Publisher Seeking Author for Historical Pictoral of USC Football

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Turner Publishing Company (turnerpublishing.com) is looking for an author with a background in USC football history to complete captions and chapter introductions for a book entitled Historic Photos of USC Football. The book will be hardcover and will be sold in local bookstores. This book is one of a series. Responsibilities: captions and introductions, collaboration in image selection, and participation in events such as signings at local bookstores. Qualifications: expertise in USC Football history, previous published writing a plus. Compensation: Author fee based on experience If you are interested in a writing project that is going to be published, please [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for December 18, 2009

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I’m having one of those “white rabbit” days today. You know the one from Alice in Wonderland, who was late, late, late?!? Yep, that’s it. I slept in this morning and everything I’ve done since then has been thrown off. I did have a brief moment of panic that threatened to escalate into a meltdown, but then I realized that I don’t have time for one right now. All I can do is present you with today’s leads and apologize for the fact that they are late. I hope you find something on the list that you consider worth the [Read more…]

GlobalSpec is looking for Editors to help manage content for its e-Newsletter publications.

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GlobalSpec is the leading specialized vertical search engine, information services, and e-publishing company for the engineering community. Engineers, technical, and industrial buyers regularly use GlobalSpec in their work process to search for and locate products and services, learn about suppliers and access comprehensive technical content on standards, patents, materials properties, specifications, application notes and more. GlobalSpec’s trademarked search technology, SpecSearch®, allows users to search by specification the largest collection of online supplier catalogs. Suppliers representing their products and services on GlobalSpec gain a comprehensive marketing program designed to promote their brand and generate, track and manage highly-qualified sales leads. GlobalSpec’s [Read more…]

Email Interviews vs Phone Interviews

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Interviews are an integral part of article writing. An article won’t survive the sniff test if it doesn’t have a few quotes and information provided by an outside source. I’m still a firm believer that the best interview is the face-to-face interview. Sharing the same space with your source, seeing facial expressions, hand gestures, etc. is priceless, but most writers can’t travel around the world to interview sources so phone and emails help get the job done. There is a big difference between the two and writers should be aware of the pros and cons of both when setting up [Read more…]

Identifying the Reasons Your Freelance Writing Business isn’t Growing

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If your freelance writing business isn’t growing  the way you had hoped, you’ll probably want to evaluate the reasons this might be the case. Like any business, you should expect to see a bigger, better client and profit base than the year before. Growing a business isn’t just writing or looking for work. If you want your business to grow in 2010, let’s see if we can identify the reasons your business may not be doing as well as you had hoped. Nip those  issues in the bud, and get motivated in time for a positive and profitable new year. [Read more…]

Getting Confidence in Your Job Search: Fake It 'Til You Make It

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One comment that I have heard several times since I started freelancing from people who are thinking about taking the plunge is that they couldn’t do because they “don’t have the confidence” to do it. Here’s the thing: You don’t (necessarily) need it. If you waited until you felt fully confident and completely comfortable before you started applying for gigs or talking to potential clients, you probably won’t ever put yourself out there to pursue freelance opportunities. You can become more confident over time, though, by adopting the “Fake It ‘Til You Make It” approach. A potential client sees your [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for December 17, 2009

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New Around the Network: Freelance Writing Branding That Sells Getting Started as a Problogger Let’s Get to the Action: Verbs Wordy Wednesday – Free Rice What Does Your Freelance Writing Lifestyle Say About Your Freelance Writing Business? 6 Tips for Finding New Freelance Writing Markets 4 Ways Freelance Writing is Like Christmas Shopping From Man with a Pen to Lady with a Laptop: An Interview with Deb Dorchak a/k/a Harrison McLeod Recommended Reading: On Being the Freelancer Your Client Calls for an Emergency at Catalyst Blogger Essential Frames: 10 Ways to Frame Your Words at Confident Writing “Epiphany” or “Mere [Read more…]

From a Man with a Pen to a Lady with a LapTop: An Inteview with Deb Dorchak a/k/a Harrison McLeod

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Deb’s note: To be clear, I am not taking sides. Both “James” and “Harry” are my friends and I hope this will be the case for a long time to come. As the quiet partner behind Men with Pens, I found Harrison McLeod intriguing. While James Chartand was clearly the outspoken leader, the mystery behind Harry made me want to know him better. The Pen Men handled a couple of redesigns for FWJ and are responsible from  changing us from a single blog to a network. Each time I contracted James and Harry they went on and beyond the call [Read more…]

4 Ways Freelance Writing is Like Christmas Shopping

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I’m cranky. I’m spending my spare time standing in lines and making my way through aisles strewn with items of clothing, poorly placed kiosks and impulse displays. As I wait behind about fifty others so I can pay for a single item, I have lots of time to think and make comparisons. For example: How Freelance Writing is Like Christmas Shopping Yesterday I stood on line for 45 minutes in order to pay for a pair of Clone Trooper pajamas. Rather than roll my eyes and suck my teeth like the other shoppers who waited until the last minute and [Read more…]

6 Tips for Finding New Freelance Writing Markets

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Is it your goal for 2010 to find new markets for your writing? The good news is there are so many publications and places to choose from. The challenge is knowing where to look. If you want to fit some extra querying into your strategy for the new year, consider these tips for finding new markets. 1. Check out the waiting rooms: Waiting rooms provide a bonanza of information for market-seekers. Many businesses subscribe to a variety of titles to keep their clients and patrons entertained while waiting. Staff members also recycle by bringing in magazines from home. Sort through [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for December 16, 2009

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Our good friend Jodee Redmond begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting has agreed to do leads until the end of the year. Thanks to Jodee for her help in getting these to you! New around the network: How to Write a Press Release Part 3: Distribution Tax Tips for Writers: When a Writer Needs to Hire a CPA Don’t Wait Until January 1st to Plan Your Freelance Writing Strategy for 2010 Let’s Get to the Action: Verbs Recommended Reading: Seven Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Outsource at Freelance Folder 9 Tips for Tracking Project Expenses at Freelance Switch Think You Know Entrepreneurs? Think Again [Read more…]

Monday Markets for December 14, 2009

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This week’s edition of Monday Markets includes a business magazine for executives, as well as two examples of publications with very detailed writers’ guidelines. The more information you have about what the publication is looking for, the better chance you have of having your query or your article accepted. Government Executive From the Web Site: Government Executive, a publication of National Journal Group Inc., is a business magazine serving executives and managers in the federal government. It appears twice a month from April through November, and monthly during the rest of the year. Our 75,000 subscribers are high-ranking civilian and [Read more…]

Copy Editors Wanted

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Demand Studios, the main content production studio for the 30th most visited network of websites in the world – as determined by Comscore – produces more than 4,000 articles a day and distributes them to a highly passionate audience that demands accuracy and quality. With the quickly rising number of articles created by our writers each day, we are looking to add experienced copy editors to our team to ensure that more than 50 million readers are presented with the best quality content possible. We are looking for dedicated and experienced editors who are able to deliver quality work in [Read more…]

Wordy Wednesday – Free Rice

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For this week’s Wordy Wednesday post, I’m going to send you to one of the biggest and best time sucks a word-nerd can find online.  It’s called Free Rice, and it is addictive.  Oh, and for a good cause, too. At the site, they will give you a word with four possible definitions.  You choose the right one.  For every one you get right, ten grains of rice get donated to feed the hungry.  It doesn’t seem like a lot, but if you play for a few minutes, it adds up to a couple of cups of rice.  I suspect [Read more…]

Don’t Wait Until January 1st to Plan Your Freelance Writing Strategy for the New Year

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NewYears Colour Lights 2010

This  isn’t going to come as some big revelation (Lord knows, we’ve had enough of those this week), but there’s only a couple of weeks left of the year. You’re probably scurrying around doing some last minute shopping and tying up your end of the year loose ends. You’re finishing projects and cleaning up you’re accounting. You’re decking your halls and baking ginger bread. That’s why I hate to interrupt your end of the year festivities by bringing up business. You know if I would bother you if it wasn’t necessary. Have you planned your strategy for 2010? Stop rolling [Read more…]

Tax Tips for Freelance Writers Part 4: When a Writer Needs to Hire a CPA

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Taxes

by Thursday Bram While the standard business advice is that you need to hire a CPA as soon as you go to work for yourself, most freelance writers don’t need to call on a CPA quite that fast. As long as your taxes are fairly straight forward, you can take your 1099s to a tax preparer and get your income tax return completed for less than you would pay a CPA. If you’re willing to put the hours into it, it’s even possible to do your taxes on your own: completing Form 1040 will take some time if you aren’t [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for December 15, 2009

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New around the network: Introducing Yourself As a Freelance Writer Without Sounding Like a Smarmy Salesman Do Male Bloggers Receive More Respect? How to Write a Press Release Part 3: Distribution Freelance Writing Branding that Sells Getting Started As a ProBlogger Gifts for Writers With a Sense of Humor Recommended Reading: Prospecting for Blog Post Ideas at the Blog Herald Write Better Blog Posts at Chris Brogan A Cigarette Butt is One Thing at Daily Writing Tips 15 Sites for Learning and Mastering SEO at Freelance Folder How to Find Time to Write While Traveling at Write to Done Leads… [Read more…]

How to Write a Press Release Part 3: Distribution

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This is the third of four posts on how to write a press release. Each post will focus on a different aspect of press release writing. This post focuses on distribution. First, a quick invitation to our writers from other countries to offer ideas on press release distribution in other countries. Though I have a couple of international clients, there are only two, so I’m sure that others can offer some additional ideas for distribution in the U.K., Europe, Asia, Canada and other markets. No, distribution isn’t technically “writing,” but if you’ve written it and no one sees it, does [Read more…]

Getting started as a problogger

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I was reading one of Deb’s posts, “Why You Won’t Get Famous Blogging for Someone Else” and noticed the following comment. “I am looking to go into blogging or freelance writing to earn money and to be able to stay at home with my children. All I know is that I truly love to write and give my opinions. In between cooking and my household duties, I can spend up to 4 hrs or more a day just on FaceBook alone. Somehow there has got to be a way to make a living doing this and get paid for it. [Read more…]

Do Male Bloggers Receive More Respect?

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By now you probably know that James Chartrand is a pen name. It’s the pen name of a single mom who found more respectful and lucrative gigs using a man’s name. When she contacted me to tell me the truth, I was in shock. The Men with Pens blog is awash in machismo. Never in a million years would I think a woman was behind it. I’m not angry with James. As a mom I’ll do anything to make sure my family is provided for. Anything. Thankfully James’ decision was relatively safe compared to other lucrative choices available to women. [Read more…]

Gifts for Writers with a Sense of Humor

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I’ve recently taken to catalog shopping.  I suppose it’s more like catalog window shopping, as I have yet to actually purchase anything for fear of getting on 150 mailing lists before my purchase ever even makes its way to me.  Still, I’ve been having a lot of fun seeing just how much junk is being hocked by mail.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s some really good stuff, too.  I recently came across the funniest t-shirt ever nestled in among the Snuggies and tea pots shaped like roosters. It totally appeals to my snobby writer side! This got me to poking [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for December 14, 2009

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I’m attempting to compile these lists on Sunday again as there’s still so much to be done. This time of the year is very hectic, but very exciting, isn’t it. So much to do, so much to see and so much to learn. Here’s what’s new around the network: The Freelance Writing Jobs Top Posts of 2009 On Negative Publicity and Doing Damage Control: To React or Not React Another Web Content Post: What They’re Saying, What’s True and What’s False 3 Tips for Making a Positive Start in 2010 5 Best Article Writing Posts of 2009 Troll Issues vs. [Read more…]

Character Oriented Stories Wanted – $500

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Company : GLM Entertainment Contact : Michael Boocher [email protected] Job Description : GLM Entertainment is an young development studio presently working on a MMORPG. In general, we’re looking for “character oriented” stories, and a world backdrop for those characters, loosely based on a description that will be provided for interested writers. Serious, thoughtful, yet accessible fiction will constitute the majority of the content, but there’s always room for the humor as well. Basic outline of the story to build upon is post apocalyptic earth like world, devastated by rapid advancements in technology which are in turn misused. Fantasy is fine, [Read more…]

Accounting Subject Matter Experts Wanted

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Contributed by a member of the FWJ community. I don’t know much about this gig, the pay or what it entails. It might be a worthy lead to pursue if you have an accounting background. – Deb At the moment, we are searching for Accounting Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). If you have a background in accounting and are interested and available for potential Accounting freelance work, please send an email to [email protected] *Please note: Assessment item writing experience is preferred, but not required. Please note in your email if you have assessment item writing experience. Thank you, The Freelance Team [Read more…]

Freelance Writers Wanted for Curiosity Cottage

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Curiosity Cottage, a start up children’s educational toy company based out of Madison, WI is looking for talented writers for a series of childrens historical books. We would like interested writers to send a sample of 5-7 pages of fiction work to be considered for this job, so we can get an idea of your writing style. After reviewing the submissions we will contact selected writers to begin this project. Submissions are due Jan 15th 2010 by email to Molly Bugler- Marketing Assistant for Curiosity Cottage, at [email protected] The compensation details have not been specifically worked out for this job, [Read more…]

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