Recycle, Reuse, Rewards

7 Jul

003Happy Monday to you all.  I hope my American friends had a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  I spent it taking walks and working in the garden, so it was a weekend well-spent.

Let’s talk today about recycling.


The purpose – where I start – is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it’s reuse.

Issey Miyake
That is the perfect quote for our discussion today.


I’m somewhat of an anomaly on the writer’s site HubPages, because I did not join that site to make money.  Occasionally a new Panda will come along, and earnings dip, and you can hear the screams from coast to coast, as online writers seeking passive income see their dollars shrink to pennies….but it has no effect on my efforts at all.

I write at HubPages because I love the community, but also because it is a means of building my writer’s platform, my accumulation of work for which I am known.  But, and this is a big but (t)….I make my platform work for me.  Articles that I write for HubPages can be recycled (reused) for ebooks….they can also be used to submit to magazines for publication.

But I don’t stop there. I have sold one article to three different magazines. I simply changed a little part of the article three different times so that it met the submissions requirements of the individual magazine.  Get it?

And don’t forget about contests….the articles that you have written that are gathering dust on the shelf can be submitted to contests and possibly make you money.

In other words, don’t just write an article and forget about it.  Use it over and over again to earn you an income.


Mind Magazine has a poetry contest going on right now. Ten dollar entry fee and the deadline is August 15thCheck it out here.


I don’t know where the big break is going to come from, but I’ll never know if I keep my writing to myself.  Put yourself out there. Enter contests…submit to agents and publishers….start your own blog….submit to magazines….the only way to find out if you have game in this business is to find out….pretty simple really.


I’ve had two people take me up on my offer to guest blog on this site, and you will see their efforts in the next week or so.  The offer is still open…as long as the topic is writing, I’m open to just about anything here.

BOOK OF THE DAYbook cover

A bit self-serving, but in reality all writers have to be self-serving.   You  can buy my new novel, Resurrecting Tobias, if you go to

Thanks for the visit.  See you  on Wednesday


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

14 Responses to “Recycle, Reuse, Rewards”

  1. Janine Huldie July 7, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    I love this advice and I really do have to use all my articles for more of their worth now, too!! So, thanks for that reminder today. Happy Monday once again 🙂

    • Billybuc July 7, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

      My pleasure, Janine. As you know, there is money out there, and it is up to us to find it. Thank you my dear.

  2. Audrey Howitt July 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    You make HP work so well for you Bill–so many, including me, could take a lesson–and thanks for the poetry contest stuff–off to check it out

    • Billybuc July 7, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

      Thank you Audrey. That is nice of you to say. I started with a plan and I’ve tried to stay true to it.

  3. Shauna L Bowling July 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    Bill, I entered a poetry contest last week put on by Rattle. The cost is $20, which gives you a year’s subscription to their magazine. The prize is $5,000 and 10 $100 runners-up awards. For poetry, you can submit up to 4 per entry. They are also accepting reviews and essays. Deadline is 7/15/14, with the winners to be announced on 9/15/14. It’s worth a shot and I took a chance. You may want to check them out, too.

    I need to do some work on recycling some of my HP articles. I have one in mind but haven’t yet researched which magazines to send it to.

    Here’s something for your Writers Mailbag: how do you pitch a magazine for an article you’ve already written? Do you let them know it’s complete or do you start out cold turkey pitching the idea as if you have yet to write it?

    • Billybuc July 7, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

      Way to go, Sha. I love to hear that writers are entering contests. That’s a good one. I’ll try to include it on my blog Wednesday, provided I remember…and thanks for the question…I’ll have that on Wednesday’s hub.

  4. klsilver July 8, 2014 at 12:21 am #

    Submitting to magazines and contests is still outside of my comfort zone, for whatever reason. They niggle tho, along with a zillion other things i feel i ‘ought’ to be doing.
    All i can say for sure is that like you, Bill-bro – i am doing my best and trying to work smart!
    Have a great week, my friendxx

    • Billybuc July 8, 2014 at 12:34 am #

      That’s all we can do, Sis. We all are flying a bit blind, but we’ll figure it out eventually. 🙂 Thanks for being here and sell the hell out of that book.

  5. 1authorcygnetbrown July 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Hi Bill, A lot has changed for me over the past few weeks as I have been moving out to the country. My place isn’t ready yet, so I have been staying in a friend’s house. I get on the internet at the local library. I am also finishing up the last class of my bachelor’s degree. I’ve been thinking about writing articles on line and I also have an idea for a local online newspaper. I don’t know how that will turn out, but I’ll be sure to let you know.

    • Billybuc July 8, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

      Donna, those are huge changes, and exciting for sure. Stay in touch so I know where to find you online, and thanks for sharing your update.

  6. Dee July 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    I am writing an aritlce that I am going to try to sell to a magazine. I’ll have to look up on your archives for the refresher on how to do this. Thanks, Bill.

    • Billybuc July 8, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

      Good luck, Dianna. You are a good writer, so don’t get discouraged if you get some rejections.

  7. Melanie Chisnall July 9, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    I’m a huge fan on writing evergreen articles. I’ve found that I can pull out snippets and use them in other places too, which is great when you’re low on ideas. Happy Wednesday Bill!

    • Billybuc July 10, 2014 at 4:16 am #

      Happy Thursday, Mel, and thank you. I knew you were a very wise woman. 🙂

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