Pitching the big pubs first

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**If  you’re new here, start with: 12 Hints for Magazine Health Writers for all the basics of becoming a freelance writer for magazines with health, fitness, and nutrition, articles. *** One of the questions health writers ask when they’re just starting out is how long to wait before they can pitch their health article ideas […]

Magazine interviews in your spare time

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**Interested in becoming a freelance writer for magazines with health, fitness, and nutrition, articles? start with: 12 Hints for Magazine Health Writers. *** If you’re writing part time around another full-time job, one of the questions that comes up is how to schedule interviews for your health stories. Everything else you need to do — […]

Great green writing

ccasqqnxvy Environmental health is a hot topic in magazines and newspapers, not to mention websites and blogs (and commercial writing opportunities abound, but that’s another story). The fairly recent surge in popularity has publishers scrounging around for the best way to package green stories. If you have great ideas on how to do this, your […]

Hint # 12 Favor fact checkers

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MAGAZINE HEALTH WRITING BASIC 12 part – 10 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 second […]

Hint #11 Health writing risks

MAGAZINE HEALTH WRITING BASIC 12 part – 10 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 or […]

Hint #10 Great beginnings

MAGAZINE HEALTH WRITING BASIC 12 part – 10 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 […]