Freelance Writing

10 Ways to Get More Writing Gigs

10 Ways to Get More Writing Gigs

You love to write, but you also love to make money writing. Right? Here are 10 ways to get more writing jobs, based on my success as a freelance writer. I earned over $40,000 in my first year writing freelance articles for magazines. There is no secret to making money as a writer, no special […]

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5 Writing Tips for When Your Mind is Blank

5 Writing Tips for When Your Mind is Blank

Even the most successful writers have minds that go blank occasionally. These writing tips will help you overcome your blank mind and get your words on paper. One of my coworkers told me she freezes when she has to write a report or even an email. She has a Master’s of Counseling, and had to […]

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6 Tips for Living Off the Feast and Famine of Freelance Writing

6 Tips for Living Off the Feast and Famine of Freelance Writing

Written by on October 11, 2013 in Freelance Writing, Making Money Writing with 0 Comments

These money tips for freelance writers will help you cope with the unpredictability of not working for a steady, reliable paycheck. The hardest part of freelancing (or any self-employed home-based business) is managing an unpredictable cash flow. These tips for freelancers are from a financial expert (not me) and an experienced freelance writer (me!). First, […]

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How to Write When You Have No Ideas

How to Write When You Have No Ideas

You want to write, but you have nothing to write about. Maybe you’re paralyzed by fear, uncertainty, or the fact that you compare yourself to other writers. Don’t worry; even the best writers need encouragement. These tips will help you write when you think you can’t – they range from overcoming the fear of writing to learning how […]

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How Do You Get Paid for an Article After the Editor Leaves?

How Do You Get Paid for an Article After the Editor Leaves?

You write an article for an editor – after agreeing on a fee – and the editor leaves the magazine. How do you get paid for that article? Here’s what one blogger says: “I was commissioned to write two articles by a publishing company for their new magazine, which is launching this month. After agreeing […]

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10 Creative Ways to Challenge and Improve Your Writing

10 Creative Ways to Challenge and Improve Your Writing

Written by on March 25, 2013 in Freelance Writing, Writing Tips with 2 Comments

My writing skills improved dramatically when I freelanced for Reader’s Digest, because the editor would go over every sentence with me. She’d call me up and we’d analyze my articles – and I’d learn what Reader’s Digest readers were looking for, what editors want from writers, and even how to pitch future articles. Most editors […]

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How to Write an Author Bio When You’ve Never Been Published

How to Write an Author Bio When You’ve Never Been Published

It’s a conundrum: you can’t sell your articles because you haven’t been published, and you can’t get published because you haven’t sold anything yet! It’s similar to getting a job in many fields: you can’t get hired without experience, and you can’t get experience without working. What’s a writer to do? The worst part is […]

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5 Reasons to Write for Free

5 Reasons to Write for Free

A reader recently asked if she should write for free for a website, and give up copyright of the article. Here’s her dilemma: “I volunteered to write an article for a website for free, assuming that I would at least get to retain rights to the article and pitch it to other websites. Come to […]

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6 Tips for Writing Articles That Editors Will Buy and Publish

How many articles do you have circulating? That’s the first tip for writing articles that editors will buy and publish! If you don’t know what it means to have “articles circulating”, check this out: “C. Hope Clark has a great rule of thumb to keep her submissions in the hands of editors and not on […]

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Need to Hire Managing Editors for Quips and Tips Blogs

Need to Hire Managing Editors for Quips and Tips Blogs

I need to hire a managing editor (or 7!) for my Quips and Tips blogs, but I don’t know how much to pay. I’m thinking payment per 100 page views, but I’d love your feedback… Here’s the scoop: For the past four years, I’ve been writing and blogging full-time — I started the Quips and […]

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