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Writing Saleable Articles

My Distance Learning College


There is no question that the quickest and most convenient way to make money from writing is to produce saleable articles. It is the quickest because mass market magazines are constantly on the look out for new articles, and it is the most convenient because the subject material can be something you already know about.

Generally an article is non-fiction work dealing with facts around a real-life subject in contrast with fictional stories based mainly on creative imagination and plot planning. It may be an instructional article of the Do-It-Yourself variety (very popular in household magazines).

It may be a descriptive article, such as a travelogue, recounting your visit to an exotic or unusual spot. It may be an interview with an exceptional personality or celebrity who happens to cross your path.

It may cover one of a thousand different subjects, for the subject matter is real life, and in real life the scope for stories is virtually unlimited. Providing you do it well, you can write an article on just about anything, and providing you pick your market correctly, you can sell it.

Your first reaction will probably be one of horror! You will throw up your hands and say, "I know nothing. I have no special knowledge. I have not been trained for anything."

Not true! From experience with hundreds, perhaps thousands of students over the years who have uttered this plaintive cry, we know that somewhere there is something that you can write about. Something special that you can say to other people.

You don't think so because to date you have not looked for it. But together, we will find something in your life that makes interesting subject material for an article. We have not failed yet and we will not fail with you. Mainly because we know where to look.

This course covers topics such as:

  • The Fastest Way to Writing Success
  • Sales Survey
  • Marketing your Work
  • Writing Articles
  • Manuscript Presentation
  • Researching the Article
  • Where to Research
  • Punctuation
  • Copyright
  • Publicity
  • Non-Fiction Writing
  • Indexing
  • Back to Basics
  • Types of Articles
  • Libel and Defamation
  • Spelling and Vocabulary
  • Markets and Readership
  • Summary of Units So Far
  • Journalism
  • Writing for Magazines
  • Revising your Article


On completion of your course, you will receive two qualifications:

Writing Saleable Articles Diploma

Writing Saleable Articles Diploma issued by My Distance Learning College, entitling you to use the letters SAC Dip after your name.

NCFE Level 3 Writing Saleable Articles Award

This Course leads to an NCFE Level 3 Award Certificate for successful learners. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (in which case GCSE's are at levels 1 and 2 and A Levels are at level 3). In accrediting the program at level 3, NCFE attests that its learning outcomes are at an equivalent level to a level 3 national qualification.

This award has been designed by My Distance Learning College to meet specific learners' or employers' requirements. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning program has been scrutinized and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE.


After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

course quick facts
course code DED9127
cost $401.00
estimated time to
complete course
110 Hours
course materials
17 Days