Specialize Your Writing: Creative, Magazines, Media, Copywriting, Web Copy
By Allena Tapia, About.com Guide
Creative Freelance Writing
Some freelance writers hope to earn their living by writing creatively- using their words to produce emotion- not copy for someone else's profit! Is this career path possible? Yes! Following are some tips and resources on how to make money as a creative freelance writer.
- What Is Creative Freelance Writing?
- Can You Really Make a Career from Creative Freelance Writing?
- 19 Ways to Write Creatively- 19 Markets and Ideas
- Five Must-Have Resources for Creative Writers
- Six Books for the Creative Freelance Writer
- Resource: Poets and Writers Magazine
- 6 Steps to Becoming a PAID Book Reviewer
- How to Write a Book Review
- How to Sell and Publish Personal Essays
- Three Steps to Ghostwriting Freelance Jobs
- How to Write an Ebook
- How to be a Ghostwriter- Three Steps to Freelance Writing Jobs Ghostwriting
- Creative Writing Submissions Service for the Busy Writer
- What is Voice in Freelance Writing?
- What is a Galley?
- What is a Slush Pile?
- What Style Should You Use? AP? MLA? Chicago? A Style Guide for Writers
- Know Your Publication Rights!
- Book Review: "Only As Good as Your Word" (Memoir)
- Book Review: "Literary Ladies Guide to the the Writing Life" (Biog/Scrapbook)
Getting Published in Magazines
Another great career path is writing for magazines. When you freelance write for magazines, you not only get paid, but you also get to see your name in lights...or at least in print! Magazine writing generally begins as a writer who has some clips and/or expertise sells an editor a specific idea for a specific magazine via a "pitch" or "query" letter. Once an editor likes your idea and work, an easier relationship is then formed, hopefully with ideas becoming a two-way street. In addition, trade magazines often form relationships with freelance writers based on Letters of Introductions or formal calls for resumes/CVs/clips. Here's some more details on how to get your work published in magazines.
- Basics on Writing for Magazines
- How to Write for Even MAJOR Magazines
- The Difference Between Trade Magazines and Consumer/Glossy Magazines
- Letter of Introduction: Getting Work with Trade Magazines
- 12 Kinds of Magazines/Publications to Write For
- How to Generate and Capture Ideas for Magazine Articles
- Before Your Query a Magazine
- What to Do BEFORE You Pitch a Magazine Story
- How to Use a Magazine's Editorial Calendar
- How To Write a Pitch/Query Letter
- A Sample Query/Pitch Letter
- My Pitches Are Never Accepted! What's Wrong With My Query Letter?
- Magazine Editors' Query Letter Pet Peeves
- How to Conduct an Interview for a Magazine Article
- How to Start Your Magazine Article
- How to Write A Magazine Article
- How to Cut Your Word Count
- Seven Things to Do AFTER You Get Published in a Magazine
- Which Style Guide Should You Use for Magazine Copy?
- Which Editor is Which? All You Need to Know About Editorial Staff
Copywriting and Business Writing
Copywriting covers a whole slew of different kinds of publications- but we'll differentiate them from business writing by one thing: selling. Copywriting almost always embraces a selling of something- whether it's through slogans, direct mail pieces, or ads. Then, we'll add in business writing, which is similar- but doesn't necessarily "sell" something (think resumes, or internal company newsletters). If you're wondering about selling something on the web, don't worry! We cover that in a later section on web writing and web copy.
For now, let's take a look at copywriting and writing for businesses, including the different rules, challenges, and how tos.
- Definition of Copywriting
- What Exactly is a Copywriter?
- What is Copywriting?
- 25 Types of Publications Copywriters/Business Writers Might Write
- What Do You Mean By "Copy"? Definition
- Be a Copywriter: Freelance or Career?
- All About a Traditional Copywriting Career
- Introduction to Freelance Copywriting
- Key Copywriting Vocabulary
- What Exactly is the Copywriter's Role?
- Copywriting Tips- How To Successfully Write Copy That Sells
- 5 Pieces Every Copywriter Should Know How To Write
- How To Write Direct Mail Copy Pieces
- What is an Advertorial? Definition
- Book Review: "Kickass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps"
- Intro to Business Writing/Writing for Businesses
- Writing for Businesses
- How Writing is Like Sales
- How To Write for Marketing/Business
Writing for the web entails a couple different kinds of writing, and touches on some other sections on this page, such as copywriting (selling something on the web), journalistic writing (pitching websites that are also magazines/periodicals), and even creative writing (online lit journals). However, the content in this section is focused on writing not covered elsewhere. We'll look at content marketing, content mills (very different things, despite their shared names), blogging, and ebooks, among other things.
- What Exactly is Web Copy and Web Content?
- Types of Web Writing
- Should I Become a Web Writer?
- How to Write Web Copy That Sells (and Makes Your Client Hire You Again!)
- Effective Web Writing
- Steps to Becoming a Paid Blogger
- Get Blogging Jobs
- How Writers Can Use Ebooks
- How to Write and Publish an Ebook
- What Is a Content Mill?
- Who Should Write For Content Mills? Anyone?
- 10 Things to Know About Writing for Content Mills
- What Is Content Marketing?
- Content Marketing: Why and How
- Book Review: Content Marketing for Dummies
- What is SEO?
- How to Write SEO
- What's the Deal With Keyword Writing Parameters?
- Online Publishing- Can I Sell It? What Rights Do I Have to My Web Copy?
Writing for the Media and PR Writing
At first glance, you may question why these two types of specializations are together. The goal of public relations writers is to get the media's attention, so that the media will then write about them. Therefore a lot of the writing aimed at the media is produced with the media outlet in mind. Get it? If not, keep reading. In addition, there is some overreach. Pieces like op-eds could fall under either newspaper publications or PR publications. Keep reading for tips and resources on writing for media outlets.
- 12 Journalistic Outlets- Who to Write For as a Freelance Journalist
- Which Style Guide for Journalists and PR Writers?
- Types of Press Materials for PR Writers and Journalists
- Dear Freelancer: Can You Get Me Some Free PR?
- Different Kinds of Newspaper Articles
- Do Newspapers Really Pay By the Inch?
- Profile of a Freelance Journalist
- How to Write a Press Release- With a Sample Template!
- How to Write a Backgrounder- With a Sample Template!
- How to Write a Fact Sheet- With a Sample Template!
- How to Write a Press Advisory- With a Sample Template!
- How to Write an OpEd
- How to Write a Statement
- How to Write Talking Points
- How to Conduct an Interview
- How to Get Freelance Editing Jobs
Technical writing has enjoyed recent acclaim as a fast-growing career field with a lot of potential and demand. It does present freelance opportunities, but full time technical writing jobs are definitely to be had, too. Technical writing can be defined as copy production focused on presenting (sometimes "involved" or "difficult") information specifically for a lay audience to use.
- Definition of Tech Writing
- Definition of Science Writing
- Technical Writing Basics (blog Post)
- What Is a White Paper?
- Tech Writing Named One of Top 100 Jobs by CNN (Blog Post)
- Want to Be a Tech Writer? There's a Degree for That!
- Certifications Available for Tech Writers
- How to Be a Successful Tech Writer
- Quick Tips for Biz and Tech Writers (From the Grammar Guide)
- Editing Tips for Tech Writers (From the Grammar Guide)
- How to Bid on Government Contracts (Tech Writers Are In Demand Here)
- I'm a Tech Writer and I Didn't Know It (Blog Post)
- Sample Freelance Writing Rates (Includes Tech Rates)