Any freelancer can tell you that writing and reporting is only half the job. The other half is the hunt. While you’re finishing up one article, you already need to be looking for the next one (or several) to pitch. It’s a never-ending game, which is a major reason why freelance writing, while enviable in many ways, is also a constant challenge. Most of America lives paycheck to paycheck, we live story to story!
As the freelance game gets more and more crowded, it can be tougher and tougher to not only find stories, but publications that you can work with and pitch to, pubs that are still freelancer-reliant, as it were. Still, there are plenty out there and the fine folks at the Independent Writers of Southern California have shared this comprehensive list of almost 1,000 magazines, blogs and websites that pay writers. So take a look and if you notice any we’re missing, please let me know so I can update.