How to Be a Paid Writer

5 Steps to Freelance Writing

5 Steps to Freelance Writing

This article was written by Tammy Ruggles, BSW, MA, a legally blind freelance writer and finger painter from Kentucky. You can find her on Facebook. We hope her article serves as an inspiration! If you have a way with the written word and always thought you might like to try freelance writing as a career, don’t let anything stop you. You don’t have to have a degree in writing or journalism, although that would be great; you just have to have a passion for writing and learn what makes freelance writing work: Know What You Want To Write About There [Read more…]

eBooks in PDF Format: A Quick & Easy Way to Sell Your Writing

eBooks in PDF Format: A Quick & Easy Way to Sell Your Writing

When we think about eBooks, we generally think Kindle, Nook or iPad formatting, which have their own specifications about how the pages and images are laid out. Converting a standard Word document into one of these formats requires properly formatting your Word document first or using a service that handles the formatting and conversion for you. What is often overlooked by writers is the fact that all of these e-readers can also read files saved in pdf format. There is a formatting option that is as simple as clicking on the “Save As” or the “Export To” function in your [Read more…]

How Can a Freelancer Build a Web Content Client Base?

How Can a Freelancer Build a Web Content Client Base?

You're not alone. I know that because I get emails asking, "How in the hell can I get decent clients?" on a regular basis. I know that because I see folks quizzing discussion board participants with variations of the same question.

How Writers Measure Success

How Writers Measure Success

It used to be writers had a pretty standard measurement of success – get published. Then the standards rose and it became – get published and be able to make a living. One FWJ reader’s comment made me stop and think about where the standards are now. I recently wrote on whether having a niche was necessary and a commenter remarked she had never heard of a six figure writer who didn’t have a niche or two. What stood out to me is “six figure writer.” Now, before I get started, let’s not think this is a low self-esteem post. [Read more…]

Niche or No?

Niche or No?

There is one big question freelance writers must tackle regardless of their experience or career length: niche or no? Newbie writers will read article upon article and blog upon blog touting the importance of finding a niche, picking a niche, taking a niche out on a date…Veterans will find themselves bombarded with articles and posts on when it’s time to leave a niche, switch, combine, create a Frankenstein and give a manic laugh… The truth is – you have a choice. Pro Niche: 1. Building a good reputation as a writer is important. Getting steady work is important as well. [Read more…]

How to Be a Paid Writer – Lesson 2

How to Be a Paid Writer - Lesson 2

In the first lesson of the How to Be a Paid Writer series, you learned why it’s essential that you take the time to polish your writing skills before you venture into the world of paid writing.  In lesson 2, you’ll learn how to set realistic expectations for your freelance writing business and earnings. First, keep in mind that every writer has an opinion based on his own experiences.  However, if a suggestion related to how much you’ll be able to make as a freelance writer seems too good to be true — it probably is.  The amount of money [Read more…]

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