Success Story

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... …

This Author Stayed Home And Became More Grounded, Satisfied & Prosperous By Christina Katz

Most author advice suggests getting out in the world and getting up in front of your book's real-live audience. I am not going to contradict this advice because I know the benefits of public speaking, making appearances, and teaching workshops at conferences first-hand. If you are a first-time author you need to get out there, get seen, and mingle with your audience, period... …

Being Legally Blind Doesn’t Get in My Way! By Pam Bostwick

I knew I wanted to be a writer when I won an essay contest in fifth grade. In high school, I wrote for the city newspaper. Then, after marriage, I started having children and thought I was too busy to write. I soon realized I had to find the time to create pieces because stories were within me and I longed to share them. When my twins were two, I decided I wasn't going to wait until they grew up to write. While the toddlers took their rare naps, I wrote about what I knew... …

I Got Higher Quality Clients, and Tripled My Income, by Raising My Writing Rates! By Joy Lynskey

I Got Higher Quality Clients, and Tripled My Income, by Raising My Writing Rates! By Joy Lynskey

As many new-to-the-scene freelancers do, I began my career on a well-known outsourcing platform many years ago. In the earlier days of copywriting on the web, there weren't many rules guided by search engine algorithms like there are today. For this reason alone, I seemed to have a lot of time to research my new career's possibilities. Having started writing when it was common to earn one dollar per 500 word article, I always assumed I'd have nowhere to go but up... …

Learning InDesign Increased My Freelance Income! By Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan

Six months ago, I landed a contract with a local non-profit editing articles for their newsletter. They needed a freelancer because staff downsizing had eliminated several staff positions and the few staff who remained were overloaded. After three months of editing, and spending time going back and forth with the staff person who took over design and layout, I asked the director of communications if I could take over that part of the project in addition to editing... …

Visualize Your Success By Diane Stark

Five years ago, I started writing a romance novel. I wrote the first 30,000 words before life got busy and the novel was forgotten. But every year, usually around New Year's Day, I made promises to myself that I would finally complete the novel. It didn't happen... …

An Easy Way To Double Or Triple What You Make On A Trip By Stephen King

First, one of the things I have to say is all that talk about the "lifestyle" writers lead is totally true. For the last 20 years, I have been getting paid to take trips, go to events, and hang out with celebrities. Just a few days ago, I spent the day with a beautiful, blond national TV star. And, got paid to do it. Not a bad way to make a paycheck... …

Writers! Never Work For Less Than Professional Rates!! By Elizabeth Armenta

It was November of 2009, and just 3 months after I'd lost my corporate job and my apartment. I had spent six years as a technical writer but, as a former English major, I didn't feel like I was "legit." So, while I was cooped up in an upstairs bedroom at my parents' house with my two cats, I created a dinky website for myself that would eventually become my business... …

No Unethical Shortcuts for Me! By K.M. Lowe

One of my first assignments as a writer was preparing monthly shopping, dining and events columns for a city magazine. The work wasn't exciting but it was steady. I'd been doing it for several months when the editor telephoned. The magazine was planning a special edition for an international sporting event the city was hosting and the editor wanted me to write the features for it. She asked me to work up article ideas, and bring them to a meeting the following month. I was thrilled... …

Worrying About Past, Present, And Future Writing Success? By Adam Cole

Contemplating my success as a writer, I could talk about how I published my first book, Ballet Music For the Dance Accompanist, which has been carried in bookstores all across the country, and has sold overseas. Or, I could talk about Solfege Town, an exciting method for teaching children of all ages about the musical scale, which is in print, and has also done extremely well as an e-book, continuing to net me a check every couple of months. Maybe that's what prospective authors are waiting to hear but that's not success to me anymore... …

Overcome The Shy Writer Within To Sell Yourself by Tara Lynn Johnson

by Tara Johnson Writers love words and stories, and working alone to do our typing, research, and editing. We can even enjoy interviewing subjects, because we're talking about them. But, sometimes, we have to talk about ourselves, which for many means going outside their comfort zones. It may not be easy, but often, it's necessary - to get published, to get an agent, to interact with our readers, and to get jobs... …

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