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Issue 42 - Freelancing Freedom - Deborah Ng, Mindu Khullar, Kerrie Flanagan

 

EDITOR'S DESK

  1. WELCOME: FREELANCING FREEDOM

Have you tapped into your inner entrepreneur? I know the word “entrepreneur” can conjure images of gray business suits, massive speaking engagements, and stuffy corporate meetings, but that’s not always the case. Today’s entrepreneur is a regular woman, just like you or me, sitting behind a computer screen in her home office. Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities on the Web for writers to carve out their niche and make a steady living as a freelance writer. And women writers are not only making a living beyond their expectations, they are exploring new paths, forging new identities, and loving the freedom that freelancing brings. In this issue, we explore many opportunities we haven’t covered in previous issues—everything from ghostwriting to keyword writing to expat writing to writing for the educational market to taking a blog from start to sold… MORE >>

     

FREELANCE MARKETS

    MARKETS:  GET THE GREEN WITH PREMIUM GREEN

Let WOW! help you start and grow your freelance career! Premium-Green isn’t just markets listings, it’s a guide with community benefits. As a subscriber, each month you receive a 100+ ebook filled with articles not found elsewhere and markets for writers of every genre and profession: freelance gigs for editors, copywriters, ghostwriters, bloggers; fiction markets; anthology calls; magazine markets; writing contests; niche markets; and… MORE >>

     

FEATURES

  2. SUMMER 2010 FLASH FICTION CONTEST WINNERS

The results are in! After careful deliberation our honorable guest judge, literary agent Kathleen Ortiz, has made her final decisions. Read the winning stories of the 750 words or less open prompt Summer ’10 Flash Fiction Contest…MORE >>

     
  3. 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW TO WRITE FOR MAGAZINES

With some perseverance and know-how, seeing your article in a magazine can be a reality. There are five basic steps to getting your work published; and by following these steps, you will increase your success rate and your byline count. Kerrie Flanagan shares her secrets of writing for magazines by showing you how to analyze the style of a magazine (with real examples from publications), and includes a detailed section on how to write an effective query letter… MORE >>

     
  4. GHOSTWRITING: WRITING INVISIBLY FOR GOOD PAY AND SATISFACTION

Ghostwriting is one of the most promising careers of the coming decade. Opportunities abound while income potential is impressive for the right ghosts. Just as many people who experience career downsizing or layoffs wake up one morning and think I’ll just become a freelance writer, there’s an influx of newbies in ghostwriting. But not just anyone can jump in and succeed; it takes writing experience, publishing industry savvy, and an uncanny ability to literally lose yourself in your work. In this article, Maryan Pelland teaches us essential ghostwriting skills, what pay range to expect, and how to start marketing your ghostwriting services… MORE >>

     
  5. WRITING FOR THE EDUCATIONAL MARKET

When a writer states, “I’m an educational writer,” people imagine hours spent writing books like Dick and Jane or items for standardized tests—not exactly the most exciting work. However, educational writing currently comes in many shapes and sizes. Some educational writers pen books for companies like Scholastic Teaching Resources, Libraries Unlimited, Wright Group, and Enslow Publishers, Inc. Others create lesson plans, testing passages, and even captions for illustrations in encyclopedias. Some work for developmental houses that contract with educational publishers. Experienced education writers receive book contracts from editors without even pitching ideas. In this article, Margo L. Dill shows you how to get started in educational writing, what pay range to expect, and she chats with expert writers in this market (Alice McGinty, Nancy Sanders, Veda Boyd Jones, Pam K. Hill, Suzanne Lieurance, and Sara Latta) who share their best tips and resources, including publishing companies and links to submission guidelines… MORE >>

     
  6. GET COVERED: MEDIA INSURANCE FOR WRITERS

Before you get a car, you purchase auto insurance; when you buy a home, you acquire homeowners insurance. Writers are notoriously concerned about health coverage policies, so why are so many writing without media (“writing”) insurance? Simply because most are not aware of its existence, affordability, and benefits. As freelancers, we’re independent contractors with a business that pays taxes and writes off expenses; and like all successful businesses, we are susceptible to the unforeseen, including lawsuits for charges of plagiarism, contextual errors, or invasion of privacy. So, how do we protect our writing? Tara Lynne Groth introduces us to media insurance and explains who should look into it, what it covers, why you may need it, and she even takes it for a test drive by applying for a quote… MORE >>


COLUMNS

  7. 20 QUESTIONS: MRIDU KHULLAR RELPH, INTERNATIONAL FREELANCE JOURNALIST

Mridu Khullar Relph has written for magazines such as Time, the New York Times, Spirituality & Health, Ms. and is the contributing editor to Elle magazine in India. In this interview, conducted by Katarzyna Radzka, Mridu shares with WOW! readers about life as a writer in India, her biggest success to date, and tips on what beginner and experienced writers can do to nab those assignments… MORE >>

     
  8. FREELANCE WRITING LIFE SLAM: HOME OFFICE—HAVEN OR HELL?, LIFE AS AN EXPAT FREELANCE WRITER, MAKING MONEY AS A KEYWORD WRITER

Some of the best tips come from freelancers who are in the trenches. Your Home Office: Haven or Hell? 9 Tips on How to Get Some Peace & Quiet, by Kristine Meldrum Denholm, helps working parents manage their work-at-home distractions in this hilarious and lively article! Something to Write Home About: Life as an Expat Freelance Writer, by Suchi Rudra, explains the benefits of writing as an expat: cheaper cost of living, a simplified stress-free life, and the automatic label of “travel writer.” Suchi also shows how you can do it too by providing you with advice—like what to take with you, where to network, info about visas, and how to use culture shock to your advantage. 10 Tips for Making Money as a Keyword Writer, by Debra Stang, teaches writers how to get started in keyword writing and writing for content mills by minimizing your time and maximizing your profits… MORE >>

     
  9. HOW TO (NET) WORK IT!

You fantasize about breaking into the publication of your dreams. You’d love to get more regular writing assignments. You’re this close to that kitchen renovation, if only you had a little more cash coming in the door. Forget that genie with three wishes or a winning lottery ticket! What you need to do is work it—network it, that is. To keep engaging assignments flowing through the in-box, most successful freelancers have mastered the art of networking. In this article, BJ Marshall shows you how to harness your inner social butterfly and make networking work for you. She also chats with successful freelancers (Matt Villano, Vanessa Grigoriadis, and Lee Kessler) who share their best advice. And it’s not all about social networking! Learn how face-to-face meetings can take your career to the next level… MORE >>

     
  10. BLOG: FROM START TO SOLD: AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH NG

Can your little blog really attract millions of readers and grow to become an Internet property that investors want to buy? Yes, it can! Read the inspiring story of how Deb Ng, founder of FreelanceWritingGigs.com, took her blog idea to the next level and created (and sold) a site that readers love. Join Annette Fix as she chats with Deb to discover how to create a niche site that draws traffic, builds a community, attracts advertisers, and entices buyers… MORE >>

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5 Things You Need to Know to Write for Magazines by Kerrie Flannagan
Blog From Start to Sold - Interview with Deb Ng
Ghostwriting - Writing Invisibly for Good Pay and Satisfaction
20 Questions - Mridu Khullar
Writing for the Educational Market by Margo L. Dill
Freelance Slam - Home Office Haven or Hell?
Get Covered - Media Insurance for Writers
Freelance Slam - Life as an Expat Writer - Suchi Rudra
How to (Net)Work It! by BJ Marshall
Freelance Slam - 10 Tips for Making Money as a Keyword Writer
Summer 2010 Contest Winners! - Rachel Phelps, Elizabeth Demers, Susan Stites
Spring 2010 Contest Winners! - Sarah Warburton - Caleb Collier - Angelica R. Jackson
Winter 2010 Contest Winners! - Corinne Mahoney - Lauren Leatherman - Laura J. Silver
Fall 2009 Contest Winners! - Leigha Butler - Arlene Walker - James Tipton
 
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