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 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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Sep 232011
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 out of my own brain. For more in-depth articles that actually require work, I charge

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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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Nov 162010
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 ideas to editors. I don’t regret quitting my day job to work as a writer for hire

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Aug 262010
Niche Writers - 5 Reasons to Specialize as a Freelancer

If you’re not a niche writer, you’re losing writing jobs. These reasons to specialize in a particular niche of freelance writing are from professional writer Frances Bula, who recently spoke at the Magazine Writers’ Craft Fair in Vancouver, BC. If you’re looking for niche markets, you might want to invest in the 2015 Writer’s Market: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published – it lists a ton of different magazines, websites, periodicals, and

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Aug 242010
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 storyteller,” write Sumner and Miller in Feature and Magazine Writing: Action, Angle and Anecdotes. “They

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Jul 272010
Editors Reveal the Best 10 Qualities of Freelance Writers

A panel of BC magazine editors describe the top 10 qualities of good freelance writers, in a writers conference at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. If you want to work as a freelance writer, you need to remember — above all else — that writing is a business, and you are an entrepreneur. Are you struggling to make money as a freelance writer? Read The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a

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