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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... …

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... …

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