A Mega List of Resources for Writers

A Mega List of Resources for Writers

Finding Markets and Soliciting Work, Portfolio
  When I started my freelance career, I got most of my information from Writer's Digest magazine. With no money for a subscription, I borrowed copies from the public library. When the library sold back issues for $2 a bundle, I bought up several years' worth. I read those things until they were falling apart. Then, just this year, I gifted them to another budding freelancer. Beginners have a lot of questions and often don't know where to turn. They wonder things like how to charge for their work, where to look for clients, how to write query letters, how to format a blog post, and more. That is why I've put together this mega list of resources for writers.     These resources are not just my favorites. I've…
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What To Do When You Lose a Writing Client

What To Do When You Lose a Writing Client

Finding Markets and Soliciting Work
    A freelance writer needs a couple gigs she can depend on. That is why I write for and edit blogs. When the back and forth of the query process with magazines slows, my blog gigs cover the bills. Sometimes, you lose a regular gig. Several years ago, the owners of a site I wrote for every week said they were “hit by Google's algorithm change” and could no longer afford to keep me. I learned a few things from that experience I’d like to share with you.   What To Do When You Lose a Writing Client   Always have a back-up plan I wanted to despair about losing my blogging job—for about an hour. Then I remembered another project I struggled to make time for. Boy was…
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Where to Sell Reprint Articles

Where to Sell Reprint Articles

Finding Markets and Soliciting Work
    Some years, selling reprints has made up to a third of my income. When you look at it one story at a time, it hardly sounds worth the effort. But if you have a well-written article on a popular topic, you can easily triple your rate from the initial publication. And considering I have stories that have sold 8-12 times, it could be even more. How to Sell Reprint Articles I'm not going to go into the nitty gritty of how to sell reprint articles in this post because I wrote that for Make a Living Writing a couple years ago. Rather, the purpose of this post is to share some places to look for reprint markets.  Where to Find Reprint Markets The best place to find publications…
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How to Write a Query Letter that Sells

How to Write a Query Letter that Sells

Finding Markets and Soliciting Work
    Breaking into freelance writing has a few hoops. One of those hoops is the query letter. As an editor, I regularly receive pitches like the following: I know a mover and shaker in the dairy farm industry. How about a story about dairy farming? Because this guy told me he is a college student looking for work, I explained to him a little about how to pitch an idea. But if I received this pitch from a professional freelancer, it would be deleted, without delay. Does that sound harsh to you? Let me explain. My first question is, "What about dairy farming?" Do you want to write about the history of dairy farming? New technology used in dairy farming? The consequences of the latest laws in the area…
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3 Reasons to Write for Content Mills

3 Reasons to Write for Content Mills

Finding Markets and Soliciting Work
According to Wikipedia, a content mill: is a company that employs large numbers of freelance writers to generate large amounts of textual content which is specifically designed to satisfy algorithms for maximal retrieval by automated search engines. Why so many writers feel compelled to start their careers writing for content mills, I will never understand. Here are some of their reasons: Experience--The experience you get pushing out one blog post after another is not the experience you will need to write magazine feature articles, website copy, marketing materials, or really, anything else you might like to do. Exposure--You will not get a byline, for the most part, for what you write for a content mill. So this is not a valid argument. Pay--Ha! Really? Five dollars an article is not…
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