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11 Websites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

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Ever wondered how freelance writers find markets for their writing talent and the ability to write online articles too?  Or where you could offer articles / blogs with a link to your book’s sales page – as described in a former blog post: Smart Authors Get Paid for Marketing Their Books
Don’t look further than to these websites, which are regularly updated, either on a weekly basis, and sometimes even more often. These links will lead you not only to get the latest job openings, but also great sources of publishing and writing knowledge:

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http://www.writingjobsource.com
Writing Job Source connects writers with employers in one central place. They email writers every other day the latest offers.

http://www.absolutewrite.com
This site consist of valuable content, including some international market listings. Funny to read their FTC compliance…

http://www.duotrope.com
Their Motto: Write. Re-write. Submit.  This free database contains more than two thousand writer markets for short fiction, poetry and novels/collections. Try out their custom searches of thousands of market listings to find exactly what you are looking for!

http://www.fundsforwriters.com
Author C. Hope Clark writes since many years a great weekly blog on freelance writing, writing jobs (full-time), grants, markets, contests and fellowships. Sign up for her free e-newsletter – you will be glad that you did.  It is one of the very few newsletters that are truly worth subscribing!

http://www.fwointl.com
Freelance Writing Organization Intl. is a free online database with thousands of job listings and freelance opportunities. Over 5000 Free Writing Resources & Links, thousands of Writing Jobs Opportunities.

http://www.journalismjobs.com
Daily job listings for journalists, editors, online media and more.

http://www.marketlist.com
This database of markets and contests is helping freelance writers for over ten years.

http://www.mediabistro.com
Every freelancer should bookmark this site and visit often for the latest industry news and the great  job listing section.

http://www.mediajobsearchcanada.com
“Job Search & Find” site for Canadian writers, journalists, editors, marketing & PR-specialists and radio or TV personnel.

http://www.mediajobmarket.com
Media Job Market lists hundreds of job postings and several fantastic must-read articles on job hunting in the writing industry.

http://www.writergazette.com
Writer Gazette’s regularly weekly newsletter, forum, writer service listing and most important of all: More than 500 submission calls to paying markets.

http://jobs.problogger.net/
The ProBlogger Job Board is where professional bloggers looking for jobs and companies looking for bloggers to hire.
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Essentials are: Learn to write for the web, know how to write press releases, and study potential contract givers’ websites thoroughly.  Update your portfolio regularly, and don’t forget: the decision makers can also be found on social media sites, such as Google+ or Twitter. 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. 

Do you know any other useful websites for writing jobs?

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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
Responsibilities include:
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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5 Steps to Improve your Amazon Page – and Sell More Books


One of the greatest benefits of selling your e-book (or paper book) at Amazon is the space they provide you to “advertise” your work.  If you are a savvy author, take advantage of this marvelous opportunity and insert lots information about your writing and yourself . 

Look at it from the standpoint of a reader; which e-book or book would you buy: The one that shows just a boring cover, name of the author, and a very short introduction to the book – or the one which has:

  1. a beautiful, appealing cover
  2. an all-embracing editorial review
  3. an interesting authors bio with a portrait
  4. lots of customer reviews
  5. a book trailer or interview video

So, what can you do to improve your appearance on Amazon and improve book sales? A lot!

Appealing Cover
Rule # 1 for your book cover on Amazon is NEVER to use a white background! White on white is barely visible and your book will not stick out, especially when you chose to have the text in black.  Your book cover should be:

  • aesthetically appealing
  • targeted to the book’s intended audience
  • represent the book’s contents
  • use a clean, readable font
  • use bold or complementary colors
  • use light on dark for dramatic effects
  • visit a bookstore to research book cover designs
  • test the cover in thumbnail size to make sure it looks good even if it is only one inch high/wide

An appealing book cover can be done through the use of software, such as Bookcoverpro.com, if you are computer-savvy and creative / artsy – or hire a professional at Freelancer,  Elance, Fiverr,  or just get in touch with your local college / graphic design class to find a young and eager cover artist.
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Write a great editorial review
Write as much about your book as possible and use all the space you get from Amazon:
Editorial Review—350 characters
From the Author, From the Inside Flap, and From the Back Cover—8000 characters !!!
About the Author—2000 characters
See the detailed information on Amazon.

 

Your Author Page
Helping customers get to know you is an effective way to introduce your books. Information you add on the “Profile” tab in Author Central appears on the Amazon.com Author Page. On the Author Page you can display:

  • books you have written
  • biography and up to eight photos!
  • up to eight videos!
  • feeds to blog posts
  • a calendar of events, such as book signings

The Author Page is a good chance to tell readers something interesting about yourself, so make sure you include any details about your (writers) background, awards, other books you have written and personal details customers might want to know. Your author photo should be a professional, high-resolution image for quality display.

At the Author Central page on Amazon you get lots of free marketing help.  Click the “Profile” tab where you will see all these sections to add – or to change the information later.  It can take several days for the Author Page to appear on the Amazon, so start right now adding content to your Author Page. There are lots of features for you to choose from:

  • Your Profile and your Biography
  • Uploading Photos & Videos
  • Managing Your Blog Feeds & Your Events
  • Uploading Book Images
  • Managing Editorial Reviews

Customer Reviews
Anyone registered as an Amazon.com customer is entitled to write customer reviews, including fellow authors and journalists. Reader reviews don’t carry across borders, so ask your friends to copy and paste their reviews to all of your Amazon sites (Amazon.uk.co, Amazon.ca or Amazon.de).  Make it easy for them and provide all the direct links to your sites.

Customer reviews are in order from newest to oldest with the exception of “Spotlight Reviews” that are based on how well the review was written and how helpful it was deemed by our customers. (Hint: ask your friends to click on “helpful” at the best reviews : )

Book Trailer & Videos:
You can share your book trailer, video interviews, book signing videos or the new Google Search Story trailers with readers. Your videos should focus on specific features of your books or your experience as an author. Hire a professional video maker to create your book promotion and upload the video to YouTube and other video sites.

Submit your video or book trailer to your own website, your blog or blogs of your friends, show it often on your Google+, Twitter, or your FB site (ask all your friends to spread the word and to re-tweet your video link or submit it to their FB friends).

Amazon has more cool features to help an author get found. Use every bit of support you can get from Amazon, join the Kindle Forum to ask questions, get help and support from other authors and on blogs, and your book will be a success! 

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