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8 Freelance Writing Tips for Print Magazines

These eight freelance writing tips for print magazines represent some of the best lessons I’ve learned from the “school of hard knocks.” As a successful full-time writer without a Journalism degree, I’ve learned a great deal about writers’ rights, contracts, editing, sourcing, and pitching and selling articles.

Before the tips, a quip from Natalie Goldberg: 

“A student in a workshop walked up to me swinging his briefcase. ‘Hi, I’m an engineer. I make $46,000 a year. How long do you think it will take me to earn that much with writing?’ I told him, ‘Keep your job.’ ” 

Fellow scribes, know that you will eventually have to leave everything behind; the writing will demand it of you. You are on a path without markers, but for the the skulls of those who never made it back. “I will act as your guide,” writes Goldberg in Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer’s Craft. Click on her book for more info, and read on for eight freelance writing tips for print magazines…Read More »8 Freelance Writing Tips for Print Magazines

How to Earn a Living as a Freelance Writer

These tips will help you earn a living as a freelance writer — or help you determine if you can earn a living as a freelance writer! Getting paid to write depends on many factors, including how you define “freelance writer” and what you’re willing to do to succeed!

Before the tips, a quip:

“The first step to making a lot of money as a freelance writer is to avoid the “poverty mentality” that so many writers have,” writes Robert Bly in Secrets of a Freelance Writer: How to Make $100,000 a Year or More. “This is the belief that (a) freelance writers earn very little money; (b) freelance writers deserve to earn very little money; (c) it’s impossible to make a lot of money as a freelance writer unless you hit with a bestseller or big movie script; and (d) therefore you will never make or have a lot of money as a freelance writer.” 

For more tips for successful writers from Bly, click Secrets of a Freelance Writer. And, read on for tips on earning a living as a freelance writer… Read More »How to Earn a Living as a Freelance Writer

3 Tips for Writing Better and Faster

Want to write better and faster? One tip of writers is to get and stay organized. Here are three more detailed ways to write better and faster, from David Fryxell.

Before the tips, here’s a quip for writers:

“For many writers – professional writers – writing faster is simply a matter of survival,” says Fryxell in Write Faster, Write Better. “Writing faster can mean the difference between making a go of a challenging career as an author versus going back to your old job as an accountant or asking ‘Smoking or non-smoking’ down at Bob’s Big Boy. Writer’s block, you might even say, is a luxury that real writers can’t afford.”

I’ve heard that before – that working writers can’t afford to have writer’s block! Here are three tips for writing better and faster (and beating writer’s block). And, click on Write Faster, Write Better to improve your skills as a freelance writer or novelist…

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When You’ve Written an Article Without a Contract

Freelance writers, never write an article without an article assignment! These writing tips will help you recover if you’ve written an article without an editorial contract.

Here’s the question a fellow writer emailed me:

“Months after I sent a query, the magazine editor wrote me back and said, “Oh! We’d love your article. Go forth, have at it, and send it to us.” Which I did. I submitted it early, with the right number of words.”

Unfortunately, this writer still hasn’t heard from the editor – nor has she received an editorial contract. Now this is all well and good if she wasn’t concerned about earning money for writing. But she is. Her question is, “What would an experienced writer do?”

Below is my advice for when you’ve written an article without an assignment. For more info about freelance writing, read the Writer’s Digest Writer’s Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing.Read More »When You’ve Written an Article Without a Contract

8 Networking Tips for Writers

These networking tips for writers will help you feel less isolated and alone – and they could help you earn more money as a freelance writer! Whether you love your isolation or not, you need to network if you want to be a successful freelance writer who actually earns her keep as a wordsmith.

Before the networking tips, a quip:

“Something of the hermit’s temper is an essential element in many forms of excellence, since it enables men to resist the lure of popularity, to pursue important work in spite of general indifference or hostility, and arrive at options which are opposed to prevalent errors.” – Bertrand Russell.

Working from home is often a quiet, solitary occupation – but that doesn’t mean you can’t network! In fact, if you’re an introvert, you’ll love these networking tips for writers because most of them don’t involve face-to-face interaction (which can be draining for introverted writers). These networking tips for writers  can not only further your freelancing career, they make your job more enjoyable. And, click on Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: How to Win Top Writing Assignments by Jenn Glatzer for some excellent freelance writing tips…Read More »8 Networking Tips for Writers