Freelance Writing Jobs for Friday, January 16, 2009

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by Jodee Redmond Good morning FWJ Friends! It’s another frosty day here, and I have leads for fashion writers, education writers, personal finance writers, and copywriters on today’s list. As always I hope your dream job is included. Leads… Telecommute Freelance Fashion Writer/Blogger Freelance Fashion Style Editor/Writer/Personality Freelance Writer for Educational Pamphlets Ping Pong Reviews

Want More Work? Don’t Pitch Your Diplomas

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What traits, characteristics, and qualities make for a good freelancer? Well, they have good attitudes. They’re positive people who like to help clients while providing fast service. They often have an ability to think ahead and suggest alternatives or better solutions. Sometimes they propose new ideas to make the client’s company better. There are plenty of other qualities on the list. If you had to put them in order of importance, where would you put ‘skilled’?

How to build or break relationships with PR contacts

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This week we’re taking a peek at PR topics that relate to bloggers. Yesterday we talked about Managing Your Blog PR Contacts. Coming up we’ll look at how to set up a ProfNet query letter and bonus – I’ve got a couple of PR folks lined up who will be telling us what it’s like to work with bloggers. The good, not so good, and more. So stay tuned. Today – how to build relationships or I suppose you could look at it the other way too; as in how to royally mess up your relationship. There’s no fancy tricks [Read more…]

8 Things to Do Before Submitting an Article

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By Terreece M. Clarke You’ve got it down to a science. Research, interview, write, spell check, submit. Assignments come in, articles go out – but are they everything they could be? Make sure you check these 8 things off your list before you submit: Check all names for correct spelling. Is it Allyson or Allison? Don’t count on the copy editor to catch your mistakes. Spelled write but used wrong. Spell check and even you’re grammar cheque may not pick up on these simple mistakes. Double check direct quotes. Nothing is more embarrassing than an editor calling you because a [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for Thursday, January 15, 2009

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by Jodee Redmond Good morning FWJ Friends! It’s darn cold here this morning (-10 F) but I have warm job leads for you. There are opps for rummy writers, legal writers, automotive writers, and current events writers. A couple of blogging gigs are on the list. The site specific section has leads for technical writers, copy writers, FAQ writers, and entertainment writers. Some internships are also included. Leads… Telecommute Freelance Writers for Online Publication for Recent College Grads ($15-30 per article) Freelance Rummy Writers Wanted Feature Writer @ UCrave.com Editor Wanted Current Events Writers Wanted Bodybuilding/Sports/Pharmaceutical Writer/Blogger Journalism Job Opening: [Read more…]

Need a new social scene? How about 400 new social scenes?

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Kevin over at Social Media Answers has this intense post up; Niche Social Networking Sites that you should check out. It’s nice and tidy; alphabetized, and covers everything from art to aviation to fashion to goth to music to travel to writing, and seriously everything in between. There are also reviews of many of the sites included. Frankly I’m stunned that there are so many social niche networks out there right now. Actually, maybe I’m more stunned that someone gathered them up in one place. The list will be updated and tweaked as time goes on, so bookmarking is a [Read more…]

Do Bloggers Need A Professional Writing Website?

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We’re always hearing about the pros of having a dedicated portfolio-like website if you’re a writer. I never had one, but I was thinking about launching one right before I switched over to mainly FT blogging. Pros we hear about pro-writing websites include things like: You can post clips on your site. You can post good client reviews (if you get them). You can advertise your services, yourself, your prices, and so on. Basically a professional website makes you a little more visible. But what if you’re mainly a blogger? Do you still need a website. Maybe not. Here’s why [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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by Jodee Redmond Good morning FWJ Friends! It’s a very frosty morning here (as in snow crunches under your feet when you walk) and I slept in today. Hopefully something on today’s list will be worth the wait, though. Telecommute Writer @ SocialWorkout.com Editor/Custom Business Publications Marketing Writer, Software Products Freelance Writer for Health Care Magazine ($0.50 per word) Publisher Seeks Chicago-Savvy Writers Freelance Writer Needed ASAP – SEO Articles on Work at Home Market ($50 per article) Blogger/Website Content Writer Needed Yesterday! Editor Needed for Gay and Lesbian Online Magazines ($350/month) Freelancers with Government Proposal Experience Writers/Business Owners Content [Read more…]

Managing Your Blog PR Contacts

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On a previous post, reader Angie asked the following question about dealing with PR (public relations) folks: “Do you make contact with all of them even if you aren’t going to help promote their product(s) on your blog and if they aren’t personal but something they most likely sent to many people? Thoughts would be helpful because these promos overwhelm me and many I won’t use but I’m new to reviews and stuff that I don’t know the best way to proceed.” Angie’s question seems to be more about managing the relationship with contacts. Which I’ll cover, but first we [Read more…]

Do You Include Samples with Your Freelance Writing Application?

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A reader was asking the other day whether it’s a good idea to include writing samples every time you apply for a freelance writing job. I think that it’s a good idea to provide all the information that the person reading your application will need to determine whether you would be a good fit when you apply. A prospective client may not have the time (or the inclination) to contact you to ask for samples, since some ads get responses in the hundreds.

Craigslist Ad of the Day – The "Deb Has No Words" Ad

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Honestly. There are no words… Reply to: Date: 2009-01-11, 4:34PM EST Hello. My name is Richard. I’m a born and raised New Yorker, who is in the middle of writing a play, which (knock on wood) should be up in June. The story entails a woman in a Real Estate Office who feels as if she’s been sexually harassed by one of her “superiors” (a male coworker). The back end of her character is she is a repeated victim of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse as a child. This, in turn, drives her to have many unresolved issues, with men [Read more…]

SEO Writer for Product Descriptions

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Writer with a good understanding of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) needed to create effective KEYWORD DENSE product descriptions. Must fully understand Keyword Density and the importance of using Keyword Dense content for the internet & websites as it relates to SEO. Only writers well versed in this area of SEO need apply. Each product description will be 350-400 words. Products are very unique nutritional supplements . To start there are 20 product descriptions , with the potential for many more needed Rate is $0.02 per word. Please send e-mail to [email protected]

Do You Care Who Advertises on Your Blog?

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In the last couple of weeks I turned down two advertisers who probably could have brought good income into this blog network. Why? Because it felt hypocritical accepting their money.  Both were places that hired writers and I didn’t agree with their treatment of writers. Someone offhandedly mentioned that I’m not in much of a position to choose. If FWJ brought in more bucks, then I can worry about who advertises, until then I should just allow anyone to advertise on this network regardless of who they are and how they treat their writers. I stand firm. I can’t in [Read more…]

American Idol writer needed in Southern California

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Reality TV Magazine is in need of a daily blogger for American Idol. The ideal person would be in the Hollywood/LA area and be able to attend the live shows regularly in order to report back your first hand experiences, thoughts, feelings and opinions in a fun, entertaining and honest way, on the finalists as well as judges. Would also include blogging on the site on daily news stories about contestants, mostly current, as they happen, in order to keep the American Idol fans up to date on all of their favorites. Pay is TBD based on availability and jobs [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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by Jodee Redmond Good morning FWJ Friends! I’ve got leads for marketing writers, medical writers, multicultural report writers, technical writers, and proofreaders for your consideration this morning. A client is looking for someone who can blog in French, and some internships are also listed. Some of the jobs marked “site specific” may be from clients who would be open to considering telecommuters. If you are interested in the opportunity (and they don’t need someone specifically on site), it wouldn’t hurt to send in your resume and some samples. Telecommute Marketing Writer Medical Writer/Marketing Copy Freelance Writer – Multicultural Reports Marketing [Read more…]

Choose a blog challenge or mix up your blog routine this week

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I’m doing both; I’m choosing a blog challenge and mixing it up. Since it’s the start of a new year, and I have some blog issues, I figured I’d challenge myself. My blog challenge: PR post catch-up. My biggest blog challenge right now is playing catch-up with holiday PR. I have all these products, tips, and news-like bits that I’ve been meaning to post. People send me a lot of stuff and it tends to build up quickly in my email inbox. Once I get too many saved items, I freak and avoid them. Not to mention that I’d rather [Read more…]

Monday Markets for January 12, 2009

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This week’s Monday Markets includes a magazine for teens, as well as one that is written for Denver residents, motorcycle enthusiasts, and IT professionals. I was impressed with how 5280 and Canadian Biker are very specific about what they are looking for when considering queries. Knowing what editors are looking for makes the job of pitching to magazines easier for freelance writers. Listen Magazine Listen is a magazine primarily aimed at teenagers, but some younger and many older readers are subscribers as well. It encourages development of good habits and high ideals of physical, social, and mental health. It bases [Read more…]

Blue Mountain Arts Seeking Greeting Card Writers

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Blue Mountain Arts is looking for greeting card writers. We are looking for highly original and creative submissions on friendship, family, special occasions, positive living, and other topics one person might want to share with another person. Submissions may also be considered for inclusion in book anthologies. We pay $300 per poem for all rights to publish it on a greeting card and $50 if your poem is used only in an anthology. To request a copy of our writer’s guidelines (which include contact/submission information), please send a blank e-mail to [email protected] with “Send Me Guidelines” in the subject line, [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for Monday, January 12, 2009

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by Jodee Redmond Good morning FWJ Friends! It’s Monday and I’ve got leads for grant writers, quiz writers, photography writers, and technical writers to start off the week. Some blogging jobs are listed, along with a few internships. Hope something on today’s list captures your interest. Leads…. Telecommute Brock University Hiring Freelance Writers, Graphic Designers, Photographers Freelance Writer @ Iron Lava Corp – Ad Says They Will Accept Out of Province Applications Magazine Freelancers @ Culture11 Burbia Media Seeks Freelance Writers Mountain Bike Writers Needed Proposal Generation Specialist ($25-$30 per hour DOE) Experienced Federal Grant Writers Needed Quiz Writer @ [Read more…]

More place to find free blog images

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To finish out this image kick I’m on, here are some more places to find free blog images, just in case you didn’t find what you were looking for in 10 places to find free blog images that you won’t get sued for using. In that post linked above, someone left a comment tip about using Every Stock Photo to find images so we’ll start there. The reader notes, “It searches Flickr CC-licensed images, Stock Xchange, and few others. It’s nice to quickly find what you are looking for.” I half agree. While I like Every Stock Photo, it’s too [Read more…]

General image mistakes bloggers make

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I got into an image frenzy here at NBT to kick off the year. In case you missed it, catch up by reading: Kick off 2009 with more useful blog images 10 places to find free blog images that you won’t get sued for using Alignment Mistakes Bloggers Make When Using Blog Images Today – a few more image mistakes that blogger make…

International Property Blogger (economics/travel)

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We have been contracted to manage content for an international real estate blog that requires a ghost writer(s). If you come on board our team of writers, we would typically expect you to research, propose, write and publish blog posts. The style and approach would be more conversational, would sometimes read as a HowTo guide article and could also be image or video driven.

International Property News Writer

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I am the SEO consultant for an international property company. As part of our SEO agreement, I have been contracted to provide content for some sections of its website as well as articles and press releases that would be published on specific press release and article directory sites. I require the services of a writer with specific writing experience in the international real estate / overseas property sector. You must have… – Written in the overseas property/international real estate domain – Experience in writing SEO copy – Competency in using WordPress (optional) – Basic html skills like applying hyperlinks ***Please [Read more…]

Looking For Jewelery Bloggers

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We are looking for writers for our new jewelery blog which reviews various auctions conducted daily on popular sites. These reviews are usually extremely short and around 20 words. We will be paying $5.00 for every 5 reviews of 20 words each you send us and this rate may increase depending on the quality of your work.

Do You Really Need a Contract when Freelance Writing?

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When you get hired by a new client, entering into a contract is a good thing. This document is a way for both parties to be clear about their obligations to each other. It will include a description of the work, how and when it is to be delivered to the client, and how much the freelancer will be paid for the work. The contract should also deal with rights to the work. In many, but not all, cases, once the client pays you for your work, they own it outright. Sometimes you will be selling the rights to your [Read more…]

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