Success Story

Over 80 Rejections in 10 Years = One Stubborn Author! By Angela Dorsey

I have been writing for twelve years with the majority of those years being rewriting and submitting my first juvenile fiction/young adult novel, Freedom. With over eighty rejections, I think I am a good example of perseverance, or just plain stubbornness. …

The Unexpected Freelancer By Beth Hering

In 1994, I walked into my boss' office at a major encyclopedia company to tell him that I needed to quit my job as an editorial coordinator because my husband had been accepted into a graduate program in another state. What I expected to hear was something like "sorry to see you go" or "you will be missed." Instead, he said, "How would you like to stay on as a freelancer?" With no better prospects, I gladly accepted. …

Write For Money and See Your Words in Print By Terry Tucker Hinkley

All I wanted for my third birthday were pencils and paper, my parents say. That writing passion still burns. At nine, I won poetry trophies. By 19, I was selling articles and poems to national magazines and newspapers for money. A teenage essay I wrote sold to the New York Times Op-Ed page. Soon after, Reader's Digest sent me a check for reprint rights to excerpt that essay. When I married, I sold several short pieces to Modern Bride. I also sold dozens of opinion and inspirational articles to national religious magazines. The checks kept on coming. And they still do... …

Dreams of A Real Writer By Kelly Kyrik

I always wanted to be a real writer. I dreamt of days spent churning out page after page of evocative prose that would impress editors with its brilliance and move readers to grateful tears. There was only one problem: I *couldn't* be a real writer. Oh, I could work at dead-end jobs (hating every one), doodle in a journal, and raise kids, but professional "success" was simply out of my league. …

Second Chance on a First Impression By Tequitia R. Andrews

Start local. That's the advice I received when building my writing portfolio. In 2001, I was new to freelancing, with only a few clips published on the Internet. There were a few newspapers and magazines that I considered writing for in my area and one in particular was a regional parenting magazine that I read regularly. …

I’m the Publisher! By Pamela White

For three years, I've taught Food Writing classes online. Last June, a student proposed that I write a Food Writing II class, and start a newsletter. He believed in my ability to publish a profitable e-zine. He obviously didn't know my disastrous history as a publisher. I started a community newspaper years ago, only to find the workload too heavy and my bank account too light. …

BWOC By Sandy Siegel

As a university undergraduate, I was interested in TV writing, not journalism, so working on the school newspaper never entered my mind. Now, years later, I'm suddenly "in demand" as a writer at my alma mater. …

Another Booklocker.com POD Book Lands Traditional Contract! By Paul Clayton

Over the next three years, I tried; no luck. Books about Vietnam wouldn't sell, they said. Out of frustration, I sold the erights to an ebook startup. In 2001, they entered it in the Frankfurt eBook Awards. Carl Melcher was named a finalist, along with the work of Joyce Carol Oates and David McCullough. I had made it, right? Selling the book would be a slam-dunk now! Wrong. …

Freelance Success Stories By Author Paul Oranika

One day I read an article on WritersWeekly.com that advised writers to be prepared to try new genres of writing and the author placed emphasis on technical writing. Prior to that time, I had concentrated on seeking writing assignments on regular non-fiction, magazine-newspaper type of articles. …

Novel Query Strategy Generates Additional Sales By John K. Borchardt

Like many freelancers, I've seen my income drop sharply in the last couple of years. However, last summer I developed an effective recovery strategy to increase my article sales. My strategy is a variant of the tried and true technique of building on success by approaching an editor with a new article proposal after she has accepted one of your manuscripts for publication. …

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. …

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