How to Look for a Publication (Which Will Pay You Dollars) for Your Freelance Writing Idea

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Say, after looking for a freelance writing idea, you already came upon one, a topic which would make for a very interesting feature article. How do you go about finding a publication to propose or pitch it to? Well, there are lots of ways of finding publications, or writing markets as they are called. But for our purposes for this article, we’ll discuss finding a publication when you already have an idea.

Basically, there are three ways of looking for writing markets online.

First, there is the option of searching an online publications directory. My favorite online directory of publications is There, the publications are classified according to subject, location, etc.

So for example, your topic is something related to computers. At, you’ll see that there’s a category called ‘Computers’. Just click that category and look for the publication or publications related to your topic. If it’s a cutting edge subject matter, you may, for example try to submit to Wired Magazine.

If you have already found potential markets for your idea, go to the publications’ websites, and look for their online submission guidelines. If you can’t find one, look for their ‘Contact Us’ page and ask the publication for their submission or writer’s guidelines.

A second option is to go to the online databases of writing markets, and look for a suitable publication for your idea. Here are a couple of these searchable databases:

1.    WritingForDollars

And finally, there’s the ever reliable search engines like Google or Yahoo. Just use your subject matter as keyword. Using our example topic above, you may search for ‘computer magazine.’ Then scan and/or click on the search engine results one by one to find out if the publication is appropriate for your subject matter.

So whatever freelance writing idea you have, be confident in the belief that there’s a writing market out there for your chosen topic. All you have to do is go online and start looking! 

Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of You may reach him at filipinowriter (at) gmail (dot) com.

by berdejo on September 5, 2008 - 12:43pm

hi,everyone! i wana ask for a friendly assistance..i wana know more about the tactics on how to become a good writer.....

by lex bryan on November 18, 2008 - 6:31am

it takes time to be a good writer (i guess). what you are actually doing is one technique to be a good writer. i'm not good at this field (i admit).

my techniques:
1. read
2. ask
3. write
4. share

it will help.

by mario castillano on April 5, 2010 - 2:12pm

I happen to find in the past that if one wants to write - he must read. Not a bad idea?

by weng23 on February 20, 2009 - 5:34pm

never realized the power of the internet for writers could be so close to home.

great site, great articles!