How to Target Your Freelance Writing Job Search for Newbies

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Your first freelance writing job is the hardest one to get, in my opinion. Once you have one (or a few) gigs under your belt, you can use your past writing experience to propel yourself forward to the next opportunity. How do you approach the task of landing that first gig, then? Start with what you know, and I don’t necessarily mean the fact that you have been writing for yourself for years. Working on your own projects is not the same thing as taking on client work. Both of them involve writing, but your own work is more of [Read more…]

How to Target Your Freelance Writing Job Search for Newbies

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Your first freelance writing job is the hardest one to get, in my opinion. Once you have one (or a few) gigs under your belt, you can use your past writing experience to propel yourself forward to the next opportunity. How do you approach the task of landing that first gig, then? Start with what you know, and I don’t necessarily mean the fact that you have been writing for yourself for years. Working on your own projects is not the same thing as taking on client work. Both of them involve writing, but your own work is more of [Read more…]

Maybe I Just Don't Test Well…

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Aw, gee.  I’ve mentioned time and time again on this blog that I consider myself to be a “word-nerd.”  I love to use superfluous words, and I am a fiend for a compound sentence.  In addition, I love to read and to rend some deep meaning out of the words and passages of classic literature.  For an American, I’m pretty well-read. Or so I thought. I took this simple little quiz and was appalled at my results.  There were 17 quotes listed, and in the 5 minutes provided, I could only identify 7 of them.  (They even had the author’s [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for October 11, 2010

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Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope that you’re all refreshed from the weekend that has just gone by.  Here are your freelance writing gigs for today. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network More Funny Signs that Could Use Better Grammar/Spelling All About ‘Pubit’ – Barnes & Noble’s New Self-Publishing System Is Your Work Really a Work for Hire? Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Arts & Entertainment Writers (San Francisco Bay Area) Tech Writer (Washington, DC) Freelance Health Writer Freelance Writer (Westchester, NY) Freelance Writer Content Writer – Performing Arts (Telecommute) Writer – Motorcycle Repair (Telecommute) Writer/Editor – Headaches & [Read more…]

More Funny Signs that Could Use Better Grammar/Spelling

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It’s been more than a month since I posted the first group of funny (or not-so-funny for some) signs on FWJ. When I woke up this morning, I thought that it would be a good idea to post some more signs for the grammar section. After all, it is a Monday, and we can all use some cheering up on this day of the week. First up comes lots of lot’s. Photo courtesy of Steve Dinn We can’t point fingers at Sony here, but the sign sure does take something away from the message, doesn’t it? Just so we’re all [Read more…]

All About ‘Pubit’ – Barnes & Noble’s New Self-Publishing System

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You may have heard this week that Barnes & Noble has upped its game when it comes to the fight against Amazon’s Kindle. Amazon has its Digital Text Platform to help writers self-publish their work both in ebook form, and now Barnes & Noble has Pubit, which does the same thing, but claims to be far easier and offer more advantages for writers. Is Pubit all that and a box of chips? Depends on how you use it. Let’s look at the details. Price The pricing for Pubit structure is set to a graduating percentage of revenue that authors keep, which [Read more…]

Is Your Work Really a Work for Hire?

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Many freelance writers don’t fully understand copyright law and mistakenly believe that the fact they are paid for a work means that they don’t hold the copyright in it. In short, since they were hired to do a particular job, that the work becomes a work for hire and they also transfer copyright in the work to the buyer. However, that is very rarely the case. Though the language is very confusing, simply being paid to create a work does not make it a work for hire under the law. Rather, the law actually only caused a work to be [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for October 8, 2010

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It’s that time of the week again, and boy, have I been waiting for this day! The weekend’s going to be a welcome distraction, but before that, let me share the last batch of job leads for this week.  I hope you find something! Oh, remember to check out Google’s tribute to John Lennon for a little bit of fun on a Friday. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Getting More Work from Your Existing Clients Book Writing and Publishing FAQ – How Long Should My Nonfiction Book Be? Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Fantasy Hockey Contributing Writer [Read more…]

Getting More Work from Your Existing Clients

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I don’t think it’s enough. Getting work is wonderful, making it is even better. Writers need to put their creative thinking, experience and skills to work to create new projects.

Book Writing and Publishing FAQ – How Long Should My Nonfiction Book Be?

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A very common question among aspiring writers is related to how much they actually need to write before their nonfiction manuscript can be considered complete.  In other words, how long should a nonfiction book be? Unfortunately, there is not a simple answer to that question.  However, the reason is simple — the publisher usually determines the word count that they want for a nonfiction book. The publisher determines this number by weighing production costs against projected sales numbers.  The publisher also reviews the competitive market to see what else is already available and how those books are selling.  In other [Read more…]

Deadline Dilemmas

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It’s no secret missed deadlines are a great way to end a professional relationship with a publication. They are a nightmare for both the writer and the editor. The editor is left holding the bag with thousands of dollars on the line waiting on a late article and the writer is off somewhere sweating bullets trying to pull a rabbit out of a badly squished hat. And, while the entire FWJ blogging crew can take turns yelling out into the world wide web that writers should NEVER miss a deadline, it is going to happen. The best we can do [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for October 7, 2010

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Good morning, everyone! Here are your freelance writing leads for today. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Does Location Matter When Looking for Freelance Writing Jobs? Lessons in Copywriting – Part 3 Freelancing in Real Life Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Website SEO Content Writer (San Diego) Online Content Writing and Marketing (San Franciso Bay Area) Web Content Specialist (Mountain View, CA) Writers for WatchMojo (Montreal) Writer – Relationships (Phoenix/Work from Home) Writers for Family Website (Work from Home) Blogging Jobs WordPress News Blogger (Online) Financial SEO Blogger (Anywhere) Financial Blogger (Canada) Writer/Editor – Interior Design Blog (New [Read more…]

Freelancing in Real Life

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As I’ve mentioned a few times now, and will probably continue to mention until the novelty of a new baby wears off, I just had my second child.  Obviously, I had a little advanced warning that this major disruption would be happening to my schedule.  All of my clients were put on notice… After all, I was planning to take the month of October off, with only this blog to “worry” about.  So, everyone else was told that I’d do as much as I could for them, up to the last possible moment, but that I was off limits as [Read more…]

Does Location Matter When Looking for Freelance Writing Jobs?

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Dear Jodee, I’ve worked as a freelance writer with clients in my own country for many years. However, I’ve had difficulty landing well-paying assignments from international clients. Can you give me tips on how I can crack the international market? I’m especially looking for clients that are willing to pay well for quality work, not the ones who offer about $1 for a 500 word article and say it’s reasonable pay because I live in a third world country. And speaking of location, do you think the fact that I’m not based in the US or the UK, and English [Read more…]

Lessons in Copywriting – Part 3

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If you missed them, follow the links to read earlier parts of the Lessons in Copywriting series: Part 1 ~~ Part 2 Part 3 of Lessons in Copywriting teaches you how to make sure the marketing copy you write is succinct using a tool I call the Red Pen Rule, which I discuss in detail in my book, Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps. Let’s take a step back first. The most powerful copy is clear, concise, and leaves no room for confusion.  We’ll talk more about that in Part 4.  Today, you need to understand the importance of not [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for October 6, 2010

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Hi! It’s the middle of the week again, and it is time for the weekly quote to help us get through Hump Day. Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating. – Denis Waitley New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network What is This Patch Thing? Medium Large Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs LCD TV News Writer Experienced Freelance Writer (New York) Web Content Writer – Technology (Washington, DC) Writers for New Video Game Website Content Writer (Chepachet, RI) Content Writer (Atlanta) Fair Lending Program [Read more…]

Blogging Secrets to Power Your Community – Part III

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In the final edition of Blogging Secrets I wanted to focus on some common sense approaches to powering your community that may not always remain obvious, but are absolutely necessary in driving your success. Politely and non-intrusively share your posts via social platforms. If using Twitter, try asking a question, then provide a link to the blog post to get feedback. Don’t link the blog posts automatically – not every post will be Twitter-worthy and you don’t want to appear robotic without care for your community. Facebook and LinkedIn have a variety of tools to integrate your blog into Facebook. Try them out! Provide outgoing links [Read more…]

Medium Large

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While it probably comes as no big surprise to any of you, I haven’t had as much free time as usual lately to surf the Internet collecting the URLs of things that make me LOL.  It’s not really the new baby as much as it is the toddler I already had.  The new one seems to actually grasp the concept of sleeping, something her big sister still resists on a daily basis.  Perhaps that’s why I’m actually in the office, 15 days after giving birth, with the newest family member sleeping in the car seat next to my desk. I [Read more…]

What is This Patch Thing?

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If you’ve been searching for freelance writing or editing jobs online lately, then you’ve undoubtedly come across job postings for Patch.com.  I did some digging to get the details about Patch.com, so Freelance Writing Gigs readers would know what it’s all about before you decide to apply (or decide to ignore those jobs).  Following is what I’ve been able to learn from my research. Patch.com is owned by AOL and was launched in February 2009 as a way to deliver local news.  AOL hopes to build the site to 500 local news sites, but currently, there are only about 50 [Read more…]

Dear John (Niche)…

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The thrill is gone. You have delved so deep into your niche you’ve scrapped the bottom clear through to the other side of the world. The relationship has become boring and predictable and you want out, but there is just one thing… You make great money and are in a pretty cozy in your position. How do you get out without jeopardizing your wallet? Ease on down. You don’t have to do a full, traumatic break up with your niche, instead it may be easier for you, and your reputation, to build up your work in an other area while [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for October 5, 2010

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Good morning, everyone!  How’s Tuesday treating you?  If there’s anyone out there who feels intimidated by a client (and this probably has happened to all of us at least once), check out what Jodee has to say.  Enjoy the day! New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Are You Afraid of Your Freelance Writing Clients? An Interview with Dan Schawbel – Author of Me 2.0 Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Writers for Mortgage and Finance Articles (Los Angeles) Article Writer (Home) Creative Content Writer (USA) Article Writer – Educational Toys (Remote) Writers/Researchers for Investing News Network (Vancouver/Telecommute) Bilingual Web [Read more…]

Are You Afraid of Your Freelance Writing Clients?

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It’s early October, which means that the build-up to Halloween has already started. I’ve been enjoying some scary movies lately and I’ve been thinking about the fact that everyone is scared of something, whether they admit it or not. My list includes heights, large bodies of water, clowns – the usual stuff. I can also admit that I used to be intimidated by clients, both existing and prospective ones. There were a lot of gigs I didn’t apply for simply because I didn’t have the nerve to. When I got hired by people to write for them, I was scared [Read more…]

Are You Afraid of Your Freelance Writing Clients?

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It’s early October, which means that the build-up to Halloween has already started. I’ve been enjoying some scary movies lately and I’ve been thinking about the fact that everyone is scared of something, whether they admit it or not. My list includes heights, large bodies of water, clowns – the usual stuff. I can also admit that I used to be intimidated by clients, both existing and prospective ones. There were a lot of gigs I didn’t apply for simply because I didn’t have the nerve to. When I got hired by people to write for them, I was scared [Read more…]

An Interview with Dan Schawbel – Author of Me 2.0

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I was fortunate enough to have international best selling author and personal branding expert, Dan Schawbel, write the forward for my book that’s coming out next month, 30-Minute Social Media Marketing.  The second edition of Dan’s incredibly popular book, Me 2.0, comes out this week.  You can read his bio at the end of this post which demonstrates just how well Dan knows what he’s talking about! I spent a few minutes with him discussing how freelance writers can build their own personal brands in order to build their businesses.  Dan’s insightful answers to my questions are included below.  Be [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for October 4, 2010

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Good morning, FWJ friends!  It’s the first Monday of the month, and I’m pleased to be sharing some job leads with you.  Here’s to a great month ahead! New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network What’s Missing? Why Joint Authorship is Usually a Bad Idea Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Prolific Writers (Utah) Writer for Fencing Guide (San Francisco) Web Content Writer (Boston) Freelance Writer for Website (Orlando) Content Writer – Medical Articles (San Francisco) Freelance Writer for Health and Exercise Articles (Telecommute) Golf Website Writer (Remote) Content Writer – Gambling (Remote) Relationship Writers (New York City) Blogging Jobs [Read more…]

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