Freelance Writing Jobs for August 7, 2009

Actually I was wrong yesterday. Anyone CAN be a writer.  Thanks to content sites accepting anyone without even seeing writing samples, anyone can, indeed, become a writer. However, not everyone can be a good writer and I think that’s the difference. Now before I receive another flood of hate mail, let me explain a little:

I’m not trying to discourage new writers at all. While I hope I’m giving them a good place to start, I also hope I’m being realistic. I enjoy providing this haven for writers of all levels to discuss and share. However, as a lot of the writing we see on the web indicates, not everyone can write well. One can start a blog and write, but that doesn’t mean one can write well. Also, unless one is willing to put in several hours a day, one’s blog won’t be very successful because there’s more to blogging than writing a rant and hitting send. It’s one thing to do this for a hobby but it’s a whole other ballgame to do it for a living.

While it may make people angry (and thanks to all who wrote to me calling me a no talent hack or telling me to get over myself, by the way. Hugs and kisses backatcha) the truth is, if you never had an interest in writing, never wrote anything in your life, have no idea how to string together a sentence or build traffic to a blog, you can’ t just get out of bed and say, “I think I want to work at home. What are my options? Hmm.. envelope stuffer? No, that’s too much work. Sell on ebay? I have nothing to sell. Virtual assistant? I hate making phone calls. Wait a minute…this blogging or writing thing looks easy enough. I think I’ll do that!”

I apologize if I insulted anyone. However, I won’t sugarcoat a thing. Some people aren’t cut out for writing. Some people can’t write well. I won’t say anyone can be a good or even successful writer because it simply isn’t true. Anyone can write, but not everyone can write well. Anyone can Google and rewrite someone else’s Googled and rewritten article, but not everyone can write well. Anyone can apply for a writing job, try for the Great American Novel or query magazines. Not everyone will be accepted.

Not everyone can write well.

Not as many leads today. Maybe it’s time for a long weekend?

Leads…

Content Writing Jobs

  1. Article Writers
  2. Writer/Editor – Cultural Content

Blogging Jobs

  1. Social Media Blogger
  2. Design & Architecture Blogger
  3. Blogger for the Male Perspective

Copywriting Jobs

  1. Freelance Copywriters
  2. Copywriter Fluent in French Canadian
  3. Copywriter – Centenial CO
  4. Copywriter - Miami – $27 – $35/hour

Editing and Proofreading Jobs

  1. Freelance Copyeditor - Blair – Warren PA
  2. Freelance Proofreader – NYC
  3. Editing Contract
  4. Calendar Editor – $350
  5. Short Story Collection Needs Editor
  6. Proofreader Needed – NYC
  7. Proofreader Needed
  8. Part Time Copyeditor/Proofreader - Telecommute OK

Grant/Business Plan/Proposal Writing Jobs

  1. Business Plan Writer/Editor
  2. Business Plan Writer
  3. Business Plan Writer
  4. Business Plan Help – Miami
  5. Grant Writer Needed]
  6. Grant Writer for Non Profit
  7. Grant Writer for Non Profit

Resume Writing Jobs

  1. Resume Revision

Technical Writing Jobs

  1. Technical Writer – Aurora CO
  2. Contract Technical Writer – Plano TX
  3. Contract Technical Writer - Redwood City

Journalism Jobs

  1. Writer to Cover Insurgent Mexico
  2. Journalist - Minneapolis – $50K- Telecommute OK

General/Misc. Freelance Writing Jobs

  1. Freelance Writers – Corporate Communications
  2. Looking for Intelligent/Erotic Writing
  3. Writer for Music Based Reality Show ( a writer for a reality show? How realistic!)
  4. Writer for Political Memoir
  5. Country Music Writer
  6. Ebook Writer – Making Money with Twitter
  7. Newsletter Writer
  8. Prospective Client Follow Up Letter
  9. Writer for Product Write-Up
  10. Beauty/Fashion writer
  11. Writer Needed - Hollywood
  12. Article Writing
  13. Write Food and Restaurant Reviews - San Francisco
  14. Writer for Email Campaign – San Jose
  15. Legal Research Needed

Magazine Submissions, Guidelines and Markets

Please note: Unless noted, these aren’t job ads. They’re links to guidelines. Please follow all directions for queries and submissions.

  1. College Writers for Adult Men’s Magazine
  2. Planning Magazine – Pays $100 – $1000/article
  3. Outside Magazine
  4. Skydiving Magazine
  5. Road King
  6. Sierra Magazine
  7. The Pedestal Magazine
  8. Renaissance Magazine
  9. The Homeschool Magazine
  10. American Forests
  11. E-Magazine

Good luck and have a great weekend.

Comments

  1. No hate mail from me :)

    Just want to thank you for always managing to include gigs for all, including us lowly sex and erotica writers ;)

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Any one can write. Not everyone can make a living writing. :D

  3. I agree blogging is not easy, your a pro and its great to learn from you

  4. I still feel that anyone can write. Does that mean it’s quality writing? No. But people can write. In nine years of book reviewing, I’ve seen some horrible duds that I don’t feel ever should have been published, yet they were. Try to tell an author nicely why their book stinks and you generally get nasty mail from both the author and their friends and family members.

    Writing is subjective anyway. I believe anyone can write, but that doesn’t mean I will want to read it or that they will write well.

    Stephen King says that JK Rowling (Harry Potter) is a fantastic writer and then called Stephenie Meyer (Twilight series) a horrible writer. I find Meyer more enjoyable myself. It’s all a matter of taste.

  5. @Anne G – I feel Stephanie Meyer is a better writer but the Harry Potter story is better than the Twilight story, if that makes any sense. (The last Twilight book just killed it all for me.)

    @Adrie – Thanks so much – and you too!

    @Kathryn – Indeed.

    @Rebecca – I think there are probably better probloggers if you want to learn about blogging, though I enjoy sharing what I know. This blog could actually be doing so much better if I didn’t treat it as a little side thing. This summer I decided to treat it as a full time job, and traffic and revenue are way up. So, I’m still learning too!

  6. Deb,

    I’ve been following your blog since day one. I remember when you started it up and it’s been a great source for us freelance writers since then. As I read your post yesterday, I was nodding my head in agreement. Technically, everyone who knows who to move their fingers and spell (sort of) can write. Or blog. But that alone won’t do much for their careers. It takes talent, not only as a writer, but as a project manager, accountant, marketer and all the other roles we must take to earn a living at this profession. Just as in other profession, there are different levels of skill and talent. This one just seems easy to break into for those looking in from the outside. Once you get in here and start getting a clue, it’s much harder and more complicated than you ever thought it could be.

    Anyway, that’s my ramblings. Keep up the great work. I like the way you have the jobs broken into sections now. Makes it easier for me to find the copywriting gigs.

    Traci

  7. For the twenty or so years I wrote for my employers within the fashion industry, once I ventured out on my own as a freelancer, I discovered that I still needed to sharpen my writing skills. It is a never ending process which involves implementing everything I learned in school.

    The web may be partially the instigator of poor writing skills. Articles appear to be based on rich SEO content with clients wanting the same key words plastered 20 times in a 200 word blurb in some cases. Talk about redundancy!

    There are many distinctive ways to approach Freelance Writing for a living and they all require taking the time to evaluate correct writing skills. Besides developing a strong knowledge of English and grammar, one’s personality and style has to shine through in their writing too.

    Also take in account, that not many of us can write on every topic; find your proper niche and excel in it. I, for one, would be a catastrophe writing on a subject that I had no interest in.

    One can go to school and learn all there is to learn; that takes care of developing your craft, but there is that little extra that comes from deep inside you that sets you apart from the rest.

  8. This touches on one of my pet peeves on behalf of the entire communications industry. I think one of the reasons writers are often undervalued is because everyone CAN write and there are too few people who can tell the difference between good and bad.

    I find the same is true for photographers (everyone has a camera!) and graphic designers (no big deal, anyone can make a flyer!). Very few people not in one of those professions realizes how much skill and experience it takes to be good.

    I’ve worked in radio and newspaper where those who sell are given preferential treatment over those who actually create the product they’re selling. I’ve also worked in corporate marketing where we provide the tools the sales force needs, but they get all the glory. Glory AND a bigger paycheck.

    Sorry about the rant. This kind of thing makes me cranky.

  9. Saw this on Twitter today and felt it appropriate to this discussion:

    What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. (Samuel Johnson) from quotationspage.com

  10. Asheville Writer says:

    Write on, Deb! I loved your post and your attitude. Writing for pay — i.e., being a professional writer — is very different from casual writing.

    I applaud and encourage anyone who wants to write. It is a wonderful form of expression. But if you have no desire to work up to a professional level of writing — by writing all the time, learning from the greats, working your way up, and getting the necessary experience — then don’t fool yourself into thinking this is an easy way to make a living.

    It’s tough enough for professional freelance writers to compete with each other in a down market. It makes it tougher when amateurs with little or no experience apply for freelance jobs that clearly require experience. Don’t waste your time or the time of the employer. Unqualified writers are flooding the market, and that is one of the reasons some freelance writing jobs are being offered at insultingly low rates.

    Being a professional freelancer can be rewarding, but it is also a lot of serious, hard work, like any other profession.

    Thanks, Deb, for calling ‘em like you see ‘em!

  11. Great list and great points on blogging. I finding writing a process, I most certainly can get better at it. Writing is never a dull moment but you have work at it like anything else if you want to keep your writing alive or in existence and make it last.

  12. Last year when I decided to get started in this career I went into it without a college degree or a high school diploma. I’ve never taken any formal writing classes. My only “saving grace” is the fact that from the time I was a small child I’ve read every book I can get my hands on.

    The very first thing I wrote was last February, while we were on a ski trip up in Bansko. It was a fantasy short story. It sold to the very first place I submitted it to. Shortly after, I landed another sale, and then rolled right into my first writing gig, writing content for a children’s fantasy computer game for 6 months.

    At the end of the summer I landed another gig, writing computer game guides, and another after that based upon my experience in interior design and remodeling homes.

    Since then I have gone on to sell other works and have progressed steadily as a freelancer, as a journalist, and as a fiction writer.

    Right now I’m at the point where I can reliably say that I’m landing 75-85% of the jobs I apply for, but I apply for them rarely. I’m not starving, by any means, and I’m in a situation where I can pick and choose my projects depending on how much they appeal to me. Just this week in particular I landed another client from this website (finalized the contract earlier this morning, actually), and last week I landed another, and another back in June. I also found another one through Craigslist. On top of that, I have my bread-and-butter content sites. I’ve literally been so busy that I haven’t had time to work on any fiction work for nearly 3 months now, and the work just keeps rolling in.

    I don’t understand how anyone can call this job difficult in any sense of the word. I guess that’s just me. I find writing to be like retirement. I’ve never once felt as though what I do is a job, even when I sit at the desk and write for 7-8 hours. I’ve enjoyed every single instant of this career so far, and I’m continually astonished at the level of success I’ve achieved in such a short time. I literally have to pinch myself every week or so to remind myself that this isn’t a dream, it’s reality, and yes, those paychecks are in fact real.

  13. For a few weeks now I’ve been coming here and reading this blog. Today is the first time I feel led to comment. I cannot fathom why any professional or aspiring writer would feel offended by the statement that not everyone can write.
    Maybe that is partly what sets those who can write apart from those who think they can write.

    I, for one, am in no way offended by any of the comments made here. As an aspiring writer with a fiction bent, I know that I am a long way off from attaining professional status. I also understand that half the battle of writing well is writing from the heart. The other half, I believe, is style and grammar. Many aspiring writers have good ideas but poor delivery. Just as there are those who write grammatically flawless works but lack substance. To be successful, a writer must have both. It is a balancing act.

    Thank you, Deb, for all of your dedication and tenacity. It has not gone unnoticed by these eyes. You have labored to build a helpful resource for writers, as well as build a place where discussion can occur about the craft. I’m quite happy I found this place.

    -Sarah

  14. @T.W. – You sound a lot like me. I love writing, and although I’ve been making quite a nice living at it for many years, I’ve never once seen it as a ‘job’ in the traditional sense, because to me it’s fun, not work. I agree with you on that.

    However, some people are blessed with more talent as a writer than others, just as some people are taller, thinner, prettier, better at math, or whatever. I think the point that Deb was trying to make is that it IS work for a lot of people, and that not everyone is going to be as good at it as others are. Just like a lot of people love to sing but most of them can’t do it well enough to get a record deal.

    That doesn’t mean people shouldn’t do it, but only that not everyone will find it rewarding, easy, and well-paying like some of us do, so it shouldn’t be assumed that it’s a ‘work at home scheme’ where you can do nothing and get rich – or that it’s so easy (like it is for some of us) for everyone.

    I apologize, Deb, if that wasn’t actually the point you were trying to make! :o)

  15. TW Wrote: “I don’t understand how anyone can call this job difficult in any sense of the word. ”

    It’s in the eye of the beholder.

    My husband doesn’t find accounting difficult – I find it hard and tedious. My sister doesn’t find programming difficult, I break blogs. My landscaper thinks he has a dream job, I can’t grow a lawn but I have lots of beautiful weeds.

  16. Thanks for the listings this week. I found a few I could apply for this time around. Hope I have better luck this time (I’ve been getting contacted by a few scammers lately–through other sites, not here).

  17. I didn’t call you a no talent hack. I said you – like me – are no Hemingway; if there is a website with your work which would prove otherwise please direct me to it. Your response to my comment – like your original post – shows you to be incredibly defensive.

    You are a respected internet business woman. Why undercut that by making fun of many of those whose ads you post, by demeaning others and by having these ego snits?

    I was annoyed yesterday and so I wrote, “Get over yourself” – it would have been better to say, play to your strengths (which are many) rather than lowering yourself to unprofessional cattiness and derision.

  18. @Nina – I didn’t single you out as the person who called me a no talent hack. Thank you for your comments and have a nice day.

  19. I don’t understand how anyone can call this job difficult in any sense of the word.”

    If you’d step outside of your own self congratulations and personal experience, perhaps you’d be able to see that for many writers it doesn’t come that easy. I’m not sure why that is so hard to fathom. It’s like any job or business–some people put in a ton of hard work, long days and scary periods of low/no pay, while others pick it up quickly and naturally. However, one should recognize that the other side does exist.

  20. I’d like to refer everyone once again to our Comment Policy.

    This space is for discussion, not personal attacks. Thanks.

  21. @ Deb–I think you make some great points here. As far as the negativity goes, I forget the saying, but isn’t it something to the effect that a great writer is able to inspire an emotional reaction within their audience, for better or worse. You have clearly done just that.

    I think it comes down to what your definition of a writer really is. To me, a writer is someone that can entertain and stimulate the minds and imagination of an audience, making you think “Wow that’s funny. Or–wow I never thought of it that way.”

    A writer does more than just piece together some awkwardly-constructed words in broken English to draw traffic according to a mathematical algorithm. A writer works hard to evolve, correct grammar issues, expand their vocabulary and ability to convey information in an interesting way. In turn, people want to actually read what has been written, rather than close the window as quickly as possible. They may not agree, but they’ll read each word.

    Anyone can get in front of a camera and put on a show (i.e. YouTube). But not anyone can lead an Oscar winning movie, or even summer blockbuster. Not everyone is an actor. Anyone can run around a track. But not everyone is a track and field star, or even athlete.

    I suppose if you want to call anyone that throws a couple of sentences down on paper a writer, then you’re correct–anyone can be a writer (of course there’s still a population that is illiterate and literally cannot). However, if you define a writer as something more, than not anyone can do it.

  22. I have actually had family members ask me who I write for and how they can do it too. First, like I am going to give you the names of my clients so you can write for them. Second, I am not just going to hand things to you. When I decided I was going to make a career writing online I did a lot of reading and research. I didn’t have everything handed to me or someone explaining it all to me. I worked hard. Now, I am not the best writer in the world, very far from it, but I worked hard to get where I am today. People have the misconception that they can simple sit down and write for a few hours and make a living from it. Try making a living writing for $3-$5 an article, because that is all they are going to get unless they work at it. It’s possible to make a living from that if you live in the US.
    I know exactly what you are trying to say and I have felt the same way!

  23. Writing for yourself is easy; anyone can do that. Writing according to someone else’s guidelines, on deadline, well, that calls for a professional.

    Writing’s never going to be ditch-digging, but even under the best of circumstances it can be hard. I’m on a project right now where the work is very interesting and the editors are incredibly nice, but it has a super-intense, grinding deadline that is wearing me down. See you all again if I survive.

  24. I can’t believe how far the comments section has fallen. Older readers will know what I mean, so will Deb.

    FWJ is fast becoming a bad place to comment-though I won’t stop reading the posts or leads.

  25. @Julie – Though I think some people are disrespectful, I don’t believe the comment section has fallen too much. I still think FWJ has the most helpful community around. The folks who comment here, for the most part, encourage, share, teach and learn. I’m really proud of what this place has become. I hope those who are disrespectful in the comments will realize it’s ok to disagree, as long as they do so without attacking.

  26. Just had no idea how controversial writing could be!

    Clearly, all of us have different goals and experiences, which is perfectly reasonable.

    It’s also the case that different kinds of writing, different kinds of clients, and different goals may be more or less complex.

    It’s easy enough to pick up a pen/laptop and create. On the other hand, only a few of us are naturally talented and lucky enough to simply send in our novel manuscript, get published, and make a mint. JK Rowling, for example! The vast majority of us, however, have to struggle to get recognition: even when a publisher does pick your work up, it’s not always easy to get high pay, good marketing, and positive reviews.

    Some writing forms are quite technical (grants, documentation), and training and practice are important. After a while, though, it becomes like second nature. Technical writing and grant writing is in high demand. And it often pays well.

    I did very well indeed off the bat with educational writing, and found it fun, easy and lucrative. Over time, the market has changed, so while I still enjoy it, it’s harder to find the really good gigs.

    In short, there are as many writing experiences as there are writers…. not sure why that would be cause for anger?

    Lisa

  27. I am one of those who write for content sites and while it’s not the end all, be all, it has allowed me to really work on my writing skills. I haven’t had the opportunity to apply for all the freelance jobs I want (and I have really only been doing this for a couple of months), and the content sites have helped me make some money. I’m going to keep going on these sites while I work toward getting bigger and better things. Don’t knock ‘em, they are helping people with their skills.

  28. @Dan – I don’t knock most content sites because I find them to be a great opportunity for beginners and also a way for established writers to supplement their income. I even write for a few myself from time to time. The only content sites I don’t like are the ones expecting a whole lot of work for a whole lot of nothing – or next to nothing.

  29. You’re absolutely right, and even a brief look at Helium or any other writing sight should be enough to silence your critics.

  30. Will this thing ever be updated, or has it been abandoned?

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