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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.
How to Charge Freelance Writing Rates
Writing rates are explained step by step in this article.
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!
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 Write an Interview-Based Article
One of the main types of magazine articles is the profile article. In this article, the person (subject)
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.
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.
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.
Best Tips for Starting a Freelance Writing Career
How to start freelance writing, the very first thing to do.
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.
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?
Basics of SEO Writing for SEO Writers
How to become an SEO Writer- What is SEO and SEO Writing?
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.
Ergonomics for Writers
Writers- don't ruin your body! Believe it or not, you need your health in order to sit for 6-8 hours per day! Here are some ergonomic tips specifically for writers.
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.
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 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.
How To Write a Query or Pitch Letter
Approach editors query letter pitch letter
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.
Creative Writing Submission Service Writer's...
Exploring creative writing submission service. What's the cost? How does it work?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Six Essential Resources for New Freelance Writers
Six essential resources for starting your freelance writing career.
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?
Kill Fee
What is a kill fee- definition of a kill fee.
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.
What is a Backgrounder
Backgrounder is defined, along with how tos on writing a backgrounder.
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.
Sample Nondisclosure Agreement Template...
A template contract of a nondisclosure agreement, with specific advice for freelancers.
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.
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?
Sample Client Questionnaire
Use this sample client questionnaire to create your own tool to screen and focus freelance clients and freelance projects.
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.
Fact Sheet Sample
A sample fact sheet is provided for freelancers or other writers.
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 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.
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.
What You Should Know About APA Style
APA Style - What writers should know about APA style
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?
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.
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.
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.
Would You Like to Use Your Writing for the...
Social Justice writer Allena Tapia teaches writing for the greater good.
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.
Here's How to Combine Your Interest in Medicine...
Did you know that the ACA (Obamacare) has both increased the need for personnel in many medical fields and provided for funding for those looking to break
Freelance Writing Jobs- What's Different About...
Ever wonder about the difference in applying for freelance writing jobs versus other, more traditional jobs? Well, we've got you covered! Check this out:
"So, I Heard You're the Community's Hottest...
Ah, readers, the things you become! I've been on board here at About.com Freelance Writing since 2008. At that time, I was in the toddler stage of my
Pitch Letter
Definition of a pitch letter. Freelance Writing.
Review of Marketing Materials from Build A Sign
Between 2013 and 2014, I slowly expanded my freelance writing and editing business into a more full-service communications agency, offering written
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?
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.
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.
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.
6 Ways to Use Social Media to Get Freelance...
Get freelance writing jobs using social media. Freelance writer Allena Tapia describes six ways to use social media to nab freelance writing projects.
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.
ARC - What Is An ARC?
ARC, advanced readers copy, what is an ARC?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three Steps to Get Ghostwriting Freelance...
Ghostwriting - How To Get Freelance Writing Jobs with Publishers
Do I Really Need a Writer's Website?
Explains why you need a writers website and what to put on your writers website.
Where Can a Freelancer Find Health Insurance...
Health insurance coverage options for freelance writers
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 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.
15 Gifts for Writers and Readers- For the...
Gifts for writers and readers are easy to find with this illustrated list.
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.
An Overview of Genres
Writing genre overview for freelance writers.
10 Must-Haves for Your Freelance Writing Website
These are 10 must-have elements of a freelance writing website.
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?
Preparatory Steps to Becoming a Freelance Writer
Preparatory steps to becoming a freelance writer.
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?
Tear Sheet
What is a tear sheet? Definition for freelance 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 Is a Style Guide?
What exactly is a style guide? Why does a freelance writer need to know a particular style guide?
Straight Talk About Freelance Writing Pay
How much money can a freelance writer make- and, more importantly, HOW do they do it?
Sample Pitch Letter to a Magazine
A sample pitch letter to a magazine. How to write a query letter for your magazine 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.
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!
25 Types of Copy/Biz/Tech Writing
Copywriting and biz-tech writing are quite lucrative. Have you explored all the possibilities out there?
What Writing Software is Required for...
What writing software does a writer need to get started?
"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
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!
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.
Editor - What Is an Editor
Editor, definition of an editor, where editors 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
On Spec - What Does On Spec Mean?
The meaning of on spec. Freelance Writing.
Freelance Work Pros and Cons
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.
Primary Source
Definition and examples of a primary source.
Editorial calendar
What is an editorial calendar? Freelance Writing.
Content, Web Content, Content Generation
: Content generation is a specific form/niche in biz-tech freelance writing. Content is generally blocks
6 Retirement Tips for Full-Time Freelance Writers
Retirement planning for freelance writers and other independent workers- 6 tips from a guest writer and finance expert.
FOB - What Is Meant by FOB? Front of book?
Industry term FOB is discussed- What is FOB? What is Front of Book?
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.
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.
Byline
Definition of byline. What is a byline, when do you get one, and where will you see it?
Need To Know Basis - Five Resources for...
Ready to grow into the creative side of freelance writing? Here's where to start.
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?
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.
Elance & Independent Contractors: A Scary Story
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
Website Review - Review of Write Jobs Website
Write Job - Review of Write Job's Freelance Writing Job Lists
What's the Difference Between Consumer...
Consumer or trade magazine? This articles explains the difference between the two publications.
SEO - What Is SEO?
SEO is defined with writers in mind.
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?
Technical Writing Definition
A definition of technical writing.
Bookkeeping for Freelancers- How?
Suggests ways freelancers can keep records, from low-tech options to the latest software and apps.
What Kind of Writer Are You?
Freelance writers come in many different varieties. Knowing why you want to be a freelance writer will help you focus your writing in the right direction.
What's a Call Out Box
What is a call out box? My editor said to include a call out box?
Ghostwriting
What is ghostwriting? A definition.
Freelance Writing Career By the Numbers
One writer shares year-end numbers- how much money can you make solely as a freelance writer and editor? How many hours does this require? If you're wondering if freelance writing is really a viable career, this may be the best palce to look.
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 To Get Freelance Editing Jobs
How does one get freelance editing jobs? Is there a unique approach? Is there an industry standard practice?
Make Freelance Writing Your Full-Time Job
Make freelance writing your full time job by following this set of simple steps.
Writing As Sales
Why a writer is really a salesman- you're selling more than you think!
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.
Copy
Define copy, what exactly do we mean when we say copy?
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!
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 Does Well Mean in Magazine Speak?
: So, your editor has asked you to write a piece for the "well"? Well, (haha), what's that mean? The
White Paper
White paper is defined- what is a white paper?
Query Letter
What is a query, or pitch, letter?
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.
Bookkeeping for Freelancers- Exactly What...
Bookkeeping is essential for freelance writers, and you're convinced that you should be keeping accurate records of your writing business. The question is what, exactly, should you be recording?
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?
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.
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.
Three Questions from a New Freelancer- ANSWERED
A reader/new freelance writer asks for advice about specializing his writing work after leaving a full time reporting job.
Feature - Definition of a Feature
What is a feature, what is a magazine feature, what is the feature well, what is the well
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
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.
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.
Product Review: The Neo
Product review of AlphaSmart's laptop/word processor, designed for writers and students on-the-go!
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 Check for Plagiarism
Explains how to check for plagiarism in your work.
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!
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!
Setting Your Minimum Freelance Writing Pay Rate
Freelance writing rates - Why you should always have a minimum freelance writing rate, and how to set it.
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