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Finding Non U.S. Freelance Writing Markets

Freelance Writers Are Needed World 'Round

It's easy to think the United States is the only place to sell your writing, but you may be overlooking some wonderful opportunities. The trick, of course, is finding the markets. 

The most obvious place to begin is the 'net. A search in Google for magazines in england revealed some 5 million links. Of course, not every link there is a market, but some of them are. In fact, magazines in (name your country or area) will bring up an amazing variety of possibilities, as will publishers in (name your country or area).

Study the Market

The drill is the same no matter where you want to submit. You've got to study the market which means getting copies of the magazines in questions. Most publishers will send sample copies for a fee that includes postage. Before you start sending off money, however, there may be local sources, including:

  • the nearest big-city library
  • near-by university
  • large news stand or bookstore 

Get Clear on Rights

When your dealing with a publisher outside of the United States, you need to be extra clear on what rights you're actually willing to sell. Now that the European Union is coming together, it looks like copyrights there will be roughly similar to the US... but there are differences. A good summary of what's happening can be found at EU concludes copyright deal. Elsewhere on the planet, your pretty much on your own, and the best protection is to deal with well-known magazines only.

Payment Issues

There is also the issue of currency exchange rates and practices. Again, it's up to you to figure out what's being offered and how you will get paid. If the contract is a significant one, you can probably enlist the help of your bank in dealing with exchange rates and transfers. For smaller deals, you'll probably just have to work it out yourself.

I accept payment through PayPal.com - they handle the exchange rates and I think it's worth the fee.

So if you're in the U.S. and want to explore non-U.S. markets, by all means, go ahead. And if you're reading this from someplace outside the U.S., well, I'd love some information from you.

Write well and often - market well and often too!

Anne Wayman, Freelance Writer

 

 

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