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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Charge Freelance Writing Rates
Writing rates are explained step by step in this article.
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'?
Everything You Need to Know About Copywriting...
Copywriter- What is a copywriter? What's the difference between a copyrighter and a copywriter?
Creative Writing Submission Service Writer's...
Exploring creative writing submission service. What's the cost? How does it work?
How to Write an Interview-Based Article
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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?
Resource Review: "Who Pays Writers?"
Database for freelance writers: Who Pays Writers?
Best Tips for Starting a Freelance Writing Career
How to start freelance writing, the very first thing to do.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Write a Company Backgrounder
An example of a. Freelance Writing.
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.
Kill Fee
What is a kill fee- definition of a kill fee.
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.
7 Most Fun Apps for Writers
Fun apps and software for freelance writers.
How To Write a Query or Pitch Letter
Approach editors query letter pitch letter
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.
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.
Sample Nondisclosure Agreement Template...
A template contract of a nondisclosure agreement, with specific advice for freelancers.
Work At Home
Discusses and defines work at home. What does it mea to work at home?
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.
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!
Sample Client Questionnaire
Use this sample client questionnaire to create your own tool to screen and focus freelance clients and freelance projects.
Make Freelance Writing Your Full-Time Job
Make freelance writing your full time job by following this set of simple steps.
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.
Fact Sheet Sample
A sample fact sheet is provided for freelancers or other writers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
ARC - What Is An ARC?
ARC, advanced readers copy, what is an ARC?
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.
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.
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.
Ghostwriting
What is ghostwriting? A definition.
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.
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.
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!
How to Check for Plagiarism
Explains how to check for plagiarism in your work.
Three Steps to Get Ghostwriting Freelance...
Ghostwriting - How To Get Freelance Writing Jobs with Publishers
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!
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.
Pitch Letter
Definition of a pitch letter. 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.
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.
Six Essential Resources for New Freelance Writers
Six essential resources for starting your freelance writing career.
Editorial calendar
What is an editorial calendar? 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.
What is a Backgrounder
Backgrounder is defined, along with how tos on writing a backgrounder.
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
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!
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.
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?
An Overview of Genres
Writing genre overview for freelance writers.
Freelance Writers: Scare Tactics and Getting...
Freelance writers: How to get paid for your writing by using scare tactics, social media and other public shaming methods.
5 Steps to Elance Success
If you choose to find work through Elance.com, Guru.com, or other bid sites, there are some ways that guarantee top dollar, quality assignments, and decent clientele. These are 5 ways to make Elance work for you.
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.
What Is a Style Guide?
What exactly is a style guide? Why does a freelance writer need to know a particular style guide?
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.
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.
On Spec - What Does On Spec Mean?
The meaning of on spec. Freelance Writing.
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?
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.
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.
Editor - What Is an Editor
Editor, definition of an editor, where editors work.
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.
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?
Content, Web Content, Content Generation
: Content generation is a specific form/niche in biz-tech freelance writing. Content is generally blocks
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,Cover Letter or Letter of...
A writer asks query letter, cover letter or letter of introduction? Which am I supposed to use and when?
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.
What is a Galley?
Galley - What is a galley? The definition of a galley.
6 Step Intro to Make Money as a Freelance Writer
A step-by-step introduction to your freelance writing finances, how to make money from your writing.
6 Things I Love About the Freelancers Union
Freelance writers should join the Freelancers Union; here's why.
Sample Marketing Letter
A sales letter example for freelance writers. Whether you're aiming to market yourself via a mailing, or you're assigned to write a letter for someone else, this sample will give you some ideas and a general format.
What's the Difference Between Consumer...
Consumer or trade magazine? This articles explains the difference between the two publications.
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?
Before You Apply for Writing Jobs
Writing jobs are competitive- here's how to best prepare and line yourself up for success.
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.
Bookkeeping for Freelancers- How?
Suggests ways freelancers can keep records, from low-tech options to the latest software and apps.
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.
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.
Query Letter
What is a query, or pitch, letter?
Copy
Define copy, what exactly do we mean when we say copy?
How To Get Freelance Editing Jobs
How does one get freelance editing jobs? Is there a unique approach? Is there an industry standard practice?
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.
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.
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.
25 Types of Copy/Biz/Tech Writing
Copywriting and biz-tech writing are quite lucrative. Have you explored all the possibilities out there?
Carrie Bradshaw’s Mythic Unicorn Writing...
Bustle's take on freelance writing: so-so; depiction of freelance writers in pop culture.
Technical Writing Definition
A definition of technical writing.
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.
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?
Name Your Freelance Biz: 5 Essential Questions...
Naming your freelance writing business is so...PERMANENT. Here's how to do it right.
What's a Call Out Box
What is a call out box? My editor said to include a call out box?
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.
Can One Simply WRITE?
: Can One Simply WRITE? Dear About.com, I am a high school student, and all I want to do is write. Writing
Salvaging Your Writing Samples
What to do if you have writing samples that you want to use, but they're still in a past client's grip.
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.
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?
Preparatory Steps to Becoming a Freelance Writer
Preparatory steps to becoming a freelance writer.
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.
Holiday Gifts for Writers and Readers
Gifts for writers and readers are easy to find with this illustrated list.
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!
How To Write and Publish an Ebook
how to write and publish your ebook
Website Review - Review of Write Jobs Website
Write Job - Review of Write Job's Freelance Writing Job Lists
What You Should Know About Medical Writing Jobs
Medical writing and how to get into the medical writing and editing career field.
What You Should Know About APA Style
APA Style - What writers should know about APA style
What is a Freelance Writer
Definition of a freelance writer
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.
How To Use an Editorial Calendar
How does a writer use the editorial calendar to get published?
7 Myths of Freelance Writing
Freelance writing: 7 myths and the reality of the career.
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!
Need To Know Basis - Five Resources for...
Ready to grow into the creative side of freelance writing? Here's where to start.
Additional Freelance Careers for Writers
15 other career paths specifically for freelance writers and those who want freelance writing jobs.
Crib Sheet
: In the magazine writing world, editors will sometimes adopt a "house style" that covers questions about
How Do I Manage My Writing Portfolio?
How to manage a writer's portfolio- physical or digital? What kind of clips? How far back?
Places to Find Local Freelance Writing Jobs
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.
Interview with Editor Kevin Larimer, Poets &...
Poets and Writers magazine editor Kevin Larimer talks about how to get published in Poets and Writers, editorial work, and the future of writing.
Do You Know How to Apply for a Freelance...
Differences in applying for freelance writing jobs versus traditional jobs.
Letters of Introduction to Magazines
How does a freelance writer skip the queries with a Letter of Introduction? How do letters of introduction work for freelance writers?
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.
Proofreading vs. Editing
Proofreading versus editing, what's the difference? Reader Erica has seen too much overlap recently between editing and proofreading freelance jobs. What gives and should we educate our potential clients?
10 Must-Haves for Your Freelance Writing Website
These are 10 must-have elements of a freelance writing website.
Lead - What Is Meant by Lead? Lead time?
Lead, lead time. The publisher asked me for a 3 month lead- what's that mean?
Do I Really Need a Writer's Website?
Explains why you need a writers website and what to put on your writers website.
Filler - What Exactly Is a Filler?
: A filler is simply a smaller piece used to "fill space" that is open on a page. They generally occur
Sample Editorial Proposal
A sample proposal for a freelance editorial agreement.
Tear Sheet
What is a tear sheet? Definition for freelance writers.
Byline
Definition of byline. What is a byline, when do you get one, and where will you see it?
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.
Your Writing Portfolio
Is your writing portfolio up to snuff? What are you showing to potential clients? Here are 5 DOs to think about as you put together your writing portfolio.
Before You Query a Magazine
Details to attend to before you query a magazine
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