Aug 022014
 
5 Ways to Become a Freelance Writer Who Gets Repeat Work

Here are five tips on how to become a freelance writer who keeps getting work from editors of print and online magazines. One thing I didn’t realize when I first started freelancing was that good writers don’t have to keep pitching articles. Editors need a stable good writers, and when they find a writer who is smart, professional, and easy to work with, they keep that writer busy. Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition:

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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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Oct 112013
 
6 Tips for Living Off the Feast and Famine of Freelance Writing

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, here’s a cool quip from a writer: “Writing is turning one’s worst moments into money,”

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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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Sep 272011
 
How to Manage an Unpredictable Cash Flow - Tips for Freelancers

The worst 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, here’s a cool quip from a writer: “Writing is turning one’s worst moments into money,” said Irish American author J. P. Donleavy. The more you can turn the most miserable moments of your life into writing

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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 062011
 
How to Increase Writing Confidence - Grow the Skin of a Rhino

What’s so great about the skin of a rhino? It’s tough as Teflon! These tips on increasing your writing confidence will help you toughen up and soldier through the moments of despair all writers face. If you lack confidence, work your way through The Confident Writer. It’ll change how you write and how you see your writing career. It may even increase your chances of getting published…or at least finishing your

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Apr 072011
 
Best Online Banks for Writers - Ally, ING, First Internet Bank

Low or no ATM fees is a necessity for a bank to qualify as one of the “best online banks for writers”! These four banking options for freelance writers include the pros and cons of each bank. Before the tips, a quip: “Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to trial by market.” ~ Robert Frost. Writing for money can

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Mar 302011
 
Want More Writing Jobs? 5 Ways to Set Yourself Apart as a Writer

If you want to find more writing jobs, you need to set yourself apart as a writer! (And keep  improving your writing skills.) These five ways to set yourself apart are from Vancouver based publication coach, Daphne Gray-Grant. “If anything is clear about writing these days, it’s that the ‘traditional’ routes to success are badly blocked,” says Gray-Grant. “The faltering economy has made corporate writing jobs hard to find. The

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