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How Much Do Self-Publishing Authors Earn?

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Author-Earnings
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So you think you want to write a book? Ever wondered exactly how much self-published authors earn? According to a new study by Digital Book World, the median income range for self-published authors is less than $5,000, and nearly 20% of self-published authors report deriving no income to speak of from their writing.
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Dana Beth Weinberg wrote a blog about it: “For amateur Argentine dancers, the possibility of making a living out of their tango practice tends to be perceived as a chance to improve their fates. Unlike tango artists, writers may dream of quitting their day jobs, but very few are able to afford to do so, and that’s why for many writers, publishing is not even a promising option for supplementing income.
In publishing, the diminished role of gatekeepers has meant more opportunity for would-be authors but also more competition to sell books, thereby making it harder for growing numbers of writers to earn their livelihood from their writing.”  Read her full blog: Artists and Money.
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Ms. Weinberg was analyzing the responses from the nearly 5,000 authors who volunteerly responded to a 2013 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey in relation to whether an author is aspiring (not yet published), self-published only, traditionally published only, or hybrid (both self-published and traditionally published). She compared the top priorities of these 4 types of authors, and in Part 2, she examined the differences in their stock of published and unpublished manuscripts.

Comparing authors with the same number of manuscripts, there is a strong similarity in income between hybrid and traditional authors, but hybrid authors outperformed their self-published counterparts on earnings. No wonder, as trade-published authors already have a platform and are already a brand!
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Yes, some authors do break through… 1.8% of self published authors made over $100,000 from their writing last year, compared with 8.8% of traditionally published authors and 13.2% of hybrid authors. The study was conducted online in October and November 2013.
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Conclusions? Don’t quit your day job yet!  Is your self-publishing:

  • an amateurish endeavor,
  • a means of sharing stories,
  • a strategic move in a writing career,
  • or an entrepreneurial activity?

Authors who have a greater focus on earning income from their writing, have produced more manuscripts than either their self-published or traditionally published counterparts, and are earning higher incomes on average.
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Learn everything about the publishing and book marketing process. Focus not only on publishing books, branch out and sell more of your written content, such as short stories or magazine articles.
You have lots of material in your manuscripts you can write about! And do write more books! With only one or two books you are not really considered an author, from the third book on, it becomes much easier and every book promotes the others you have written.
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More Resources:

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/writing-freelance-for-magazines/

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/freelance-writing-for-childrens-magazines/

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/smart-authors-get-paid-for-marketing-their-books/

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/checklist-how-to-organize-your-book-
marketing/

http://authorearnings.com/the-report/

http://www.theresaragan.com/2013/06/sales-ranking-chart.html

http://kdpcalculator.com/

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How to Pitch a Story Idea to Magazines, Part 2

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Study Potential Contract Givers’ Websites
This is an important point! The biggest pet peeve for freelance employers or media is, when they receive pitches from people who haven’t read their magazine or researched their company – or when they get a query for a topic that has just been published. Know the magazine inside out!
Before submitting anything to a major publication, make sure you read its guidelines!  Plenty of good writing is rejected because the writer was too lazy to meet the guidelines. It goes without saying, but you should strive to avoid grammatical or spelling errors when contacting editors

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Update your Writer Portfolio / Resume
If you’ve never freelanced before, your resume will be built from whatever past writing you have done. Pull out the writing-specific duties you ever have accomplished and describe them. Add your best blog posts or guest blogs or articles you have written for newspapers and magazines of all sizes – as more as better! Include sections that outline your education, professional affiliations and contact information. Check if you can use any of these points to add to your portfolio / resume:

  • what’s your credibility?
  • what are your credentials?
  • what other articles or books, blogs or articles for newspapers or magazines have you
  • written previously?
  • the size of your e-mail newsletter list
  • your website traffic and your Alexa.com ranking
  • number of blog comments
  • high-profile reviews,
  • testimonials or references for your writing from bestseller authors
  • what communities are you a part of?
  • who knows you as a writer and who is aware of your work?
  • where does your work regularly appear?
  • how many people see it?
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Being visible to the right audience for the work you are trying to sell. A website or a blog is an absolute necessity these days. You have to be able to present your work online and to establish SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

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Do Offer Several Images
Take images yourself with a good camera or buy high-quality photos in TIFF for print and in JPEG for online magazines to accompany your articles. You might send them with your first pitch if they are really appealing. Even if your article is not taken, your images might be purchased. Magazines and newspapers always scramble for high resolution photographs.
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Learn to Write for the Web
If you offer magazine articles to online publications, get tips how to write for the web. Write with the “punch line” first, starting with the conclusion, rather than building up. One way to learn to write this way is to write the section first with all the details, and then go back and start it with a lead sentence or two. There is a huge difference between writing a book and writing short pieces for a magazine:
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More Details How to Pitch

Jaclyn Law gave in an article via Mastheadonline more details:

  • check the masthead or website for editors’ names and contact info. Most publications accept pitches by email. Put your idea in the subject line.
  • pitch short pieces in the beginning. Check out the masthead (often on the first pages or last pages of the magazine/newspaper) to find out which types of stories are open to freelancers.
  • plan ahead! Magazines that publish monthly, have four- to six-month lead times; research and pitch ideas well in advance.
  • tell the editor how you will approach the story: first person, interviews with experts
  • how many words: one magazine page = approx. 750 words single space
  • why the article is timely: news hook, season, awareness week, anniversary and what fresh angle can you bring to the topic?
  • why you are the right writer: background details or credentials that support your case
  • mention if you’ve been published elsewhere
  • Editors like to see packaging ideas, e.g., boxes or sidebars (see writing for the web!)
  • polish and edit your query: spelling, grammar, punctuation – it must be perfect!
  • if you haven’t heard back after two to three weeks, follow up with a friendly email
  • proofread your writing several times and meet your deadline
  • provide fact-checking info; be open to feedback; make revisions promptly and you will have a chance to get a bigger story next time.
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Here are Some Examples of Magazines to Pitch
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/writing-freelance-for-magazines/
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/freelance-writing-for-childrens-magazines/
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/smart-authors-get-paid-for-marketing-their-books/
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If you want to expand your magazine writing: Have a look at
11 Websites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs
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Perfect for shy writers
Content book marketing is also perfect for shy writers who might cringe at stepping outside their comfort zone. They can promote their books at the end of each article they write and even add links to their website or book sales page. Traditional media is more and more outsourcing, barely any full-time writing staff is left, which means they are open to pitches from freelance contributors.
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Your articles are creating content people love to share, because it is either funny / witty or useful advice or otherwise interesting for readers. Content is used to draw in your ideal readers / reviewers and to build a platform. The result: you will increase your exposure, show your writing skills, grow a loyal following and attract reviewers – in one sentence: Achieve success with your books – and in many cases, even get paid for it. Once you break the “glass-ceiling” – the sky will be the limit!

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If you would like to get more support in all things publishing, have your book intensively promoted and learn how to navigate social media sites – or to learn how you can make yourself a name as an author through content writing: We offer all this and more for only $179 for three months – or less than $2 per day! Learn more about this customized Online Seminar / Consulting for writers: http://www.111Publishing.com/Seminars   Or visit http://www.e-book-pr.com/book-promo/ to advertise your new book, specials, your KDP Select Free Days or the new Kindle Countdown Deals.

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Why and How to Pitch Story Ideas to Magazines

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Part 1 of 2
The odds of winning the Lottery and becoming a millionaire are approximately 1 in 14 million. For
authors to find a publisher, the odds are somewhat better. Maybe 1 out of 500 or 1,000 queries,
depending on the agent / publisher, might lead to a contract. These publishing professionals
receive 150 – 500 unsolicited book pitches per day! from writers.
No matter if you send a query to the editor of Amazon Kindle Singles  – if it is a short story – or to trade publishers, you have to compete with several dozen or even several hundred other writers.
Competition for writers when pitching at magazines and newspapers is less fierce.

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How to Calculate a Book Page
Have you ever calculated how much time and money you invested in your book(s)? Added up the
hours you were sitting on your computer, typing away … and then the time you spend editing?
Multiplied by $30 or whatever you think is your writing-hour is worth? Divided the amount of your
editing invoice by the pages of your book?

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Higher Compensation for Articles?
You will be surprised how much (or better said often how few) you earn net per page within a year
or two – after subtracting your costs. Compare this to earnings you can make with a couple of pages
for a magazine or a newspaper article. The average page has 450 words double-space and most
magazines pay between 50cents and $1.25 per word, airline magazines even more. Lets just take
a short article, containing 1,000 words (a bit over two pages): You will earn a couple hundred
dollars! Compared with your books content of several hundred pages you are better off, writing
more magazine articles.

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You Don’t Need to Write Completely New Articles
As an author you did a lot of research already for your book, and you wrote a manuscript. What is
easier than to “re-work” this content? Tips how to do this can be found here in our former blog
posts:
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/free-brilliant-book-marketing-to-a-million-
audience/
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/smart-authors-get-paid-for-marketing-their-
books/
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/a-new-way-of-book-marketing/
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/checklist-how-to-organize-your-book-
marketing/
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Selling Argument: Author Platform/Brand
When you pitch your story to a magazine or newspaper editor you can show them your following on
Google+, Twitter, Facebook etc. and offer to post and tweet the article to your Social Media
presence. However, there is less time necessary to market an article, than to do the same with a
book. The story will be available in print only for a day, a week or latest a month, but it will be on the
internet for years to come.
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Get Links to Your Website or Author Page
No matter if you get published paid (or unpaid at Huffington Post for example): Your website or
author page link is garantied, included in the short bio about you as an author at the end of the
article. It will be a longterm boost and a reference piece for your future publishing career.

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To Sum it Up:
What is the benefit for you as an author to pitch to magazine editors?

  • Higher compensation / per page or word
  • No completely new content necessary
  • Build your platform and brand
  • Earn more money – and faster!
  • Less competition with other writers
  • Less time necessary to market an article
  • Articles will link to your site and market your book

Use your writing to earn more, to spend less time “marketing” and do what you like to do most:
WRITING!  Read more in our next blog, how to pitch to magazines.

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If you would like to get more support in all things publishing, have your book intensively promoted and learn how to navigate social media sites – or to learn how you can make yourself a name as an author through content writing: We offer all this and more for only $179 for three months – or less than $2 per day! Learn more about this customized Online Seminar / Consulting for writers: http://www.111Publishing.com/Seminars  Or visit http://www.e-book-pr.com/book-promo/ to advertise your new book, specials, your KDP Select Free Days or the new Kindle Countdown Deals.

Please check out all previous posts of this blog (there are more than 1,030 of them : ) if you haven’t already. Why not sign up to receive them regularly by email? Just click on “Follow” in the upper line on each page – and then on “LIKE” next to it. There is also the “SHARE” button underneath each article where you can submit the article to Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and StumpleUpon.
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How to Prepare for Freelance Writing Jobs

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One of our most popular blogs is 11 Websites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs.
It seems that more and more writers realize that:

  • they often can earn faster and more money with article writing
  • they can build their platform and author brand as well as a writing portfolio
  • they reach higher rankings on Google’s Search Engines with well-written content
  • they eventually can make a living with freelance writing

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Not a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme
Freelance Writing is hard work and it may take many months to make a full-time living. So, don’t quit your day-job right away. Start this business while you still have a pay-check. Diversify your approach to freelancing, e.g. write for small businesses who want stronger content on their websites or for short articles in local newspapers, and adapt with the market needs in order to succeed.
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Checklist How to Prepare for Freelance Writing

1. Learn to Write for the Web and Social Media
The demand for web content is higher than ever. The internet is growing FAST! Content is even more valuable than it was in previous years. More and more businesses are looking for web content writers. Many businesses don’t have the time to spend on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook and would rather outsource this part of their marketing. Get paid for Social Media updates and interacting with their following. Self-employed, artists, small companies – they all need a professional biography and they would rather have someone like you collect the facts and make them shine.

Learn how to write the “inverted pyramide” from most important on top to less further on. Is your text easy to read? Eye-tracking studies have shown that readers SCAN text (in an F-shaped pattern), rather than to READ it.  And: website visitors read more slowly on the screen than in print. So, how to you use this knowledge for your writing?

Use bullet lists, such as this one

  • Create lots of short paragraphs, and give them all a headline
  • Keep sentences short, they should never be longer than one line
  • Use spell check and a beta reader / software
  • Readers like to interact on the Web, so give them lots of links
  • Illustrate your text, use lots of images
  • Don’t let your readers scroll on the screen, keep it to one page
  • Except prepositions and the words “and” and “the”, all major words in a headline should
  • be capitalized

Online content is not just about words. When you write for the Internet, think “presentation”. Print content is formally written and a passively read. Online content is informally written, interactive and dynamic.
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2. Know How to Write Press Releases
Professional Press Release writers are in demand. Study and learn how to write these publicity pieces.
Journalists don’t read Press Releases! They only “scan” them and if they don’t catch their interest in less than 5 seconds… they will delete it. In this fast-paced world, no one reads the entire press release if the start of the article does not garner interest. What can you do to get journalists reading? Deal with actual facts, such as events, people, plans, projects. A simple method for writing an effective press release is to make a list of following points:  Who, what, when, where, why, and how.

The Content of the Press Release:
Beginning with the date and city of origin, should be typed in a clear, basic font (Times New Roman, Arial, etc.) and double-spaced. Keep your Press Release short, one page is enough. Start with the date and city in which the press release originates.

The Headline:
It should be brief, clear and to the point: an ultra-compact version of the press release’s key point. Headlines written in bold! A bold headline also typically uses a larger font size
than the body copy. First word capitalized. As are all proper nouns.
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The First Paragraph
(not more than three sentences) should sum up the press release, and the additional content must elaborate it.
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The Lead, or First Sentence,
should grab the reader and tell concisely what is happening. For example, if the headline is “Norton Publishing releases new legal thriller,” the first sentence might be something like, “Norton Publishing, Ltd., today released their first legal thriller by celebrated writer Cindy Smith.” It expands the headline enough to fill in some of the details, and brings the reader further into the story. The next one to two sentences should then expand upon the lead.
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The Press Release Body:
copy should be compact. Avoid using very long sentences and paragraphs. Avoid
repetition and overuse of fancy language and jargon. Strive for simplicity, and no wasted
words.
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The Conclusion
can summarize your news and be followed up with further information on your company, a paragraph known as the “boilerplate” which lists relevant information about your publishing company and includes the website for more information.
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Find Sample Press Releases Here:
http://www.publicityinsider.com/release.asp
http://www.lunareclipse.net/book-press-release-example.htm
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3. Study Potential Contract Givers’ Websites

This is an important point! The biggest pet peeve for freelance employers or media is, when they receive pitches from people who haven’t read their magazine or researched their company – or when they get a query for a topic that has just been published.
Before submitting anything to a major publication, make sure you read its guidelines. Plenty of good writing is rejected because the writer was too lazy to meet the guidelines. It goes without saying, but you should strive to avoid grammatical or spelling errors when contacting editors and freelance employers.
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4. Update your Writer Portfolio / Resume
If you’ve never freelanced before, your resume will be built from whatever past writing you have done. Pull out the writing-specific duties you ever have accomplished and describe them. Add your best blog posts or guest blogs or articles you have written for newspapers and magazines of all sizes – as more as better! Include sections that outline your education, professional affiliations and contact information. Check if you can use any of these points to add to your portfolio / resume:

Authority:
What’s your credibility?
What are your credentials?
What other articles or books, blogs or articles for newspapers or magazines have you
written previously?

Proven reach:
For example the size of your e-mail newsletter list
your website traffic and your Alexa.com ranking
number of blog comments
high-profile reviews,
testimonials or references for your writing from bestseller authors

Visibility:
What communities are you a part of?
Who knows you as a writer and who is aware of your work?
Where does your work regularly appear?
How many people see it?

Target audience:
Being visible to the right audience for the work you are trying to sell.
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5. Social Media Presence
Decision makers can also be found on social media sites, such as Google+ or Twitter. One more reason to keep your author appearance on Social Media professional, and post regularly links to the best of your writing. Being familiar with you and your writing can for sure improve your chances of getting more assignments. Find steady freelance writing jobs or even ongoing contracts. There are plenty of possibilities in both print media and online media. The best success is likely to come from pitching ideas in areas where you’re most familiar with the subject-matter. Treasure any suggestions from professional editors. They are the best writing teachers available.
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Jamee Rae, Coach and Freelance Writer explained in her blog: “Clients don’t come out of the woodwork. You have to find them, and they need to be able to find you. A website or a blog is an absolute necessity these days. You have to be able to present your work online and to establish SEO. But you’ll also need to create a package to send out to clients. When I started out, I sent my resume and writing samples to every advertising agency in the city. While most didn’t respond, I landed one client that I worked with for over 10 years. I also started networking and landed another agency client who I have been connected with for the last 15 years. Once you have established yourself with several clients, you can begin to count on word-of-mouth advertising to keep the money flowing in.”

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A Tip for Freelance Work Auctions
Don’t choose them as a first or only way of finding freelance writing assignments. Digital Trends writes about Guru.com, Elance.com, oDesk.com and Freelance.com, and their auction process, where
freelancers compete against each other for jobs – and, often, the most appealing bid has the lowest price. Those “low-ballers” might be in India, China or Brazil, but can come from anywhere. Not surprisingly, online freelancing has developed a reputation as a way for businesses find cheap – or easily-exploitable – workers.

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Read More:

Freelance Writing: A Rewarding Challenge

How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs for Airlines

7 Writing/Publishing Resources

Great Tips for Freelancers

How to Write a Press Release for Your Book

Become a Freelance Writer

About Careers in Copy Writing

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Or visit http://www.e-book-pr.com/book-promo/
to advertise your new book, specials, your KDP Select Free Days or the new Kindle Countdown Deals.

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Write for ListVerse.com

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Ever heard of ListVerse? You might have read these list-articles on Yahoo.com. They are looking constantly for new stories from freelancersYou don’t need to be an expert—you just need to have great English, a sense of humor, and a love for things unusual or interesting.
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It works like this:
ListVerse.com says: You write your list (1,000 words/10 list-items minimum), you send it in, we reply and say “Great, we’ll publish it” and send you $100 by Paypal (don’t have an account? just make one—it’s easy and free), or we reply and say “Sorry, it isn’t the sort of thing our readers will love, give it another shot.”
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Get ideas
Do you know of anything, that has several benefits, worth to make a list of? Comb through you book’s manuscript, is there a place or an occurrence that is so unusual, it could be the basis for a list of … Have you been or read about a place that has many facts to be listed? Can you list awesome features of anything in science, technology or travel? Maybe unusual benefits of a certain plant or a list of awesome hidden travel gems in a country. The possibilities to write about are endless! If your article is accepted you will earn $100 for it. Well it’s not much, but compiling lists is not that hard too. So much easier than to write thousand words of a fiction novel. To make $100 you would have to sell at least 50 books first – minus the production cost.
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Samples of “List-Articles”

Awesome Facts About Coconuts

10 Incredible Cutting-Edge Technologies In Development

10 Quirky Ways People Make Money

Top 10 Shocking Documentaries

10 Strange And Creepy Reasons Not To Eat Fast Food

10 Fantastic Facts About Beer and Wine

10 Extreme Airports That Flirt With Disaster

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Where can you find ideas?

Nothing easier than this:

  • your daily newspaper or online stories
  • your own book manuscripts and research in it
  • Guiness book of records
  • Science websites
  • travel experiences you had

And don’t forget to read the articles on ListVerse.com to get even more ideas, and to see what’s already covered.  Study the entire Author’s Guide  before submitting, and format the sources according to the Author’s Guide, Section 7.

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What if they don’t take your article?
No problem at all! There are hundreds, probably thousands of newspapers and magazines – print and online – whom you can offer your article. Type “freelance”, “freelance writing” or “freelancer” into the search function of this blog and you will find lots of companies that are looking for well-written and unique articles.

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Or visit http://www.e-book-pr.com/book-promo/ to advertise your new book, specials, your KDP Select Free Days or the new Kindle Countdown Deals.

Please check out all previous posts of this blog (there are more than 980 of them : ) if you haven’t already. Why not sign up to receive them regularly by email? Just click on “Follow” in the upper line on each page – and then on “LIKE” next to it. There is also the “SHARE” button underneath each article where you can submit the article to Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and StumpleUpon.
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Smart Authors Get Paid for Marketing Their Books!

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Benefits of Content Marketing vs Asking for Media Reviews
Almost every author I meet, worries about getting reviews for their books, getting known by readers and selling more books. No wonder – with millions of books competing for exposure! Book reviewers, both in the media, especially magazines, newspapers, or radio and avid readers/reviewers and book bloggers, are overwhelmed with requests.
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But why asking for (media) reviews, when you could get both: book promotion and at the same time (often) being paid? I know, it is a new concept to many writers, but when you think about it – it makes really sense: why use your time and effort to chase reviewers, when you can use your energy to leverage your books content and your research content - to create articles that you can pitch to both, print and online newspapers and magazines?
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Make use of your assets!
The three main assets you have:

- your writing skills
- the content you already wrote
- the research you have done for your book(s)

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Write about anything
In recent blogs I introduced two writers who (indirectly) promoted their books to a million readers, just by writing

- about restaurants that are mentioned in his book (Steven Raichlen) in Huffington Post
- about how much he hates self-promotion (Sean Beaudoin) in Salon.com

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Let your imagination soar
I was just talking with a client, who wrote a romance novel, how much material she has to write about for blogs and newspaper/magazine articles. Not only her book, but using all the research she has done for it. Keywords for her book are: Skiing, mountain, outdoors, FBI agent, inheritance, stolen jewels, gemstones, Montana etc.
Other than surf- or football magazines, she can write for pretty much any newspaper or magazine in English language media. Note, that I did not say any US-media! English language media are covering not only America, but half of the world: Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Canada etc. as well as all English internet content providers.
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Two more benefits of writing content:

  1. You have lots of material to write about.
    You can tweet it, post on Facebook, put in your timeline on Google+ and mention in your blog – which you have certainly connected to your Amazon author page and to your Goodreads page.
  2. You get valuable back-links to your website/blog.
    In practically all articles you write, there is the “bio” or “about the author” where you can mention your book or your website – together with a link or sometimes maybe two. Click the links above to the two author blogs by Steven Raichlen and Sean Beaudoin, who wrote for Huffington Post and in Salon.com.

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Learn the techniques to write for newspapers / magazines
Write newspaper style: the inverted pyramid.  Write in an inverted-pyramid style, with the conclusion first, details later. GoodDocuments.com gives these tips: “Write with the “punch line” first, starting with the conclusion, rather than building up. One way to learn to write this way is to write the section first with all the details, and then go back and start it with a lead sentence or two.”

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Writing Successfully for the Web
Online readers’ attention span is 10 seconds long, so writing for online publications is a bit
different from writing for print. WritersDigest gives lots of tips what’s different in online writing to writing a novel.

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Writing content can grow into free-lance writing
Ever wondered how freelance writers find markets for their craft and talent? Check out these websites/blogs for writing markets or freelance writing for airlines,

Do your research – both about your topic (double-check everything) and the publication you are pitching, rely on your particular expertise about a place or subject matter, and produce insightful copy, aimed at a sophisticated audience.

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Use a variety of media
Content book marketing includes not only blogging or writing articles for newspapers and magazines, but also podcasting, email marketing, creating online courses and even book marketing through webinars.

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Perfect for shy writers
Content book marketing is also perfect for shy writers who might cringe at stepping outside their comfort zone. They can promote their books at the end of each article they write and even add links to their website or book sales page. Traditional media is more and more outsourcing, barely any full-time writing staff is left, which means they are open to pitches from freelance contributors.
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Your articles are creating content people love to share, because it is either funny / witty or useful advice or otherwise interesting for readers. Content is used to draw in your ideal readers / reviewers and to build a platform. The result: you will increase your exposure, show your writing skills, grow a loyal following and attract reviewers – in one sentence:  Achieve success with your books – and in many cases, even get paid for it. Once you break the “glass-ceiling” – the sky will be the limit!

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How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs for Airlines

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Making money with your first book is not very likely – at least not right away. From the second or third book on it gets easier, but still it might take years – if ever – until you can make a living as an author.
Don’t get discouraged, there are lots of niches were you can earn faster money with your writing, compared to books: Writing for magazines. Especially airline magazines represent real opportunity for freelance writers. Despite contractions in the airline industry, in-flight magazines still attract many readers, and they are mostly written by freelancers.
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Airline magazines
The best thing about writing for in-flight magazines is that each one is different. Some of them – such
as Sky for Delta Airlines – feature restaurant reviews, fiction stories, regular columns and technology
articles in addition to a cornucopia of other topics. Other inflight magazines are focused primarily on
travel, with in-depth articles on interesting destinations.
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Bored at 36,000 feet
The readership of the in-flight magazine tends to be larger than those of regular consumer
magazines. Take for example just the Los Angeles to Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok, Delhi and many
other flights on Singapore Airlines, with an immense number of passengers on every flight and the
number of daily flights going out from Los Angeles. There are potentially hundreds of thousands of
travelers reading your article every month.

However almost 50 passenger airlines fly in the U.S. alone — many are smaller regional and
commuter airlines — and they all have magazines on their planes. Southwest alone, claims 3.4
million readers per month of their in-flight magazine. Add to that the airlines in English-speaking
countries such as Canada, the UK / Ireland, Australia, India, South Africa – and the fact, that most
in-flight magazines worldwide are published in two languages, preferable in English as well. The in-flight magazine market is global. You need not limit yourself to North American publications.

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Know the magazine inside out
Travel pieces are a staple of in-flights, yet airline publications also offer articles on technology,
business, sports, and food, as well as lifestyle trends. Find as much of the articles online. Or try to
get hard copies. Since in-flights are not sold on newsstands, request a copy from the magazine’s
publisher and ask traveling friends for their help

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Know your audience
The trick to writing for in-flight magazines is knowing the target audience. The vast majority of
readers are frequent flyers – travelers and wealthy vacationers. They are also savvy about technology and business trends, as well as travel and leisure pursuits. Writing for in-flight magazine readers requires to cater to a well-educated, travel-savvy audience. These free magazines should reflect their interests: Profiles of successful business leaders, great restaurant trends, management and entrepreneur tips, descriptions of new gadgets for business people or travelers,etc. If you have experience in a particular facet of business that can be applied to travelers, turn that to your advantage.
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Pay higher rates
Compared to consumer magazine publishers, in-flight magazines tend to pay a higher rate for freelancers. Excellent writers might earn up to $3.000 for a three page feature with photographs. Rates typically vary between $0.70 – $1.00 per word. Also, you’ll almost never get your name put with the article, at least you have it in your portfolio with – no proof you actually wrote it.
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Learn how to break into this market
Airline magazines’ web sites don’t make the guidelines easy to find. You often have to dig deep into
their website. The common misperception is that this market is nearly impossible to break into. And,
in fact, if you’re only thinking about writing for the magazines in the seat pockets on United, Delta,
Continental, Northwest, American, and US Airways — and you’re just starting out freelance writing — you could find yourself a bit frustrated. In-flight magazines are not always very accepting of beginning writers. While they’re designed to appeal to all travelers, they do tend to cater to a more upscale market, and as such they demand top-notch writing and credentials. Writers with a limited portfolio will probably not be welcomed into the features section with open arms.
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Some Tips before you query:

  • The aspiring freelance author must know and understand the magazine before querying. Read the magazine, their web sites often have archived copies to download, get to know their style.
  • Learn about the airlines’ customer demographics and include in your pitch why your story will appeal to them. Demographics can be found under the “advertising” section of the magazine’s web site.
  • Only propose stories on destinations served by the airline you are pitching
  • Pitch “evergreen” stories, or stories that allow for the magazines’ long lead times.
  • Start writing a travel blog with side topics, similar to those in airline magazines to see what it is like to write short pieces for an international audience.
  • Mention it, if you have high-quality accompanying photos in TIFF.
  • Check out the magazine’s editorial calendar, usually found under the “advertising” section on the web site.
  • In-flights receive many queries for travel pieces. It may be easier for a newcomer to break in by pitching an article on a business or service topic.
  • Pitch a specific column. You’ll be more likely to get an assignment if your pitch matches the magazine’s format . Many of the web sites list the specific departments for which the editors solicit submissions.
  • Keep your story short. Most pieces are 800 words or less; “features” usually run under 2,500 words.
  • Keep your articles positive, not challenging. In-flight magazines want to keep their readers relaxed and entertained.

In-flight magazine resources:

Air Canada
http://enroute.aircanada.com/en/magazine

British Airways
http://www.bahighlife.com/

Cathay Pacific
http://www.bauermedia.com.hk/

United
http://www.Hemispheres.com

WestJet
http://www.upmagazine.com/write-us

SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines)
http://www.skywestmagazine.com

Hana Hou! (Hawaiian Airlines)
http://www.hanahou.com

Cision Navigator lists the top-ten in-flight magazines by circulation:

A comprehensive list of 101 in-flight magazines from AirArabia to Wizz Air (many with links directly to
the magazine’s web site)
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The in-flight magazine market is competitive, although not impossible to crack. Even if you don’t have a long list of publication credits or an impressive resume, you can still break into the in-flight market. Important: Do your research — both about your topic and the publication you are pitching, rely on your particular expertise about a place or subject matter, and produce insightful copy, aimed at a sophisticated audience of frequent travelers.

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Why Ask Yourself Some Hard Questions

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Writing is an art, publishing a book is a business!
Before you even attempting to write, develop and market an e-book, or paper book for that matter, create yourself a road map.  Research first and build a solid foundation. The problem is that too many people are in a hurry to start writing and don’t lay a foundation for book marketing. They spend all this time writing, and then they have no buyers.  Do the research and find out if your idea is going to make money. If yes, great! Go for it. If not, find another idea, such as freelance writing for magazines or newspapers where you can earn money much faster and without spending money for layout, editing or cover art.
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Ask yourself some hard questions:

• Who will be your e-book readers?

• Is there a demand for your eBook product?

• Is your e-book a “must have” purchase?

• How much will people pay for your product?

• Does the purchase of your eBook lead to additional e-book sales?

• How much money will you need to fund your project?

• How likely are you to excel among the competition?

• How do you contact and “pitch” your product to your potential buyers?

• How to you get the important book reviews?

• Do you have already lots of followers in your social networks?
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Writing your book is only 20% of the work, 80% is marketing!  Having a plan on how you intend to market, publicize and sell your book before starting to write it, is crucial for your works success.

• Choose your book content
• Start marketing your book, even before writing it
• Design and format it into a perfect downloadable file
• Create a professional cover for your e-book
• Select the e-book retailers to upload your book (Amazon, Kobo, Apple, B&N, Sony…)
• Continue marketing your book

You are responsible for providing your own ongoing marketing for e-published work – the same as for paper books that are often not very well marketed. A book might be great, but if nobody knows about it, it won’t sell. Authors can’t count on the public seeing their books on shelves or in store windows – they have to find it on the internet.

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Where Can You Find FREE Photos and Illustrations?

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Even though I am an avid photographer, taking often several hundred images a month, from time to time the need for a certain motive arises.  The question was, where can I find inexpensive photographs?  A lot of research brought up a handful of online offers that I like to share with you. Maybe you need a certain image for your website, your blog or your book.  Please see some websites below that provide good deals on royalty-free photographs or even free ones.

But what is the difference between free, royalty-free and rights-managed?

Free images can be downloaded without any rules or agreement and are in the public domain. The creator offers his work public and free, there are no legal rights or restrictions for his or her work and it can be duplicated.  Images which have been copyrighted can still be considered as free when they are explicitly announced by the artist to be used, copied, distributed or modified.

Royalty-free images are given the right to use. There is an agreement that the licensee can use the photo without paying additional royalty charges, but it does not mean that the licensee can use the image for what ever he/she wants.

Rights Managed images means a contract between the licencor and licensee, regarding licensing the rights to use photographs, specifying to use the content in a certain way. This can include the length of time, the medium, the size, the format and the location of use. Unlike images under royalty-free licenses, the licencor is in control or has history of the rights granted involving the image.
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FREE IMAGE SOURCES

I am only on page 15 of about 3,000 pages of free photos and have downloaded dozens of beautiful images that I can use for websites, books and yes, also for this blog. This is the best of all websites I found so far:

http://www.morguefile.com

An amazing hidden treasure on the internet, ten, no hundred thousands of free images (almost 300,000) and you are allowed to copy, distribute, transmit and to adapt the work. No “accounts” necessary as on other websites, just go to “free photos”, choose an image and download it.
Some of the photos are in such a high resolution that you can use them for your book cover image.
A real treasure trove!

http://www.Flickr.com

http://www.Freedigitalphotos.net

http://www.deviantArt.com

http://www.istockphoto.com

http://www.dreamstime.com

http://www.shutterstock.com

http://www.fotosearch.com/

http://www.photogen.com

http://www.imageafter.com/images.php

http://www.stockvault.net/

http://www.sxc.hu/

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As you browse, pull any images that catch your eye. Don’t assume you’ll be able to return to that page later. Chances are, you’ll never find it again. (most sites are constantly rotating, to show new images) – save the ones you like and cull them later. 

What is your favored website for free photos?

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How I Survived – Gloria Gaynor Might Publish Your Story

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Gloria Gaynor

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Famous singer Gloria Gaynor wrote her story of a life-altering accident in a recent Huffington-Post online article:
“The “Queen is dead,” was the report rumored to be circulating around my record company. A few weeks before, I had fallen on stage, jumped back up, and continued my show, including the rigorous choreography. I went out to breakfast after the show, gone home and off to bed. The next morning I felt refreshed. But then I reached for the phone to call my boyfriend and could not turn completely over. I tried to turn over again and felt an excruciating pain that hit me in my back … “. Read the whole story on Huffington Post.
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However, Gloria Gaynor (born Gloria Fowles on September 7, 1949 in Newark, New Jersey) is not only a great singer, but also writes. She will publish a book with real-life stories that read like fiction – maybe your story too:

Have you survived an illness, personal tragedy, abusive relationship, financial ruin, or other life experience that brought you to your knees?  Did the disco-era song “I Will Survive,” by Grammy Award-winning songstress Gloria Gaynor, inspire you to rise and thrive?
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If so, we’d love to share your story in a new book of personal narrative essays that tell the story of how you survived the experience and how the song influenced your life. We’re looking for real-life stories that read like fiction—similar to the stories in the “Cup of Comfort” book series, compiled and edited by Colleen Sell.

The book will include 50 stories of 1,000-2,000 words each. For each essay selected for publication in the book, the author will receive $75, a complimentary copy of the book signed by Gloria Gaynor, and a signed photo of Ms. Gaynor. Well, it’s not a big money maker, but it could be satisfying to write your story and maybe see it in a celebrity book. Start for a freelancing career? Who knows. Listen to her music on YouTube.

Submit by April 30, 2013
E-mail: glolo2004@me.com
or susancarswell@aol.com/

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How to Become an Aureate Web Content Writer

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Web Content Writing

Content marketing is not a fashionable word – it is the most important element of successful online marketing. It is NOT selling, rather informing, entertaining, educating and communicating – and requires internet writing professionals. This is very good news for writers who know how to write for the Internet.  Are you ready? Writing is writing, no matter if a book or Internet content you say? Well, not at all! Writing for the web is a totally different approach!  No matter if you write a guest blog or if you write for a corporation’s website.

How to Write Internet Content
Eye-tracking studies have shown that readers SCAN text (in an F-shaped pattern), rather than READ it. And: website visitors read more slowly on the screen than in print.
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So, how to you use this knowledge for your writing?

  • use bullet lists, such as this one
  • Create lots of short paragraphs, and give them all a headline
  • Keep sentences short, they should never be longer than one line
  • Use spell check and a beta reader / software
  • Readers like to interact on the Web, so give them lots of links
  • Illustrate your text, use lots of  images
  • Don’t let your readers scroll on the screen, keep it to one page
  • Except prepositions and the words “and” and “the”, all major words in a headline should be capitalized

Online content is not just about words. When you write for the Internet, think “presentation”. Print content is formally written and a passively read. Online content is informally written, interactive and dynamic ..
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Google Authorship for SEO
Google made talented writers even more important with it’s latest SEO updates. Instead of weak content and “unnatural” link building, now sites need strong content that attracts links organically. The times of content farms are over!
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But that’s not all:  Now WHO creates the content matters – which is why Google wants to know who you are via your Google+ authorship profile. The days of lame anonymous content are over. Celebrity writers with demonstrated success and strong social followings will command the highest compensation.  One more reason to be on Google+ !

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Online Content Marketing

From the goal of building a direct relationship with prospective customers and clients, to social media sharing, to Search Engine Optimization – content is what works. This boom in online content marketing will require many more in-house staff and freelancers. The increased demand for talented content creators means compensation and respect for the writer will rise … as long as you understand and assert your own value in the marketplace.
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Soon the business world will realize just how much great writers are worth. Good for Internet-savvy content writers!

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Part-time and Freelance Writing Jobs

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Two Part-time / Freelance Writing Jobs and lots of tips and websites where to find those writing gigs:
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Part-time Marketing Writer / Copywriter Prospect Park NYC, NY

The Prospect Park Alliance seeks a part-time Marketing Writer for Prospect Park’s marketing materials. 15-20 hours a week Monday – Friday, weekend, morning and evening hours as needed. The Marketing Writer is effectively the written voice of Prospect Park Alliance’s marketing and communications materials, and works in a collaborative capacity on promotions for Park events and varied cross-departmental initiatives. The responsibilities of this position include:

Copywriting
Write copy for a wide variety of corporate, marketing and press communications materials for print and digital marketing. Generate ideas with marketing and communications team and collaborate with designers on blending copy with designs.  Edit, proofread, fact-check, and coordinate production of a variety of written materials, ensuring communications are accurate, clear, complete, and conform to corporate style guidelines and editorial policy.

Press Support
Work with the Communications Director to write and submit events listings to local and regional newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, and guidebooks and the Parks Department website. Act as liaison to our partners for events listings and other special projects.

Qualifications:
• Experienced writer with strong skills (samples of work required)
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Ability to multitask; work independently and as part of a team
• Ability to meet deadlines in a dynamic work environment
• Ability to have flexible schedule when needed – some evenings and weekends required
• Ability to work outdoors as required
• College degree preferred
• Enthusiasm for Prospect Park and the Prospect Park Alliance
• Proficient in MS Word and MS Excel
• Experience with content management systems and shmucklemedia desirable
• Drivers license valid in New York State and a willingness to drive Parks vehicles

This is a part-time position at 15-20 hours a week Monday – Friday (weekend, morning and evening hours as needed). The salary for this position is $19 an hour. Please send resume, cover letter and writing samples.
http://www.bloggingpro.com/jobs/apply/part-time-marketing-writer

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Freelance Content / Social Media Writer at Creative Circle, Wilmington, DE (offsite)
Assist with writing web content for a new client product. This is a freelance assignment that will be project based and off site.

Requirements:
Experience writing professionally for the web
Proven experience writing blogs, social media content, and website content
Financial industry knowledge
Excellent written and verbal communications experience
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Working under Product Manager to brainstorm ideas on what types of content to generate
Writing and editing content for product website and other social media tools

Send resume and writing samples.
http://www.bloggingpro.com/jobs/apply/contentsocial-media-writer

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More Options to Freelance: Writing for the Web

Use your skills as a writer, which allows you to continue working flexibly from home, here are some freelance writing opportunities which are often overlooked:

Writing Blogs
Get paid to write posts on someone else’s blog to help them build their business. These jobs are consistent and often payed really well. Find blogging jobs on Craigslist or blogging job boards like
BloggingPro or Make a Living Writing.

Writing for Social Media
Many businesses don’t have the time to spend on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook and would rather outsource this part of their marketing. Find out what the company is doing and keep Twitter and Facebook up to date with them, and get paid for updates and occasionally asking questions to their following. How do you find a social media job?
Use Kijiji.com and Craigslist.com, even http://www.Elance.com. Or use Google Alerts www.google.ca/alerts to be notified when new possibilities appear.

Website Biographies 
Self-employed, artists, small companies – they all need a professional biography and they would rather have someone like you collect the facts and make them shine.

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How do you get a job writing for these biographies? Again, sign up with Google Alerts or check out the latest posts on www.Kijiji.com, www.freelancewriting.comwww.Elance.comwww.freelancewritingjobs.ca,  www.academicexperts.us/freelance_writing.html, or www.Craigslist.com just to name a few.

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Full-time and Freelance Writing Jobs

 

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Features Writer, Seattle, WA
The Marketing Writer composes fresh headlines and tight supporting copy that both inspire the reader and sell product for Nordstrom’s online advertising program, as well as all marketing and customer service emails. This position works closely with the design, development and producer groups to develop effective and compelling creative that reflects the Nordstrom brand.
http://magazinejobs.org/jobsearch/display/206882193

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Copy Editor, Lumberton, NC
Heartland Publications is looking for an experienced Paginator with a Copy Editing background to be based at its Lumberton, N.C. hub. Responsible for pagination, writing accurate headlines and copy editing, but may also contribute editorial content to the newspaper. Five (5) or more years of copyediting
experience preferred.
http://www.scpress.org/jobs.html

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Writer-Editor, Washington DC
Writer-Editor wanted for the Statistics of Income (SOI) Division, Communications and Data Dissemination Section. This section is responsible for producing the SOI Division’s quarterly Statistics of Income Bulletin and several annual statistical publications, including the IRS Data Book.
Agency: Internal Revenue Service.  Deadline September 24, 2012.
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/325915100

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Sierra Magazine

Sierra is a bi-monthly national magazine publishing writing, photography, and art about the natural world. Our readers are environmentally concerned, politically diverse, and actively enjoy the outdoors. We are looking for painstaking reporting and smart writing that will provoke, entertain, inform, and enlighten this readership. Sierra is looking for strong, well-researched, literate nonfiction storytelling about significant environmental and conservation issues, adventure travel, nature, self-propelled sports, and trends in green living. Articles are 100 to 1,500 words in length; payment is $50 to $1,000 unless otherwise noted. Expenses of up to $50 may be paid in some cases. See guidelines for specific columns open to new submitters.
http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/guidelines/writers.aspx

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Staff Writer, McKinney, TX
The Staff Writer reports to the Content Manager and completes various writing projects that require strong attention to detail, decision making, and communication with internal and external customers and subject matter experts. The Staff Writer identifies any potential risks to the creation of new copy and how it may affect existing copy in other projects. The Staff Writer demonstrates knowledge of multiple forms of writing, such as feature, blogging, business, copy, script, SEO, technical, web, etc. Torchmark is a financial services holding company whose affiliate companies market life insurance and supplemental health insurance to middle-income Americans. B.A. in English or Journalism from four-year college or university; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have 2-3 years writing experience as part of employment history.
http://careers.torchmarkcorp.com/

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Popular Woodworking Magazine
End Grain: This is a good entry-point for first-time freelancers. A one-page article, averaging about 600 words, reflects on the writer’s thoughts about woodworking as a profession or hobby. The article can be either humorous or serious. We purchase six of these columns a year. The writer does not need to be a professional woodworker. Payment starts at $250. Please send submissions to Megan Fitzpatrick via e-mail: megan.fitzpatrick@fwmedia.com
http://www.popularwoodworking.com/writersguidelines

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Social Media Developer, Huffington Post, New York
We are looking for a Social Media Developer to join our team at Huffington Post. This full time position will be located in our NYC office. Day to day responsibilities include, but not limited to: integration with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Foursquare and developing the Huffington Post social news network. What we are looking for:

Experienced in PHP, PERL, MySQL, HTML, CSS, Javascript, Jquery
Strong experience maintaining and extending large-scale Content Management Systems for WebsitesExperience working with Tumblr, Pinterest, Stumbleupon,Google+, Spotify, Instagram APIs or making mash-ups

Must be comfortable using a Unix shell
Good knowledge of manual HTML coding
Experience in object oriented programming and SQL database design
Production issue resolution (bugs – js/css/jquery)

Must have the ability to convert website layouts in PSD to HTML
Create html templates and corresponding css based on pdf files
Site optimization – finding ways to optimize existing sites (js/css)
Experience working in a team and developing projects using an OOP approach
Must enjoy writing beautiful code!
https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/asp/tg/cim_jobdetail.asp?partnerid=25237&siteid=36&areq=122777BR&
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HuffPost Community Apprentice Program
The Huffington Post is seeking individuals who are passionate about growing audiences around news for an intensive 6- month, full-time apprentice program with our community team. This is a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience for individuals looking for a career in community and social media and an interest in journalism, pushing the limits of what is known in engagement at scale.

Apprentices should have a sense of humor, a sense of what’s newsworthy, and be excited about:
- Creating active communities around news and original content
- Establishing themselves as a center of knowledge in the community and social media
- Pitching and owning one or more long-term projects during the duration of the program
- Figuring out what drives people to engage

This apprentice program helps to to development your skills through a rotation of assignments working with a variety of editors in community engagement, social media, moderation, breaking news and more.
We have 2 positions open and look for applicants who have drive, passion and skills, but we don’t expect you to have much experience. This is a paid position in NYC.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/p/jobs-at-huffingtonpostcom.html
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Content Writer for their Electronics division, San Jose, CA
Maintain publishing for all social network communications for our Electronics division – Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.
Develop content that are socially engaging, adapt content for each social channel
Manage content submission and prioritization
Communicate key themes and messaging that matches client Electronics retail and merchandising calendar with consistent tone and style of client Social Guidelines
Monitor and manage day-to-day engagement with fans/followers, creative development and implementation
Triage any customer related issues to appropriate Customer Service Department
Responsible for end to end execution of key Social programs for client Electronics to achieve the business goals
Share the responsibility in aligning programs and communications with the core client Social goals and visions
Perform frequent competitive analysis – tracking major competitors’ social outreach programs (content, frequency, channels) and identifying the gold standard

Job Requirements for this contract position:
A Bachelor degree and 1 -2 year experience in Electronics/Tech journalism. Recent experience / knowledge in marketing , specifically online marketing, with recent experiences in social media
Job Skills:
Excellent writing skills with the ability to translate traditional marketing content into engaging and socially-relevant conversations
Outstanding presentation skills
Passionate about new technology, industry trends, and media
Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
Strong knowledge of social media tools and platforms required
Ref ID : 12-05172 Rathna, Phone : 732-603-2200 x 4461
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Technical Editor and Writer, Fairborn, OH
Writes, rewrites, and/or edits technical documentation such as procedures, user manuals, software,
documentation/specifications and related technical publications to communicate clearly and effectively to a wide range of audiences for a wide range of purposes. Acquires subject knowledge by collaborating with product developers and managers, hands-on exploration/testing, and legacy documentation. Employer Northrop Grumman.
https://ngc.taleo.net/careersection/ngc_pro/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=141207&src=JB-202
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Staff Writer, Tampa, FL
Responsibilities include interviewing, writing and reviewing content for informative and compelling health care articles with a marketing twist for our contributing editors, collaborating with the graphics department and other relevant groups to create a vibrant end product, SEO optimization, and other duties as assigned by management.
http://www.bright.com/jobs/job/828480_j8b08864vxfnswmtrl3/
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Senior News Editor, Washington DC
We are seeking a temporary Senior New Editor/Newscasts. At the direction of the News Director, the Senior News Editor/Newscasts helps lead WAMU’s editorial mission to provide contextual, significant and thoughtful broadcast journalism which distinguishes quality public radio, and helps our listeners to both participate, and make informed decisions, in the democratic process.
S/he is able to teach, foster and nurture these values within the news team, and help recruit new talent with the ability or potential to replicate these values. S/he is expected to help set and maintain the highest editorial, ethical and technical standards for news production and reporting, and help enforce open and honest communication in all internal and external newsroom collaborations.
Educational Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or related field or equivalent in training or experience.
Minimum Requirements:
At least 3 years professional experience overseeing writing and producing of spot/feature length news reports
Minimum 2 years script-editing experience
Proven ability to work under pressured deadlines
Evidence of excellence in broadcast journalism, writing, editing and story selection
Evidence of high ethical reporting standards
Proven track-record of visionary leadership and inspiring management
Experience of teaching and encouraging entry-level staff and students
Proof of digital editing skills
This position is an open-ended temporary position working at full-time hours. Please apply to this position via American University’s online application system at the following web address:

https://jobs.american.edu/LoginPage.aspx

http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175660592

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Writer and Editor, Boca Raton, FL
Florida Atlantic University seeks an enthusiastic individual to serve as the university writer and editor. Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Creative Services in the Division of Community Engagement, this position is part of a cohesive, professional team that supports the marketing and communications needs of the university. S/he works with the Director in developing and implementing creative content ideas to support the university’s marketing and promotional efforts.
JobCode=175659659&Title=University%20Writer%20and%20Editor
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?

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Writer-Editor, Boston, MA
The Writer/Editor participates in the planning, writing and editing of a variety of enrollment-related marketing and communications vehicles, including print collateral, web copy, interactive platform copy, targeted email and formal letters, social media and the like.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175659051&Title=Writer%2FEditor

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The Rewarding Challenge of Freelance Writing

I want to tell you about how I found an intellectually stimulating challenge in freelance writing.

Not too long ago I was working as a copywriter for an advertising firm. I had studied journalism and advertising in college, and I was one of the lucky few among my graduating class that found a job almost immediately after finishing school. After the endless all-nighters, study sessions, and project deadlines that typified my college experience, I was glad to be part of the “normal” workforce. A desk job seemed like just the right fit for me.

Unfortunately I discovered very quickly that the advertising world wasn’t something that brought me any happiness personally or professionally. Worse yet, I found myself at the mercy of superiors who had me working hours even worse than those I worked in college although my official hours were 8-5. The work was neither rewarding nor inspiring, and most of the people in my office seemed jaded on a daily basis.

After over a year at the advertising firm, I decided to quit my job and start a new career as a self-employed freelance writer.

I won’t lie to you reader: those first few months out on my own were very tough. I assumed that I’d hit the ground running with my modest connections in the writing industry and my formidable copywriting skills. But it turns out that freelancing is a much more feasible career option in theory than it is in practice. I had to work hard just to get free gigs, writing assignments that I needed if just to add more content to my still small writing portfolio. Luckily I had amassed a small amount of savings just in case, so my finances were not as tight as they could have been. But those first few months of freelancing were among the most humbling and instructive periods of my life.

When I did finally start to make money from freelancing, the feeling was like none other. I was struggling to land decent writing gigs one day, and then the next I was juggling multiple clients at a time, writing copy at all hours of the night and trying to keep track of the numerous projects going on. My hard work and persistence was starting to pay off—quite literally.

Of course, in order to make ends meet I had to veer slightly from my initial plans as a freelancer. I couldn’t only sustain myself by writing copy—I also wrote as a guest blogger for a number of sights (as I am now!) to get my name out there. I also wrote on behalf of clients who wanted stronger content on their websites, regardless of the industry that they worked in. In other words, I had to diversify my approach to freelancing. I had to adapt with the market needs if I wanted to survive.

The point of my little anecdote here is to encourage you to set out to achieve your own writing ambitions, no matter how outlandish they may seem. Perhaps you want to write the next great American novel, or maybe you just want to work for yourself as a freelancer like me. Whatever the case may be, I wholeheartedly encourage you to follow your dreams and make them happen, even if it’s a scary option to consider. If I made it, you certainly can too.

This guest post is brought to you by Mariana Ashley, a prolific blogger who provides web content to a number of blogs and websites. She’s most interested in providing guidance to prospective college students who wish to attend online colleges in Montana. When she’s not writing or researching online education trends, she enjoys riding her horse, George, and spending quality time with her four nieces. Mariana welcomes your questions and comments at mariana.ashley031@gmail.com.

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