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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.
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.
How to Write an Interview-Based Article
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15 Gifts for Writers and Readers- For the...
Gifts for writers and readers are easy to find with this illustrated list.
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?
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.
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.
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 Write a Company Backgrounder
An example of a. Freelance Writing.
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.
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.
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.
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'?
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.
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.
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.
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!
Basics of SEO Writing for SEO Writers
How to become an SEO Writer- What is SEO and SEO Writing?
How To Write a Query or Pitch Letter
Approach editors query letter pitch letter
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.
Creative Writing Submission Service Writer's...
Exploring creative writing submission service. What's the cost? How does it work?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 Check for Plagiarism
Explains how to check for plagiarism in your work.
Sample Nondisclosure Agreement Template...
A template contract of a nondisclosure agreement, with specific advice for freelancers.
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 Writing Resume
Following is a writing jobs resume sample that will walk new writers through the process of teasing out their own writing resume.
Magazine Writing: I Got Paid, But Not Published!
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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.
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?
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 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 is a Backgrounder
Backgrounder is defined, along with how tos on writing a backgrounder.
Kill Fee
What is a kill fee- definition of a kill fee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pitch Letter
Definition of a pitch letter. Freelance Writing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
ARC - What Is An ARC?
ARC, advanced readers copy, what is an ARC?
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.
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.
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.
Fact Sheet Sample
A sample fact sheet is provided for freelancers or other writers.
Make Freelance Writing Your Full-Time Job
Make freelance writing your full time job by following this set of simple steps.
What You Should Know About APA Style
APA Style - What writers should know about APA style
Query Letter
What is a query, or pitch, letter?
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.
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 Freelance Writers Get Paid
Once you've secured clients or completed projects, it's time to get paid. How do freelance writers get paid?
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.
On Spec - What Does On Spec Mean?
The meaning of on spec. Freelance Writing.
25 Types of Copy/Biz/Tech Writing
Copywriting and biz-tech writing are quite lucrative. Have you explored all the possibilities out there?
10 Must-Haves for Your Freelance Writing Website
These are 10 must-have elements of a freelance writing website.
Technical Writing Definition
A definition of technical writing.
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.
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 To Get Freelance Editing Jobs
How does one get freelance editing jobs? Is there a unique approach? Is there an industry standard practice?
Content, Web Content, Content Generation
: Content generation is a specific form/niche in biz-tech freelance writing. Content is generally blocks
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?
Editorial calendar
What is an editorial calendar? Freelance Writing.
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?
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.
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.
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?
Where Can a Freelancer Find Health Insurance...
Health insurance coverage options for freelance writers
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Ghostwriting
What is ghostwriting? A definition.
Byline
Definition of byline. What is a byline, when do you get one, and where will you see it?
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.
What's the Difference Between Consumer...
Consumer or trade magazine? This articles explains the difference between the two publications.
Writers Digest: How NOT To Query
Jessica Strawser of Writer's Digest talks about the biggest mistake she sees in queries, and recent innovations in the writing world. Page 2.
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
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 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.
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.
Six Essential Resources for New Freelance Writers
Six essential resources for starting your freelance writing career.
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.
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.
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.
Three Steps to Get Ghostwriting Freelance...
Ghostwriting - How To Get Freelance Writing Jobs with Publishers
Five Fun Gifts for Readers
Features 5 fun gifts for readers sure to please the literary geek on your Christmas list.
Crib Sheet
: In the magazine writing world, editors will sometimes adopt a "house style" that covers questions about
SEO - What Is SEO?
SEO is defined with writers in mind.
Feature - Definition of a Feature
What is a feature, what is a magazine feature, what is the feature well, what is the well
An Overview of Genres
Writing genre overview for freelance writers.
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.
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.
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.
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!
What is a Galley?
Galley - What is a galley? The definition of a galley.
Preparatory Steps to Becoming a Freelance Writer
Preparatory steps to becoming a freelance writer.
Do I Really Need a Writer's Website?
Explains why you need a writers website and what to put on your writers website.
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.
FOB - What Is Meant by FOB? Front of book?
Industry term FOB is discussed- What is FOB? What is Front of Book?
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.
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.
New Guest Contributor and "Web Copy That SELLS!"
A review of Web Copy That Sells, by Maria Veloso
Copy
Define copy, what exactly do we mean when we say copy?
Primary Source
Definition and examples of a primary source.
Product Review: The Neo
Product review of AlphaSmart's laptop/word processor, designed for writers and students on-the-go!
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?
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.
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.
Do You Know How to Apply for a Freelance...
Differences in applying for freelance writing jobs versus traditional jobs.
Your Writing Voice
Your voice in writing is so important. But, what does that mean, exactly? What are we talking about when we talk about voice, tone and style?
How To Write and Publish an Ebook
how to write and publish your ebook
Before You Apply for Writing Jobs
Writing jobs are competitive- here's how to best prepare and line yourself up for success.
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.
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?
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?
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
Trick Yourself: 3 Ways Freelancers Can Save Money
How can freelancers and contractors save money and meet financial goals?
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
White Paper
White paper is defined- what is a white paper?
Strawser on Digital Rights and Repeat Work
Jessica Strawser of Writer's Digest talks about the biggest mistake she sees in queries, and recent innovations in the writing world. Page 3.
How to Find Magazine Editors Emails
Emails to editors- where do you send magazine pitches? How do you find editor's emails?
Work At Home
Discusses and defines work at home. What does it mea to work at home?
Need To Know Basis - Five Resources for...
Ready to grow into the creative side of freelance writing? Here's where to start.
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
Tear Sheet
What is a tear sheet? Definition for freelance writers.
Should I Submit a Query Letter or a Full Article?
Should I submit a query letter or a full article? An expert freelance writer addresses the FAQs of getting published in a magazine.
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.
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