Yes, You Can Earn Money Writing Poetry

April 14, 2015

By Allison VanNest of Poets, you’ve probably been told your whole lives that there’s no money in poetry. (Robert Graves, the English author of I, Claudius, famously quipped that there’s no poetry in money, either.) But if your brain is hardwired for verse, there’s hope. You can, in fact, earn money writing poetry.Here are seven ways […]

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When Writing Clients Run Out Of Money

April 7, 2015

Over in our forum one of our members told story about how a writing client hinted that they might be running out of money to pay him. “What should I do?” He asked. “Do I stop writing for them? Do I limit my deliverables to what I’ve already been paid for? How can I avoid […]

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The 3 Secrets For The Successful Marketing Of Your Writing

April 2, 2015

If you Google marketing for freelance writers you’ll discover the search engine counts 3.5  million pages that fall under that key word phrase. You’ll find everything from how to write a marketing plan for freelance writers to simple and esoteric information about branding. There are an amazing number of numbered lists aimed at helping freelance […]

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15 Guilty Pleasures For Freelance Writers

March 31, 2015

Freelance writing can be pretty demanding. Most of us tend to work hard at our chosen career. Because we aren’t distracted by folks in the office, office politics and office gossip, we often put in more concentrated hours that folks with typical jobs. In fact, we tend to be the kind of boss that demands […]

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Secrets About Freelance Writing Samples, Tearsheets and Clips

March 26, 2015

Often ads and market listings for magazines and other publications will call for writing samples. These are also known as ‘clips’ and as ‘tear sheets’ which is spelled both as one word and two. No matter what you call it, the writing sample is just that – a sample of your writing. Ideally it’s a sample […]

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Attitude Is Key To Successful Marketing For Freelance Writers

March 24, 2015

When I look at my own writing career, and when I talk to other freelance writers, it becomes apparent that there really is a single secret to successful marketing. It’s not the deathless prose of your marketing materials, nor the cleverness of their design. Nor is it that your writing must equal or exceed, oh […]

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How Successful Writers Follow Up With Clients & Editors

March 19, 2015

In comments, I got this question: An editor gets back to you, sounding interested and suggesting tweaks to your idea. Within 24 hours you get back to them with more research and a fresh outline, incorporating their feedback. Then you don’t hear from them for over a week. Is it worth following up at this […]

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Finding Freelance Writing Work: Luck or Strategy?

March 17, 2015

By Allison VanNest, of The luck of the freelancer is a fickle thing. Before you throw in the towel and start filling out job applications, try changing your freelance strategy instead. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are six ways to make your own luck when it comes to finding freelance writing work! […]

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5 Ways To Sell Your Writing Without Selling Out

March 12, 2015

Freelance writers often worry that if they market their writing and themselves they may be selling out. When I hear this, I’m always quick to ask what they actually mean by selling out and I get answers like this: When I pitch my writing I feel like I’m compromising. My samples should be enough – why do […]

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How To Answer A Freelance Writing Wanted Ad And Get The Gig

March 10, 2015

Ever wonder why there are so many freelance writing jobs posted? It’s simply because companies of all sizes need freelance writers and don’t know any other way to find them. Not only that, if you follow any of the better freelance writing job lists, over time you’ll see the same companies advertising again and again […]

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