Freelance Writing Jobs for March 6, 2012

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Freelance Writing Jobs Happy Tuesday everyone! Below are some freelance writing jobs that might interest you. Content Writing 1. Content Writer (CA/Freelance) Blogging Jobs 1. Freelance bloggers (TX) 2. Freelance bloggers Copywriting Jobs 1. Copywriter (Arlington, VA) 2. Marketing Copywriter (RI) 3. Freelance copywriter (NY) 4. Freelance copywriter (NY) 5. Freelance digital copywriter (CA) 6. Freelance beauty copywriter (CA) Proofreading/Editing Jobs 1. Experienced proofreader (Telecommute) 2. Freelance formatting proofreader  3. Proofreader (Telecommute) Journalism Jobs 1. Freelance online newspaper writer 2. Freelance reporter (MI) 3. Freelance news correspondents (TX) Technical Writing Jobs 1. Part-time technical writer (VA) 2. Part-time Science technical [Read more…]

Monitoring Your Online Reputation as a Freelance Writer

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Freelance writing is now one of the sources of income for many moms dads and othersalike. As a freelance worker, they are free to serve as many clients as they can. They build reputation by submitting works on time and providing high-quality work. The reputation built will then result into new job offers or job referrals from satisfied clients and writers will have increased income. As a writer, you can collect positive reviews from your satisfied clients. However, many potential clients today, go beyond profile reviews. They have now started to dig for more information about you. Below are the tools you can use [Read more…]

Would You Complete a Personality Test for a Freelance Writing Job?

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When a person is working for a brick and mortar job, it’s not uncommon for the employer to request that the candidate undergo some type of testing. People who are interested in working in law enforcement or as firefighters are required to complete physical and personality tests as part of the screening process. Applicants for administrative positions could expect to be asked to do a typing test at some point in their job search. Freelancers are in a different category, since they are not applying for a job. I’ve been asked to do a personality test as part of a [Read more…]

Four Things the Academy Awards Can Teach Us About Freelance Writing

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Were you glued to the television last night checking out the Oscars? Were you more interested in what people were wearing than who actually took home one of the golden statues, or was it all about seeing people rewarded for their work? I watched a little bit of the show last night, but didn’t stay tuned for the whole thing. It just doesn’t capture my interest the way it used to a number of years ago. The bit of the show I did watch got me thinking about what freelancers can learn from the Academy Awards. 1. You can get [Read more…]

Article Quickie: A Writer’s Confession

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My name is Terreece and I’m addicted to ellipses. There. I said it. I am free from my shame. Those three periods…they say so much and I find myself using them way to often. Every writer has a crutch. Some liken it to their ‘writing style,’ but there is a difference between a crutch and a style. “I can quit anytime.” One way to tell if your go-to writing technique is a style or a crutch is if a writer can be flexible and not use the item. Whether it’s a particular format or transition, if a writer has trouble [Read more…]

Article Quickie: Freelance Writing Jargon

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Masthead Located within the first few pages of a publication, the masthead lists the important information you need – editor names, assistant editors, departments, contributing writers, etc. It is also helpful to find out the email configuration of the company – a not so secret tip on getting your queries to the right person without the SASE. On Speculation When a writer has a fantastic idea and an editor isn’t so sure, they will ask the writer to write the piece on spec or speculation. This means a writer will write the article in its entirety on the hopes that [Read more…]

“You’re Stupid.” When Cutting Edge Articles Go Bad…

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I love spunky articles and blog posts. When a writer takes an unusual stance or approaches a topic with razor-sharp wit it makes me excited about a piece, often ends up in my saved/bookmarked file and is forwarded on through various social media channels. As much as I like an offbeat approach, I practically cover my eyes and cringe at some ‘devil may care’ stances that fall flat. One reason why these posts miss their mark is they lack true understanding of who is in their audience. There was a post from a PR rep that recently made internet waves. [Read more…]

Article Clip 911

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This is it! This is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for – a publication you’ve had your eye on is interested in your work. Perhaps you’ve had a chance meeting with an editor or saw a job post. Now all you need is to send in that one great clip. You know, the one that shows your skill, expertise and spot on interviewing? So you type the title and your name into Google to pull up the piece…It’s gone. Silly you, you never got around to saving that clip or even printing it out. You figured it would always be [Read more…]

Reading to Pitch

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A query isn’t just about developing a good idea and sending it to the right person, a query is designed to show your idea meets the publication’s needs and reader demographic. Before pitching a publication, a writer has to do one very important thing – read the publication. You wouldn’t believe how many writers skip that part and wonder why their idea was rejected. Once you’ve read the publication, go back and read it again. Most experts suggest reading six months worth of information. At the very least, look at the last three months. This will help you determine four [Read more…]

Naughty or Nice? What Would Your Editor Say?

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It’s the end of the year and everyone is getting retrospective, including your editors and clients. What will they remember most? Your killer copy? That amazing lede (lead) you wrote? How many times you were late with an article? How hard you are to critique? If you’ve been naughty you can’t rewrite the past, but you can begin to repair your reputation with clients and editors by asking one simple question: How can I better serve you? Writing is a business and you provide a service. Good customer service will keep you in business for years to come so why [Read more…]

Do You Need a Thick Skin to be a Writer?

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Rather than answer a question this week, I decided to just talk. Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of discussions online about having a thick skin and how writers need to have one to be successful. I have to respectfully disagree, if only for the reason that I don’t have one and I consider myself to be successful. When I was a child, more than one teacher assured me that I would develop a thicker skin as I grew up, but I suppose I didn’t inherit the thick skin gene because it didn’t happen for me. If having a thick [Read more…]

Writing is Like Sex

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While you’re doing it, you’re focused, zoned in and intense. Every distraction is met with deep disappointment – the phone, the kids, the dog standing there watching you do it. When you’re not doing it it’s all you can think about leaving you distracted. “It” is writing, but the passion in which we pursue, fantasize about and devour it makes it a lot like sex. That’s another big reason why it’s fun. The Heat. There’s nothing like the heat of new blog post, new assignment or new magazine. The magazine represents an opportunity. The blog post or assignment represents a [Read more…]

2011 Writing Prep: Thick Skin

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As a writer, it is perfectly normal to get shellacked on a weekly or monthly basis. Whether it’s rejection letters,  feedback from clients or mean-spirited comments on a blog or website there are plenty of days where the heart and ego will get bruised. Here’s the thing, it is the unfortunate by-product of success. Many define a writer’s success by their annual revenue. Others measure success by a writer’s influence – both online and offline. I look at those things, but I also look at a less rosy and overlooked area of success – feedback. We’ve all felt the sting [Read more…]

Killing Clutter Quickly

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In my earlier post “Is Clutter Killing Your Career, You?” I talked about the toll clutter can take on careers and writers’ bodies.  Clutter causes chaotic time sucks and allows writers to put off important things like exercise while causing stress in all areas. Today I’ve got a few quick tips to getting things under control. Hire a professional organizer. Yes, they do exist. If you can get paid to sit at home in your underwear and blog about cats, these professional can get paid to get dressed, leave the house and come organize yours. A professional organizer is a [Read more…]

Read What You Write

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Jerry Springer. Everyone knows the name though no one will admit to watching the show. It’s been on for decades and yet the show’s host, Jerry Springer, admits he doesn’t watch it. Why? In an article published on the Huffington Post, the talk show host said “I don’t watch the show, but it’s not aimed at 66-year-old men. If I were in college, I would watch. I enjoy doing it. It’s a lot of fun.” I’d wager there are several (hundred) writers that don’t read what they write. Whether it is a blog post, column or article, many writers finish [Read more…]

5 Way to Be Super UNSUCCESSFUL

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Some people claim they want to be successful freelance writers yet one quick look at their business and writing practices and you quickly realize they are actually pulling the old Jedi mind trick on you. Their every move is designed to make fail look awesome. Are you one? Want to be? Here are five ways to be super unsuccessful. Here’s to failing! Ya! 5. Don’t bother with research. When you start out your freelance writing career you really should just focus on interviewing or emailing successful writers. Pick a few and ask them to regurgitate and hand feed you all [Read more…]

How Writers Measure Success

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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…]

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 1, 2010

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Good morning, everyone! Wow – it is already October.  Can you believe that?  It still surprises me how fast time flies by these days.  I guess we’re having a fun time?  Even better news (in case you missed it somehow): it IS Friday today!  Let me share the first batch of job leads for the month with you and wish you a happy weekend as well. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network How to Make a Living as a Writer The Power of “” Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Freelance Writer Content Writer (Madison, WI) Online Writers – [Read more…]

Score! Landed a High Profile Source…

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Your query – perfection – and you got the gig. Your email to the leading big wig on the subject – golden – he/she said yes. Your reaction – PANIC! Deep down, you never really thought Professor Large Brain would glance at your email or return your call. You were perfectly happy with Professor Adequate Brain who you knew would jump at the chance to chime in our your piece. Now you have all that brain to yourself for at least an hour. Now what? High Five Yourself. Let’s get it out the way now, go ahead and look at [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for September 20, 2010

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Good morning, everyone!  How did the weekend go?  If you’re interested in quirky holidays, you might want to know that yesterday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day. For more serious stuff, visit the rest of the sections of the FWJ Network, and good luck with the job leads today!  Here’s to a great week for all of us! New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network 21st Century Marketing Ideas 5 Steps to Handling Deadbeat Clients I’m Loving It, Are You? How Do You Want Your Tax Refund? Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs How-to Writers for Tech Website (Telecommute) [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for September 17, 2010

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It’s that time of the week again, yay!  What are you looking forward to in the next two days?  As usual, let’s have one more set of job leads before you kick up your heels. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Things that Go Bump When We Write – Tough Topics I Don’t Live in the United States – Can I Apply for U.S. Freelance Writing Jobs? Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Content Writer & Blogger (Philadelphia) Content Writers (San Diego) Content Writers (Major Metro Areas in the US) Content Writer for InBusiness (Orlando) Writers (Sausalito, CA) Writers [Read more…]

Things that Go Bump When We Write – Tough Topics

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Life is full of difficult, uncomfortable situations. How we deal with those on a personal basis is one thing… how you deal with tough topics as a writer may be completely different. One thing that doesn’t work is avoidance. Usually at FWJ we have to caution writers about taking on too much work, but the room clears when sensitive subject posts are passed out. Why? Fear. No one wants to get their name tagged to a controversial subject because they fear they will lose out on future gigs because of it. No one wants to call the woman with breast [Read more…]

Side-Note: Making the Most of a Writing Opportunity

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If I asked you a question and you knew the answer would you answer it? What if it meant thousands of people would see your response and have a link to your website? That’s the great thing about FWJ. It gives great opportunities to newbie and seasoned writers. A few days ago I wrote a post about writing on hot topics, a few do’s and don’ts. At the end I posed a question to the FWJ community: I wanted to hear some of your ideas on how to or how not to write about a hot topic. I asked for [Read more…]

Don’t Lede Me On

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I hate it when an article ledes me on. Things start off promising – the header is enticing, the sub-heading is clever and the lede is saying all the right things. It’s strong and gives a great angle. It asserts a particular opinion, thought or idea and whispers sweet nothings of all of the supporting facts to follow. In fact, the darn thing tells me it’s going to satisfy a particular question and then…I read the article. After hundreds of words and several opportunities, the article ends without giving me everything it promised. My time is precious and if I [Read more…]

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