Getting published in magazines and newspapers can seem impossible.
Don't you need a journalism degree to write articles?
I don't know how to interview people
I don't have any published articles to show editors
Where would I even begin?
What if I told you there's a way to get your foot in the door and your name in top-tier publications without any "experience"?
Let me tell you a secret - The easiest way to get published in magazines, newspapers and online outlets is by writing a personal essay using your own life experience.
Huh? Like the boring assignments we wrote in English class or to get into college?
A personal essay isn't what it sounds like.
It's more of a mini-memoir.
But rather than writing a book, you're writing an article.
An article about a quirky, funny, inspiring, powerful, evocative, challenging, revealing, emotional or life-changing experience you've had.
It could be a bold, dramatic personal piece or it might be a quiet, poignant reflection.
And you've got all the experiences you need to write one.
Maybe you ...
Were travelling in Greece and the owner of a tiny taverna served you a meal you've never forgotten.
Tried 23 online dating platforms only to find your partner at a bar
Have started eating meat again after years of being a vegan
Lost a child and want to share your journey of grief and resilience with others
Or maybe you're not exactly sure what story you want to tell, but you know you just want to write.
If you're thinking, "I could write something like that", you're right.
Personal essays can be about almost anything, as long as you're willing to share a story - your story.
It's time to get that story out of your head and into the pages of your favourite magazine.
You have a story (or five) only you can tell.
Get paid to write yours.
Learn how to write compelling stories from your life that have editors scrambling to publish your writing.
The Ultimate Guide to Getting Published and Paid for Writing Personal Essays (without any experience)
The 60-page fully editable document that takes you from brainstorm to finished personal essay, ready to wow editors. No messy print outs or copy and pasting required. Everything you need in one place.
$99/ One time payment (AUD)
Follow the guide and you'll be able to ...
Write a story worth publishing
Be guided, step-by-step through everything you need to know about writing personal essays
Confidently pitch editors your story
There's a particular way to email editors when you're writing personal essays. The guide tells you exactly what to say.
Cut the fluff and leave the gold
Worried about saying too much or writing a novella? Know what editors want and how many words to write.
Share your story in a way that feels comfortable
Writing a personal essay can sometimes raise uncomfortable feelings for us or others. Feel confident in the story you're sharing.
Get paid to write
Get stories out of your head and money into your bank account when you write a personal essay that gets picked up by a magazine, newspaper or online outlet.
Contact editors directly
With my list of paying markets for personal essays you'll know which editors are looking for personal essays and how to contact them.
Ready to share your story?
Here's what you'll get inside The Ultimate Guide:
Step-by-step guidance on writing impactful beginnings, meaty middles and knock-out endings
Prompts to help you come up with compelling story ideas that editors will love
The irresistible words you need to write in your email pitch to an editor
Examples of successful pitches to editors
Advice on how to navigate tricky situations like writing about trauma
15+ paying markets for personal essays (with editors' contact details)
How to find editors' contact details
Comprehensive checklist to make sure you look like you've done this thousands of times already
Editors are always looking for personal essays
Want to see your name in print like these legends?
I've been published!
"I felt completely out of my depth contacting editors. Since taking on Lindy’s advice I have had my by-line appear in a range of new digital and print publications."
I'm getting editors' attention!
"Lindy gave some great insight on how to improve my pitches, how to make them relevant and get editors' attention."
This could be the start of your award-winning writing career.
Hi, I'm Lindy. The first article I ever had published was a personal essay in 2010. I wrote it on the spur of the moment, sent it off to a newspaper and it was published the next week.
I was paid $400.
And I was hooked.
Since then, I've won awards for my writing and have written personal essays that have appeared in top Australian and international publications. I want to share my knowledge with you.
By the end of this week, I'll have something I'm proud to submit to an editor - thank you!
"Holy moly Lindy, this is so good. I can't wait to submit my first personal essay to a real-life editor. I would have been way too intimidated to try on my own, but you break it down in such easy steps."
It's a 60-page document (accessed as an editable Google doc + downloadable Word document) that takes you through, step-by-step how to write and pitch your personal essay.
As soon as you purchase the guide, it'll be delivered straight to your inbox. How's that for service?
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If you're a fairly decent writer who can follow the instructions in the guide, you've got an excellent chance of having your writing published. And then who knows where that may lead?
Once you download it and/or make a copy in your Google drive, you'll have it to refer to forever.
No. Due to the digital nature of this product, a refund is not available.
This guide is packed with information, tips and advice I didn't realise I needed!
"Wow! Even just glancing at the table of contents, I knew this robust guide would be an invaluable resource! The way you've broken down the process in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format is genius. I'm so glad I purchased it and can't wait to get started!"
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Ready to get your story out into the world?
Your very first published personal essay could more than cover the cost of this guide - that's just the beginning!
$99/ One time payment (AUD)