Hint # 12 Favor Fact Checkers

MAGAZINE HEALTH WRITING HINTS part – 12 of 12. When you write for top national magazines, your article will not only have to pass muster with a committee of editors, it will be combed over and vetted by someone called a fact checker. You’ll need to provide footnotes or endnotes (my favorite), preferably in a […]

Hint #11 Health writing risks

MAGAZINE HEALTH WRITING HINTS part – 11 of 12. Many articles you’ll be asked to write prescribe some course of action. You may suggest readers  eat certain foods, practice certain exercises, or ask consider specific treatments or medications. I recommend not doing this lightly. Here’s why: When health risks are involved in a medical treatment […]

Hint #10 Great Beginnings

MAGAZINE HEALTH WRITING HINTS part – 10 of 12. Award-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez said one of the most difficult things is the first paragraph. “I have spent many months on a first paragraph and once I get it, the rest just comes out very easily,” he explained. Of course, we’re not writing Marquez literary novels, […]

Hint #8 Ace Expert Interviews

MAGAZINE HEALTH WRITING BASIC 12 part – 8 Interviewing experts and using quotes to back up what you say will give your health article credibility with both editors and readers. You may hold strong opinions and know the subject you’re writing about, but good sources add depth and dimension to your piece. Even if  you’re […]

Hint #7 Report responsibly

MAGAZINE HEALTH WRITING BASIC 12 part – 7 You’ve landed a plum writing assignment on a great health, fitness, nutrition or environmental health topic: Woo hoo! Now what? Let me take a moment to refer back to Hint #1 Start where you are. You have, haven’t you? That’s #1 not only to help you pitch […]

Hint #6 Land your first gig

MAGAZINE HEALTH WRITING BASIC 12 part – 6 So you’ve found your starting point, networked with other writers to get the lay of the land, identified possible markets, developed article ideas, crafted killer queries, and emailed them to specific editors. When you didn’t hear back, you followed up. And when you still didn’t hear back, […]

Hint #5 Don’t lose heart

MAGAZINE HEALTH WRITING BASIC 12 part – 5 Hear the phone not ringing? Hear your email not pinging? You hear nothing but crickets, you say?  Don’t lose heart; those are just the friendly freelance fairies whispering in your ear to try a little harder. This is a competitive business. Health, fitness, and nutrition editors at […]

Hint #4 Write a killer query

MAGAZINE HEALTH WRITING BASIC 12 part – 4 Some people think they should just write their articles and send them out to publications who will say, “thank you very much,” and send a big check. That isn’t the way it usually works. First, you send a query letter, also known as a pitch letter, the […]

Hint #3 Master your markets

MAGAZINE HEALTH WRITING BASIC 12  – part 3 Editors want to work with writers who get them and know why their publication is unique. If you think they’re all the same, look again. Whether you’re pitching an article idea or writing an article on assignment, you’ll stay on track by understanding the publication’s particular focus […]

Hint #2: Network with writers

MAGAZINE HEALTH WRITING BASIC 12 part – 2 Even before you snag your first health writing assignment, it helps to hang around on writers forums, subscribe to writers’ blogs, and read books recently written by established working freelancers. I don’t just mean health writers–in fact resources specifically for health writers are scarce (that’s why I […]

Hint #1: Start where you are

MAGAZINE HEALTH WRITING BASIC 12 – part 1 No matter what your previous experience, you can use it to begin a new career in health writing for magazines, websites, books, and/or custom publications. Do you have medical experience? Writing cred from a different specialty? Personal experience with a particular health issue? A connection with a […]

Health Book Contracts


Book contracts are difficult enough to understand. They can get even more complicated when you’re writing a health book and not only working with an agent and publisher, but you’re collaborating with someone to help you write the book. Everyone has to get their fair share. The publishing agreement can be several pages long, so […]

Find a Health Book Collaborator

Should you write a health book yourself, or work in collaboration? Look closely at the top selling health books in bookstores and you’ll see that many if not most are written in collaboration between a writer and a health expert. Often the expert is named first as the “author” to give the book clout, while […]

Find a Health Book Agent

A lot of people think they can simply write a book about their health topic or experiences and mail it off to a big commercial publisher who will be happy to receive it, publish it, promote it, and make millions for the happy author. It can happen that way, but unfortunately, this isn’t usually the […]