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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The First Paragraph
(not more than three sentences) should sum up the press release, and the additional content must elaborate it.
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.
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
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.
Find Sample Press Releases Here:
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.
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:
What’s your credibility?
What are your credentials?
What other articles or books, blogs or articles for newspapers or magazines have you
For example the size of your e-mail newsletter list
your website traffic and your Alexa.com ranking
number of blog comments
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?
Being visible to the right audience for the work you are trying to sell.
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.
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.”
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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15 Full-Time and Freelance Writing Jobs
Copywriter Seattle, WA
Work for Amazon. Compose and edit advertising copy for premium advertisers across a breadth of industry verticals. Work with internal teams to craft strategic advertising messages for their programs. Write short and long-form advertising pieces with a high degree of conceptual creativity and verbal polish. Draft compelling headlines and advertising messages that convey the objectives for the campaign while speaking appropriately to the target audience. Provide auxiliary copywriting as needed for sales and marketing collateral, while maintaining the company’s voice and creative standards. Bachelor’s degree preferred in a relevant field such as marketing, communications, advertising or business. Advertising or marketing background, preferably with experience working with premium brands. Advertising or creative agency experience. Basic HTML knowledge and applied experience.
News Reporter, Silver City, NM
Friendly, hard-working, upbeat team player wanted. We’re seeking a news reporter at the Silver City Sun-News in the high country of southwest New Mexico. As part of a three-person Bureau, you’ll do a little bit of everything here – from cops and courts, to government meetings, to covering some of the region’s many weekend events. We’re a small town (10,000 pop.) but we break big news. We’ve got murders and fires, lost hikers and SWAT stand offs. We are also home to the internationally-known Tour of the Gila, an annual bicycle race that brought Lance Armstrong to our tiny town two years in a row, an annual blues fest that draws more than 5,000 visitors from across the region, and a host of other arts-related events. You’ll work hard, but you’ll have fun doing it.
We compete with a five-day daily, and two websites, yet we are the only news source that consistently covers crime, courts and breaking news on every available platform. You will break news via Twitter and Facebook and our website, and follow those up for our print edition.
Journalism or related degree required. Send your resume and a cover letter telling us why you think you’d be a good fit for our paper and why you want to make Silver City your home. Put Reporter position in the subject line. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter (@SCSunNews)
Writing Center Coordinator, Claremore, OK
The School of Liberal Arts is seeking candidates for a Writing Center Coordinator. This is to be a 12-month staff position. Applications are sought from candidates with a Master’s Degree in English with a concentration in Composition. Candidates must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, have experience in teaching expository writing and coordination of academic tutoring; be proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Outlook; establish and implement online tutoring applications and establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, and students.
Online Marketing Manager, Boston, MA
Contact D Rodgers at Aquent, 617-535-4516, email@example.com
Reporter, Port Townsend, WA
Reporter sought for staff opening with the Peninsula Daily News, a six-day newspaper on Washington’s beautiful North Olympic Peninsula which includes the cities of Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend and Forks (yes, the “Twilight” Forks, but no vampires or werewolves). Bring your experience from a weekly or small daily — from the first day, you’ll be able to show off the writing and photography skills you’ve already acquired while sharpening your talent with the help of veteran newsroom leaders. This is a general assignment reporting position in which being a self-starter must be demonstrated through professional experience.
A second reporter-photographer position that embraces the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, which is considered one of the Northwest’s top climate areas, is also available.
In-person visit and tryout are required, so Washington/Northwest applicants are given preference. Send cover letter, resume and five best writing and photography clips to Leah Leach, managing editor/news, P.O. Box 1330, 305 W. First St., Port Angeles, WA 98362, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Freelance Writers San Francisco Bay Area
As a freelance author, you will research, compose, and edit full-length and summarized non-fiction books on a variety of topics. Particular areas of focus include nutrition and diet, health and fitness, home and garden, self-help, cookbooks, and technology. Typical projects pay between $1,500 and $4,500 and take 1-2 weeks to complete. On a per-word basis, we pay an average that ranges from $0.10 to $0.50 per word depending on the topic, type of book, and the writer’s level of experience. Please submit your resume, a cover letter that describes your areas of expertise, and representative writing samples.
Earth Island Journal
We are looking for stories that anticipate environmental concerns before they become pressing problems, stories that scan the horizon for the next big issue. Whenever possible, we seek to tell the stories of individuals and communities who are successfully defending and restoring the Earth. On-the-ground reports from outside North America are especially welcomed. We pay writers 20 cents/word for shorter dispatches (1,200-1,500 words) and for longer investigative features (2,500-3,000 words). We prefer that writers query us before submitting a story.
E: The Magazine
E serves important roles as a voice for the environmental movement and a vital information source on national and international environmental issues. We request that writers send queries by e-mail. Please indicate approximate article length and which section of the magazine you are targeting, allowing a three-month lead time. Please attach writing samples. E pays 30 cents/word upon publication, and you’ll receive a contract that can be signed electronically if your article has been assigned.
Informative, upbeat,entertaining writing on science, technology, nature, sports,history, health, retirement, finance, leisure, seasonal ideas and general Americana. Limit 1,200 to 2,000 words. Prefers articles on spec. Photos preferred and paid extra. Expect around 25 cents/word.
FamilyFun magazine targets families with children 12 and under. Gives parents what they need to create unforgettable family moments, whether it’s cooking, vacations, parties, holidays, crafts or learning. Has travel and non-travel guidelines for writers. Features 850 – 3,000 words. Pays $1.25/word. Departments pay $1.00 to $1.25/word. Very descriptive guidelines.
The American Gardener Magazine
This magazine features inspiring color photographs and in-depth articles on new and native plants, influential garden personalities, garden history, and earth friendly gardening techniques and products. There are also regular departments on design, children’s gardening, conservation issues, and reviews of the latest gardening books, as well as a calendar of gardening events nationwide. Pays $300 to $500 for articles and $100 to $250 for columns. Query with outline,topic description, and why the piece is suitable for thereadership. Include clips or writing samples and a commentabout your gardening experience.
Freelance Business Writer – Citygrid Media West Hollywood, CA
CityGrid, a leading local online media company that owns and operates leading local consumer properties including Citysearch, Insider Pages and Urbanspoon, is looking to hire a freelance business writer to craft copy and copyedit byline articles, case studies and create copy for our blog. Job Responsibilities: Write up to 5-7 byline articles/ blog posts per month on everything from the local landscape, small business marketing ideas to advertising trends Craft customer case stories and marketing materials when needed Work directly with key executives on copyediting articles and blog posts Deliver products in a timely fashion to meet set deadlines Oversee and prioritize work effectively Requirements: Prior experience writing business/technology articles needs to be a published writer.
American Spirit Magazine
The magazine’s focus is on Early American history; genealogy; civics education; historic preservation; collectibles such as furniture, porcelain, textiles, tools and artwork; women’s history and biography; historic travel and tourism; patriotism; Americana and crafts. Its primary timeframe encompasses the Colonial period, the 200-plus years between the Jamestown colony and 1820s. It also tends to focus on the American experience as it relates to women, and we like stories that link past and present. Non-fiction features average 1,500-2,000 words; non-fiction departments average 750-1,000 words. Published by the Daughters of the American Revolution, for its members.
Temporary Freelance Catolog Copywriter Ball Horticultural Company West Chicago, IL
Write, proof, edit copy for trade catalogs, print ads, brochures and direct mail pieces. Provide same to layout artist(s). Research product attributes, features and benefits. Participate in brainstorming. Work well in a collaborative environment. Our ideal candidate will be able to create compelling product copy for B2B and consumer-facing initiatives in a collaborative, fast-paced environment. Previous catalog copywriting experience 5+ years ad agency experience. BA in Journalism, Advertising, Communications or related. Proven track record in developing B2B and Consumer-facing communication. Proficient in Microsoft Office and Mac OS in a shared, server-based computer configuration Excellent attention to detail.
Freelance Senior Copywriter Company: Razorfish Chicago, IL
Razorfish is one of the largest interactive agencies in the world and currently has more than 2,000 employees in 20 offices in seven countries (Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States) focusing exclusively on digital marketing and technology. Each office is filled with opportunities for people who want to invent the digital future. We are seeking a Freelance Senior Copywriter in our Chicago office. The Copywriter is responsible for conceptual development and copy deliverables, including advertising, web sites, email and other forms of interface design. These responsibilities include creating and communicating concepts, implementing marketing strategies and developing short and long form copy solutions.
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