In these times of ever decreasing markets for the short story writer it’s definitely worth having a look at the magazines’ letters and fillers pages.
OK, so there will be those out there who don’t consider it ‘proper writing’ (whatever that is) Writing is writing, and some of these letters are really creative.
It also gives you the chance to get your camera out. In most cases a photo to illustrate a letter or tip can double the payment.
And speaking of payments, some of them are very impressive. I’ve been having a thumb through some of the most popular magazines and the results are below.
If you’re still not convinced, check out Linda Lewis’s brilliant little Kindle book, How to Make £10 in Ten Minutes – the best £1.53 I’ve ever spent.
When I’m in the mood I bash out half a dozen or so letters and tips and either take fresh photos to go with them, or slant the letters towards pictures I already have in my files. Almost always I get at least one of these published. I’ve had an MP3 player, boxed sets of TV dramas, fountain pen, brush and comb set – and lots of lovely little cheques.
Some people make a living out of the Letters Pages, practically every magazine and newspaper publishes one – although not all of them pay. It’s like all other writing. You have to research the market.
Medical stories – £250 Email: health@that’slife.co.uk
Real Life Stories – Up to £2,000
Website – www.that’slife.co.uk
All correspondence to – (That’s Life) FREEPOST LON 12043, H Bauer Publishing, London NW1 1YU
Take a Break:
Take a Break St – feel good photos of family and friends with story – £100 per item. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips with photo – £60 / £30 for rest. Email: email@example.com
Letters with photos – £100 for Star Letter / £75 for rest
Real Life Stories – Unspecified square deal amount.
All correspondence to – Take a Break FREEPOST
Letters with photos – £50 / £25 without photos. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cute Kids Letter and Photo – £25. Email: email@example.com
Top Tips with photos – £25
Real Life Stories – Up to £1,000
All correspondence to – FREEPOST Full House!
There now, I’ve started you off with a couple. Here’s hoping they inspire you to check out some others for yourself.
Good luck with it everybody. Rena x