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 asked some of the best writers I know, whom I’ve met over the last 10 years, for their “go-to” sites for writing. The best of the best have helped me to compile this list. I tried to organize the list by category but some of the sites cross over in categories. Some folks have both blogs and podcasts. Some are known by their name, others by their blogs. Categorizing just seemed like an impossible task. So please, read all the way to the end.
A Mega List of Resources for Writers
- Writer’s Digest magazine
- The Writer magazine
- Poets & Writers magazine
- The Write Life blog
- Chad R. Allen: Helping you find your voice and do your art
- Jeff Goins—Goins Writer blog
- Hope Clark—Funds for Writers newsletter of markets that pay
- Carol Tice—Make a Living Writing blog and The Freelance Writers Den membership site
- Jane Friedman blog: Helping authors and publishers make smart decisions in the digital age and newsletter of digital tools and helpful resources Electric Speed
- Mandy Wallace: Write or Die blog
- Ink and Quills blog: tips and tools to tell your story
- Sarah Rhea Werner’s Write Now podcast
- Kevin Tumlinson’s Word Slinger podcast
- Kirsten Oliphant’s Create if Writing podcast
- The Hope * Writers podcast
- Freedom with Writing newsletter of job opportunities or markets for freelancers
- Creative Confidence Coaching blog with Christina Katz
- The Poynter Institute blog and courses for journalists
- Karen E. Lange’s blog Write Now
- Coffee House for Writers blog and courses
- Jennifer Brown Banks’ Pen & Prosper blog
- Bob Bly Copywriter/Internet Marketing Strategist
- Kelly James-Enger’s blog Dollars and Deadlines is pretty sparse, but her books are must-haves for any freelance writer. Click on the titles in the sidebar.
- Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger website is for anyone blogging for money. And if you’re looking for work, check out his job board.
Boy, I wish I could go on. But there are other things to do today. Please, feel free to add your favorite go-to sites for freelance writing in the comments.