Writing For Health Magazines

Freelance writing for health publications will not only keep you on the edge of the latest trends and advice for maintaining a healthy mind and body – it can also be healthy for your bank account.

Freelance writers produce articles covering a range of diverse topics including nursing, disabilities, diseases, prevention and cure, health research and education, alternative treatments and more.

On the technical writing side medical writers also work in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, writing materials that include regulatory documents, investigative drug brochures, and clinical study protocols.

There is a good demand for health writing and this is a growing industry. Consider for a moment for 76 million baby boomers that have been entering their fifties. They are worrying more about their health. They want to lose weight. They are trying to get fit. They want to prevent disease and remain as healthy as possible.

It is not just the boomers, of course. Everyone wants to be healthy and avoid sickness in order to feel better and enjoy life.

Here Are A Few Examples of Health Publications

The following are just a few examples of health publications that you could work for as a freelance writer.

360 Magazine

An ezine accepting articles on all topics related to the wheelchair community, including health, travel, sports and relationships. Payment ranges from $0.10 to $0.25 per word.

Arthritis Today

A national consumer health magazine published by the Arthritis Foundation. Contains information about arthritis research, treatment, self-care and emotional coping. This publication pays up to $2,000 for feature articles of up to 2,000 words.

Cure

A publication for those with cancer and their caregivers. Providing the latest cancer updates’ research, and education. Pays freelance writers $1.00 per word.

Diabetes Health

Providing patients, educators and healthcare professionals with practical advice and the latest information on new methods, technologies and research related to diabetes. Payment varies with experience and length of article.

Healthplan

This magazine of trends, insights, and best practices is published by the American Association of Health Plans. Pays freelance writers $0.65 per word.

In addition to specialty health magazines, remember that you can also write about health topics for hundreds of other magazines, such as family magazine or men’s and women’s interest publications.

There are also some good organizations and associations for medical writers. Here are several of them.

- American Medical Writers Association
- Australasian Medical Writers Association
- European Medical Writers Association
- Health Sciences Communications Association
- National Association of Medical Communicators
- World Association of Medical Editors

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