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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Dec 062012
 
When Your Publishing Contract is Cancelled – How to Save Your Writing Career

As a writer, it’s devastating to discover your publisher wants to cancel your contract. In my case, I no longer wanted to work with my publisher. “There are three difficulties in authorship: to write anything worth publishing, to find honest men to publish it, and to find sensible men to read it.” ~Charles Caleb Colton. Colton couldn’t have been more right. Writing a book is tough; finding people to read

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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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Aug 292011
 
Best Ways for New Freelance Writers to Start Selling Articles

Probably the best way to start selling articles is to spend 90% of your time preparing (sharpening your ax, as Abe Lincoln would say). These tips for new freelance writers range from preparation to execution, and are inspired by a reader’s question… “How would you recommend a newbie to start earning money from writing?” asks Jack on Job Security for Freelance Writers – Tips for a Steady Income. “Where to

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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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Jun 292011
 
Should You Get Paid Per Post or Per Click? Tips for Web Writers

Is it better for online writers to get paid per blog post, or earn money per click? Here are the pros and cons, plus the reasons I stopped writing for Suite101 – an online e-zine that’s been nosediving for over a year… First, a question from a reader: “Could you elaborate on why you are no longer so enchanted with Suite101?” asks S.B. on Thinking of Writing for Suite101? “I’m

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Jun 242011
 
5 Tips for Building an Online Business While Traveling

Believe it or not, starting and running an online biz is easier when you’re on the road! These tips for building an online business while traveling are from Adam Costa, author of Business in a Backpack: How to Build and Run a Profitable Business While You Travel the World. “Building an online business while traveling is in fact easier than back home,” says Costa. “For one, there are far less distractions, such

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Jun 132011
 
Waiting for Publishers and Editors to Decide Your Writing Fate?

What do you do while waiting for editors and publishers to decide on your writing fate? Don’t just sit there! Check out these five ways to keep your motivation and hopes high, because it can take forever to see things happen… “It took a year for my agent, Christopher, to find a publisher,” said J.K. Rowling. “Lots of them turned it down. Then, finally, in August 1996, Christopher telephoned me

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Apr 262011
 
Can’t Get Published? Freelance Writers, Stop Doing This…

If you can’t get published, you’re making mistakes. Freelance writers, here are the top reasons I don’t assign articles – and sometimes don’t even return emails from writers. These tips will help you get your articles (and perhaps books) published…but only if you take a cold, hard look at your own writing. Before the tips, a quip: “If you want to be creative in your company, your career, your life,

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Apr 092011
 
How to Find Article Ideas That Editors Will Pay to Publish

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 whole new way as an editor. About 90% of the Quips and Tips article ideas I’m pitched are not fresh, specific, tightly focused, creative, or unique. This doesn’t mean the writer – or the writing – isn’t clever or sexy.

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