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Email Interviews Have Their Place:
6 Times For Writers To Use Email

Copyright: Melissa Barton – All rights reserved


 

While sample copies of magazines are tax-deductible for freelance writers, they're a small expense that can add up to a big cost. Try these tips to find free and cheap sample copies--and a few markets you might not otherwise come across.

1. Swap with friends. Network with other local writers who subscribe to magazines. When you're done with back issues, you can trade or give them to other writers with different needs. Ask professional friends who receive trade, alumni, or association magazines if they'd be willing to give you a few back issues.

2. Search library book sales and thrift stores. Library book sales and thrift stores often offer a variety of relatively recent magazines for $0.10-25 each. You can often find some of the paying association magazines that aren't on the newsstand here, like Elks Magazine and American Automobile Association publications. Some libraries even offer free magazine boxes for patrons to exchange their unwanted magazines.

3. Use your Frequent Flyer Miles. Are your frequent flyer miles about to expire, or do you have some miles for an airline you rarely fly? Consider trading them in for magazine subscriptions. If you write (or want to write) for the big-name glossies, you can get free subscriptions to magazines like Wired, Food & Wine, and The Wall Street Journal for your unwanted frequent flyer miles.

4. Visit the website. These days, most magazines offer at least a few sample articles free online. Be sure to check whether the web content mirrors the printed content--some magazines offer different content (and have different writers' guidelines) for their websites.

5. Keep your eyes open. Not all markets are glossy newsstand magazines: alumni magazines, speciality magazines for grocery stores and doctor's offices, trade magazines, magazines aimed at college students, and small local publications are everywhere. While not all of these markets pay, many do, and it never hurts to pick up a free magazine and check it out.

If you really enjoy a magazine, a full year's subscription usually costs about as much as three newsstand issues. Remember to pick up some cardboard magazine boxes at an office supply store to organize your sample copy collection--and to recycle or give away really outdated copies to keep your shelves manageable.


 

About the author: Melissa Barton is a freelance writer and editor, specializing in science and travel writing. She's written about science and health for magazines like Geotimes, Transitions Abroad, Student Health 101, and other publications. Visit her online at Rosetta Stones Freelancing

 
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         Last updated: March 30, 2007