As aspiring\u00a0writers, one of the biggest goals to\u00a0strive for is getting published. It's a necessary stepping stone and a key element to the success and prospects\u00a0of our writing careers.\r\n\r\nOur credibility greatly depends on our published work, so the more success we find in it, the better it is for our\u00a0writing journeys.\u00a0Getting published means going through a submissions process, being edited, rewriting and being edited again - all before actually being published.\r\n\r\nThese processes are a vital part of your\u00a0growth as a writer, and magazine work offers you this opportunity for growth in abundance (if you approach it in the right way).\r\n\r\nMagazines are one of the biggest publishing avenues the industry has to offer, but like books, are often considered a 'pipe-dream'. So, how\u00a0do you\u00a0get published in a magazine? It's not as hard as you may think...\r\n\r\nHow do new writers get published in magazines? Image Credit: Writer's Edit\r\n1. Decide Where To\u00a0Start\r\nThe first thing you should be sure of is where you want your work published. A simple way to guide you\u00a0through making this decision is to look for a magazine that you enjoy reading.\r\n\r\nYour favourite magazines will be where your interests lie, and therefore the articles featured will most\u00a0likely\u00a0be what you yourself are striving towards.\u00a0It's a privilege freelance writers get - to be able to choose the topics that\u00a0interest us and write about them.\r\n\r\nTop Tip:\u00a0Don't waste the opportunity - when you can, write about your passions.\r\n\r\nEvery magazine will have its own unique style. Think about what kind of writing style comes naturally to you - you may find that there's a publication out there that suits your voice from the get-go.\r\n\r\nAlternatively, and more commonly - you will have to adapt your writing style to suit the vibe of a specific publication. But don't let this get you down - it's part of your growth as a writer. Writing in different styles will increase your versatility, as well as help you hone in on what you're best at.\r\n\r\nWhat magazines do you love reading? Use this as your starting point... Image Credit: Cereal Magazine.\r\n2. Know Your Target Audience\r\nMagazines are all about readership and every magazine will have a target audience. Whether it's an older, more sophisticated generation or a younger,\u00a0tech-savvy\u00a0audience, your article should first and foremost be aligned to the specified readership of the publication.\r\n\r\nThe magazine Frankie\u00a0-\u00a0for example,\u00a0says their magazine is:\r\nAimed at women (and men) looking for a magazine that\u2019s as smart, funny, sarcastic, friendly, cute, rude, arty, curious and caring as they are. We cover design, art, photography, fashion, travel, music, craft, interiors and real-life stories \u2013 we aim to surprise and delight readers with every turn of our beautifully matte pages, and have a good old laugh while doing so."\r\nOn the other hand,\u00a0Top Gear\u00a0is clearly aimed at males who have a passion for cars. Alternatively,\u00a0Vogue, has a\u00a0completely different target audience of wealthy, fashion-loving\u00a0women who are designer-minded.\u00a0When you understand the\u00a0target audience, you will be able to tweak your pitch and your work accordingly.\r\n\r\nKnowing your target audience from the beginning gives your writing an advantage... Image Credit: Alphabet Journal\r\n3. Be Familiar With the House\u00a0Style\r\nSome magazines have a writing style that's cheeky with a dash of sarcasm, while others may be more formal\u00a0and straight to the point. Every magazine has a\u00a0'house-style' that writers are expected to adhere to.\r\n\r\nHouse styles greatly depend on the type of content each\u00a0magazine publishes, and ensures that the publication has a coherent flow overall.\r\n\r\nA standard news website for example, would lean towards a reportage, formal writing style while a quirky fashion magazine would perhaps have a more opinionated, casual writing style.\r\n\r\nMost publications will outline their desired style on their website. Your integration and swift adaptation to this\u00a0will be noticed.\r\n\r\nTop Tip:\u00a0Another must is\u00a0to read\u00a0their previously published articles. This will give you a comprehensive idea of what topics and in what style the magazine generally publishes.\r\n\r\nEach publication has a different target readership in mind when producing their content. Do your research before pitching your article. Image Credit: Writer's Edit.\r\n4. Edit and Perfect Your Work\r\nYour reputation as a writer is at stake and the person you want to impress is your editor. From an editor's point of view, it will frustrating to read someone\u2019s work carelessly pitched or executed.\r\n\r\nInstead of sending in work that are merely drafts, proofread it more than once. Always look out for the details that matter such as punctuation, grammar and spelling.\r\n\r\nYou want an editor to look forward to reading your work, instead of dreading it.\r\n\r\nBy\u00a0constantly\u00a0upholding writing principles such as these, your polished work will make an impression with the editor. A good impression will also make it more likely for you to receive more writing jobs in the future.\r\n\r\nTop Tip:\u00a0Another effective way to proof-read your work is to read it aloud, as you will start to hear the unnecessary words and poorly phrased sentences.\r\n\r\nMake sure your work is always at its best before submitting or pitching... Image Credit: Kinfolk Magazine\r\n5. Pitch Your Stories Professionally\r\nIn an email pitch to the magazine publication of your choice, introduce yourself then present your pitch in an engaging, courteous and professional manner.\r\n\r\nYou are not only making an impression on yourself as a writer, but creating a gateway for relationship and opportunities in the future.\r\n\r\nIn the same manner you approached with your pieces of work, proofread your emails as these say as much about you as your work does. \u00a0It will also be helpful\u00a0to editors for you to include links to your\u00a0portfolio or other examples of your work, to give them a better idea of\u00a0your writing skills.\r\n\r\nWhen creating your pitch, take these questions into account:\r\n\r\n \tWhy should they publish your work?\r\n \tIs this what their readership is interested\u00a0in?\r\n \tWill this get more people drawn towards their magazine?\r\n\r\nAn essential part of this process takes us back to the starting point of knowing the magazine inside out by researching what they have published beforehand and who their target audience is.\r\n\r\nKeeping your pitch professional keeps your reputation as a writer in tact. Image Credit: Gather Magazine.\r\n6. Take Constructive Criticism Well\r\nOne of the most crucial, yet often overlooked (or negatively portrayed) parts of being a writer is being able to accept constructive criticism. Whether you fail or succeed in getting your work published, don\u2019t be afraid to ask for feedback.\r\n\r\nFeedback from an editor\u00a0can only serve as a positive influence in your career if you take it on board in the right way. Continuously improve your writing with the advice from the editors who have more experience in the writing industry.\r\n\r\nOften, editors might respond with feedback that will require further editing of your work. Revisiting your work, incorporating suggestion and tidying\u00a0up loose ends is a mark of consistency and respect. It shows\u00a0the editor that\u00a0you're\u00a0serious about your work.\r\n\r\nDon't feel as though you have to accept every change to your work (it's your name on it at the end after all), but do engage in a friendly, constructive conversation with your editor regarding any suggestions.\r\n\r\nTop Tip:\u00a0Always\u00a0remain respectful and professional.\r\n\r\nTaking criticism well not only shows that you're a professional, but that you're also always keen to better your craft.\r\n7. Learn to Build Relationships\r\nThe conversation between your editor and yourself is as important as sending in good pieces of work. Maintaining professionalism, consistency as well as a critical and insightful attitude towards your work cannot be overstated.\r\n\r\nEssentially, first impressions are significant but a long-lasting drive and passion\u00a0towards your writing is what will help you find more opportunities to work with in the long run.\r\n\r\nThink about it from an editor's perspective: would you give a job to someone who is only interested in doing well just one time?\r\n\r\nEach time you submit your polished work is working towards building\u00a0a better reputation for yourself. Remember that your editor, and indeed, the magazine is\u00a0investing\u00a0in you. You want to return their investment ten-fold.\r\n\r\nRemember that you're building relationships with publications and their editors... Image credit: ProFlowers via Flickr Creative Commons\r\n8. Always Keep Trying\r\nThe more you write, the better you will be and the more confidence you will have. So keep striving to better your craft. Instead of constantly comparing your work to that of others, acknowledge that you're at a different stage in your career, and try to learn from them.\r\n\r\nAs writers, we improve\u00a0not only by receiving feedback from editors but also by reading. Reading gives us\u00a0an opportunity to improve our own writing and be inspired. In the words of Jane Yolen:\r\nExercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise the muscles seize up.\r\nOnce you\u2019ve gained some momentum, it\u2019s hard to stop.\r\n\r\nHappy writing!