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  • FreeMe_2
    FreeMe_2 Posts: 37 Forumite
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    Thanks everyone - i've sent a couple of tips off to a few magazines so fingers crossed!

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  • patman99
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    I started writing reviews on AssocciatedContent. I have had 5 published, however, I wrote and submitted a well-written article on the subject of ' Can you really make money doing surveys', they obviously didn't like the article so refused to publish it. I have a feeling that it was because 2 of the companies mentioned in the article advertise on their site.

    I never copied the content into my w/p to save on my own PC, but can soon recreate it.
    Does anyone know of any other sites similar to A/C that might publish such an article.?
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  • whitevanwoman
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    Well, this would depend on what the terms and conditions are. I'm a Publisher, and we would normally have the copyright signed over for things like articles. I think that books are a whole different beast though (I do magazines/journals). Did you sign a copyright form (ie sign copyright over to the voluntary organisation)? Even if you haven't..you'd need to check with the publication you intend to submit to whether they'd be happy to re-publish. If they're paying you (or even if they aren't), commercial publications are likely to want the copyright signed over, and part of that agreement is usually that it hasn't been published elsewhere.

    That said, there's nothing to stop you writing and selling a different version of the article - ie the same topic, but a significant re-write.

    Thanks for this reply - I've only just read it today.

    I don't suppose you might be interested...? ;)
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  • whitevanwoman
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    patman99 wrote: »
    I started writing reviews on AssocciatedContent. I have had 5 published, however, I wrote and submitted a well-written article on the subject of ' Can you really make money doing surveys', they obviously didn't like the article so refused to publish it. I have a feeling that it was because 2 of the companies mentioned in the article advertise on their site.

    I never copied the content into my w/p to save on my own PC, but can soon recreate it.
    Does anyone know of any other sites similar to A/C that might publish such an article.?

    I'd be interested in reading this - I've done a fair bit of online surveys and have come to the conclusion that if you cost in your time then there is no or very little profit, particularly for those without top processing speeds from their PC and a fast broadband speed.

    However if you are doing it in spare, non-workable time (ie if confined to bed rest, or incapacitated or whilst already being paid for your time - such as during on-call working hours) and it is therefore a bonus as your time couldn't be spent earning or you are already earning during time spent doing surveys, then it is possible to make a little pocket money.

    But this is offset by restricted survey earnings such as vouchers which can only be spent in certain shops (will you incur additional unnecessary travel or P&P costs which might outweigh the value of the voucher) or reward points which can only be spent with certain retailers on items which you can purchase elsewhere more cheaply.

    I'm off-thread a bit with this post but was just interested as to what your conclusions were and whether they tallied with mine. If not, then I must be missing a trick as far as surveys are concerned so do feel free to enlighten me as to tips for success with surveys!
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    Life instructions : 1. Breathe in, 2. Breathe out, 3. Repeat ad infinitum
    [strike]2008 - £4k challenge member 063[/strike] gave up halfway thru, not sure I even earned that much, so probably achieved it :confused:
  • aspiringgeekygirl
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    :money:I would read MsLexia which is a specialist Women writers magazine.
    http://www.mslexia.co.uk/ I would also get to know MIT Opencourseware which has an whole School of Writing and Humanistic Studies. I would mine the site and invest in the books on the Reading Lists http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Writing-and-Humanistic-Studies/index.htm
    The Books mentioned are very good. I have several. And it is a World Class Institution. ( I am skeptical about The Writers Bureau as it is better to read extensively than to take an intentional stance towards writing which is ALWAYS IMPORTANT AND ALWAYS NEEDS TO BE PRACTICED).
    Reading is the most important thing, especially Literature, not just Novels, but Literary Literature and academic Canon.
    Philosophy is always good as it can help you see how different Philosophies impact on every day or non everyday life eg The Free Market and Shock Doctrine http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine.
    All this adds flesh to one's stories.
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    This may appear unnecessarily academic but I have observed that the more academically serious you are, the more it helps you read and write about everyday life. My Twopence to the debate.
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  • aspiringgeekygirl
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    At best I have seen that a 'writer' can expect to earn if lucky no more than £7000 per annum, and older people have more difficulties than the younger folks.
    I think it's best to learn to write blogs and make a habit of writing and if things happen, make sure it's the right thing, ie published books then take it from there.
    Otherwise one is overoptimistic.
    Writing is per se a very profitable activity even if you feel that what you write is absolute tut.
    How to get a LIFE out of NOTHING !!:money::beer:
  • aspiringgeekygirl
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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Becoming-Writer-Dorothea-Brande/dp/0874771641
    This is my Bible. It is this book that spurs me to write between 200 and 4000 words a day.(200 words is my lowest, up to 7,000 at peak).
    This book outlines the problems experienced by THE WRITER that is you and me with all our faults, foilbles, difficulties etc. She teaches you that you are a Writer or could be a Writer IF ONLY YOU WRITE AND MAKE THAT YOUR AIM MAKING FLUENCY YOUR AIM SO YOU CAN WRITE AUTOPILOT.
    Dorothea Brand is IMHO the Martin Lewis of the Writing World. With this book you either practice constantly to be a Writer or as she suggests you abandon the pursuit.
    I am heavily into self learning. By self learning that means I read what I like (provided I can actually buy it) and write what I like (finding me, what do I have to offer the world, what worlds can I open for others?). Self Learning means I choose my resources ( I would NEVER pass up on University and get 10 degrees plus Masters and PhD if things were possible). Helping to set my own pedagogical agenda it helps me define myself, define problems I/ and similar others are facing/ and try to work out what the answers are to extremely complex problems relating to shock horror SURVIVIAL AND THRIVING!!
    I hope the above helps and brings clarity and depth to everyone so everyone's potential is IMHO better and more vibrantly realised.
    (Writers can of course learn to write for different Markets the Sun one day The Times the next!!! from Cosmopolitan to Woman and Home!!):money::eek:
    How to get a LIFE out of NOTHING !!:money::beer:
  • HappySad
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    this is great. i am going to see what i can write about to earn some real money
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  • pari_2
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    notice doesnt work..dats wat it says
  • hally100100
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    Hi

    I have come across this page on facebook, if you follow it they will keep us updated with requests from magazines or newspapers for stories. Could be an easy way to make some extra cash!


    search for 'I want to be in a magazine' on facebook (sorry I cant link to it)

    Good luck!
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