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Table of Contents

Topic, Common Themes, and Winners of the WritersWeekly.com Winter, 2016 24-Hour Short Story Contest!

Home Alone! (Well, Almost...)

The Fortune is in The Follow Up! Four Ways to Land Writing Gigs from Businesses

Should I Sell All My Book's Rights to This Publisher?

Paying Markets

Freelance Writing Jobs

(THIS IS FUNNY!) How I Earned $2,800 Writing 5 Stories in 1 Month

Letters and Comments For 03/10/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 03/10/2016

Trivia Question

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Topic, Common Themes, and Winners of the WritersWeekly.com Winter, 2016 24-Hour Short Story Contest! By Angela Hoy

Topic, Common Themes, and Winners of the WritersWeekly.com Winter, 2016 24-Hour Short Story Contest!

After reading the entries for each contest, we can see how difficult it is to come up with a unique plot when working with an assigned topic. But, inevitably, a few writers do manage to successfully break away from the pack...

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From The Home Office

Home Alone! (Well, Almost...)

Home Alone! (Well, Almost...)

This weekend, Richard, along with a friend of ours, is taking a two-day wilderness survival course. The guys invited me but I gracefully bowed out...

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This Week's Article

The Fortune is in The Follow Up! Four Ways to Land Writing Gigs from Businesses By Dorit Sasson

The Fortune is in The Follow Up! Four Ways to Land Writing Gigs from Businesses

I look the freelance plunge five years ago when I decided to pitch magazine editors. For two years, I queried a massive number of editors only to find that that strategy wasn't adding to my monthly income goals. So I opted to pitch businesses instead who need website, copy, blogs, social media, posts, newsletters, emails, press releases, descriptions for online directories, and more. In this way, I was able to double my income. This article will give four ways you can land writing gigs for business in this competitive online environment...

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Ask The Expert

Should I Sell All My Book's Rights to This Publisher?

Should I Sell All My Book's Rights to This Publisher?

There's a question I wanted to pose regarding current negotiations with my publisher. They offered a buyout of my copyright, and claimed the "industry standard" is: buyout = 3 x average yearly royalties. That seems low for a book that's been in publication for 20 years, and continues to sell 4-5 thousand copies a year, and will never become outdated. What do you know about this so-called buyout formula? Thanks!

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Paying Markets

CFI.co

"As world economies converge, CFI.co reports from the fault lines of integration. CFI.co features original writing on financial, economic, and political topics that have a global impact." Welcomes new writers. 25% freelance. Circ. 120K. Quarterly moving to bimonthly. Pays on acceptance. Publishes ms in next quarterly issue. Buys all rights. No reprints. Responds 1-2 days. Sample copy available in PDF form. Subscription $59.95. Guidelines available by email. Pays $0.10-$0.15/word for 700-2500 words.

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Business Jet Traveler

Welcomes new writers. 75% freelance. Circ. 35K. Every other month (plus annual Buyers' Guide and Chinese edition). Pays on acceptance. Publishes ms 1-6 months after acceptance. Buys first rights. Rarely accepts reprints. Usually responds 1-2 days. Sample copy available; request by email. Subscription $42.95, $55.95 outside the U.S. Guidelines by email. We pay a minimum of $0.50/word.

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DUTCH

"Dutch, the magazine publishes articles about The Netherlands and its people, at home and abroad. We focus on quality background articles about The Netherlands (culture, travel, society, art, history, biography, language etc.) and in particular also the Dutch in North-America and worldwide (New Netherland Colony, 'Dutch' settlements in North America, famous Dutch-Americans/Dutch-Canadians, Dutch influence on North American culture, Dutch immigration to North America etc.). Occasional articles about (former) Dutch colonies or areas where there is or was a Dutch presence (Suriname,
Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Aruba etc. also welcome, as long as the Dutch connection is a focal feature of the article). Writing should be solid, high quality, but not stodgy or academic. A bit of humor or light-heartedness is encouraged." 70% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Circ. 6000. Bimonthly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms within four months of acceptance. Buys all rights. No reprints. Responds within one month. Sample copy available on iTunes. Subscription $39.50, $89.50 foreign. We currently pay a flat rate of $100 for an 800-1500 word original article preferably but not necessarily with illustrations/photos, PLUS a quarter page ad for any service or product the author may wish to sell (value $150, no cash substitutions).

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Coal People Magazine

"CPM is an easy-reading, homespun magazine featuring coal people and coal towns, with special sections on news and product development." 40% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Circ. 14.2K. Monthly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms one month after acceptance. Buys all rights. No reprints. Responds within one week. Sample copy available by email. Subscription $25. Guidelines available by email. Pays flat fee of $250 for up to 2500 words.

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Freelance Writing Jobs

See the links to these jobs here.

Freelance Aggressive, Skilled News Reporters
Progress Illinois

Freelance Writer With Energy Or Electric Utility Expertise
Greentech Media, Inc.

Freelance Job Posters – Pays $700/week.
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Freelance Community Manager
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Freelance Blogger – Cable/Satellite TV
cable/satellite television and home solar site

Freelance Writers
advertising company

Freelance Travel Guidebook Writer
Avalon Travel

Freelance Editor – Pays $12/hour
Halloween costume retailer

Freelance Music Bloggers/Reviewers – Pays $10-$40/post
Music promotion/PR company

Freelance Editor
San Francisco-based real-estate magazine

Freelance Instructional Writer/Designer – elearning and classroom simulations. Pays $25/hour.
HandcraftedLearning.com

Freelance Blogger – Pays $12/hour
Survivalist / TEOTWAKI site / gobag.info

Freelance Technology Editor
Slashdot Media

Freelance Political Writers – Pays $100
men’s lifestyle website

Freelance Technology Editor – Full time
Slashdot Media

Freelance Content Manager
Institute of Transformational Nutrition

Freelance Business Technology Ghostwriter – Pays $700/week
editorialized news site

Freelance Health and Lifestyle Writer – with WordPress experience. Pays $0.04/word
health and lifestyle portal

Freelance English Transcribers
CrowdSurf

Freelance Content Writer
Stealth Media

Freelance Security Industry Writer
United Press International

Freelance Copy Writer
fwe.co

Freelance SEO Writers
Digital Current / digitalcurrent.com

Freelance Spanish Content Editor/Proofreader
IXL Learning

Freelance Resume Writers
cvsaviour.com.au

Freelance Writer – car enthusianst
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Freelance Curriculum Designer
EL Education (Formerly Expeditionary Learning)

Freelance Content Developer, Writer & Strategist
Just Funnel It

Freelance Writers
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

See the links to these jobs here.

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Success Story

(THIS IS FUNNY!) How I Earned $2,800 Writing 5 Stories in 1 Month By Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

(THIS IS FUNNY!) How I Earned $2,800 Writing 5 Stories in 1 Month

Amazing commission: Write five short science fiction pieces on specific themes for a corporate brainstorming/innovation event. The catch: all five stories required in a month.

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Letters...

Letters and Comments For 03/10/2016

Letters and Comments For 03/10/2016

I'm writing to you today because dailysciencefiction.com has published my first fiction sale today on their site, and it's a story I've polished several times since it was an entry in one of your contests...

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Whispers And Warnings

Whispers and Warnings For 03/10/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 03/10/2016

 

• Major publishers' e-book sales stagnate as overall market grows

• Grad Suing Jefferson Law School: Attended Under 'False Pretenses'

• At Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Trial, Gawker Rips Into Expert's "Cheerios Test"

 

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