I’ve have been writing and researching in several areas, especially the social sciences and medicine, for many years and have always wanted to make it pay. I am interested in ghostwriting and editing too.
After reading some of your articles, I know that I should have a blog to showcase my work as well as give potential employers the notification that I exist!
However, I am unsure what sort of writing examples I should post (you mentioned that it should be just a few), to give the best idea of what I can do. What are the best types of work, most desired subject areas and how long should the examples be? If you already have an article about this, could you post the link?
Thanks in advance.
Susan Talbot, in comments
And yes, there is an article on the four pages every writer must have on their website here.
You’ll also find 6 Steps To Creating a Website here.
That should get you started.
What about no magic answers?
I want to make it as clear as I possibly can that everything you read here and on other websites aimed at helping freelance writers make more money is simply an opinion. Sure, here you get my opinion, and I think I tend to give darn good advice.
But in the writing game there is nothing even close to only one way to do whatever. Some people find this extremely frustrating, but we are dealing with creativity and that’s awfully hard to quantify or confine, thank goodness!
For example, I did say somewhere to keep the writing samples short or a few – I said it because I know editors don’t have much time and are much more likely to just scan. But if you want to write in several areas, you’ll need samples in each of those areas. That’s just logic. Academic writers need a whole different kind of sample than pro bloggers, for example.
Draw from the experience you have and think about what you’re trying to accomplish. Solicit answers, yes, but don’t lock into them. Instead, consider the answers then make them your own.
Ultimately we’re all experts on our own life and responsible for it too. I suspect your sense of what you need is pretty good. Go for it.
How many samples do you have on your website? How did you choose them? Are you following a formula or trusting your own judgement? Let’s talk about it in comments.
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