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Writing Product Reviews – A New Slant for Freelance Writers

Writing product reviews isn’t my bag ‘o books, but I recently discovered a new slant for freelance writers who do review gizmos and gadgets! A fellow Suite101 writer borrows products to review…when she returns them to the company, they lend them out to other freelance writers.

This is news to me — I didn’t know products were loaned to writers for review purposes! Fascinating. It certainly ensures that writers are reviewing products for the sake of the review and their readers, not lure of the cool new gadget.  

Here’s another tip for freelance writers and product reviews:

“Writing product reviews isn’t hard to do, but you need to make sure you think it through and put yourself in the seat of the potential customer. Write what they want to read, not just another sales pitch.” ~ Matt Carter, Writing Product Reviews.

Writing product reviews can be a source of passive income for bloggers, and great writing practice for freelancers. If you’re a writer who yearns to support yourself financially by writing (and trust me, it is possible) — read 88 Money-Making Writing Jobs. And check out my Q & A with Alex Sharp, who is a product reviewing guru, a teacher, and a philanthropist.Read More »Writing Product Reviews – A New Slant for Freelance Writers

How to Find Online Writing Markets and Write for the Web

Web writing can be lucrative for freelance writers – if they know how to find online writing markets! These five tips for web writing are inspired by freelance writer Susan Johnston’s recently released The Urban Guide to Online Writing Markets.

“I’m an avid seeker of online writing opportunities,” says Johnston, “and I noticed there wasn’t a good directory for that area. So, I decided to create one.”

That’s a perfect example of seeing a need and filling the gap. Johnston’s eBook combines a directory of online writing markets with samples of successful query letters and “loads of tips on contacting editors, sleuthing out new markets, and more.” She explains the benefits of writing for websites, how to write follow up letters to editors, and shares other places to find online markets (bonus tips!). To learn more, go to The Urban Guide to Online Writing Markets. And, here are a few ideas for finding online writing opportunities…Read More »How to Find Online Writing Markets and Write for the Web

5 Tips for Sitting on a Blogging Panel at a Writer’s Conference

Participating in a blogging or writing panel is my favorite way to attend conferences for writers! If you’ve been invited to sit on a writing or blogging panel, these five tips will help you prepare and improve your experience. And here’s a bonus for the non-panelists in the crowd: the top three takaways from the last blogging panel I was on (the “Writing for the Web” forum at the Write on Bowen Festival on Bowen Island, BC).

Before the tips, a quip:

“It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” ~ Mark Twain

I’ve been on panels, and could tell that my fellow panelists hadn’t prepared at all. Their thoughts were jumbled, their sentences mumbled. Participating in a panel requires less preparation than teaching a blogging workshop or running a writing session, but it does require some forethought! So, make like Mark Twain and prepare for the impromptu questions you may be asked.

If you’ve never been to a writing conference, you’ll probably find The Portable Writer’s Conference: Your Guide to Getting Published extremely helpful. It’s one of my favorite resources for writing because it offers more information than you’d get if you attended a conference in person (because you can’t possibly attend every session!). Okay…here are my tips for being a participant on a writing or blogging panel…Read More »5 Tips for Sitting on a Blogging Panel at a Writer’s Conference

How to Diversify Your Online Writing and Earn More Money

Don’t be a starving writer! Learn how to diversify your online writing and earn more money. These tips are perfect for online writers, bloggers, web copywriters – they’re from writer Helen Smeaton.

But before her tips, a quip from the late great Henry James:

“With the proceeds of my last novel, I purchased a small handbarrow, on which my guests’ luggage is wheeled from the station to my house,” said James. “It needs a coat of paint. With the proceeds of my next novel, I shall have it painted.”

He sounds like many web writers and bloggers I know: “With my earnings last month, I’ll fill the gas tank in my car. With my earnings next month, I’ll fill it up and get an oil change!” It’s slow going at first, but – trust me – you can earn a good living as a web writer.

If you’re not getting the most out of your social media efforts, read Get Rich Click! The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet – it’s a bestselling book on Amazon.

And, read on for Helen Smeaton’s web writing tips (she writes for Suite101, by the way).Read More »How to Diversify Your Online Writing and Earn More Money

New Suite101 Writers – How to Stay Motivated to Keep Writing

If you’re new to writing at Suite101, you may feel unmotivated by the first few months of low income. These tips for staying motivated are from Prerna Malik, who just finished her first six months as a Suite writer.

Before her tips for new “Suitees”, a quip:

“I don’t believe in writer’s block,” said Elmore Leonard. “I don’t know what that is. There are just certain little areas that I know I’m going to get through. It’s just a matter of finding a way.”

That’s how I felt during my first year of writing for Suite! I knew it would pay off financially (it already had professionally) – but I just had to get through the first few months of low income and the resulting low motivation to keep writing. All writers need to be resilient, regardless of their genre, audience, or experience…we all need to keep writing because persistence and patience pays off! To learn how published authors failed and bounced back, click The Resilient Writer: Tales of Rejection and Triumph by 23 Top Authors. And read on for Prerna’s tips for web writers…Read More »New Suite101 Writers – How to Stay Motivated to Keep Writing