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 152014
 
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 talent, no quality or personality trait that will help you succeed. What worked for me

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Mar 022014
 
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 the paralysis that stops you from getting your words on paper. Writing when you feel like you have nothing to say is about training your mind to think like a writer. What does this mean? I don’t know, but author Sage Cohen does. She wrote The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You

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Oct 082013
 
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 to create better freelance article ideas. “Writing is elemental,” said Natalie Goldberg. “Once you have tasted its

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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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Mar 202013
 
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 that your author bio shines a spotlight on your lack of experience. It’s like your

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Mar 162013
 
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 find out that this isn’t the case, they want the rights. So, what would you

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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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Oct 202011
 
Want to Make Money Writing? Build Relationships With Editors

Getting published isn’t about good writing, it’s about good relationships. If you want to make money writing, check out these tips for building strong relationships with editors. I’m telling ya, relationships are the key to a steady income! I make money as a writer (I hope to earn more than $50,000 this year). The majority of my income is from my blogs, but I have a few long-term clients who

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