Monday Markets for January 25, 2010

Can you believe that January is almost finished already? I don’t know where this month has gone. This week’s edition of Monday Markets has a magazine for tropical fish enthusiasts and one that focuses on Asian American stories. The final magazine on the list is for grandparents. It made the list because the editor actually gives the impression that writers are welcome contributors to the publication. It made a very nice change from some of the guidelines I’ve read. Tropical Fish Hobbyist From the Web Site: Are you a fish expert? Have you ever dreamed of writing for TFH? Submit [Read more…]

Awesome Low-Tech Design

As the wife of a bonafide GEEK who we regularly refer to as “gadget guy,” I’m privy to a whole lot of upcoming technology.  It was actually my hubby that introduced me to blogging, Facebook, podcasting, Wi-Fi, and a slew of other technological advancements.  Most of them before there was much of a bandwagon to jump on, although they’re now all common, everyday parts of life, aren’t they?  He bought me my Kindle, my Zune, my digital camera, my Blackberry, and all the other devices for which I now have to pack individual cords and chargers every time I leave [Read more…]

21 Poetry Markets

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Members of the FWJ community remind me we’ve been spending so much time talking about writing for the web and private clients we’re neglecting other types of freelance writing jobs.  We”ll be exploring some of the less talked about markets in the next week or two. Hopefully you caught yesterday’s post featuring 16 Greeting Card Markets plus tips for pitching those markets. Today we’re going to explore poetry markets, and we’re in for a treat. Our friend and poet John Hewitt of PoeWar is a poet well versed in what it takes to sell a poem. General Submissions Guidelines for [Read more…]

The Brand New Jeans Approach to Freelance Writing

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Your favorite pair of jeans is comfy enough to wear every day, but you can’t. You’ll have toss them in the wash every now and then, unless you really don’t care for company. You don’t mind taking them off for that, though. With every washing they become softer and more conforming. You can sit with ease and walk without effort. You wish you could wear them every day. Sometimes, you’ll have to wear something completely different. Consider this: Brand new dungarees are stiff, bright blue and the mark of a denim-wearing amateur. No self respecting blue jean wearer would  step [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for January 25, 2010

It’s Sunday morning as I start this post. I have some time to spare this week and I’m using it to get ahead. To me, there’s no better feeling than knowing I had a productive day. Actually…there is something better – knowing that I’m ahead for the week and I can take it a bit easier and put in extra time on a few projects. To be honest, finding leads is the most tedious part of the day. It takes two to three hours to get it done every morning.  That’s why I try and get as much done the [Read more…]

The Vices of Very Creative People – Part 1

If you go through life free of bad habits, you won’t live forever, but it will feel like it. In my neverending research into what makes a good writer, rather than me actually writing, a number of things began to present themselves about the way authors conduct themselves these days, certainly as opposed to the lives some of our predecessors. These days the early life of the writer is mostly disciplined and planned by demanding publishers. Especially when there are twenty authors waiting for their shot should one get a little too big for their britches after their first success. [Read more…]

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15 Greeting Card Markets

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With all our talk about writing for the web or writing for the magazines, we miss out on what can be some very lucrative markets. Today I thought we’d explore a market we haven’t much discussed here at Freelance Writing Jobs, the greeting card market. As you can imagine, greeting card people aren’t looking for anything more than a verse or a good joke. Clarification: They have to be good. They’re looking for people who can talk to their market and grab them with a few words. Here’s your chance to put all that tight writing you developed for Twitter [Read more…]

Why I Don't Want to be a Rock Star Freelance Writer

I’ve seen more than a few ads looking for “rock star freelance writers,” and every time I see one, it just rubs me the wrong way. Really. To me, a rock star is someone who is all about image. They have a certain level of arrogance, and somewhere along the way, they lost track of their craft in favor of hype and excess. They might produce something that is in demand, but the public rarely finds out how many takes it took to produce the songs that we eventually buy. They live fast and die young. Or they may hang [Read more…]

Informational Articles Wanted

Dear FWG readers, I need talented writers for putting together entertaining informational articles across a wide variety of subjects – from portable air conditioners to swimming pools, and everything in between. The ideal applicants will be able to conduct research and write about often potentially bland subjects in and interesting, engaging manner. Please also do not apply for this position unless you are able to produce at least five to ten quality articles per week (with a minimum of 500 words each). If you think this sounds like you, please send me an email at [email protected] with a short paragraph [Read more…]

Las Vegas Travel Writers Wanted

KOSTYA is an Atlanta-based technology and marketing company. We operate and manage social, e-commerce and travel portals. Our focus is growing our client’s brands and revenue. Currently, we are looking for several exceptional travel writers to create content for one of the top travel websites in Las Vegas. We are seeking freelance writers to create engaging and informative content for a travel portal website. Much of the work will focus on Las Vegas; other leisure travel destinations will be added in the future. Assignments may include: a weekly email newsletter to a 500,000 subscriber audience highlighting the latest deals and [Read more…]

Are You Misunderstood? 4 Tips for Writing Blog Posts Readers “Get”

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A couple of weeks ago, James Chartrand posted a blog entry and felt afterward most commenters missed her point. I don’t remember the post or I’d link to it here, but I remember watching the ensuing conversation on Twitter with interest. I’ve been there plenty of times before. It’s tough putting one’s heart and soul into a piece hoping for a good, juicy discussion and everyone picks the wrong point to on which to focus their attention. I’m also finding myself in a situation lately where specific bloggers feel I’m targeting them in my blog posts when this isn’t the [Read more…]

Blog Posts vs. Articles: Audience Expectation

Today we further our discussion on the difference between blog posts and articles for both the web and print by looking at audience expectations.

Blog Posts vs. Articles: Length and Point of View

We’re going to take a break from the 5 days, 5 Ways to Enhance Your Writing Skills series and answer a freelance writing question I receive pretty regularly. “What’s the difference between a blog post and an article?” In many ways they are the same and much of the information featured here can apply to both. There are, however, important ways they differ: Length Most blog posts are short – between 200 – 300 words. They may be longer, but the majority of posts are designed to give you information quickly before you lose interest – almost like a commercial. [Read more…]

What are You Reading…and Where?

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My Dad was a librarian. As you could imagine, our house was filled with books. I mean, floor to ceiling books. Our living room contained non-fiction and the more formal library was filled with fiction, including many first edition literary works. Upstairs in Dad’s office were the “stacks,” where he kept the periodicals. All of these were arranged by Dewey Decimal System. It was a given that wherever Dad was, a book or two was close by. He passed that love on to all six of his kids as well.  Every year at Christmas Dad went to the bookstores to [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for January 22, 2010

I had a cable outage for much of yesterday. I don’t think I need to tell you how much that puts a damper on things. When you rely on your web connection for your livelihood you’re only as good as your WiFi. Fortunately for me I only had one deadline, for the Demand Studios blog, everything else can wait. It reminds me of how important it is to have a backup plan. That can mean tapping a trusted collaborator, or it can mean working at a remote location. I was able to contact my editor, thanks to my Droid, and [Read more…]

How to Stop Relying on Your Freelance Writing Clients and Make A Name Doing Your Own Thing

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We need our freelance writing clients. Their projects pay the bills and if not for them we’d be at the office jobs we loathe. Still, most writers aspire to make a living writing for themselves. No bosses. No clients. No deadlines. Of course, the problem with this is we can’t stop writing for clients because we need the money. In the Internet age, it’s easy to take advantage of our freelance writing clients in order to boost our careers. Many count on their their clients to give them a boost. Many bloggers even count on clients’ blogs and websites as [Read more…]

What’s Your Freelance Writing Back Up Plan?

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Yesterday my cable was out for most of the day. Fortunately for me, I only had one freelance writing deadline and I was able to contact my editor using my Droid to tell her my assignment was forthcoming. Yesterday reminded me I’m only as good as my cable connection. Though I’m busy, there wasn’t anything that couldn’t wait. However, if I had major deadlines and obligations I would have taken my laptop to the library or Starbucks and worked there. What’s YOUR back up plan? Back Up Plans for Freelance Writing Jobs I know if my cable or power goes [Read more…]

Ideas for Your Blogger Business Card

The other day we looked at some benefits of having a blogger business card if you’re a problogger. Today we’ll look at what to put on your card and tips for design choices. What should you put on your blogger business card? Honestly, it depends on who you ask. Personally I think a business card should offer some sort of useful information about you and your business, but often I see cards that are more design savvy than informative; i.e. more for looks and brand recognition then for info. Not to play favorites, but Deb has an excellent business card [Read more…]

Freelance Technical Journalist Needed

We are looking for a fun and enthusiastic freelance writer/journalist that can generate a minimum of 2 articles per day (~400 words each) during every business day — 5 days a week, with US national holidays off. If you are capable of generating feature pieces, we strongly encourage this. You will be expected to move towards 2-4 feature pieces per month in the first 3 months. **** IMPORTANT **** You must be able to commit to 2 articles per business day, delivered by 1pm Eastern time. If you cannot, please do not respond. COMPENSATION: You will be an independent contractor [Read more…]

Do You List Client Names on Your Freelance Writer Resume?

Last week, I wrote about whether freelance writers actually need a resume. Since many of us do use one, I thought it would be worthwhile to consider whether and when to name clients on it. The rule that I have is a very simple one: If the work that I do doesn’t have a byline with my name on it, I don’t name the client on my resume. Some clients are very particular about letting the world at large know that they hire freelance writers to do work for them, and they are entitled to a certain level of privacy. [Read more…]

The Most Ridiculous Job Posting of the Day Award

So, I’ve spent a little time today hitting the Guru.com job listings, and I am kind of grossed out.  When my partner and I first started our business, we relied on that particular tool a lot to secure work.  Mostly, it was because we didn’t know where else to look.  Since we’ve been in business, we’ve developed some great client relationships that started on Guru, so let me get that out of the way up front. On the other hand, there are some really, really stupid postings there.  Like this one: Hello Fellow Writers!* I represent a company which launch [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for January 21, 2010

The majority of mail I receive lately is from freelancers who are frustrated by the mixed messages they receive from writing bloggers. I feel this is important to explore. The first step in beginning a freelance writing career is to research and if brand new writers are finding conflicting information, that means I’m part of the problem. My method of sharing information is to present the various opportunities, tell you what worked for me, and let you make the choices you’re comfortable. Other bloggers have their own line of thinking and they’re not wrong. I can understand the confusion. Let’s [Read more…]

Your Turn: What is Your Dream Writing Job

passion

I’ve been thinking about this blog, and the Freelance Writing Jobs blog network  a lot lately. I don’t mean planning ways to bring in traffic or dominate my niche. That part is a lot of fun and all, but there’s more to it than that. To put it simply, I enjoy what I do here. Yes, this blog network is now my main source of income, and yes, it’s helped me achieve a certain level of success, but that’s not what it’s all about. I’m not a novelist and I’m don’t write in a journal every night, but I can [Read more…]

Freelance Writer/Blogger familiar with Medical/Healthcare world (non-technical)

Ongoing content writing for company blog – minimum of 4 articles/posts per month Content must be edgy and healthcare related but focused on consumers. Company is a web 2.0 company where people can book appointments online with a healthcare provider. www.ApppointmentCity.com email:[email protected] with one or two samples of content.

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