Aug 122014
 
How to Write a Magazine Article

From pitching a query letter to submitting your invoice to the editor, these tips on how to write a magazine article will give you the inside scoop on freelance writing. I learned how to be a freelance writer by reading books such as The Art and Craft of Feature Writing: Based on The Wall Street Journal Guide by William E. Blundell. I gleaned a writing tip or two from websites about writing

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Jun 142014
 
15 Things You Need to Be a Freelance Writer

Ten of these tips are from a panel of BC magazine editors, and five are my things you need to know if you want to be a freelance writer. It was easy for me to sell my articles and earn a living as a freelance writer for two reasons: 1) I read all the books on freelance writing, and 2) I’m a good writer. The Wealthy Freelancer by Steve Slaunwhite, Pete Savage,

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May 182014
 
How to Think Like an Editor - 8 Tips for Writers

You need to think like an editor if you want to sell your articles, blog posts, and books. These tips for writers will help you get published – or at least see the idea-generating process in a different way. Finding article ideas that editors will actually pay to publish is the hardest part of freelance writing! I already knew this as a writer – but I’m seeing the problem in a

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Mar 252013
 
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 on a price, researching the articles, doing the work and sending it over to them,

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Jul 222012
 

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 her hard drive,” writes Christina Katz in Writer Mama: How to Raise a Writing Career

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Nov 192011
 
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 Tips series of blogs. I love my blogs (and especially love that I can make

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Jul 222011
 

Congratulations – a magazine editor is interested in publishing your article! But when do you ask about pay rates? These tips for freelancers are inspired by a reader’s question… “I’ve read several articles on this topic (pitching query letters) and am almost good to go,” says Laura on How to Pitch a Query Letter to Magazine Editors. “But, I’m a little unsure about when the pay rates discussion comes in. If

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Jul 122011
 

What do you think is the best way to make your articles better? These tips for newspaper and magazine writing are especially for reporters – but they apply to all types of writers. They’re from Vancouver-based publication coach Daphne Gray-Grant – one of my writing mentors. “Do you see interviewing as a fact-gathering mission?” asks Gray-Grant. “If so, you are missing the opportunity for some fabulous quotes that will make your writing

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May 302011
 
Why I Stopped Hiring Bloggers to Write for Quips and Tips

If you’re a freelance writer, these reasons I no longer pay writers for Quips and Tips articles will help you get more article assignments. Learn from my perspective as an editor – I offer several tips for freelancers below. Before the tips, a quip: “A catless writer is almost inconceivable. It’s a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room

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May 112011
 
8 Freelance Writing Habits That Will Get You More Work

Want to get more work as a writer? Need clips and experience? Don’t miss these freelance writing habits – they work. The first two habits I describe are what got me the writing gig I’m starting today – a blogging job for which I’m charging “an arm and a leg” per word (when I’m too busy for more work, I overcharge. Often clients say “OMG! No way.” This time they

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