Newspaper Writing Tips

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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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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10 Steps for Writers Who Want to Earn More Than $15 Per Article

10 Steps for Writers Who Want to Earn More Than $15 Per Article

Earning $15 per article is a fine way to start a writing career – but don’t lose these steps for writers who want to earn MORE money from their articles and posts! The lowest amount of money I’ll accept for writing an article is $50. Those articles don’t require research or interviews – they’re straight […]

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When to Ask Magazine Editors About Article Pay Rates

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 […]

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For Reporters – The Best Way to Make Your Articles Better

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 […]

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Should I Quit My Job to Work as a Writer for Hire?

Should I Quit My Job to Work as a Writer for Hire?

The $1,000,000 question: “Should I quit my job to work as a writer for hire?” Here are a few tips to help you figure out if you’re ready to work as a freelancer full-time. For me, the biggest sign that I didn’t want to continue working as a freelancer was that I quickly wearied of pitching new article […]

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Should You be a Niche Writer? 5 Reasons to Specialize as a Freelancer

Should You be a Niche Writer? 5 Reasons to Specialize as a Freelancer

If you’re not a niche market writer, you may be cheating yourself out of writing jobs! These reasons to specialize in freelance writing are from professional writer Frances Bula, who recently spoke at the Magazine Writers’ Craft Fair in Vancouver, BC. “The media is a place where you can create yourself,” says Bula, who has […]

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When You Get a Freelance Writing Assignment – Steps for Writers

When You Get a Freelance Writing Assignment – Steps for Writers

When you get a freelance writing assignment, do a happy dance! Then get to work. These ten steps for writers will help you write an excellent feature article and ensure the editor gives you more assignments. Before the tips, a quip: “Successful magazine writers have the skills fo a news reporter and the gifts of a […]

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Editors Reveal the Best 10 Qualities of Freelance Writers

Editors Reveal the Best 10 Qualities of Freelance Writers

A panel of BC magazine editors reveals and describes the best (top 10!) qualities of freelance writers. If you’re a freelancer, I hope you see yourself here… But first, a quip: “Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.” ~ A.A. Milne Collecting money and […]

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How to Write Interesting Newspaper Articles

How to Write Interesting Newspaper Articles

To learn how to write interesting magazine or newspaper articles, you need to study how news writers do it. These tips are inspired by a newspaper article by Vancouver Sun reporter, Peter McKnight. McKnight’s article is all about the F-word – but that’s not what makes his writing interesting! He could write about fluff, and […]

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