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Secret of Social Selling Your Book

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It’s all about CONTENT MARKETING

Authors can do either of the following:

  • Spend ten thousands, even hundred thousands of dollars to buy their way into bestseller lists
  • Create their platform – do your own marketing, write articles or short stories – or hire publicists

REMEMBER:  Even Celebrity Authors are required to have a platform and a web presence!
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Social Media has become part of our culture, and helps to connect with your readers. However when scrawling through tweets and other posts on Social Media sites one gets the impression that 90% of all posts by writers are “buy my book, buy my book, buy my book…”.  Instead of posting links to useful or entertaining articles, reader only land at sales pages.  Few links are pointing to interesting, entertaining or helpful content – despite the fact that there are so many talented writers out there, who could write great articles or show snippets of their books online. This would make their Social Media presence more valuable and would connect readers with their writing craft.
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Social Selling

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QUESTION: No matter what you purchase: Whom Would you Believe More:

  • a) advertisements
  • b) newspaper / magazine articles
  • c) writing samples

I am not telling you a secret here:  b) and c) are free … and sometimes authors can even make more money with writing newspaper and magazine articles.  So, why not doing what you like best:  WRITING – and at the same time market your books with writing?
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Content Writing Resolutions:

  •         Split chapters of your book into several blog articles
  •         Use your research notes to create web content or guest blogs
  •         Write 2 blogs / week for 2-3 months
  •         Write 1 email newsletter / month for your customers
  •         Write 2 guest blogs / month
  •         Write 2 articles for e-Zines / month
  •         Write 2 posts for Google+ community sites
  •         Upload blogs to Sharing Sites after each post (Google+, Twitter FB, Pinterest, StumpleUpon, Tumblr etc.)

Remember:  Blog/web content or articles does not have to be always written text:  Graphics, images, curated text, re-blogs, videos, guest blogs or info graphics for example are fine too!  And if you have not already, read this story how an author cleverly used places in his book to write a magazine article and show off his latest novel.  What about you?  Are you using the content you have already researched or the books you have written to show your writing skills and get more exposure as an author?

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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

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How to Prepare for Freelance Writing Jobs

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Freelance-Writing

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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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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

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A “NEW” Way of Book Marketing

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Even Ernest Hemingway,  Margaret Atwood, Tom ChiarellaGloria SteinemBrian Mockenhaupt and Stephen King did it:  Writing occasionally short stories and magazine articles – before blogs became fashionable. In several former posts we explained in detail how easy it is for writers to create content, such as blog articles and sell them to magazines and newspapers or write guest blogs. Read more here and here about brilliant book marketing and content writing.
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Use Your Writing Skills to Earn Money
Writing for magazines, newspapers or online articles will get you paid much faster than you ever will be for your book – and they will pay you more!
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Get your Name Out There
Establish your brand as a writer, get links back to your website or book sales page (there are often two links allowed in guest blogs).  As more articles or blogs you publish, as more visibility on the Internet is guaranteed – and as more readers learn about your books.
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Use Content Marketing to Promote Your Books
It’s about attracting the customer to you, the author, rather than paying for expensive advertisements. Entertain and educate first and sell second. Barely talk about your book. The old school thinking struggles with these new concepts.

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Literary Magazines
Literary magazines offer the perfect opportunity for you to get your name and work available to the public.  However, before you offer articles to Literary Magazines: submit short pieces of work to build a portfolio of writing credits and therefore excellent connections.
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Where is Your Audience?
It is common knowledge for marketing professionals:  1% of any audience creates new ideas, 9% talk about the ideas, and the remaining 90% follows the conversation. By reaching the 1%, you can reach the 99%. It’s called “influencer” marketing.
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SEO and Content Marketing:
The rise of Web 2.0 and Social Media gave people the ability to find and share information with their friends. If you create convincing article / blog content, it will be distributed on its own, and when adding to your Google+ timeline, it will be ranked high by Google’s Search Engines.
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Stop acting like an Advertiser:

  • Content Marketing guaranties you more readers’ trust
  • Become a part of your readers lives without selling
  • At least half of your marketing effort should be Content Marketing
  • Content marketing creates a following “around” your (author) brand.
  • You can even make money with your content:
  • You can sell some of your images and your video
  • You can charge to read your blog or online magazine
  • Publishing content can be in a variety of media or formats, such as apps, print, web radio, social networks, video and even web TV

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Become a publisher and not just an advertiser! 
Jeff Bullas wrote in his valuable marketing blogs: “Thanks to Google, the role of content becomes more and more important. The reward is higher rankings and more visibility on the Internet for sites that offer unique content and a quality user experience. Use content marketing, writing articles that you might be able to sell and customers will come to you!”
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Writing content will not transform your book into an overnight success, but it is a wonderful option for a long-term strategy, to build an authors platform and it gives your readers a valuable sample of your writing.

In our online seminars – and also in weekend seminars (this spring in Eastern Canada and in the New England States) we help you to get ideas how to use your books’ content to write, promote and even how you can make more money with your art.

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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 $159 for three months! Learn more about this individual book marketing help: 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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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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Full-time Positions and Free-lance Job Listing

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Online Editor – Full-time Position
Diversified Business Communications is seeking an experienced site editor who will be responsible for managing and maintaining our SeafoodSource.com website, serving the global seafood industry with a goal of providing international news, trends and other business information to seafood professionals worldwide. The site editor is responsible for the successful day-to-day operations of the site, with the goal of making it a top information destination for the industry. The ideal candidate has five years of experience overseeing editorial operations of a website, experience handling editorial budget, knowledge of seafood-related material, demonstrable success editing technical content and prior experience with multimedia. For the detailed job description, essential job functions, and information on applying, take a look at the online editor job posting.
http://www.jobsinme.com/seek/resultdetail.aspx?jobnum=764087

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Freelance Content Developer/Copywriter
ICDC College, Southern California
Create course materials for our online occupational degree programs in the fields of healthcare, business, counseling, security and paralegal. To apply, please email us your cover letter, resume and a topic-specific writing sample to www.icdccollege.edu
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Copywriter Detroit Area
Firmly established media development firm is looking for a copywriter. We’ve designed numerous web-sites and print media solutions for various Fortune 500 companies, organizations at the United Nations, as well as night clubs, restaurants, etc. This is your chance to put your copy writing stamp on work that will be seen by thousands. We are looking for someone who can work between 5-40 hours a week. To be considered, please send us your resume + portfolio/samples of your work + salary requirements (on a per hourly basis). Location: Detroit, Telecommuting is ok. This is a part-time job.
Reply to: fcszv-3194703261@job.craigslist.org

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Freelance Blog Writers
A Marketing Agency is looking for a WordPress Ghost Writer to write 3 – 4 posts a week. $50 for posts of 1000 – 1500 words, $25 for posts up to 700 words. Online marketing and ecommerce, content marketing, SEO, paid search, ecommerce / retail news, etc. email ghostwriterjobs@yahoo.com with two writing samples.

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Freelance Writing for Flight Journal Magazine (history)
Flight Journal is like no other aviation magazine in the world, covering the world of flight from its simple beginnings to its high-tech, no-holds–barred future. We put readers in the cockpit and let them live the thrill and adventure of the aviation experience, narrated by those who know the technology and made the history. Each issue brings the stories of flight – past, present and future – to life. Buys all rights for one year. $600 for articles of 2,500 to 3,000 words. Columns vary in size and payment.
http://www.flightjournal.com/contact-us/
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Copyeditor/Proofreader – Print and Web Boston – South
Freelance Estimated Duration: One month, possible extension, Starts: September 3rd. Rate: $20-25/hr DOE
Job Description: We have a one month freelance opportunity with a corporation in Canton. Our client is looking for a Copyeditor/Proofreader to work with their team. We are looking for someone with a minimum of 2 years of proofreading/editing experience in a professional setting to ensure that US spelling and terminology is used. You must have knowledge of AP style to be considered and you will be required to take a test prior to starting the assignment to measure your spelling, grammar and punctuation editing skills.
You will be responsible for checking grammar, spelling, consistency and formatting the web site as well as various print materials. You will also be responsible for checking facts, cross-references, number sequences, geographical differences between UK/US/CA/AU and other verifiable details.throughout If you feel you are qualified for this position please send your resume (and samples if applicable) to: Boston30@jobalert.creativecircle.com

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Experienced Fiction Editors & Proofreaders (LA-CA)
http://www.Book-Editing.com needs FICTION specialists (mainstream and genre) who can perform ALL of the following services: developmental editing, copyediting / line editing, proofreading, fact checking. Qualified applicants will be sent several short editing and writing tests.
Basic requirements: You must be 100% freelance. No exceptions. Work from your location. USA-based. English must be your first language. 5+ years of editing experience and a track record of published fiction (not self-published) that you have edited. Ability to use Microsoft Word’s tracking and comment features. Ability to send and receive file attachments. Ability to check e-mail several times each day (including once per day on weekends).  Consistent availability. Send resume and list of FICTION books edited (and subsequently published) to apply2012 -at- book-editing.com. Preference will be given to applicants who intend to commit long-term, submit a bio written in third person, and provide verifiable feedback/references from clients (published writers). Resumes without book lists will not be considered.
Reply to: cj7nb-3194789528@job.craigslist.org

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Sports Reporter, Yuma, AZ
An award-winning 20,000-circulation daily located on the Arizona/California/Mexico border, seeks a sports writer who is ready for the challenge of maintaining the excellent local sports coverage. The right candidate will be a talented journalist with a demonstrated ability to write and report. We’d like to find someone with two to three years of experience, but are willing to train recent college graduates.
http://www.workinsports.com/wisquickregapply.asp?referrer=727&idx=84268
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Editor, rural Conneticat
Looking to fill a full-time salary position and to start training immediately. Ideal candidate must have strong writing abilities, journalistic experience and integrity, and a willingness to meet people and investigate the featured towns. Experience with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign is highly desirable. The Rare Reminder reports on hyper-local events that are directly related to the communities of Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Newington and Cromwell, CT. The Editor is also responsible for the content and lay-out of a monthly paper, The Chronicle, which features Cromwell and Middletown. He or she must be willing to work weekends if need be to meet deadlines. Applicants should be self-motivated and driven individuals. The Editor writes articles, manages a team of freelancers, edits and compiles submissions, develops leads for assignments, and lays out part of the Rare Reminder every week on the computer. Please respond by email with a resume and cover letter to mike@rarereminder.com  Employer www.RareReminder.com
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15 Full-Time and Freelance Writing Jobs

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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.
http://jobview.monster.com/getjob.aspx?JobID=111829902

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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: editor@scsun-news.com  Twitter (@SCSunNews)
http://www.scsun-news.com

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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.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175650179&AAEmail=39952

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Online Marketing Manager, Boston, MA
Contact D Rodgers at Aquent, 617-535-4516, drodgers@aquent.com

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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 leah.leach@peninsuladailynews.com .
www.peninsuladailynews.com

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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.
http://www.linkedin.com/jobs?viewJob=&jobId=3320165&trk=rj_em&ut=25yK4dOE4Yf5k1

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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.
http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/guidelines/

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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.
http://www.emagazine.com/writers-guidelines

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Elks Magazine
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.
http://www.elks.org/elksmag/contact.cfm

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Familyfun
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.
http://familyfun.go.com/magazine/contact-us-819817/

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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.
www.ahs.org/publications/the_american_gardener/

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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.
www.simplyhired.com/job-id/xxbrxdwvad/freelance-business-jobs/

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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.
www.dar.org/natsociety/magwriters.cfm

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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.
www.simplyhired.com/job-id/j34uhwj3lb/temporary-freelance-jobs/

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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.
http://www.simplyhired.com/job-id/qh62ypns2o/freelance-senior-jobs/

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Read This: Open Letters To “Content Mills”

Just found on the Internet:: Open letters to media job boards everywhere

Laura Roberts writes: Here is the text of an email I just sent to Media Job Search Canada, and which I have forwarded to MediaBistro. It can equally well apply to any media job boards everywhere that uphold this offensive policy of posting scam “jobs” meant to trick and/or entrap young, inexperienced writers:

“Dear Media Job Search Canada
As a hard-working freelance writer, I’d like to make a suggestion for your media job-posting site: Don’t post ads from “pay-per-click” sites like Suite101!  To me, this is not a job. It is insulting to see these types of scam ads on media-friendly, media-focused job boards, as the “pay” depends on the writer’s constantly pimping links to friends, family and random strangers. You are only “paid” when you reach a certain number of views on your articles, and for most writers on the site, places like Suite101 never pay out. Period. How do I know this? I “worked” for them, and have never received a paycheck for any of the articles I wrote for their site.

This is not a job, it is a scam. To post ads from scammers like these demeans all media job-seekers, and suggests that we are not worth paying for our efforts. We ARE worth paying, and I would really like this ad—and others like it—banned from your site.”

My fellow writers, please do not apply for these types of “jobs.” They are not jobs, they are scams. Even if you are just starting out, you are a professional writer, and professional writers deserve payment for their work. If you must write on spec or for free in order to achieve clips for your portfolio, do it for a reputable company, one whose work you have read and admire. There are plenty of great magazines that are run by unpaid volunteers, and I would much rather see my friends and fellow freelancers contributing to these types of endeavours than getting scammed by scumbags like Suite101 and their ilk.

P.S. To clarify, I do respect MediaBistro as an authority on media jobs, which is why I find it puzzling that they, too, are posting “jobs” from people like Suite101. Suite101 is perpetually “seeking writers.” Is it any wonder, given their lack of payment?  Also, if you’d like more comments/info on Suite101, WritersWeekly has a forum full of comments and complaints about them.”

Read more about this and view all the interesting comments ….
http://buttontapper.com/2009/09/17/an-open-letter-to-media-job-boards-everywhere/

Or this one from another author:
“First, for the pitiful pay they offer, they take ALL rights: “…with Demand Media being deemed the sole author of the contribution and the owner of all rights…”  That’s right.  You write it, you sell it to them, and you earn nothing more after the initial low fee, even if they syndicate it and sell it over and over again.  They can edit it, remove your name, and more.  Theirs is a work-for-hire contract. Let me tell you folks…$5 to $20 for all rights is, in our opinion, downright insulting, especially since resources and references must be cited, a free graphic must be chosen and included….”
http://www.writersweekly.com/the_latest_from_angelahoycom/005650_10142009.html

Or this one:
Dear Mr. XYZ Startup,
Thank you for finally getting back to me, but I can’t live on “impact” and “possibly fame,” neither of which pays any bills. It is my opinion that if you can’t afford to pay the writers who will create content for your site, you shouldn’t start a business at all on the Internet. Professional writers need to be paid a professional rate for their work, just like any other skilled profession, such as doctors or dentists.
DeAnn Rossetti
Freelance Writer/Reporter
27 years of award-winning copy
http://writersweekly.com/this_weeks_article/007138_01112012.html

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