accompany the article.
I suspect the writer of the question above has written articles and emailed them en masse to various publications. No wonder her efforts have failed. The one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter approach seldom works. But if you’re willing to do a little research and give the media exactly what they want, article writing can pay huge dividends.
Ask yourself these questions, even before writing.