When Editors Behave Badly…

Editors and editorial assistants hold a lot of power. They have the power to say yes to your query or they can stab your carefully crafted piece in the heart with a kill fee. This power can sometimes have the ability to corrupt even the nicest, most well-behaved editor, but what can a lowly writer do when faced with an editor whose behavior rivals a 5 year old’s? First of all, stop thinking of yourself as lowly. Writers are an essential part of a magazine/publication/web site. The editors and editorial assistants can’t write the entire publication on their own and [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for June 11, 2009

We’re talking about setting rates over at the Freelance Writing Jobs home page. I’m of the belief that it’s up to us as freelancers to determine our own rates. You see, the reason I’m freelancing is because I want to take charge of my own life, work my own hours and earn the wage I want to earn. Here are a couple of ways I look at it. If I applied for a job at a restaurant or supermarket and the manager offered me less than minimum wage, I’d think he was crazy. There’s no way I would accept his [Read more…]

Sharpen Your Listening Skills for Freelance Success

When you work as a freelance writer, the actual writing is only part of what you do. Yes, you provide writing services, but I would argue that being a good listener is at least as important in this line of work as your ability to put words together effectively. When you are making contact with a potential client (whether you are responding to an ad or approaching them yourself), you want to impress upon that person that you understand their business and what they are trying to accomplish. The job you are talking about may be writing some SEO articles, [Read more…]

Go Against Type & Type Up Creativity

A lot of us get caught up in our niches or types of writing. Blog posts, business writing, parenting writing and it can get a little tedious. Not to say you don’t enjoy what you do, just that every so often it feels good to do something against type. Your type. It pays to stretch your writing muscles and get creative by experimenting with different writing genres. It may be just thing to juice up your writing in your specialty. For example, technical writers don’t have many opportunities to write humorous pieces or fictional fantasy pieces. You may suck at [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for June 10, 2009

Several folks asked me to post their jobs this morning and I had to turn them away. There were several reasons for this. One was from an “Academic” company looking to sell term papers to students, and we don’t do that here. Others were for very low payers – some .01/word and less and one was for rev share only. We have a firm policy for posting a job ad here, and all that is done for a reason. I weed out scammers, term paper mills, extremely low payers and more so you’ll have the best gigs from around the [Read more…]

Blogging & Online Gigs for June 10, 2009

It seems like anywhere gigs are so slim lately; maybe we should all move to NYC! Just kidding – not for all the money in the world. I like the Pacific NW. In fact, instead of a job tip today, why not tell me where you’re from and if you feel your location is helping or hindering your writing career. I’ll go first – I’m in Oregon; Portland to be exact and that’s to my benefit I think. It’s super charged green here, and since green is what I write, that works out in my favor. I’ve had eco-clients who [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Opportunities for June 9, 2009

There are a couple of different types of listings here at Freelance Writing Jobs. There are listings that Jodee and I post – the regular job lists and Monday Markets. For those, we scour the Internet to find the best stuff for you. I also post what I call the “standalone jobs”. These are the jobs that are featured on their own in a single post with no other listings. These jobs are from potential clients and employers who contacted me directly about posting their jobs and I like show them respect. Here’s the thing, when we post lists of [Read more…]

MMA Writers Wanted – $10 – $25 per Article

Contact: Michelle Harlow @ Ideal MMA ad copy: “We want it short and sweet. Ideal MMA is seeking sports writers with MMA experience to write a series of short 250-500 word articles, as well as a secondary project of longer articles, topic to be determined by writer. We are a news site that is set to launch June 21st so timing, of course, is everything.” Payment is negotiable based on experience and whether or not the writer intends to take on the secondary project. Ideal MMA will pay per article and/or per project.

Blogging & Online Writing Gigs for June 8, 2009

Hardly any decent gigs today. With that in mind you might want to check out Deb’s list of freelance writing gigs – she’s got a bunch going on today. Job tip o’ the day: Negotiate up. If you’ve been blogging with a client for six months or more see if you can’t get a raise. A lot of times what I notice about blogging gigs is you’re hired at a set wage and it’s simply never discussed again. If you’ve grown traffic, done your job, and been a trouble-free employee see if you can set up a client meeting and [Read more…]

Monday Markets for June 8, 2009

This week’s edition of Monday Markets is a real mixed bag. I’m always fascinated by the number of different niche publications that are on the market. The first one on today’s list is a good example: Robot Magazine. A magazine for running enthusiasts and one for private investigators rounds out the list. Robot Magazine From the Web Site: ROBOT magazine articles range from small news briefs to major feature stories and reviews. Feature articles are typically 600 to 2,000 words in length, but this is just a guideline. Please see the About ROBOT magazine page for a description of the [Read more…]

What kind of jobs can blogging skills lead to?

Blogging for a career can be iffy. The pay can be good, but sometimes it’s beyond terrible. The hours on a cushy blogging gig may be easy but in many cases you put in long hours with few days off. Also, because of the popularity of blogs there are plenty of everyday Joes (or Sallys) who get it into their head that blogging is a snap and start a blog project which means in some cases you could end up applying for a gig where you know way more about blogs then the client who hires you (frustrating). The good [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for Monday, June 8, 2009

I have lived through a seven year old’s birthday party and am now ready to conquer the world. Today is clean slate Monday, use it for a fresh start. Leads.. Freelance Writer – Win River Casino – Redwood City, CA Online Freelance Writer – $10/article Freelance Hotel Blogger – $50/post – 1 post per month Freelance Travel Blogger – $10/post Freelance Web Producer – CBS – Boston Freelance Writer – Asthma & Allergies – $50 – $50/hour Freelance Reporters/Writers – Los Angeles Mexico City Correspondent Cardiovascular Medical Writer -Parsippany NJ Freelance Copy Writer – Dallas TX Freelance Writer – Linfo.com [Read more…]

Blogging & Online Writing Gigs for June 7, 2009

Oddly there are a semi-decent amount of jobs this weekend. No time for a job tip today though so how about you read up on how to take your blog to the next level with video. Anywhere gigs: Flyhub is looking for a Blogger for its travel related site – might be too much work for too little pay unless you’re quick with social networking. Writter for Blog (Assisted Living) – (Phoenix, Arizona) Freelance Blogger Wanted Experienced Freelance Writers for Web Publishing Company Online Freelance Writer – Conjecture Corporation Location specific gigs: CONTENT WRITER WANTED – (Atlanta) Web Writer Needed [Read more…]

Non-Paying Work and Your Resume

When you are preparing your writing resume, do you include work that you have done for free? You should! The purpose of sending a prospective client your resume is to share some information about your background, education, and work experience. All the writing you have done, whether you have been paid for it or not, is part of your experience, and you should add it to your resume. When someone is considering whether they want to work with you, they care about your experience, not whether you actually got paid. If you had to write papers in college, then that [Read more…]

Archery Writers Wanted – $15 per Article

Contact: Kat @ [email protected] Job Description: Below Payment: $150 We are looking to have 10 articles written. The articles will be for: a) information b) search engine optimization We’re looking for a couple of writers who we will use over the next six months to fill out our archery site with good, interesting and useful content – and build search engine rankings. We will provide the topics, a couple of research articles on each topic, and the keywords we expect integrated into the article. Each article should be original content and will be run through Copyscape.com The process is: We [Read more…]

Blogging & Online Writing Gigs for June 5, 2009

Some decent looking gigs today, which is good since weekends pickings tend to be slim. Job tip o’ the day: Blogging is more than just writing. You may need to know basic HTML, SEO, how to fix a small glitch, or set up a widget. Make sure you learn everything you need to about blogging to score gigs. Anywhere gigs: Huddle.net looking for bloggers Blogger at Task.fm – NOTE: they say, “You’ll be working as part of a fun start-up” so check out to see if they’re actually paying. Community Manager for 700+ Australian bloggeres Eco-website needs writers – a [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Opportunities for June 5, 2009

Something I’ve been struggling with for the past year is what is more important – my brand, or the brand I’m paid to build up. Don’t get me wrong, if I’m paid to do a job, I give it 100%, but if there’s one thing I learned recently is that my own brand is just as important – if not moreso. It’s not an ego thing at all. As a writer, blogger and social media consultant, I want potential clients to choose me over someone else. Without my reputation, a good brand, that’s not going to happen. How can others [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Opportunities for Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday June 4, 2009

Two days of leads in one. Sometimes life catches up, you know? FWJ just finished up its most profitable month ever! After two very dismal, disheartening months I decided I need to throw myself into this blog network more, and you know what? It paid off. Just goes to show, if you slack off or take a backseat, it’ll show. Look for more good things. Now that I’m only working part time with my social media job, I’ll be spending a lot more time here! It’s a good lesson for all bloggers – don’t give up and good things will [Read more…]

Have You Googled Yourself Lately?

Every now and then, it’s a good idea to type your own name into the search box on Google and check out the results. You may be surprised by the type and amount of information about you that is readily available online. Why should you take this step and what does it have to do with looking for freelance writing work? It’s quite simple: A current or potential client who wants to know more about you may decide to check you out online. I have been contacted by two clients who have done so. In one case, someone I had [Read more…]

Freelance Blogger Wanted – $200/month

I need a fun and creative freelance writer with experience in personal finance. You’d be writing on a few different blogs: one would have a focus on debt consolidation, one on life insurance, and one on loans. Now obviously these aren’t inherently the most entertaining of subjects, so it’ll help if you can write clearly & concisely, and not be afraid to put in a tasteful joke every once in a while. I’m offering starting pay of $200/month for one post every 2 days (roughly 15 per month), with the opportunity for bonuses and raises if the quality is there [Read more…]

Benefits of choosing a niche you adore

At one of my green-minded blogs I’m coming up on my second year anniversary, which got me wondering just how many green-minded posts I’ve written. Being anal and knowing I’d sit around wondering if I didn’t check, I took five minutes, hit all my green blogs and made a count. As it turns out, I’ve written a lot of green-minded posts; almost 2,000 eco-blog posts in the last few years which is not counting all the random green I’ve blogged for clients, eco-guest posts, green articles I’ve done, or the eco-copy I’ve done for non-profits. That’s a lot of writing [Read more…]

What's Your Specialty?

If you’re a writer, you have a lot of competition out there, especially if you sell your services on the web. There are thousands upon thousands of writers clamoring for clients, and buyers have a vast choice of which person to choose. That’s why specialization is important. You can’t just be a writer these days. You have to figure out what type of writing you do best and promote that specialty heavily. Most buyers aren’t looking for a great writer. They assume that if you market yourself as a writer, that you write well already. Buyers look for writers who [Read more…]

Blogging & Online Writing Gigs for June 3, 2009

Some late in the day job postings for you all. No time for a job tip today, but you might want to read today’s earlier post, Have you updated your blog lately. Anywhere gigs: Expat Online editor/copy writer – Aim Publishing Social media start-up seeks part-time freelance copyeditor Writing Gig with Blerp.com Low pay alert & poorly written ad alert (but it says more pay might be available – I’d check to see if that’s true to make it worth it.) – Online dating advice articles Writer Needed For Blogs and Monthly Newsletters Hawaii Business Blogger Local specific gigs: Web [Read more…]

Have you updated your blog lately?

www.toothpastefordinner.com In the last few months I’ve been neglecting my own projects in exchange for client projects. Not smart. I mean I have excuses; job cuts in the writers market, fewer jobs around, and just because I’ve been busy in general, but if you’ve got some personal projects going it’s not wise to ignore them. Why not? If you pay for hosting for your own blogs, that’s money down the drain if you’re not making money with your blogs. While some of my blogs make a little money just sitting around, they could make a lot more if I actually [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Yesterday on the main blog, I featured an interview with author Susan Gunelius.  It’s a new series I’m calling “Success Stories.” I’m always inspired by the people who “made it” as writers and bloggers and I thought sharing these interviews might inspire you too. Leads… Freelance Copywriter – Hoboken NJ Recipe Writer/Photographer Podcasting Blogger – $22/post Career, Job Search & Productivity Bloggers Freelance Poker Gossip Writer Freelance Website Writer – $400 – $500 Local Writers – Pensacola Freelance Writers for Apartment Magazine – $300/article – San Francisco Copywriter Needed ASAP – Rochester Seeking Educational Writers Technical Writer – Toronto – [Read more…]

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