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Freelance Writing: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
Breaking into Freelance Writing: Don't Get...
Writing rates are explained step by step in this article.
Freelance Writing Rates: Charge What You're Worth
The following list contains dozens of example freelance writing and editing rates.
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.
6 Easy Steps to Get Paid as a Book Reviewer
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.
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.
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?
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!
Basics of SEO Writing for SEO Writers
How to become an SEO Writer- What is SEO and SEO 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.
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 an Interview-Based Article
One of the main types of magazine articles is the profile article. In this article, the person (subject)
How to Write a Company Backgrounder
An example of a. Freelance Writing.
Creative Writing Submission Service Writer's...
Exploring creative writing submission service. What's the cost? How does it work?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Write A Book Review
Learn how to write a book review for general publication, based on practices from a paid professional book reviewer.
What is a Backgrounder
Backgrounder is defined, along with how tos on writing a backgrounder.
Where Can a Freelancer Find Health Insurance...
Health insurance coverage options 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.
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?
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 a Query or Pitch Letter
Approach editors query letter pitch letter
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.
ARC - What Is An ARC?
ARC, advanced readers copy, what is an ARC?
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.
Do I Really Need a Writer's Website?
Explains why you need a writers website and what to put on your writers website.
"Bookkeeping Basics" a Must Have For Freelance...
Brigitte Thompson does every freelance writer a favor by pulling together all the information needed
15 Gifts for Writers and Readers- For the...
Gifts for writers and readers are easy to find with this illustrated list.
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.
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.
Editor - What Is an Editor
Editor, definition of an editor, where editors work.
YES, You Can Combine Medicine and Writing...
Medical writing and how to get into the medical writing and editing career field.
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?
What Is a Style Guide?
What exactly is a style guide? Why does a freelance writer need to know a particular style guide?
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.
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.
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.
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
Website Review - Review of Write Jobs Website
Write Job - Review of Write Job's Freelance Writing Job Lists
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?
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
Freelance Editing 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.
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 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?
Three Steps to Get Ghostwriting Freelance...
Ghostwriting - How To Get Freelance Writing Jobs with Publishers
Pitching Magazines - An Editor's POV
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Pitch Letter
Definition of a pitch letter. Freelance Writing.
Fact Sheet Sample
A sample fact sheet is provided for freelancers or other 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.
Sample Client Questionnaire
Use this sample client questionnaire to create your own tool to screen and focus freelance clients and freelance projects.
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?
Content, Web Content, Content Generation
: Content generation is a specific form/niche in biz-tech freelance writing. Content is generally blocks
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.
Sample Nondisclosure Agreement Template...
A template contract of a nondisclosure agreement, with specific advice for freelancers.
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 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.
10 Must-Haves for Your Freelance Writing Website
These are 10 must-have elements of a freelance writing website.
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.
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.
An Overview of Genres
Writing genre overview for freelance writers.
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.
Make Freelance Writing Your Full-Time Job
Make freelance writing your full time job by following this set of simple steps.
The 5 Types of Freelance Writing Rates
There are several different types of rates for freelance writers; you could be paid by retainer, by hour, by page, by word or by project.
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.
Sample Pitch Letter to a Magazine
A sample pitch letter to a magazine. How to write a query letter for your magazine article.
Before You Query a Magazine
Details to attend to before you query a magazine
How Should A Freelancer Prepare for Tax Season?
Tips on how a freelance writer can properly prepare for freelance taxes.
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!
"I Need QUIET!" How To Find Your Writing OHMMM
Home office solutions for freelance writers; a reader asks about noise during writing.
Editorial calendar
What is an editorial calendar? Freelance Writing.
Do You Know How to Apply for a Freelance...
Differences in applying for freelance writing jobs versus traditional jobs.
Copy
Define copy, what exactly do we mean when we say copy?
Book Review of “Writing Irresistible...
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On Spec - What Does On Spec Mean?
The meaning of on spec. Freelance Writing.
Want to Work Outdoors? Yeah You Do! Here's How
How to work outside: Freelance writing readers asked how I was able to take the office outdoors.
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.
Tips for Working With Subcontractors
How to handle large teams of subcontractor freelance writers.
Query Letter
What is a query, or pitch, letter?
Seven Magazine Article Pitches That Get Accepted
There are a few magazine queries that generally get accepted. Tired of rejection? Find out what they are!
Tear Sheet
What is a tear sheet? Definition for freelance writers.
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.
Freelance Writing Jobs - 19 Places to Find...
The following list of freelance writing job websites are places that list jobs for specific niches. See if yours is is included!
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.
Bio of Guest Writer Valarie King
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Is Freelance Writing Legitimate Home Work?
Those looking for home work (to work at home) often ask if they should try freelance writing. Is freelance writing a legitimate opportunity in home work?
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.
"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
How Do I Manage My Writing Portfolio?
How to manage a writer's portfolio- physical or digital? What kind of clips? How far back?
Bookkeeping for Freelancers- How?
Suggests ways freelancers can keep records, from low-tech options to the latest software and apps.
Before You Apply for Writing Jobs
Writing jobs are competitive- here's how to best prepare and line yourself up for success.
Should I Let the Magazine Interviewee See the...
A reader preparing for their first interview asks Should I let the interviewee see the questions first?
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 You Should Know About APA Style
APA Style - What writers should know about APA style
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.
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.
Seven Things To Do After You Get Published
The work isn't over when a freelance writer lands an article in the targeted publication- find out what steps to take after getting published.
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.
How Do I Start Writing for Money?
This is the number one questions that I receive: I've done x, y and z, how do I turn that into a freelance writing career?
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.
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.
7 Tips That Result in Writing Jobs from Job...
Here are seven tips for finding and getting freelance jobs from traditional job sites and job search engines. We know that big employers often use job search engines, so knowing how to find those positions is important.
Byline
Definition of byline. What is a byline, when do you get one, and where will you see it?
Website Review - Freelance Switch's Job Board
Review of Freelance Switch's freelance writing job board- is it worth the subscription rate? Should I buy in? Will the jobs pay for themselves?
Ghostwriting
What is ghostwriting? A definition.
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.
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!
Preparatory Steps to Becoming a Freelance Writer
Preparatory steps to becoming a freelance writer.
How To Get Freelance Editing Jobs
How does one get freelance editing jobs? Is there a unique approach? Is there an industry standard practice?
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?
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.
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 Do I Get Writing Jobs Without Any Clips?
No clips? No problem! How can a new writer break into the market without any clips?
Additional Freelance Careers for Writers
15 other career paths specifically for freelance writers and those who want freelance writing jobs.
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?
Freelance Writing Job or Freelance Writing...
New freelance writers often ask where they can find freelance writing jobs. However, they're really interested in freelance writing projects. What does each mean?
How To Make Writing Work Come to You
Put yourself out there and make writing work come to you with these freelance writing marketing tips.
Before Your Pitch: Know and Understand the...
Essential magazine knowledge that the freelance writer must know before pitching.
What Is a Lede?
Lede- What is a lede. The definition of lede.
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.
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
Product Review: In Which I Design a Huge Sign...
Freelance writer reviews marketing materials from Build a Sign.
Top Ten Books for Writers
Top Ten Books For Freelance Writers
25 Types of Copy/Biz/Tech Writing
Copywriting and biz-tech writing are quite lucrative. Have you explored all the possibilities out there?
The 8 Business Skills of the Profitable Writer
Perhaps you can string sentences together. Perhaps you're the next Hemingway. But you'll never pay the bills as a freelance writer without a whole lot of business savvy thrown in. Here are the skills you need NOW.
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.
Revise, Revise Again: Seven Steps to Flawless...
Revision strategies for freelance writers.
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!
Technical Writing Definition
A definition of technical writing.
How Do I Get Clients- List of 9 Ways to Get New...
How do I get clients? What a question! This list is 9 of my go-to favorites for getting new clients.
SEO - What Is SEO?
SEO is defined with writers in mind.
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.
Need To Know Basis - Five Resources for...
Ready to grow into the creative side of freelance writing? Here's where to start.
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