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Write What You Love By Jayne Thurber-Smith

Write What You Love By Jayne Thurber-Smith

Fifteen years ago, I picked up The Sports News, a new monthly wrap-up on sports activities in our Niagara Falls community, at the grocery store. Having been raised in a household with five active brothers, I am a sports fanatic. As I sat down with a coffee to read up on the different events, I noticed an ad stating the magazine was in need of a sports writer.…

I Don’t Despise My Humble Beginnings as a Writer by Julie Guirgis

I Don’t Despise My Humble Beginnings as a Writer by Julie Guirgis

At the beginning of my writing career, armed with a few publication credits, I convinced myself that it was the right time to take on higher paid publications. I eagerly scanned through magazine markets willing to pay top dollar. My eyes lit up whenever I came across listings that paid high rates ...…

How I Landed a Newspaper Column That Ran for 15 Years! by Linda Harris Sittig

How I Landed a Newspaper Column That Ran for 15 Years! by Linda Harris Sittig

I launched my freelance career by becoming a weekly newspaper columnist. My plan was to review the newest and best of children’s literature and feature accompanying tips for parents, teachers, and grandparents on how to instill the love of reading in children. As a ten-year teaching veteran, I wanted my column to provide our community with exposure to great books for children ...…

From Microsoft Layoff to Successful Freelance Career! by Sabrina Zackery

From Microsoft Layoff to Successful Freelance Career! by Sabrina Zackery

Writing has been in my blood from the day my Honors English teacher gave me an A- on my final paper. Up until that moment, I thought I was going to fail the class, never graduate, and my mother would have my head. I did graduate and went on my merry way, living a life full of twists and turns. Subsequently, I wound up putting my writing career on the back burner. When my position at Microsoft was off-shored in 2008 ...…

How to Track Your Writing Milestones for Future Inspiration! By Wendy Hobday Haugh

How to Track Your Writing Milestones for Future Inspiration! By Wendy Hobday Haugh

It's important for freelance writers to have cheering sections - supportive parents, spouses, children, friends or fellow writers. But, it's even more important for a freelancer to be his or her own biggest cheerleader. Doubts, stumbling blocks, and perceived failures abound in a writer's life so the ability to bolster one's spirits and get on with the work at hand is paramount to long-term success.…

How My Writing Led to a TV Appearance! By Monica A. Andermann

Diversify, diversify, diversify! Anyone with an investment portfolio knows this is wise advice. Don't put all your eggs in one basket, we are told. A good idea for investors perhaps, yet does this sage counsel apply to writers as well? In my experience, the answer is 'not necessarily.'…

Surprise! How a Private Online Compliment Turned into An Editing Job! By Stephanie Allen Crist

Surprise! How a Private Online Compliment Turned into An Editing Job! By Stephanie Allen Crist

In the final year of my graduate Written Communications program, I was writing the first draft of my memoir about raising three children with autism. I worked the special education discussion groups on LinkedIn to build up my platform. In one of these discussions, a parent "expert" with a chip on his shoulder kept haranguing a guy with a doctorate - a real expert in special education. On a whim, I sent Dr. Lauer an encouraging private message. Little did I know what I was getting myself into!…

Lesser Known Magazines Provide Less Competition for Writers! By Sue Carloni

Lesser Known Magazines Provide Less Competition for Writers! By Sue Carloni

I was visiting my elderly neighbor, Agnes, when she handed me a copy of a regional magazine that I was unfamiliar with. She had picked up the free publication at the local hobby store. Agnes was aware that I was a published author. "I thought you might be able to write stories for them," she said with a smile. Her granddaughter was visiting with us. "Oh, Grandma," she scolded. "A free publication is not going to pay writers." But, I had no idea if that was true... …

Small, Niche Publications Are This Writer’s Bread And Butter! By Cindy Ladage

The freelance road is an exciting, albeit rocky one. To achieve the goal of publication, you have to be dogged, polite, tough skinned and tenacious. I always wanted to write, but was an environmental scientist in my day-to-day career. So, how did a biologist end up with several freelance writing gigs, enough to keep me busy during my retirement days? …

Sell Your Books At Art Fairs! By Kimberly Carlson

Sell Your Books At Art Fairs! By Kimberly Carlson

I was a bit skeptical of the idea of selling books at art fairs even though the idea was mine. But, I have been willing to step out of the box in order to sell my novel, Out of the Shadows. As it turned out having a little booth at art fairs has been profitable, and I sell more books than I have at book signings at Barnes and Nobles or independent bookstores. …

Create A “Possibilities Folder” And Keep Those Ideas Coming! By Wendy Hobday Haugh

Create A “Possibilities Folder” And Keep Those Ideas Coming! By Wendy Hobday Haugh

At some point, all freelancers experience brain-drain. The creative challenge of brewing and executing fresh ideas, coupled with other daily demands - children, grandchildren, aging parents, health issues - can lead to sensory overload and burnout. How can creativity thrive when it's buried beneath the worries of the world? Getting down to work when you're already ëdown' can be intensely stressful. That's when a 'possibilities folder,' thoughtfully prepared ahead of time, can be a lifesaver.…

I Finally Found Freedom! How I Quit My Corporate Job, Moved To The South China Sea, And Became A Freelance Writer By Walter (Walt) Simms

I Finally Found Freedom! How I Quit My Corporate Job, Moved To The South China Sea, And Became A Freelance Writer By Walter (Walt) Simms

Most of my life I've worked in high powered executive jobs. Power dressing, power speaking and power working - all of which came with a powerful lot of stress. I was in my mid thirties, sitting in another corporate office, beavering away for a six-figure salary I was never going to have the time to enjoy. I wanted freedom, freedom like I'd never had. Freedom from the grind of daily life, freedom from slaving away to pay the bills and, most of all, freedom to enjoy some of my time before I completely ran out of time to enjoy! …

Want To Turn ON Your Muse? Turn OFF The Internet! By Diane Stark

Recently, my home Internet service was out for three days. When my teenage children awoke and discovered this travesty of justice, they joked that they may as well go back to bed. I wasn't happy about it, either. After all, I'm a writer, and I need the Internet to work... …

How To Sharpen Your Writing Skills By Watching TV By Wendy Hobday Haugh

How To Sharpen Your Writing Skills By Watching TV By Wendy Hobday Haugh

Writers are taught to write what they know, and read and write voraciously every day. But 'what I know' has limits, and - much as I love to read and write - given life's many other responsibilities, sometimes I just want to close my book, turn off the computer, and turn on the TV... …

Hunting For Non-listed Publishers Helped Me Land A Traditional Publishing Contract! By Barb Adams

The day finally arrived. My polished non-fiction book proposal needed a royalty publisher. There was more than one direction my proposed manuscript could go, and I wanted to secure a publisher before completing the book so I could adapt to that publisher's style. Somewhere I'd heard the idea of hunting through specialty bookstores and book catalogues for newer or unlisted publishers. The idea was to search for titles that didn't compete, but were similar enough in topic that your own title would complement their list. But I didn't start out looking for a publisher that way. You might say I went around the barn... …

How To Profit From Your First Draft By Kaila Weingarten

Going through computer files is kind of like spring cleaning. You work hard, get carried away by little things, and find some long forgotten treasures. In my case, old writings. It's fascinating to see what my writing was like a few years ago, even a few months age. I love to compare and contrast, seeing how I have evolved as a writer... …

How To Proofread Better and Increase Your Sales! By Wendy Hobday Haugh

You've written a great article, and can't wait to submit it. But hold on: Have you proofread it meticulously? Writers are most vulnerable to mistakes when in love with their work and, in this fast-paced world where briefly scanning text is commonplace (think emails), it's easy to read quickly, and overlook details. So how can you proofread more effectively? …

Make Money Reviving Stale Company Blogs! By Eliana Osborn

Make Money Reviving Stale Company Blogs! By Eliana Osborn

When a chance to blog regularly for a respected education site fell into my lap, I realized how nice it is to have a steady income stream instead of having to hustle for every piece. I took it for granted for two lovely years but made the mistake of not realizing that all good things must come to an end. When the gig ended, I was left with experience, confidence, lots of clips, and no long term backup client. Yikes... …

How I Leapt from Academics to Freelance Journalism in a Single Bound! By P. Comeau

When you've spent years writing and researching essays while reading some of the world's best literature, for an English major, the post-graduation moment is a double-whammy of relief and weightlessness. No longer pressed for grades and working to other people's deadlines, the freedom to write about your passions is a special kind of liberation; though many folks will blog, journal, or consider self-publishing, for those of us who aren't independently wealthy, garnering a livable income has to be priority... …

Nail That Job With Cover Letter Keywords And A Professional Website By Marc Davis

Nail That Job With Cover Letter Keywords And A Professional Website By Marc Davis

I've been freelancing for more than thirty years. I've replied with job applications to hundreds of ads for writers posted online. Over the last decade and a half, I've nailed freelance jobs with AOL, Arthur Andersen, Forbes Investopedia, and many more print and online publications. Some of the editors at those publications told me that hundreds of qualified writers applied for those gigs. Why was I selected for the job rather than some other writer? I was told they hired me because they liked my cover letter, clips and resume... …