jokes, anecdotes, little known facts, newsworthy
snippets, book reviews, lists, recipes, even
editorials pass as fillers.
130+ markets that accept
AND PAY YOU for them in cash.
With Fillers: The Best Market For New Writers
by Shelley Wake
breaking into writing or breaking into a new area? You
cant go past writing fillers. Fillers are one of
the most overlooked opportunities in the freelance
writing world and offer one of the best opportunities for
Are In Demand
Ive spoken to hundreds of editors and been told
over and over again that fillers are the one thing they
never get enough of. Most publications tend to publish
more freelance fillers than they do freelance articles.
Yet, they often receive 100 times more articles than
This is a gap in the freelance market that you can take
are a Great Place to Get Started
Many publications are careful about publishing feature
articles from writers they dont know. Even if your
article is good, an editor might decide not to publish
you because they dont know you as a writer. This is
especially true if you dont have a lot of
experience or any clips.
But even without experience or clips, most editors will
consider a filler. In fact, many editors treat writing
fillers as the testing ground to see if a writer can be
relied on to
write feature articles.
Heres what one editor had to say about fillers:
One of the best ways to break in is to write
fillers. It gives me a chance to start to build a
relationship with a writer and see that I can trust them.
Of all the freelancers I work with, over half started out
writing fillers. - Margaret, Magazine Editor
So not only can writing fillers get you some clips, it
also has the potential to turn into a long-term writing
opportunity. Consider fillers a stepping stone to much
Smart Way to Write on Spec
Fillers are almost always submitted on spec. This means
that you avoid the problem of having to query the
publication and sell yourself as a writer, because your
filler is doing the work for you and showing the editor
your writing skill.
The big argument against writing on spec is that you
spend your time writing pieces that might never sell.
Fillers reduce this problem because they are short and
take less time to write. So even if your filler
doesnt sell, you havent wasted as much time
as you would have on a longer feature article. Fillers
are also more flexible, with few publications having set
guidelines for fillers. This means that a filler will
often be suitable for more than market. So if it gets
rejected once, its not a waste of time. You can
just send it to a new market, often without having to
make any changes.
Rely on Information, Not Writer Qualifications
Fillers usually rely on information, not on the
This means that you dont have to sell yourself when
you submit fillers. Instead, the information you put in
the filler sells it for you.
This makes fillers a perfect option for writers lacking
the experience or clips to sell themselves to an editor.
Can Write a Lot of Them
Since fillers are short, you can write a lot of them and
submit a lot of them. You could literally have hundreds
of pieces out in the market for consideration in a short
time. And if you write them well, you could have a lot of
them published in a very short time. That means you can
build a list of clips fast.
And one other benefit is that magazines dont have
as limited a space for fillers as they do for feature
articles. So if your filler gets accepted, its
likely to get published fast. The same isnt true
for feature articles, where an accepted article will
often be scheduled for an issue a year or two away.
Thats one more good reason why fillers are a great
way to build clips fast. Once youve got the clips,
then you have a few more options. Until then, fillers are
a great place to start.
And one final tip. Once you have the clips and start
moving into feature articles, dont forget about
fillers. As youre researching a feature, take note
of interesting facts, trivia, or anecdotes you come
across. These can make fillers and be an added bonus,
bringing in some extra cash and some extra clips.
About The Author: Shelley Wake is the author of
Getting Published Without Clips. This
practical no-nonsense guide shows writers exactly what to
do to break into freelance writing. Packed with inside
information, proven methods, hidden markets, and more,
its successfully launched hundreds of freelance
careers. Link: http://www.writingstuff.com/fs02m.html