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Welcome to Be a Pro Writer–the place to jumpstart your freelance writing career.


 Who am I to guide you?

Hey there. I’m Carol J. Alexander. I’ve been writing for pleasure since I could hold a pencil, and writing for pay since 2007. My work has been published in national and regional magazines all over North America. I have worked as a columnist for my local newspaper, several highly-trafficked blogs and a national publication. Discipline, attention to detail, research and interviewing skills have made it possible for my writing to reach millions of readers.

More recently, I worked as editor of a regional lifestyle magazine in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. I led a team of writers to keep a full editorial calendar, reviewed query letters and made assignments, assigned photographers and made appropriate selections from their submissions, and collaborated with layout and design on the perfect placement of stories, ads and photographs to bring readers a stunning experience of their world.

When it comes to magazine writing, I have worked both sides of the story.

In addition to all this, I’ve published a series of unit studies for involved and homeschooling parents and the book Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals.

 How can I help you?

Break into Magazine Writing | Be a Pro WriterIn 2015, I developed Break into Magazine Writing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Published. This five-week course takes new writers from generating story ideas to writing a query letter that sells.

Does that sound like more than you can commit to? I’m working on a couple short 5-day challenges: Write the Query Letter that Sells and The Idea Fountain.


For weekly tips and inspiration to go with you on your journey, subscribe to the Be a Pro Writer blog. Here, you will find everything from how to foster relationships with your editors to organizing your notes.

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