by Suzie Eller
The take-home paper market is often overlooked by writers, and yet the opportunity is huge.
Consider the colorful Sunday school paper your children receive at church. Think about the
adult publication filled with inspirational stories, teaching, and faith-filled facts handed out in many churches across the nation.
In today’s Tuesday Tip we take a look at take-home papers and why you might
want to consider it as a viable market.
1. There’s an incredible need for writers
The editor of the take-home paper has to fill four or eight pages of a publication every single
week. When the editor is finished with one issue, the next deadline begins. This means there is a high demand for quality material. There’s a need for skilled writers to provide ongoing quality material, including inspirational stories, fiction (especially for children), profiles, and teaching.
2. There’s a need for denominational material
For years I wrote a monthly column for a denominational magazine. The magazine audience is lay ministers and leaders. Writing for this magazine opened the door to write for their
denominational take-home papers. Eventually I became an assignment writer for children, teen, and adult take-home papers. I had several income avenues from this one denominational market. If you are in a denominational church, this may be a perfect fit. You already know the denominational specifics. If you are not part of a denomination, read their guidelines and Statement of Faith carefully. In either case, denominational markets often have multiple opportunities for freelancers.
3. There is a variety of needs
What I love about the take-home paper is it offers a lot of writing opportunities for all kinds of writers. Short pieces, quizzes, and fillers are a great way to break in to the take-home paper market. There is a need for profiles, teaching, how-to articles, and even fiction. Children’s take-home papers are in need of craft ideas, activities, and more. Holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Easter are all great opportunities and huge needs for take-home papers.
What an opportunity!
If you’ve overlooked this market, I hope this Tuesday Tip will encourage you to take time to
learn more about it. Take-home papers are not just a great opportunity for writers but have the potential to reach thousands of readers across the nation.
Take-home papers require quality material to meet a variety needs from inspirational stories, to writing geared toward children and even fiction writing. Share your thoughts on the COMPEL blog about which need your writing skills could fill in the take-home paper market and why you would want to pursue an opportunity writing for one.
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