Freelance Writing Advice

If you want to have a career as a freelance writer, you need to view it as a business. Freelance writing involves making sales. Being a salesperson means risking rejection. There will always be better writers than you, and there will always be writers who are worse than you but make more money. Concentrate on your own career. Create an environment that you can work comfortably in. Consider anything that makes it easier to accomplish your job to be an investment. If you need privacy to work, find a way to get it. There are plenty of portable tools for … Continue reading Freelance Writing Advice

Know it or Blow it: Querying a Publication

Know the Publication’s Guidelines The easiest way to find out what a publication wants is to let them tell you. Many publications post their writer’s guidelines on their web site. If you can’t find the guidelines on the web, contact one of the editors and ask for them to email or snail mail you the guidelines. don’t be afraid to call or email for more information. A publication directory such as Writer’s Market can be helpful for your initial search, but don’t rely on them for all of your information. Any number of things can change between the publication of … Continue reading Know it or Blow it: Querying a Publication

How to Get Christian Writing Jobs

By Annagail Lynes The Christian market is booming with new opportunities every day. I never thought that I would be a Christian writer. I always I dreamed of being a novelist, getting up every morning at ten, dressed in my ratty old robe, drinking coffee as I sat down at my computer to type out my latest novel. I had been writing short stories since I was thirteen–everything from romances to mysteries. I sent out my work to various magazines, took many fiction-writing classes, but always hit rejection. Then, I discovered a place on the Internet called Writer’s Gallery, a … Continue reading How to Get Christian Writing Jobs

The Beginner’s Guide To Freelance Writing

Written By Jenna Glatzer The Big Article Idea Okay. So you’ve figured out that you would like to write. Unfortunately, so have about eight gazillion other people on this planet. Therefore, you have to stand out from the crowd. You have to sparkle. How do you do this? Simple. It all starts with “The Big Idea.” The first secret you must learn in this funny business is that you don’t actually have to write the whole article/story/editorial/etc. to get a job. In fact, only bright green novices attempt to write the whole thing before selling it. What you do need, … Continue reading The Beginner’s Guide To Freelance Writing

How to Write Quality Query Letters: Write a Great Headline

The first line of your query letter is the most important line you’ll write. If you capture the reader’s interest with the first line, your chances of selling your article will improve dramatically. Every writer should take at least a little time to study copywriting and sales letters, because a query letter is essentially a sales letter. You are attempting to sell an article by writing a custom sales letter to a single potential publisher. The best way to start off a query letter is to treat the first line like it was the headline for your article. Center it … Continue reading How to Write Quality Query Letters: Write a Great Headline

How to Write Quality Query Letters: Do your research

A good query letter can mean the difference between a rejection and a sale. In the days of email and web clients, many writers have lowered their standards. They dash out quick notes rather than make formal queries. They use casual language and give only brief explanations of what they plan to do. For some people, this works. Two dozen quick, badly written queries may be more cost effective than one well-crafted query. If you do care about quality though, and want to show that you are a quality writer with a solid idea, than this series is for you. … Continue reading How to Write Quality Query Letters: Do your research