Success Story

My Small Steps to Success By Grace West

In December 2002, I decided to become a freelance writer. I came to the profession with no formal education in writing, and I had no contacts in the writing industry. I believed that I could be a good writer because, at the age of seven, I wrote my life story. And, I have continued writing ever since. I am also an avid reader. The fact that I am a married middle-aged mother with two young children did not deter me. …

One Things Leads to Another! By Shirley Bahlmann

Even though I lived there, I'm embarrassed to admit that I failed to see the obvious. It was only after a friend asked me when I was going to write about the tornado that the light bulb nearly blinded me. I got busy, conducted over 70 interviews, tracked down photographs, and ultimately self-published a 130-page book titled Manti Tornado Stories. Copies sold right out of my hands! …

Who Knows Where $50 May Lead? By Jodi Helmer

When the editor of a small community newspaper called to ask if I would be interested in writing several freelance articles for the paper, I hesitated. He was only offering $50 per story and I was concerned that the articles would require much more time and effort than the pay warranted. But, with the holidays around the corner and few deadlines during November and December, I agreed to take on the assignments. …

Turning Dreams Into Goals By Anne E. Skalitza

Years later I wrote a letter to a local newspaper regarding something I felt passionate about. Out of two hundred letters printed that month, mine was chosen as the second best letter submitted. That was the catalyst I needed to pursue writing as a career. I now realized that my dreams were to be my goals. First I wanted to see an article of mine in the newspaper. It happened. Then I wanted to see my name in print in a magazine. I did. And over the past three years, with a lot of hard work, articles and short stories were published and I was getting paid! …

Stretching For Success By Kathryn Higginbottom Gorin

On the WritersWeekly.com Freelance Job Listings, I found a link to the CBC Radio Freelancer Forum. As a print writer, radio was a BIG stretch, but a little desperate for paying markets, I registered for the CBC forum and newsletter. In one of the newsletters was a request for "consumer" pitches requiring freelancers to test several products and tell which gave consumers the best bang for their buck. The finished pieces were only 3 or 4 minutes long and I knew that this was something I could do. …

Write Beyond Your Comfort Zone By Christine Cristiano

After WritersWeekly.com published my article, Paying Personal Essay Markets, a publicist who had read my article contacted me and inquired if I'd be interested in reviewing a book on sexual child abuse. She'd supply me with the book plus the opportunity to interview the author, but I'd be responsible for writing, querying and ultimately selling the book review. …

Freelance Success Story By Mary Jekielek Insprucker

Like any decent Clark, Rowling, Morrison wannabe, I started my illustrious writing career creating books. I would go to sleep nightly with visions of sugarplums and book signings dancing in my head. However, when I woke up, only rejections came true. Discouraged, I abandoned my two best friends- pen and paper. I had every intention of never seeing them again, but they kept calling, beckoning me back. …

New Ebook Brings in $760 in Only 24 Hours! By Angela Hoy

Well, I've never done this before. But, hey, we ran out of success stories and I've been very happy with the success of my new book, Query Letters That Worked! So, today, I thought I'd tell you how I made more than $1900 in 48 hours. Several months ago, determined to keep up with my new goal to write and publish three new books each year, I wrote down a list of several possible book ideas... …

How to Make it [Online and Off] in Good Times and Bad By Keith Regan

My first connection with the Internet came in 1993. Together with a fellow reporter, I devised a definition for the World Wide Web for inclusion in a newspaper story. Little did I know then what a major role the Web would play in my life. …

CREATE YOUR OWN ROADMAP By Rita Hess

Wouldn't it be great if the corner convenience store sold roadmaps? Not the kind for planning vacations, but the kind that tells you how to go from a wannabe to a successful published writer in a few short years? I didn't have that luxury …

Unique Story Ideas = Assignments By Kristine Hansen

I am a 27 year-old woman who has always enjoyed the buzz of print journalism. My freelance writing career started two-and-a-half years ago with a chatty e-mail to a former colleague, an editor of two trade magazines. I asked how her recent wedding went. We swapped gossip about our colleagues at the trade publishing company where I had once worked as an assistant editor on a transportation magazine. I mentioned I had just started a part-time job at an organic farm and environmental education center in California and was considering freelancing. She wished me luck. …

A Thick Skin Helps by Lorraine Mace

I have an article that refused to die. You know the type I mean - the writing that every member of your family loves unreservedly, he piece that your friends said proved you were (funny, clever, wise, sophisticated, intelligent - insert your word of choice)... …

Write Your Way To Regular Work By Cheryl Wright

From the day I decided to freelance, I knew that a column was the best option for me, that I would thrive on having a goal each month; I am the Queen of Goals. No kidding! …

First Success By Dawn Goldsmith

I spring from a long line of farm wives. Pie baking rather than language or communication served as the measure of a woman's worth in my family. When I felt the tug to do something less domestic, less traditional, support and encouragement evaporated. …

Everything I Needed to Know about Writing, I Learned from My Camera By Barbara Bell

In putting my photographs out into the world, I found that writing went hand-in-hand with it. I had to define who I was and what my art meant. I had to instruct others on how to achieve similar results. Quite frankly, I was thrilled. My dream job would combine writing and photography. I wanted to talk to people about having their picture taken and find out what was important to them. What ensued allowed me to pursue writing and photography as their own entities, sometimes allowing them to combine. …

Tell the Story, Sell the Story, Sell Yourself By Mark Preskett

Eight years ago I left university armed with a degree in politics, a handful of short stories and very little else. I knew I wanted to be a writer but I had nothing to write about. So I decided to forget about writing for a while and went traveling instead. …

Rocking-Chair and Laptop Can Be Compatible By Florence Dean

I've been freelancing for eight years, following retirement at age 65. It was difficult getting started even though I had accumulated some clips through involvement with the PTA and entering a couple of contests. I had also served as editor for a community newsletter, and edited a book on Arizona pioneers. …

Ideas, Inspiration and Dogs By Paul Lima

I was a busy technology/telecom freelance writer during the dot-com boom. When it went bust, so did many of my newspaper, magazine and corporate clients. …

Following the Dream By Mark C. McCann, Author of Jacob’s Dream

I wanted to share with you the art of "following the dream" of writing. I've just published my first novel called, Jacob's Dream - The Vision. It is a tale about a man who answers his dream and finds his ultimate purpose. And, the process of following my own vision to write this story taught me a very important secret of successful writing. …

Pinching Myself By Jennifer Bond Reed

Long ago, if anyone had told me I'd be doing what I'm doing today, I'd have laughed really hard. I still have to pinch myself as I roll out of bed and meander to the computer in my PJs to work. Writing is the best job in the world because it gives you the freedom to be your own boss, make your own decisions and enjoy the successes. But, it didn't happen all at once. It took a lot of goal setting, work, perseverance and dreaming big! …

Make Contacts in the Community By Susana Molinolo

In the past few months I've gotten writing assignments that I didn't have to grovel for! This to me is the true sign of success -- but it hasn't always been that way. The reason people are now calling me or emailing me is because I reached out to them first. …

Busting Down Opportunity’s Door By Kimberly M. Hutmacher

Most of my writing is concentrated on poetry for children's magazines. Several months ago I found myself in what appeared to be a no-win situation. The children's magazine market was shrinking, rates were dropping, and many more of the publications were insisting upon buying all rights. I needed to find a way to get as much bang for my buck with each poem as possible. But, how was I supposed to do that? …

Busting Down Opportunity’s Door by Kimberly M. Hutmacher

Most of my writing is concentrated on poetry for children's magazines. Several months ago I found myself in what appeared to be a no-win situation. The children's magazine market was shrinking, rates were dropping, and many more of the publications were insisting upon buying all rights. I needed to find a way to get as much bang for my buck with each poem as possible. But, how was I supposed to do that? The answer was sitting in my inbox. I receive a monthly educational ezine geared towards those who teach pre-k thru sixth grade. I'm not a teacher, but I subscribe to the newsletter to shed light on new activities to do with my three small children. As soon as I looked through my current issue, I thought of a possible solution to my problem. …