Do you prefer to work with wood or spend time in the garden? If that's the case, this is the easiest way to make money because all you have to do is write about your passion. This article contains a list of seven magazines and websites that will pay you up to $200 for writing about your gardening and woodworking interests.
Magazines and Websites Pay for Writing About Gardening and Woodworking in 2021
1. The Taunton
The Taunton is an American press that publishes high-quality, useful information for special-interest communities. It focuses on four areas: woodworking, home building, gardening, and garment sewing.
They're continually growing, therefore they're always on the lookout for talented individuals to join them. They publish four magazines: Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, Threads, and Fine Gardening, so if you're interested in contributing, send your article to email@example.com (Fine Woodworking editorial), firstname.lastname@example.org (Fine Homebuilding editorial), email@example.com (Threads editorial), or firstname.lastname@example.org (Fine Gardening editorial).
2. The American Gardener Magazine
The American Gardener, a bimonthly magazine, is the official publication of the American Horticultural Society.
The American Gardener is mostly written by freelancers, and its content is much different from that of other gardening magazines. Its readers are mainly experienced amateur gardeners; about 20% are horticultural professionals.
They are interested in topics like profiles of individual plant groups; innovative approaches to garden design; plant research and plant hunting; plant conservation, biodiversity, and heirloom gardening. They also seek articles that describe and show how to construct simple garden features such as ponds or paths, or illustrate useful gardening techniques such as grafting, pollarding, or propagation.
Before writing a manuscript for them, authors should send a proposal to email@example.com. The proposal should include a description of the suggested topic and an explanation of why it is of interest to their audience, as well as an outline of the major points to be covered in the manuscript.
Authors should send relevant writing samples and a brief description of their personal experience with the subject matter they are proposing to cover when querying for the first time.
Feature articles can range from 1,500 to 2,500 words in length, depending on subject and assignment. Freelancer submissions are also encouraged for the departments listed below:
- Natural Connections: An explanation of a natural phenomenon or symbiotic relationship that may be observed in the garden or in nature in this department. It runs 750 to 1,000 words.
- Plant in the Spotlight: An in-depth look at a particular plant species or cultivar, providing a personal perspective on why it’s a favored plant. It runs 600 words.
- Homegrown Harvest: In this department, they are looking for authoritative information on growing edible plants. Each issue focuses on a single crop, such as carrots, blueberries, or parsley. Runs 900-1,000 words.
Pay rate: Payment for feature articles varies from $300 to $600 depending on the length and complexity of the article, as well as the author's background and publishing experience. Payment for departments varies from $150 to $200. They pay a 25-percent kill fee in those instances where an author has completed revisions of the text requested by their editorial staff, and the article is still for any reason considered unacceptable.
3. Green Prints Magazine
Green Prints is an American magazine that publishes the best true stories from gardeners all around the country.
Green Prints concentrates on the human side of gardening rather than the how-to side, on people as well as plants, based on the idea that gardening is a relationship rather than a recipe. Green Prints explores this relationship by sharing the stories and experiences of people who have tried (and sometimes failed) to get along with plants, rather than by lecturing, preaching, or teaching about it.
They're looking for a good, interesting, moving, humorous true story about something special that happened to you with a powerful ending. So, if you're interested in writing for them, send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Story Submission" and your actual mailing address in the body of the email so that they may pay you when the story is published.
You should also tell them something clever, witty, or appropriate about yourself in your cover letter, which they may use for their “Contributor's Page” if they use your piece of garden writing. Take into account that you could not hear back from them until late February, May, August, or November.
Pay rate: Top payment is $150 and they often pay less.
MorningChores is a website that aims to provide readers with the information and stories they need to grow a successful garden, raise healthy livestock, build things by themselves, save money without pinching pennies, and learn new skills to make their lives easier.
If you have a strong passion for gardening, raising livestock animals, beekeeping, survival, prepping, food preservation and recipes, woodworking, foraging, farming, frugal living, self-sufficient living, and off-grid alternatives, and a desire to help people by writing helpful guides, you are welcome to write for them.
If you're interested in writing for them, you can submit a summary with bullet points of what you'll be writing or your entire article by clicking here.
Your article will be reviewed within the next 7 days, and you will be notified if it will be published or not, and if it is published, you will not be able to publish it elsewhere.
Pay rate: Accepted posts are paid $50.
Insteading is a website that focuses on gardening, animals (particularly chickens and bees), building (especially green and sustainable building), homesteading, and sustainable energy.
If you'd like to write for them, you may do so by clicking here. However, note that their readers want to make sustainable and organic choices whenever possible, so keep this in mind while you write for them.
Pay rate: Accepted posts are paid $50.
6. Modern Farmer
Modern Farmer is a digital magazine that covers all areas of farming that are of interest to farmers and wannabe farmers.
Modern Farmer is continuously on the lookout for dynamic, global, and surprising journalism about food and lifestyle, people, politics, plants, animals, and agricultural technology.
If you are interested in writing for them, send your story ideas to email@example.com.
7. Best Pickist
Best Pickist is a collection of using and buying instructions and for a wide range of products. They offer useful tips, how-to guides, expert interviews, expert round-ups, product reviews, and informative articles on a regular basis.
They're always on the lookout for experienced home and lifestyle writers who share their goal of providing honest, inclusive, expert-backed advice that leaves readers feeling informed, empowered, and understood.
They have gardening and woodworking-related areas such as home & garden, and woodworking, so if you're interested in writing for them, you can apply as a paid writer here, where you may set your own pricing per 100 words.
In the end, as I always say before pitching, familiarize yourself with the style of these magazines and websites and read their guidelines carefully. Make sure you meet all of their requirements and best of luck to everyone.
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