Success Story

Act Boldly! By Sue Carloni

Act Boldly! By Sue Carloni

A bit unsure of myself, it took an act of boldness to submit my first manuscript three decades ago. But, the article sold to the first magazine I sent it to, and has been reprinted many times... …

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone By Polly Tafrate

Several years ago, in the "Paying Market Section" of WritersWeekly.com, I noticed a German magazine seeking articles. I'd published one for our local paper about independently operated Saturday language schools, so called because they meet on Saturday mornings throughout the school year. I pitched them my idea, but narrowed my focus to German schools. In turn, they sent me a contract. Last year, another German magazine requested a similar version of this article. I freshened it up and it, too, was published... …

Using Words To Create Imagery Is Integral To Writing Success! By Rebecca MacKenzie

Whether writing advertising copy, novels, articles, essays, or poems, it is essential to paint word pictures by wringing the last drop of creative juice from the sponge of your brain. Adjectives, verbs and adverbs make butterflies of less-than-colorful nouns and verbs. Yet, apply a too-heavy coat of description and the reader's mind will never take flight. As in mixing colors, precision coaxes the loveliest of hues to appear; in writing, excessive verbiage results in a muddy mess... …

Do Dreams Have An Expiration Date? By Carol Fleischman

My first picture book finally found a publisher! For me, the years of visualizing the story in my head like a movie, and the arduous writing and rewriting paid off. I believed in my dream (though it was a bit dusty). One day, I searched for a publisher. Yet, a thought nagged me... …

Get Out Of The Trenches, And Get Your Name Out There! By Susan Sundwall

I write comic cozy mysteries. I am not famous. I'm down in the trenches, trying to get my name and titles out there. My publisher is small and my marketing budget is, too. Can you relate? On more than one occasion I've wondered if I should simply get a job at the bank, and forget this whole writing dealy-bob. It's a tough slog. But, take it from me, good things can happen if you hang in there... …

Paying Devotional Markets! By Sue Carloni

I was well published with essays, articles, children's stories and poetry appearing in both religious and secular magazines. But there was one genre I had never thought to explore - devotionals - until a writer friend suggested I delve into this genre. Because these magazines publish daily devotionals, there is plenty of opportunity for sales... …

Writing About The Minutia Of Life Can Be Quite Profitable! By Rebecca MacKenzie

It's no secret that everyday experiences are fodder for writers. Readers relate to everyday experiences. Often, though, we writers think we've exhausted all our everyman material, and have nothing to write. Such thinking is nonsense. Right off the cliched top of my head, I can think of a well-known example where writing success has been the result of making something out of nothing: Seinfeld (the "show about nothing").…

Don’t Join A Writing Group. Join A CRITIQUE Group! By Sue Carloni

I sold the first article I ever wrote to the first magazine I submitted it to. But, that was after revising the piece over and over until I had faith that my article had reached perfection. Excited by my sale, I sought out and joined a local writers' group that met semi-monthly. Members would read their manuscripts aloud at one meeting each month, and receive verbal comments. Those comments were somewhat helpful, but it wasn't until I was invited to join a critique group of six published authors that my magazine sales started to soar...…

How to Make the Most of Your Freelance Break by Greg Thorpe

How to Make the Most of Your Freelance Break by Greg Thorpe

At the end of 2013, I quit my publishing job after 12 to pursue the life of a freelancer. I announced my plans across social media and, although it wasn't intended as a pitch, I quietly hoped the announcement would lead to some interesting (paid) work. Soon after, a local independent arts venue contacted me to say they were fans of my blog... …

When A Writer Turns To Research, Profitable Nuggets Can Be Uncovered! By Peter Garland

When A Writer Turns To Research, Profitable Nuggets Can Be Uncovered! By Peter Garland

When you chop down a dead tree, you don't have to throw it all away when you're finished. You can make use of the wood, and even the splinters. In other words, if you are working on a major product - like writing a book - be alert for articles you can write and sell based on the research you've accumulated... …

Joining Forces By Rebecca MacKenzie

Do not underestimate the power of a writing group. I owe the success of my first sale to such a group with a membership of only two. While there may be strength in numbers, there is also strength in commitment... …

How To Convert Success From Printed Media To A Winning Website

In 1990, my photographer husband and I owner-built a home. It was hard work, and offered a typical university of life learning curve. We'd already collaborated on nine home and do-it-yourself building related books (four of which had been published internationally in the US, UK, and Australia, as well as our native South Africa), so it wasn't a surprise when the MD of one of the publishing companies we'd been working closely with suggested we create a book about owner building based on our personal experience... …

30 Queries In 30 Days Worked For Me! By Diane Stark

Recently, I took an online writing class called "30 Queries in 30 Days" by Mridu Khullar Relph. The goal of the class was obvious: to send out 30 query letters in a month. Every day, Mridu would send a lesson via email that taught us how to research magazine markets, generate ideas, write query letters, or some other how-to of marketing our writing... …

A Different Kind Of Re-Write By Rebecca MacKenzie

I have had success condensing essays to fillers, expanding devotionals into expository compositions, and re-working a serious article into a poem. I even combined several un-sold manuscripts into an article about a sales drought and sold it to a writing magazine. Generating a manuscript in various forms for various audiences increases its marketability. Whether the original piece has been sold or is sitting in your hard drive, consider whether it could be worked into a different genre... …

Reaping the Rewards of Reprints By Sue Carloni

The first article I ever wrote shared how my husband and I co-owned a Correct Craft water ski boat with another couple. Due to the high price of the boat, co-ownership made the purchase possible. My article explained how well our arrangement worked, and outlined what readers should include in their contracts. I sold this article to the first magazine I submitted it to... …

Success Story By Janet Garber

In 1998 I became temporarily disabled, and was forced to leave my full-time job of ten years' duration. As I regained my strength, I decided to see if I could cobble enough together with writing and teaching jobs to support myself. The first thing I had to do was overcome my personal aversion to "networking"... …

From Giving Free Advice To Leading A Successful Workshop By Ann Goldberg

As an active member of several writers' forums, I often answer questions from new writers. I know how lonely the life of a freelance writer can be, and how much difference getting some advice, a helping hand, and sympathetic ear can make. However, when people started contacting me off the forum, asking longer questions, wanting marketing advice, and asking me to critique their work, I realized that this had gone beyond a helping hand and I was in danger of spending half my working time writing for no pay... …

Converting Coursework Into (Publishing) Credits – and Cash By Erika Dreifus

Each year about this time, a new set of graduates with fresh, new academic degrees embarks on post-academic life. Especially among those who majored in a humanities field, or who earned advanced degrees in creative writing or literature, the road to graduation was likely paved with plenty of course papers and presentations. I'm not sure how many new graduates (or, for that matter, those with degrees earned in years past) realize that this work needn't simply gather dust - literal or virtual. Sometimes, it can be transformed for publication and payment. …

Want More Freelance Work from Clients? Ask Questions! By Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan

An old friend contacted me out of the blue via email to see if I would write a press release for an event she was planning. I followed the link she sent, and learned she was now on the board of a well-known non-profit that hosted two big fundraising events each year. But, I also noticed there was no social media activity associated with these events... …

I Returned to Writing After 10 Years! By Deborah Ross

For 10 years, I truly abstained from writing. You know, the kind of writing that forces you to try out 50 different ways to construct a sentence until you choose Number 51. The synapse-firing, hangnail-chewing kind of writing. Instead, my days were filled with writing lesson plans, finding succinct ways to list homework on a whiteboard, and inserting red-ink comments on student essays without becoming flippant. My years as a high school English and journalism teacher were rewarding but, when I decided to take early retirement, my decision came partly from that ache to write again. Really write... …

Fishing for Fun and Profit By Stephen King

As the weather warms, a good portion of the American population takes to the rivers, lakes, and streams in search of 'the big one'. One great idea is that, if you're a reasonably good fisher person, and a reasonably good writer person, you can combine the two into one very good moneymaking scheme... …

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