Fill your Mailbox with Checks from Fillers! By Debbie Swanson

One day last year, I had an hour left of writing time but wasn’t getting anywhere. Instead, I spent about 20 minutes jotting down a ‘reader tip’ I’d had inside my head. Without further thought, I mailed it to a magazine I frequently read, and called it a day.

Several months later, I was surprised by a call from the magazine saying they’d like to print it, and soon received a check for $75. Not bad for 20 minutes of work on a dry day.

Since then, reader tips and brief, filler articles are a regular part of my writing plans. Most magazines are eager to offer their readers quick and easy solutions to problems or brief, newsworthy updates, and often pay anywhere from $50 – $200.

So how do you find these markets? Start with the magazines your family regularly reads. Look for pages dedicated to reader tips, or pages filled with brief, newsworthy items.

Once you have an idea of what type of material these magazines purchase, take a walk through the rooms of your house. What are some solutions you have in place? Look for creative solutions you