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Freelance Writing: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Freelance Writing Rates: Charge What You're Worth
The following list contains dozens of example freelance writing and editing rates.
6 Ways to Get Paid for Book Reviews
How to be a book reviewer in just 6 easy steps- for PAY! A paid, professional book reviewer walks you through the exact process of becoming a reviewer.
Top 10 College Majors for Freelance Writers
Here are ten potential college majors for writers, along with example programs, suggestions and summaries.
Sample Freelance Letter of Agreement Contract
This is a sample Letter of Agreement. A Letter of Agreement is one kind of freelance writing contract; it is a bit less formal than a contract and details the arrangement in the form of a letter.
A Sample Proposal for Freelance Writers
A sample proposal for a freelance writer. Nonprofits often hire contractors through RFPs- Requests for Proposals. Here is how to WRITE a proposal so that you get that job!
Best Ways to Get Paid for Reading
How to get paid to read- details ways to make money through book reviews, literary agent reading and book summaries.
How to Write an Interview-Based Article
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28 Places to Find Telecommuting Freelance...
The following list of freelance writing jobs websites are places that list jobs specifically for writers who work remotely or telecommute.
How to Charge Freelance Writing Rates
Writing rates are explained step by step in this article.
A Sample Query Letter for Pitching to Magazines
Following is a sample of a query letter for freelance magazine writers to use in pitching articles to trade or glossy magazines. This template includes hints on content and format. This was the letter that launched my writing career.
Creative Writing Submission Service Writer's...
Exploring creative writing submission service. What's the cost? How does it work?
Fact Sheet Sample
A sample fact sheet is provided for freelancers or other writers.
What You Should Include in a Freelance Writing...
How to write a freelance contract; learn to write a contract for your freelance clients. Independent contractors often need to write their own contracts. What should you include in a freelance writing contract?
Overview of Freelance Writers and Freelance...
What exactly is freelance writing, and what is a freelance writer? What do freelance writers do? What kind of writing is considered 'freelance writing'?
Five Contract Templates for Freelancers
Five contract templates for freelancers. See an example of a freelance contract here, including five varieties to meet your freelance needs.
Best Tips for Starting a Freelance Writing Career
How to start freelance writing, the very first thing to do.
How To Write A Book Review
Learn how to write a book review for general publication, based on practices from a paid professional book reviewer.
How To Write a Query or Pitch Letter
Approach editors query letter pitch letter
Basics of SEO Writing for SEO Writers
How to become an SEO Writer- What is SEO and SEO Writing?
9 Editors You Should Query as a Freelance Writer
You need to get your query or article into the hands of the correct editorial staff member, but which of the 4, 5 or even more staff editors is the best one for your piece? Find out some shortcuts and secrets of your targeted magazine's editorial staff position.
Everything You Need to Know About Copywriting...
Copywriter- What is a copywriter? What's the difference between a copyrighter and a copywriter?
An Overview of Genres
Writing genre overview for freelance writers.
Sample Contract- The Statement of Work
Freelance contracts come in many different formats. Another entry in our series on sample freelance contracts is the statement of work.
Holiday Gifts for Writers and Readers
Gifts for writers and readers are easy to find with this illustrated list.
Work At Home
Discusses and defines work at home. What does it mea to work at home?
Types of Press Materials for Freelance Writers...
The types of press materials a freelance writer may be called upon to write vary quite a bit, but all have one goal.
Got Writer's Block? Here's Some Help!
Got writer's block? Here are some tips from a panel of experts.
Help! My Client Wants Me to Write a Backgrounde...
What is a backgrounder, and how can freelance writers use them? How to produce a backgrounder for your client.
What Is Copywriting? What Kind of Writing is...
A thorough definition of copywriting, including kinds of copy and examples. Links to an article on how to get started as a copywriter.
Sample Contract- A Formal Freelance Contract
Freelance writers may need to provide their own contract when doing business with a new client. Here is a sample formal contract for freelancers.
Query Letter,Cover Letter or Letter of...
A writer asks query letter, cover letter or letter of introduction? Which am I supposed to use and when?
Freelance Writers: How to Generate an Invoice
For a freelance writer, the invoice is the final step in the project. Here are some considerations in generating your freelance writer invoice.
Generate and Capture Magazine Article Ideas
Finding ideas for magazine articles isn't always easy. Here are ways to generate and capture magazine article ideas for freelancers.
Sample Nondisclosure Agreement Template...
A template contract of a nondisclosure agreement, with specific advice for freelancers.
17 Ways to Write a Conclusion
Teaches how to write a conclusion, a task that writers often find difficult. Includes a list of 17 conclusions.
What You Should Know About APA Style
APA Style - What writers should know about APA style
Freelance Contract: The Non-Compete Agreement
The following contract template is another sample in our ongoing series on freelance contracts. The non compete agreement is often a part of the overall paperwork your client may ask that you sign. Here's what it may look like.
Ten Steps to Prepare For Your Freelance...
Freelance Magazine Writing: Prepare to write your freelance magazine article. Be sure to take these ten essential steps before you write your first freelance magazine article.
Kill Fee
What is a kill fee- definition of a kill fee.
How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs Through Job...
How I get work through freelance writing job boards. Job board postings can be considered a gamble for two reasons: they receive thousands of resumes, and the quality of the job and the pay are often in question. Here's how I make job boards work for me.
How to Check for Plagiarism
Explains how to check for plagiarism in your work.
How to Write Your Own Press Release
Here is sample of a press release, showing both content and structure tips. This shows the format you should follow, with exact instructions as to what should go in each paragraph.
Sample Client Questionnaire
Use this sample client questionnaire to create your own tool to screen and focus freelance clients and freelance projects.
Writers: Organize Your Home Office in Just 3...
Freelancers and writers: How to best organize your home office for writing bliss!
Gifts for the Writer In Your Life
Gifts for writers and readers: a list of the best places, articles and ideas for gifts for the writer or reader in your life.
Search All Freelance Jobs in One Aggregate Space
Freelance writing jobs are difficult to find, as they're posted in so many different places. giantGator seeks to fix that by aggregating many different sites in one place.
How Freelance Writers Get Paid
Once you've secured clients or completed projects, it's time to get paid. How do freelance writers get paid?
How to Pick the Best Style Guide for Your Writing
A listing of the most used style guides, along with what field they're used in. This is the most current information on citation guides, style guides, style systems, and house style. Should you use AP Style, MLA, APA, Turabian, ASA, AMA or CMS?
Pitch Letter
Definition of a pitch letter. Freelance Writing.
Oped- What is It and How to Write It
Article goes over what is an oped and how to write an oped, aimed specifically at freelance writers.
All About Writing Speeches
Speechwriting- writing speeches for others to give- is an interesting and potentially lucrative area for freelance writers to explore. There are also full time speech writing opportunities out there.
How to Write for Major Magazines as a Freelance...
Learn how to break into the national magazine market, and how to write for national magazines.
Why You Might Need a Writing Degree
Writing degree- do you need a writing degree in order to be a successful writer? What kind of degree options are out there for writers?
3 Ways to Make Money as a Freelance Writer
Is there money in freelance writing? Can you earn a decent amount of money as a freelance writer? It is possible!
How to Write a Company Backgrounder
An example of a. Freelance Writing.
Types of Newspaper Articles
The types of newspaper articles you write as a freelancer depend on your skills and interests. Here are the major types of newspaper articles explained for freelance writers.
8 Tips for Generating Great Interview Questions
The interview questions a freelance writer asks his subject will make or break the article. Here are 8 things to keep in mind as you create your interview questions.
Writers Associations List for Freelance Writers
All writers need training and camaraderie, right? A writer's association is one way to find that. But which association is the right one for you? Here is a list of writer's associations.
How to Write a Writing Resume
Following is a writing jobs resume sample that will walk new writers through the process of teasing out their own writing resume.
Client Questionnaire: How To Screen Potential...
This shows the right questions to ask potential clients. A client questionnaire is an efficient way to screen and focus new freelance clients and projects. How to develop client questions and use a client questionnaire.
Write an LOI, Get Magazine Writing Jobs; Here's...
Freelance writers can use a letter of introduction LOI to target specific trade and specialty magazines. This is an example of an LOI.
What is the Deal with SEO and Keyword Work?
Fellow writer asks about writing SEO and keyword articles. Why the odd parameters? Is it worth it for freelance writers to pursue this work?
Make Freelance Writing Your Full-Time Job
Make freelance writing your full time job by following this set of simple steps.
5 Ways to Piss Off an Editor and Make Sure...
Hey freelance writer: do you want to be published in magazines? Then don't do one thing on this list!
Important Things You Should Know About...
Make sure you know which publication rights you are selling! First North American Serial Rights? One time print rights? Find out about copyright and publication rights here.
How to Create an Invoice
Submitting your writer's invoice is the best way to make sure you get paid on time. Here is how to create your writing invoice.
What Type of Writing Should You Do?
You could write copy, write journalistically, or write creatively. Which is best for you? What kind of freelance writing should you pursue? The answer might surpise you!
Pricing Freelance Writing Jobs: 3 Questions, 3...
Freelance writing rates FAQ: Allena Tapia, freelance writing expert, counsels a new writer on how to set their rates.
30 New Freelance Jobs for Writers
Freelance writing jobs listings are the bread and butter of freelance writers who are still building their network. Here are writers jobs listings- some of the best places to find jobs for writers. This is 30 NEW places to find freelance writing jobs.
Editorial calendar
What is an editorial calendar? Freelance Writing.
Straight Talk About Freelance Writing Pay
How much money can a freelance writer make- and, more importantly, HOW do they do it?
5 Easy Ways to Start Your Magazine Article
Getting the article started is the hard part. Here are some simple ways to start a magazine article. Find your perfect lede from these 5 suggestions.
Top 7 Pinterest Boards for Writers
Top 7 Pinterest boards for writers.
Send Business Holiday Cards to Clients and...
Sending business holiday cards to past clients and/or editors can result in additional assignments for freelance writers.
Consumer Magazine - What Is a Consumer Magazine?
Consumer magazine is defined, examples are provided. Specific to freelance writers looking to write for magazines. Difference from a trade magazine is explained.
Freelance Health Insurance
Independent health insurance for freelance writers, consultants, and other independent workers is discussed. Writers can find out where to buy health insurance, how much health insurance costs, and how to get health insurance.
Query Letter
What is a query, or pitch, letter?
Word Nerd? Four Ways to Make Cash from Reading...
Students and nerds: Use your passion for reading and writing to make money. Four ways to make money through reading and writing are described.
Indemnity Insurance, Liability Insurance, Oh My!
Do you need indemnity insurance as a freelancer? How about liability insurance? This article explores several different types of insurance for the freelancer.
What does On Spec mean?
The meaning of on spec. Freelance Writing.
Help! My Editor Wants a Sidebar! How to Write...
What is a sidebar? The definition of a sidebar is given along with tips for writing them.
Deb Ng
Deb Ng once worked full time as a professional blog writer, and was one of the most well known bloggers in the writing world. Learn about how she got started in freelance writing, and read her tips for new freelancers.
How To Get Freelance Editing Jobs
How does one get freelance editing jobs? Is there a unique approach? Is there an industry standard practice?
Three Steps to Get Ghostwriting Freelance...
Ghostwriting - How To Get Freelance Writing Jobs with Publishers
Preparatory Steps to Becoming a Freelance Writer
Preparatory steps to becoming a freelance writer.
What is a Clip?
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8 Ways to Find and Get Writing Jobs
Your writing job search should be balanced- don't put all your eggs in one basket! Here are the eight places you should be looking for freelance writing jobs.
ARC: Getting the Book Before Anyone Else
Defines ARC (advanced reader's copy) and what an ARC is, including the meaning of advanced reader's copy, and who exactly gets one.
PR Writing and the Magazine Placement Question
You want to get your company or product into magazines, don't you? Potential clients are constantly looking for advice on this. Can a freelance writer really get you such exposure? Here are some tips.
Name Your Freelance Biz: 5 Essential Questions...
Naming your freelance writing business is so...PERMANENT. Here's how to do it right.
What's the Difference Between Consumer...
Consumer or trade magazine? This articles explains the difference between the two publications.
Additional Freelance Careers for Writers
15 other career paths specifically for freelance writers and those who want freelance writing jobs.
How To Use Contract Work Sites to Break Into...
That first freelance writing job is hard to come by. Using a bid site might be the answer.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Freelance...
Freelance work comes with a huge set of pros and cons to sort through. One reader asks for additional advice and hints on the benefits and drawbacks of freelance work.
Top 21 Freelance Editor Jobs
There are many different kinds of freelance editor jobs, and many different roles an editor can take, Following is a list of different kinds of editors/editing along with some hints for freelancers who are pursuing freelance editing jobs.
Define copy, what exactly do we mean when we say copy?
How to Get Federal Contracts for Writers and...
After I heard of a fellow freelance writer who was paid quite handsomely to edit a set of scientific journals by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, I determined to check out similar government opportunities. Turns out, the process of registering for Federal opportunities is quite exhaustive, so I took notes for you, dear reader!
Editor - What Is an Editor
Editor, definition of an editor, where editors work.
All About Freelance Copywriting
Freelance copywriting is one path in working as a copywriter. This article takes a look at the career of freelance copywriting.
6 Reasons Why It Is Awesome to Be a Writer in...
Guest post on writing in the 21st century from writer Julie Petersen.
Sample Editorial Proposal
A sample proposal for a freelance editorial agreement.
Writer's Cover Letter Sample
A writer's cover letter sample is shown, along with tips, hints and how-tos. This cover letter is based on a successful freelance writer's own sample.
Pinterest Secrets for Writers
Writers can use Pinterest to organize ideas, keep a mini-portfolio, or gather clips.
A Career in Copywriting for An Ad Agency or...
A career in copywriting could be for you if you’ve realized that you have a way with words and are able to sell well, while also being able to creatively put your thoughts into words. Let's take a look at copywriting as a career.
Sample Press Advisory
A sample press advisory is provided as a template for freelance journalists.
8 Steps to Start a Freelance Writing Business
Freelance writing is a business- are you ready to treat it like one? Here's how to turn your freelance writing into a bona fide freelance writing business.
How To Conduct an Interview
How to conduct an interview and write an interview article for a magazine that will bolster your article and impress your editor, all with calm nerves and a confident demeanor!
Freelance Writing - Review of "Online Writing...
A review of the Online Writing Jobs website: is this a good place to look for freelance writing jobs? How easy is it to manipulate? Are the jobs good? Should you spend your time there?
What To Do Before You Apply for Writing Jobs
Writing jobs are competitive- here's how to best prepare and line yourself up for success.
Get Your Book Published! How to Write a Non...
One common freelance writing job project is the non fiction book proposal. For freelancers who provide author support services, here is a sample of such a proposal.
Write What You Love- And Still Get Paid!
Want to stay true to your creative side, but still earn money? Here are 19 types of creative freelance writing.
New Grad? Ever Thought of Freelance Writing?
What advice would you give to a new graduate who wants to be a freelance writer directly out of college?
What is a Freelance Writer
Definition of a freelance writer
3 Unique Freelance Writing Jobs
Three unique freelance writing jobs- skip the job boards and go after these three lucrative and non traditional freelance writing jobs!
How To Volunteer Your Writing for the Greater...
A guest article by Evonne Lack. Evonne was inspired to volunteer her freelance writing talents after watching a moving movie. She shares her tips with fellow freelance writers.
Characteristics and Skills Freelance Writers...
Do you have what it takes to succeed in freelancing? Some of the skills, personality traits and characteristics you need are listed, seperated between a writer's need and a freelancer's needs.
What's All This About "Content"?
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What's a Hook?
What is a hook? When writing for the web or print, it is often a good idea to start with a HOOK, but what does that mean?
Publications Rights: What Are First Worldwide...
Publication rights: what are worldwide rights, archival rights and first rights?
Freelance Writing and Social Media: Make Money...
Freelance writers can use their established social media following to boost their residual income and get started in the field of social media writing.
Freelancer's Secret to Knowing What to Charge:...
Part of a series on freelance writing rates and what you should charge for writing projects. There are several ways to set your rates.
What Is a "Galley"
Galley - What is a galley? The definition of a galley.
Do You Know How to Apply for a Freelance...
Differences in applying for freelance writing jobs versus traditional jobs.
What Is a Crib Sheet?
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Should Writers Apply for Freelance Writing Jobs...
Should Writers Apply for Writing Jobs on Craigslist? While there may be legitimate jobs on Craigslist, consider this writer's negative experience.
What is a byline?
Definition of byline. What is a byline, when do you get one, and where will you see it?
Not Writing: 5 Things a Writer Must Do Every Day
Not writing: Five things that freelance writers do every day-- (that don't involve writing).
What's Wrong With My Pitch?
A reader's pitch letter isn't getting any bites, despite having followed all the rules. Find out what went wrong.
Should Students Take On Freelance Work?
Freelance writing for students- is it a good match? Guest author discusses student freelancing.
10 Must-Haves for Your Freelance Writing Website
These are 10 must-have elements of a freelance writing website.
Six Essential Resources for New Freelance Writers
Six essential resources for starting your freelance writing career.
How to Sell and Publish Personal Essays
How to sell and publish personal essays. Selling and publishing personal essays is not the same as pitching nonfiction magazines.
Blog Vocabulary for New Writers
I was talking about blogging the other day with a new freelance writer, but she had so stop me and tell me to bring the vocabulary down a notch. That inspired this article, a look at some of the most common blogging jargon.
Different Types of Freelance Work
Freelance writing jobs comes in many different varieties, all of which pay differently and demand different commitments from the writer.
Four Ways to Immediately Improve Your Writing
Improve your writing: five ways to improve your writing for freelance writers.
What Does "Feature" Mean?
What is a feature, what is a magazine feature, what is the feature well, what is the well
Five Ways to Refresh Your Writing Career
Whether it's the New Year, the new school year, or simply a new you, fiveten ways to give your freelance writing career a fresh start.
Revise, Revise Again: Seven Steps to Flawless...
Revision strategies for freelance writers.
How to Write a Freelance Writer Job Resume
Your resume is your entrance to writing jobs. This article covers the main elements to include, and suggestions for those who are new to the freelance writing field.
How Do I Ask For An Interview- and When?
One reader asks about magazine interviews- should you ask for a magazine interview before or after you have the assignment?
What Is Creative Freelance Writing?
What's the difference between freelance writing and creative freelancing? How are the markets different? Why would a writer choose creative freelance writing over other types of freelancing?
5 Types of Freelancers; Which Are You?
What kind of freelancer are you? The 5 kinds of freelancers.
Help! I've Been Asked to Proof a Galley?
Galley - What is it, and why is an editor asking me to look at it? How to proof a galley, and what, exactly, your editor wants.
Freelance Writing Career By the Numbers
One writer shares year-end numbers- how much money can you make solely as a freelance writer and editor? How many hours does this require? If you're wondering if freelance writing is really a viable career, this may be the best palce to look.
Top Ten Books for Writers
Top Ten Books For Freelance Writers
Seed.com, More of the Same Content Production...
Seed.com is a fairly new content production site available to freelance writers. How does Seed.com compare as a freelance writing job? Is it worth your time? Is it a scam?
What Is a Call Out Box?
What is a call out box? My editor said to include a call out box?
How To Write and Publish an Ebook
how to write and publish your ebook
Health Insurance - Health Insurance Coverage...
Health insurance coverage options for freelance writers
How To Get Freelance Writing Jobs- (Insider...
Freelance writing jobs are competitive, but following a few basic steps will help you to keep your jobs
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