Creating Your Own Freelance Writing Gigs

I believe that one reason writers aren’t in higher demand is our collective shortcoming in marketing our gifts and their value. We have a tendency to wait until people see a need for us when we should be telling them why we’re so damned valuable. When you’re rainmaking, that’s exactly what you’re doing.

The Secret Life of a Freelance Writer

I have a secret day/night life, too.  Mine doesn’t rival the Angel story and it isn’t as fun as Giddens’ tale.

Sometimes, in the evening, I write things that pay next to nothing.  And I do it just for fun.

Will Video Kill the Keyboard Star?

I’m curious. What are you doing on this front?

Are you playing with video? Are you updating your blog with little clips of you chit-chatting directly to your audience? Are you peppering your site with video?

Are you providing video services to your clients or do you regularly collaborate on video projects?

50 Submission Guidelines Pages

The job boards aren’t the only places to find freelance writing jobs. Sometimes it’s as easy as looking for submission guidelines or “write for us” pages. Granted, these aren’t client-based projects and regular jobs, but they’re good opportunities nonetheless. What I like about pitching the online and offline magazine markets is that they tend to pay more money than many of the advertised (job board) freelance writing jobs. In 2010, the work is there, provided you take the time to look. Over the past few days I’ve had the opportunity to research submissions guidelines from a variety of markets. I [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs Presents 11 Cooking, Food & Drink Markets
food markets

We’re sharing cooking and food markets for you at Freelance Writing Jobs today. I researched each market to the best of my ability and as of February 2010, these are accurate and current. If I found a link to current guidelines, I included them. Otherwise, I listed contact information so you could request current submission guidelines from the market. I only posted a market if it was indicated that they’re accepting freelance submissions at this time. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with back copies of the various markets and read all guidelines thoroughly to be sure you’re a good [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs Presents: 19 Parenting Markets

Today we’re offering up some parenting markets. We’ve been listing magazine markets and other writing guidelines this week and many valid questions are being raised. For example, how do I know these markets accept freelancers, and also, how do I know the pay rate is what they say it is? It’s simple, I did some research. Research that’s easy enough for every single freelance writer to do if he or she wishes to write for certain markets. I looked up many markets on the web and, also, backed them up with a copy of the Writer’s Market – the 2010 [Read more…]

19 Grants for Writers and Other Creative Types

Many freelance writers are only working for clients to bring in money while they work on books, screenplays and other writing projects. This is all fine and dandy however, it tends to take away from the personal project as we tend to put all our focus on paying the bills and funding our dreams. There are also circumstances out of our control. Many writers don’t have healthcare or disability insurance. When tragedy strikes, some writers are unable to continue writing for a living. Fortunately, there are so many foundations offering funding for writers. 19 Grants for Writers and Other Creative [Read more…]

21 Poetry Markets
poetry markets

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…]

15 Greeting Card Markets
greeting card

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…]

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