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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!
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.
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.
15 Gifts for Writers and Readers- For the...
Gifts for writers and readers are easy to find with this illustrated list.
Top 10 College Majors for Freelance Writers
Here are ten potential college majors for writers, along with example programs, suggestions and summaries.
Freelance Writing Rates: Charge What You're Worth
The following list contains dozens of example freelance writing and editing rates.
How to Charge Freelance Writing Rates
Writing rates are explained step by step in this article.
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.
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?
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.
How to Write an Interview-Based Article
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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.
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.
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.
Everything You Need to Know About Copywriting...
Copywriter- What is a copywriter? What's the difference between a copyrighter and a copywriter?
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'?
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.
Best Tips for Starting a Freelance Writing Career
How to start freelance writing, the very first thing to do.
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.
Basics of SEO Writing for SEO Writers
How to become an SEO Writer- What is SEO and SEO Writing?
How to Write a Company Backgrounder
An example of a. Freelance Writing.
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.
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.
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 for Major Magazines as a Freelance...
Learn how to break into the national magazine market, and how to write for national magazines.
All About Your Writing Invoice
For a freelance writer, the invoice is the final step in the project. Here are some considerations in generating your freelance writer invoice.
Sample Client Questionnaire
Use this sample client questionnaire to create your own tool to screen and focus freelance clients and freelance projects.
How To Write a Query or Pitch Letter
Approach editors query letter 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.
Creative Writing Submission Service Writer's...
Exploring creative writing submission service. What's the cost? How does it work?
Trick Yourself: 3 Ways Freelancers Can Save Money
How can freelancers and contractors save money and meet financial goals?
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.
Sample Nondisclosure Agreement Template...
A template contract of a nondisclosure agreement, with specific advice for freelancers.
Kill Fee
What is a kill fee- definition of a kill fee.
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.
Interview with Writer's Digest Editor, Jessica...
Jessica Strawser of Writer's Digest talks about the biggest mistake she sees in queries, and recent innovations in the writing world. Want to write for this magazine? Read on!
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.
10 Gorgeous Gifts for Writers
A listing of 10 gorgeous gifts for writers with full color photos and purchase details- perfect for birthdays or holidays, and just in time for those Christmas gift lists!
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?
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.
Sidebar - Definition of a Sidebar
Your editor asked for a sidebar- what the heck is that? How long is it and what should it consist of?
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.
How to Check for Plagiarism
Explains how to check for plagiarism in your work.
Freelance Writers, Argument, and Comment Trolls
Negative and contrary blog comments and trolls are a reality for freelance writers who publish on the web. Here's how to handle them.
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.
What is a Backgrounder
Backgrounder is defined, along with how tos on writing a backgrounder.
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.
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?
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.
How To Conduct an Interview
How to set up an interview; very important things to pay attention to when you set up your interview. Page 4 of a 10-part series.
Pitch Letter
Definition of a pitch letter. Freelance Writing.
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.
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.
Make Freelance Writing Your Full-Time Job
Make freelance writing your full time job by following this set of simple steps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
30 NEW Freelance Writing Job Listings
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.
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 Can I Write Opinion and Commentary?
This reader wants to write opinion and commentary, but wonders what the best outlets are for this genre.
List of Writers Associations
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.
ARC - What Is An ARC?
ARC, advanced readers copy, what is an ARC?
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.
Work At Home
Discusses and defines work at home. What does it mea to work at home?
Kick-in-the-Pants for Female Business Owners:...
A review of the book No Excuses by Gloria Feldt, through the lens of business owners and writers.
Technical Writing Definition
A definition of technical writing.
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.
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.
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.
25 Types of Copy/Biz/Tech Writing
Copywriting and biz-tech writing are quite lucrative. Have you explored all the possibilities out there?
How To Research and Choose Your Freelance...
Developing a writing niche or specialization helps freelance writers get better clients and make more money. Here's how to purposefully develop your niche.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Editorial calendar
What is an editorial calendar? Freelance Writing.
Fact Sheet Sample
A sample fact sheet is provided for freelancers or other writers.
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.
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?
Five Ways to Give Your Writing Career a Fresh...
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.
SEO - What Is SEO?
SEO is defined with writers in mind.
10 Must-Haves for Your Freelance Writing Website
These are 10 must-have elements of a freelance writing website.
Freelance Writing Job Scams
Within a couple years of searching for freelance writing jobs on the net, you’ll be able to sort the wheat and chaff pretty quickly, sometimes with just a glance. But, if you’re just getting started in the industry, here are a couple red flags to watch out for when choosing freelance writing jobs.
Where Can a Freelancer Find Health Insurance...
Health insurance coverage options for freelance writers
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?
On Spec - What Does On Spec Mean?
The meaning of on spec. Freelance Writing.
Introduction to Screenwriting for Writers
A screenwriting introduction for interested writers and freelancers. What does this genre consist of? What are the different types? A guest post by Sterling Anderson, author of Beyond Screenwriting.
Query Letter
What is a query, or pitch, letter?
Crib Sheet
: In the magazine writing world, editors will sometimes adopt a "house style" that covers questions about
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.
Clip- Definition of a Clip
: A clip is simply a sample of your writing. The name probably came from the fact that writers used to
Apps and Software: 7 Must Haves for the...
A look at some of the best apps, software and programs for freelance writers and editors, including some new offerings and recently released apps.
How To Get Freelance Editing Jobs
How does one get freelance editing jobs? Is there a unique approach? Is there an industry standard practice?
New Guest Contributor and "Web Copy That SELLS!"
A review of Web Copy That Sells, by Maria Veloso
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.
An Overview of Genres
Writing genre overview for freelance writers.
Ghostwriting
What is ghostwriting? A definition.
8 MORE Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs
Freelance writing jobs are competitive, but here are eight more ways to nab the projects you want.
Content, Web Content, Content Generation
: Content generation is a specific form/niche in biz-tech freelance writing. Content is generally blocks
Five Fun Gifts for Readers
Features 5 fun gifts for readers sure to please the literary geek on your Christmas list.
How to Generate Sample Freelance Writing Clips
Getting freelance writing jobs without sample clips is difficult- yet how do you get a sample writing clip when no one will give you a freelance writing job in the first place! Very frustrating, but here's a way to get some sample clips. It's easy and fulfilling.
How to Write on Topics That You Don't Believe In
Have you ever been asked to write one for the other team? It's not easy, is it? Here are some tips on writing about topics and views that you don't really
Website Review - Online Writing Jobs
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?
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.
Copy
Define copy, what exactly do we mean when we say copy?
Editor - What Is an Editor
Editor, definition of an editor, where editors work.
How to Get Federal Contracts for Writers and...
The CCR requires what is known as a NAICS code. What are the best NAICS codes for freelance writers and editors?
Byline
Definition of byline. What is a byline, when do you get one, and where will you see it?
Five Ways to Cut Down Your Word Count
Word count can trip up some writers. Here are five ways to cut down your word count as part of your editing process.
Five Time Management Tips for Freelance Writers
Anna Goldsmith of The Hired Pens, based in Boston, provides time management tips for work-at-home freelance writers.
What You Should Know About APA Style
APA Style - What writers should know about APA style
What's the Difference Between Consumer...
Consumer or trade magazine? This articles explains the difference between the two publications.
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!
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.
Don't Forget What My Job Is!
Good morning reader/writers. Just a friendly reminder to you that I am charged with mentoring new, intermediate and aspiring freelance writers through the
Freelance Writing Jobs - 9 Places to Find Local...
The following list of freelance writing job websites are places that list jobs which are location- based. Look for writing jobs within your city or region.
Creative Writing: Can It Really Be a Career?
Sure, you know about freelancing for companies and pitching magazines, but you want something more! You want to exercise your creative muscles. But can you really make money from creative writing?
"Blogging for Writers": Beauty and Tech All In...
The book Blogging for Writers by Robin Houghton is reviewed. It's an excellent resource for writers and freelancers, and highly recommended.
Website Review - Review of Write Jobs Website
Write Job - Review of Write Job's Freelance Writing Job Lists
Why You Should Hire a Freelance Writer
Why you should hire a freelance writer.
3 Ways to Beat the Odds and Get Freelance...
Getting freelance writing jobs in a saturated market, stand out from the competition and spend less time looking for writing work, and more time actually working! Here are three tips to help you beat the odds.
What is a Galley?
Galley - What is a galley? The definition of a galley.
"Is This a Good Career Choice for Me?"
: "Is This a Good Career Choice for Me?" Just about once a week I get a mid-career job changer, laid
Social Media Success for Authors and Writers
Freelance writers social media tips, including the best social media platforms for writers, authors and journalists, depending on goals and needs.
Three Steps to Get Ghostwriting Freelance...
Ghostwriting - How To Get Freelance Writing Jobs with Publishers
How To Write and Publish an Ebook
how to write and publish your ebook
Website Review - Mediabistro's Freelance...
Freelance writing jobs are competitive. Read a review of Mediabistro's freelance writing job listings, including how to use the listing service, caveats, tips and tricks.
Six Essential Resources for New Freelance Writers
Six essential resources for starting your freelance writing career.
Do I Really Need a Writer's Website?
Explains why you need a writers website and what to put on your writers website.
Before You Apply for Writing Jobs
Writing jobs are competitive- here's how to best prepare and line yourself up for success.
Top Ten Books for Writers
Top Ten Books For Freelance Writers
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.
Feature - Definition of a Feature
What is a feature, what is a magazine feature, what is the feature well, what is the well
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?
Meet Guest Blogger Angela England
Angela England kindly provided a guest post on residual income here at About.com. View her experience and credits here.
Elance & Independent Contractors: A Scary...
Readers, I found the following story via a comment on an old post here at About.com Freelance Writing. The author gave me permission to share it with you, and
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.
"The Writer's Devotional": Yay or Nay?
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FOB - What Is Meant by FOB? Front of book?
Industry term FOB is discussed- What is FOB? What is Front of Book?
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.
10 Reasons to Be a Freelance Writer (No, Not...
So you want to be a freelance writer? Are you SURE? First, take a look at these Top 10 Reasons to Be a Freelance Writer, but be careful, it's totally tongue-in-cheek!
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?
Need To Know Basis - Five Resources for...
Ready to grow into the creative side of freelance writing? Here's where to start.
What is a Freelance Writer
Definition of a freelance writer
How to Find Magazine Editors Emails
Emails to editors- where do you send magazine pitches? How do you find editor's emails?
Stay at Home Mom to Work At Home Writer- A Quiz
Stay-at-home mom to work-at-home mom- Is freelance writing YOUR path? This quiz, aimed at stay-at-home moms, may impart some insight into the freelance writing career.
White Paper
White paper is defined- what is a white paper?
Tear Sheet
What is a tear sheet? Definition for freelance writers.
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