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Issue 52 - Make Money as a Freelance Writer - Carol Tice, Kelley James-Enger, Allena Tapia

 

EDITOR'S DESK

  1. WELCOME: MAKE MONEY AS A FREELANCE WRITER

The freelance issues are always my favorite and very near and dear to my heart. Before becoming an editor and publisher, I was a six-figure freelancer working in brand advertising. Over the years, my passion project consumed me, and I let my freelancing take a backseat. But recently, I realized something; I miss the challenge of working with clients on innovative projects. I miss the chase, the pitch, and pushing my creativity to new bounds. I miss working with people from all walks of life. (I also miss the money!) So I’ve made a decision to get back into it, but so many things have changed over the past six years—especially technology and contacts—that I realize I have to pretty much start from scratch. That means back to basics: building a portfolio, researching markets and planning a strategy, probably taking on some pro bono work in the sector I want to reach, networking with fellow freelancers and potential clients, and creating a daily routine for not only my creative and marketing time but my health and non-writing related activities as well. So I’m glad this issue came along to help me. I’m certain it will help you, too. MORE >>

     

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  2. NO CLIPS? NO PROBLEM. BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO WITH STEPPING STONES (WHILE STILL MAKING MONEY)

You can’t get published or win writing projects without providing a portfolio, but you can’t build a portfolio without clips: a catch-22 for many new writers. Beyond grammar, punctuation, and syntax, writing quality is subjective. Previous work proves your prowess. Some writers complete projects for free or turn to content mills to get published. While donating writing to a charitable cause you care about can give you experience and help a good organization, it may not hold as much weight when trying to get paid work. Writing for content mills can actually hurt your reputation, as it casts you as desperate enough to work for three cents an hour or so. Fortunately, you can break into writing without a huge portfolio of impressive work, and you won’t have to give away work either. Deborah Jeanne Sergeant shows you how. MORE >>

     
  3. WRITING MONEY: USING YOUR EXPERTISE AS A WRITER

“Write what you know.” Veteran writers gave me this advice from day one. To prove their point, they showed me sales they had made writing about things they knew a great deal about. These included hobby-based articles published in gardening magazines, boating journals, and genealogy newsletters. One writer even had a book in a nonfiction educational series. She got the contract to write it because of her day job as a nurse. Other writers had parenting and family essays and pieces on faith and spirituality. Obviously, they had all found ways to use their day jobs, hobbies, and other things they cared deeply about to make sales. What I didn’t realize until later was that none of them had published any articles on writing, although it was as important to them as everything else. There are a wide variety of publications and websites that need writers who can explain what they do to other writers. Why shouldn’t you be the one doing the explaining? Sue Bradford Edwards shows you how to break into this lucrative market. MORE >>

     
  4. SEEKING TO SHARE YOUR SPIRITUAL SIDE? LEARN HOW TO WRITE FOR BUSTED HALO

If you are interested in sharing your spiritual side, consider writing for Busted Halo, an online magazine for spiritual seekers. Rebecca Gallo interviews editor-in-chief Barbara Wheeler about the site’s mission, what they are looking for, and how to pitch. Rebecca also shares her personal story of how she became a blogger for Busted Halo (without any clips except her blog!). You’ll also find writer’s guidelines and advice on what not to pitch. MORE >>

     
  5. THE HEALTHY FREELANCE LIFE SLAM: GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Living a healthy freelance life means being a well-rounded writer in all areas of your life—both personally and professionally—and nurturing your health and well-being. These three articles will help you do just that. In Freelancers: Shed Your Pajamas and Share Your Passions, Charlene Oldham interviews expert freelancers Kelly James-Enger, Lisa Jackson, and Christie Ison to find out how getting out of their comfort zones and into the real world improves their writing, their productivity, and their lives. In The Renaissance Writer, Devon Ellington explains why you don’t have to find your niche to do well as a freelance writer. In Put the FREE Back in Freelance: Becoming a More Sustainable Writer, Suchi Rudra shows you how to cut costs and streamline your work, so you can work less and still live a comfortable, free, and healthy life. MORE >>


COLUMNS

  6. SHOW ME THE MONEY! 20 QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY CAROL TICE

Author Peter Benchley described freelancing this way: “The freelance writer is the person who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.” While some writers may dream of earning a dollar for each word they place on paper, Seattle freelancer Carol Tice puts her money where her words are, cashing in with a six-figure income and landing top-tier clients. Carol’s work has appeared in many publications, including Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, In These Times, Daily Variety, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, Today’s Careers, Utne Reader, Nation’s Restaurant News, L.A. Business Journal, and Seattle Business Journal. She’s also nabbed copywriting gigs with Dun & Bradstreet, Lending Tree, CBS, American Express, and Costco. How does she do it? And, why did she decide to share her secrets with other writers at her wildly popular blog, Make a Living Writing? LuAnn Schindler interviews Carol to find out the secrets of her success. MORE >>

     
  7. CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE: THE MANY PATHS OF FREELANCE WRITING

Did you read those Choose Your Own Adventure books as a child? I sure did. I enjoyed making decisions and being the master of the character’s destiny; but even more than that, I enjoyed the ability to go back and start new if something went awry. Freelance writing is just like that. And this characteristic of the career—the ability to adapt and try out different “adventures”—is pertinent to you, whether you’re an author looking to take your first crack at freelance writing or an experienced, professional journalist ready to see what else is out there. Allena Tapia explores five different pathways and tells you what qualifications you will need, what competition to expect, and what steps you will need to take to embark on your adventure. MORE >>

     
  8. HOW TO USE THE WRITER’S EYE TO TURN PERSONAL EXPERIENCES INTO COLD, HARD CASH

Few writers would exclude personal writing from their repertoire, but many have no idea how to turn their personal experiences into cold, hard cash. With a few easy pointers, though, you can learn how to mine your personal experiences and spark ideas from everyday life situations, which will yield plenty of opportunities to expand your sales. Lisa Tiffin shows you how! MORE >>

     
  9. WRITER’S MARKETS: HOME & GARDEN MAGAZINES

I don’t know about you, but home and garden markets constantly inspire me, and not just with writing ideas. As I flip through the pages, I bookmark every interesting home and unique DIY project I can find, envisioning them in my future home. (Sometimes, I pretend to already live there, especially when my storage-locker-sized apartment starts getting to me!) Krissy Brady interviews five editors of home and garden publications to find out what they are looking for and how to pitch. MORE >>

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Issue 52 - Make Money as a Freelance Writer - Carol Tice, Kelley James-Enger, Allena Tapia
No Clips? Build Your Portfolio with Stepping Stones While Still Making Money
Writing Money Using Your Expertise as a Writer
Write for a Busted Halo - Editor-in-Chief Barbara Wheeler
The Healthy Freelance Life - Slam!
20 Questions - Carol Tice
Freelancer's Corner - Choose Your Own Adventure - Freelance Writing Paths
How 2 Use the Writer's Eye To Turn Personal Experiences into Cold, Hard Cash
Home & Garden Markets
Divergent Paths to Publication
Every Writer Needs a Great Editor
DIY Copyright
Creating Book Covers that Sell!
Getting the Most Bang for your Marketing Buck
Blog to Book - Nina Amir
Own It or Outsource It - The Writer's Guide to DIY Decisions
Twenty Questions answered by Ali Luke - Author, Blogger, Writing Coach
How To Track Your Book Sales
Spring 2012 Contest Winners!
Around the World in 80 Ways - Travel Writing Opportunities
Books and Crannies - Living the Fairytale Life Outside the Castle
 
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