How can I land a freelance writing job?
I have experience and samples.
(No name given.)
Hi No Name,
I always wonder when an email like this comes in. Has the sender set up some sort of email blast to all writing sites? Have they spent any time at all even looking at the menu on mine? No matter, the question is a worthy one.
This particular question came in from an email address that is mostly numbers. So my first suggestion is to get an email address that isn’t so strange, that doesn’t look so spam-like. Potential employers will eliminate anything that is even a bit odd in a return email address.
Next, if you’re seriously asking about how to find a freelance writing job why the heck wouldn’t you sign the email with your name and your contact information? Make it easy for a prospective employer to contact you – if you don’t you can be sure they won’t bother to try and find you.
Finally, take a closer look at this website and any others you’re considering approaching. On this writing blog one of the navigational menu items is “Jobs.” It leads to places you might find jobs and to a whole series of articles about how to land a freelance writing job.
Over on the right, down a ways, in the category drop down you’ll find a link to the same group of articles – each one aimed at helping freelance writers land writing gigs. There is all sorts of information there that will be helpful. Not all of it will, of course, apply to you, but enough will to warrant spending a few minutes with the list and a few more with at least several of the articles.
The process is roughly the same for any writing job you’re applying for. You briefly tell the prospective employer/publisher what you can do, why you’re the best and list or attach or direct them to your credits. Do this thoughtfully and often – even daily.
If you want to write for magazines, send queries – one a day isn’t too many.
It’s all part of marketing yourself.
If you don’t have a website or blog that shows off your skills make that a top priority – because publishers and employers are looking online for the writers they need.
Successful freelance writers spend significant time marketing themselves – it’s a major component of their success.
Get a series of articles about Freelance Writing Jobs – it’s FREE; all you need to do to get it is sign up.
Write well and often,