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Monday, April 13, 2009

Freelance Writing

Freelance Writing

Just as all doctors are not neurosurgeons, all writers are not novelists. A look into the field yields categories you might never have imagined. Magazine articles, local newspapers, newsletters, greeting cards, books, business writing, websites, even advertising copy are all areas in which freelancers can and do make money.

Right now, publishing companies are producing more and more specialized publications to satisfy different niche markets, which means more and more freelance writing assignments. With a computer, a desire for writing and the discipline to meet deadlines, you’re on your way to earning $50,000 a year or more! To cash in, all you need to know is how to find your specialty, how to establish yourself as an expert, how to protect your work (covering your backside) and where to find the jobs.

The series of posts that will follow are intended to help you find a market for your writing, assuming you already write articles good enough to be sold. If you need some help with your writing, here’s a great website for writing. For both the beginner and seasoned veteran, it can give you the boost needed to get over the block - to learn more CLICK HERE

What’s A Freelancer?
Freelancer is defined as; one who pursues a profession without long-term contractual commitments to any one employer.

Anyone can be a freelance writer! It’s one of the cornerstone home-based businesses of the entrepreneur. For those who feel the calling, freelance writing can be both enjoyable and rewarding.

Everyone is qualified to write something! About the only absolute prerequisite is the ability to explain yourself. Of course, to break into the higher income potential, experience, talent and a good knowledge of the language are essential.

Building a good relationship with your editor through good writing, dependability and strict adherence to deadlines is also a plus. It makes you a reliable resource for future projects the editor may be interested in.

Understanding the Industry
Writers and editors communicate through the written word. Writers develop original fiction and nonfiction prose for books, magazines, trade journals, websites, newspapers, technical studies and reports, company newsletters, radio and television broadcasts, and advertisements. Editors supervise writers and select and prepare (edit) material for publication or broadcasting.

Writers start by selecting a topic or being assigned one by an editor. They then gather information on the topic through personal observation, research, and interviews. From the information gathered, they select and organize the material to be used, revise or rewrite sections and finally put it to the reader with the desired effect.

Whatever their educational background, writers must be able to express ideas clearly and logically. Creativity, intellectual curiosity, a broad range of knowledge, self-motivation, and perseverance are also valuable assets. Familiarity with word processing equipment is useful and since writing requires research, writers must be familiar with research techniques.

Nearly 40 percent of writers work for newspapers, magazines, and book publishers. Substantial numbers also work on journals and newsletters published by business and nonprofit organizations. Others write and edit advertising and public relations materials for advertising agencies, public relations firms, and large corporations. Some also work in radio and television broadcasting, others develop publications for Federal, State, and local governments. Thousands of others work as freelancers earning income from their articles, books and less commonly, television and movie scripts. My goal here is to show you how to be a freelancer for niche markets or how to take your hobbies and interest and make moeny with them. Imagine getting paid to do what you love!

4 Steps to Success
  1. Find a niche market that you’re enthusiastic about.
  2. Research a subject of interest not being covered or not being covered thoroughly enough.
  3. Write excellent query letters. There are many sources out there.
  4. After being accepted, write your article and then submit it for pay!

I'll try to cover each of these steps in the next few posts.

To your success,

---Greg



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