Q. Under what circumstances does it make sense for a professional writer to write magazine articles for free?
A. Once you reach the place where you are writing or getting ready to write books, your history as an article writer will be important to any potential editors/publishers. These days it is so important that the writer has used the publication of his magazine articles to build his reputation in relation to his topic. For that reason the more often you get published, the better—even if you are not paid for it. That all-important exposure is valuable in reputation building, even if it does nothing to build your bank account.