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Market Research for Writers: Digital Editions & You

The best way to determine if your style of writing is a good match for a publication is to read at least an issue or two. Before the Internet, writers relied on newsstands and sample copies to get a taste of their chosen market before submitting. Now, with digital magazine subscriptions becoming more and more popular, you have another option.

Many online subscription services not only carry digital subscriptions to popular magazines, they let you browse a few pages of sample issues online. Before you trek to the library or newsstand to research your writing markets, take a quick look online. These digital newsstands all offer free previews, though some show you more pages than others. You can also buy single sample issues and read them right on your computer.

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Another perk? You may find new magazines to check out. A word of caution, though: some magazines for sale on digital newsstands may have gone belly-up. When you find a new magazine, double check its viability with a quick Google search.

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