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Random inspiration... Magazines

Picking up a new magazine can lead to a fresh perspective on what you might write, and where you might sell it, says Lynne Hackles

‘Pick a card. Any card.’ We’ve all heard this said by magicians just before the magic happens. Now change one word – card to magazine – and see if you get a magical result.

Pick a magazine. Any magazine.

The biggest secret to becoming a published writer is to find a market and supply it with what it wants. I often buy a magazine I’ve never looked at before and go through it, page by page, to see if there are any slots to write for. There are plenty of opportunities out there for new and experienced writers. In the tabloid magazines these are easy to spot. Somewhere on the page it will say, ‘£x paid for your story’.

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