Mag Numbers Down Again; Secret Freelancing Tips?


By Rachel Kaufman Comment

Magazine sales numbers are, for the most part, down again in the newest FAS-FAX report, which covers the first half of 2009. The 25 top-selling magazines, which account for 50% of single-copy sales in the country, all saw drops in their newsstand sales except for Real Simple, which gained on the newsstand just 1.17 percent.

Some smaller magazines saw gains in single-copy: Mother Earth News grew 29 percent; Women’s Health saw a 9 percent increase in sales. If we were freelancers writing in these subject areas, we’d likely hit these magazines up for possible work. Will it work? Don’t know, but it couldn’t hurt.

More on the death of magazines (actually, it’s not all that bad) and the FAS-FAX numbers from Folio:.