While it’s too late to sell Christmas articles to magazines, some websites and blogs may still be interested in your seasonal ideas. As you drink a frothy hot chocolate, feel the warmth of the crackling fireplace, and gaze at candles and twinkle lights, grab a small notebook because it’s the perfect time of year to create a list of seasonal ideas to pitch to magazines, blogs, websites, and book publishers – all year long!
Keep making notes while you deck the halls (decorating mags), bake for your family (cooking mags), experience mayhem with relatives (women’s and self-help publications), perhaps experience disappointment with a popular new toy (product review publications), and so much more!
Below is a list of paying markets for writers that seek seasonal material, and not just for Christmas! But, first, here are some holiday tips for writers:
11 PAYING SEASONAL MARKETS FOR WRITERS!
“Charisma is always looking for fresh approaches to articles about Christmas and Easter.”
Eldridge Christian Plays and Musicals
Pays royalty – 50 percent; copy sales – 10 percent.
“Our most popular holiday shows are Christmas and Easter, but Thanksgiving and Mother’s Day also rate highly.”
Pays $25 for weekday meditations ($10-15 if they use your submission as part of a group or as a reflection for another meditation). Pays $100 for articles.
Publishes a variety of religious articles and meditations.
Publishes several seasonal pieces and issues throughout the year.
“It’s important to understand the planning process—for time specific material [i.e. holiday related] the material needs to be received at minimum 8 months prior to the appropriate time frame for publishing.”
Pay varies. Buys all rights.
“Most of our articles are researched one year before publication date, especially if they are dependent upon seasonal factors such as snow, festivals or foliage.”
Pelican Book Group
Publishes the ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ and ‘Easter Lilies’ series of books.
Pays 50% royalties.
Seeks “seasonal features, especially those with a nostalgic angle (750-1000 words). For example, a poignant memory of Christmas in the Depression, a special Valentine’s remembrance from World War II, a humorous Halloween prank.”
The Upper Room
Pays $30 for 250-300 words.
“We always need good meditations for the special days of the Christian year – Advent and Christmas, the Sundays of Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.”
“We especially like features on the latest breakthroughs in medicine, health, nutrition, and exercise; interviews with leading personalities on health topics; and seasonal, health-related material written in a readable style that appeals to the typical man or woman.”
Pays $800-$2000 for features, $400-$800 for departments, $25-$100 for Om Page and Well-Being, and $200-$250 for book reviews.
“If you’re pitching a seasonal story, keep in mind that we assign six months ahead, so a New Year’s story for a January issue would be assigned in June.”
About The Author
Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
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Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors.
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