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21 Food and Drinks Magazines That Pay Writers

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Food and Drinks Magazines can be both challenging and exciting to write for. Recipes, ingredients and cooking styles change dramatically, and at a rapid rate. While this element of the writing process can be perplexing, the fact that your knowledge increases and evolves with the constant changes can be quite stimulating for many freelancers.

We’ve collected a sterling list of paying publications to keep you going for a very long time. Inspect the list below to find a magazine you’d like to write for.

Note: If you’d like to get paid to write in other niches, be sure to check our ultimate list of magazines that pay writers.

Earn Your First $1000 Challenge freelance writing

Earn Your First $1,000 as a Freelance Writer: Prospecting for Clients

As you have probably noticed from my strategy for the Earn Your First $1,000 as a Freelance Writer challenge, a core part of the process involves cold pitching; in fact, I have to send 30 – 50 cold pitches every day. That’s a lot of cold pitches, and it will only be effective if I send my cold pitches to the right people.

The real question, however, is, “How do I find the right potential clients to send cold pitches to?”

In this article, I will be sharing my process for prospecting for clients. I will be sharing the criteria I use to find clients as well as the tools and techniques I use when prospecting for clients.

Earn Your First $1000 Challenge freelance writing

Earn Your First $1,000 as a Freelance Writer: Get Published on Major Blogs and Publications

I’ve come to notice one thing over the years: social proof can make or break your career as a freelance writer. Try to take a look at the profile of most freelance writers that command mouthwatering rates from clients and you shouldn’t be surprised to find that they have been featured in (or have written for) at least a few prominent publications/magazines.

I’ve found that one of the reasons why I can command huge rates with my clients is due to the fact that I have lots of social proof; being featured in Fast Company, Huffington Post,, Digital Journal, etc. is nothing to sneeze at. This is an advantage I have that makes it easy for me to:

  • Easily close freelance writing deals
  • Command better rates
  • Work on my own terms since I’m seen as an authority/expert

However, the purpose of the Earn Your First $1,000 as a Freelance Writer challenge is to show YOU, a beginner, how to achieve the same. A core part of this process is helping you get published on major publications; I’ll be using these same techniques for the alias I created for this challenge, and I can assure you that it WORKS!

Without further ado, let’s get started:

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Earn Your First $1,000 as a Freelance Writer: Create a Writer Website and Build an Online Profile

Update: This article is part of the Earn Your First $1,000 as a Freelance Writer challenge in which I set out to earn $1,000 as a beginner freelance writer within 2 months. Not only was the challenge a roaring success, but you can read the entire series in the challenge here.

In my last post, I revealed my strategy for achieving my goal of earning $1,000 as a freelance writer within 2 months. In this post, the real action begins.

I’ll start by addressing the first phase of my strategy, which is the foundation stage: this involves creating a freelance writer website and building an online profile.

Starting from scratch, these are the steps I am taking to build my website and an online presence. If you want to create your writer website, follow these steps:

Earn Your First $1000 Challenge freelance writing

Earn Your First $1,000 as a Freelance Writer Challenge: My Strategy Revealed

I recently announced the Earn Your First $1,000 from Freelance Writing challenge, and thousands of people have since expressed interest. The original announcement post has been read by thousands of people, and the Facebook group dedicated to the challenge currently has over 1,300 members at the time of writing this.

Earn Your First $1,000 Facebook Group

More importantly, engagement is super high in the Facebook group (as you can see from the above screenshot). The group has been influencing — and will continue to influence — the direction of this challenge. The Facebook group is also the only place where I can guarantee that I’ll actively respond to and interact with people during this challenge. If you’re yet to join the group, you can request an invite here.

After a lot of deliberations on the group, it was decided that I will be using an alias for this challenge; the whole group will then be able to follow along while I offer feedback, help and advice to members of the group when necessary.

As I stated in the original announcement post, the aim of the challenge is to go from a beginner freelance writer to someone earning $1,000 monthly within 60 days.