• Reference

Essential Guide to Freelance Writing

How to Write, Work, and Thrive on Your Own Terms
Author: Zachary Petit
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781599639055
Category: Reference
Page: 234
View: 3545
"So you want to be a freelance writer. Great! But now you're faced with a laundry list of questions: Should I freelance full time or part time? Should I write for magazines, newspapers, or online markets? How do I dream up the perfect article idea, and how do I pitch it successfully? How do I negotiate contracts, foster relationships with editors, and start getting steady work while avoiding financial panic attacks and unpleasant ulcers? The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing won't just show you how to survive your freelancing writing career--it will teach you how to truly thrive"--

    • Business & Economics

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer


Author: Moira Allen
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1621535592
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 368
View: 4087
“An essential read for freelance writers.” —The Writer magazine Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, Third Edition, offers a step-by-step guide to launching a successful freelance career. For beginners and experts, full time or part time, Moira Allen explains everything freelancer writers need to know, including how to set up a home office, develop and pitch marketable ideas, approach editors and other clients, and prepare and submit material. In addition, readers will learn the business side of freelancing, such as how to deal with rights and contracts as well as how to manage income, expenses, and taxes. Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer also discusses the ways in which freelancer writers can expand and enhance their writing career. Allen gives essential advice on the use of photos and reprints and discusses how to take advantage of other writing opportunities, such as columns, business and technical writing, and even nonfiction books. Fully updated, this new edition includes: A fresh look at the top writing tools to get started in today’s Internet environment The best social media venues for writers and how to use them Tips on how to expand a copywriting portfolio and clientele with social media writing services Why a website is still the most important online marketing tool—and how to maximize its effectiveness How a writer's blog can help your freelancing career Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer offers freelancers the tools and information they need to understand this business from the inside out and to become successful freelance writers.

    • Business & Economics

How to Make a Living Writing Articles for Newspapers, Magazines, and Online Sources

Everything You Need to Know to Become a Successful Freelance Writer
Author: Wendy Vincent
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
ISBN: 1601385676
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
View: 1309
This step-by-step guide will take you from your first paycheck to your ultimate goal: a career as a professional, full-time freelance writer with a byline that people will recognize. You can easily make thousands of dollars every month, simply by doing what you already love. Even if you have never been professionally published or don’t have a degree, you can learn how to hone your interviewing, editing, and writing skills to meet the needs of numerous print and online publications that boast millions of readers. In How to Make a Living Writing Articles for Newspapers, Magazines, and Online Sources, learn how to pitch your first story idea to any publication and get it printed — and paid. Learn how to submit queries and write a variety of professional-level articles that news, entertainment, and niche publications will eagerly pay you for. You will find out how to utilize blogs, social networks, and search engines to find the best publishing opportunities, as well as how to market yourself online to attract editors with your personal website and online portfolio. Throughout this step-by-step guide, you will find trusted advice from industry insiders and writers who know exactly how to pitch, pen, and publish a story. Dealing with feedback, knowing the ethics and legalities of confidential sources, and writing compelling headlines — it’s all covered in this book.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Writer for Hire

101 Secrets to Freelance Success
Author: Kelly James Enger
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781599635491
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 224
View: 9877
Awarded the "Outstanding Book Award" in the service/self-help category for 2013 from the ASJA (The American Society of Journalists and Authors)! There's no shortage of books on crafting book proposals, writing novels, overcoming writer's block, and getting in touch with one's muse. But what about a book for writers who simply want to earn a regular paycheck? Writer for Hire is just the wisdom full- and part-time freelancers need. Author Kelly James-Enger details: 101 secrets to success, organized into five overarching strategies. You'll be able to implement what you learn immediately. Invaluable advice on managing deadlines, querying effectively, working with clients, handling taxes, invoices, and more. Strategies for getting more writing gigs, including networking (in-person and online), establishing yourself as an expert, working more efficiently under tight deadlines, and handling rejection with confidence James-Enger looks at the "whole freelancer," addressing both the craft and business of freelancing.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

The Online Writer?s Companion

A Complete Guide to Earning Your Living as a Freelancer
Author: P. J. Aitken
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1621535290
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 344
View: 6646
Every year, millions of writers struggle to find work, and most make little more than spare change from the assignments they land. With the expansion of the online freelance marketplace, anyone with the right skills can learn to thrive and build a full-time career as a freelance writer. Author P. J. Aitken shares with readers what those skills are—the same skills that have earned him high levels of success on Upwork and other online freelance platforms. His tips include: Creating the perfect profile Writing winning proposals when bidding on writing jobs Garnering the rating system that will bring recognition and new clients Establishing long-term clients Outsourcing for the most efficient results Blogging—for pay! Navigating the best sites and avoiding pitfalls many writers fall into The Online Writer’s Companion is an unprecedented and indispensable guide for aspiring writers and authors of various materials and backgrounds, from bloggers to professional writers, students to retirees. It can even touch freelancers in other trades who want to hone their skills. By learning to make the most of a myriad of websites for freelance writers, readers will finally have the knowledge to succeed! Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

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The Freelancer's Bible

Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams—On Your Terms
Author: Sara Horowitz,Toni Sciarra Poynter
Publisher: Workman Publishing
ISBN: 0761175059
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 496
View: 1297
Amazingly, one-third of the American workforce is freelance—that’s 42 million people who have to wrestle with not just doing the work, but finding the work, then getting paid for the work, plus health care, taxes, setting up an office, marketing, and so on. Now help is here, and consultants, independent contractors, the self-employed, “solopreneurs,” and everyone else living a freelancer’s life will never be alone again but instead can be part of a strong and vibrant community. Written by the authority on freelance working, Sara Horowitz, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and founder of the national Freelancers Union and, most recently, the Freelancers Insurance Company, The Freelancer’s Bible will help those new to freelancing learn the ropes, and will help those who’ve been freelancing for a while grow and expand. It’s the one-stop, all-encompassing guide to every practical detail and challenge of being a nimble, flexible, and successful freelancer: the three essentials of getting clients and the three most important ways to keep them happy. Five fee-setting strategies. Thirteen tactics for making it through a prolonged dry spell. Setting up a home office vs. renting space. The one-hour contract. A dozen negotiating dos and don’ts. Building and maintaining your reputation. Dealing with deadbeats. Health Insurance 101. Record-keeping and taxes. Productivity, including a quiz: “What Is Your Ideal Day?” Building a community. Subcontracting and other strategies for taking your freelancing career to the next level. Retirement plans, plans for saving for education, and how to achieve financial freedom.

    • Business & Economics

Six-figure Freelancing

The Writer's Guide to Making More Money
Author: Kelly James-Enger
Publisher: Random House Reference &
ISBN: 0375720952
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 302
View: 1965
Is it possible to give up your nine to five job and make more money as a full-time freelancer? Absolutely. Six-Figure Freelancing shows writers how to make the most of the ballooning freelance industry by adopting a business-like approach to their craft, while offering insightful, first-hand advice to help maximize time and profit. • Includes worksheets and templates to assess and establish the best possible business strategy • Advice on time management and repurposing material for multiple markets, as well as how to gain a competitive edge in a growing market

    • Design

Treat Ideas Like Cats

And Other Creative Quotes to Inspire Creative People
Author: Zachary Petit
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1440596336
Category: Design
Page: 192
View: 4732
Make them follow you! That's the secret to creativity, according to Ray Bradbury. And to Steinbeck, ideas were like rabbits: quick to multiply. Everyone has their own idea as to how creativity works; inside, you'll find these ideas do quickly multiply, as dozens of writers, designers, and artists provide their own insight and advice on the creative process. Now it's your turn to take the lead and let creative inspiration follow you everywhere with Treat Ideas Like Cats.

    • Reference

The Renegade Writer's Query Letters That Rock


Author: Linda Formichelli,Diana Burrell
Publisher: Marion Street Press
ISBN: 1933338091
Category: Reference
Page: 208
View: 7988
This convention-defying follow-up to The Renegade Writer ensures that freelance journalists get the assignments they want more quickly and for better pay with the right query letter. Successful freelancers and the editors that buy their work share their advice on pitching the perfect story with real examples that earned great assignments from major magazines. Fresh, spunky, and fun to read, this handbook favors a proven renegade approach that gets freelancers more work for more money in less time and with less stress.

    • Reference

The Craft of Professional Writing

A Guide for Amateur and Professional Writers
Author: Michael S. Malone
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 1783088311
Category: Reference
Page: 332
View: 5623
The Craft of Professional Writing is the most complete book ever written about the real-life work of being a writer. Covering topics ranging from business writing (advertising, PR) to commercial work (news reporting, feature writing, blogging, non-fiction books) to creative writing (screenplays and novels), as well as advice on pitching, rejection and leading a writer’s life, the narrative is filled with anecdotes and illuminating stories, as well as tricks of the trade in each form of writing. For the student, The Craft of Professional Writing is the most wide-ranging and practical textbook on the subject. Designed to be an instructional text for producing professional-level work, it is also a survey of the various writing professions to enable budding writers to make career decisions. For the professional, this book is the ultimate reference work—offering practical tips and advice they can return to again and again to help them through various phases of their career.

    • Reference

The Complete Guide to Article Writing

How to Write Successful Articles for Online and Print Markets
Author: Naveed Saleh
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781599637341
Category: Reference
Page: 256
View: 3178
Offers guidance on successfully writing articles for different markets, covering such topics as style, structure, researching, interviewing, ethics, composing query letters, and pitching ideas.

The Freelance Content Marketing Writer

Find Your Perfect Clients, Make Tons of Money and Build a Business You Love
Author: Jennifer Goforth Gregory
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781732240902
Category:
Page: N.A
View: 4294
Earn six figures as a freelance content marketing writer with this comprehensive how-to-guide. Jennifer shares her proven ideas, step-by-step processes and templates for writers of all career stages. Hundreds of writers (including Jennifer, herself) have used these methods to find high-paying clients, increase their income and create businesses they truly love.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Secrets of a Freelance Writer

How to Make $100,000 a Year or More
Author: Robert W. Bly
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
ISBN: 1429900148
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 416
View: 5393
The definitive guide to becoming a successful freelance writer, now in an updated and expanded third edition Secrets of a Freelance Writer has long been the authoritative guide to making big money as a commercial freelance writer. In this new edition, you'll find out how to make $100,000 a year—or much more—writing ads, annual reports, brochures, catalogs, newsletters, direct mail, Web pages, CD-ROMs, press releases, and other projects for corporations, small businesses, associations, nonprofit organizations, the government, and other commercial clients. You'll also learn how to start out as a freelancer, market yourself to clients, create a successful personal Web site to cull more sales leads, follow up on potential customers to build your practice, and run your business on a day-to-day basis. Secrets of a Freelance Writer is the definitive guide to building a successful and lucrative freelance writing practice.

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

Cool Careers Without College for People Who Love Writing and Blogging


Author: Rebecca Pelos,Greg Roza
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 1508175470
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 112
View: 9998
All wordsmiths, both technically savvy and not, will find a foothold in this inclusive writing careers guide. Every chapter provides a specific career path and all of the information a job seeker would need to pursue it, including websites, organizations, additional reading materials, and first-person accounts from working writing professionals. And every included career path can be pursued without college, giving students of all types access to an interesting and satisfying career without the worry of paying off college loans.

    • Design

Treat Ideas Like Cats

And Other Creative Quotes to Inspire Creative People
Author: Zachary Petit
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1440596336
Category: Design
Page: 192
View: 1796
Make them follow you! That's the secret to creativity, according to Ray Bradbury. And to Steinbeck, ideas were like rabbits: quick to multiply. Everyone has their own idea as to how creativity works; inside, you'll find these ideas do quickly multiply, as dozens of writers, designers, and artists provide their own insight and advice on the creative process. Now it's your turn to take the lead and let creative inspiration follow you everywhere with Treat Ideas Like Cats.

    • Business & Economics

Freelancing For Dummies


Author: Susan M. Drake
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118069633
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 360
View: 1998
Are you ready to fly the corporate coop and become the boss of you? Do you dream of busting out of the cubicle wasteland and finding greener pastures as a freelancer? If so, you’re in good company. The U S Department of Labor estimates that nearly one-fourth of the American workforce is self-employed and that number is sure to increase over the next decade. But do you have what it takes to succeed as a freelancer, consultant, or contract employee? Do you even know what it takes to make it on your own? Here’s your chance to find out. A total guide to starting and running a freelance business, Freelancing For Dummies is for anyone thinking about striking out on their own, or who’s already decided to make the move into self-employment. It’s also an excellent resource for established freelancers looking for ways to jumpstart their businesses. Written by a top corporate communication consultant, it features hard-won tips from a slew of successful freelancers, including an accountant, a wr iter, a computer trainer, a graphic designer, a market researcher, an event planner, a medical trainer and others who share what they know about how to: Organize your home office and budget your time Create the ideal working environment Evaluate jobs and projects Land new business and manage client relationships Manage your money and pay your taxes Stay positive and manage the emotional uncertainties of self-employment Here’s your chance to take the leap from employee to boss with minimal stress and minimal sweat. A survival guide to building a successful freelance career, Freelancing For Dummies features: Self-assessments to gauge your skills and personality Critical “Get in, get out” information A gold mine of checklists, tear-out sheets, and sample forms Top ten lists War stories from freelancers who’ve made it Do you long for the freedom of being your own boss? Relax and let expert Susan Drake help you make the transition to becoming a fulltime freelancer.

The Writer's Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing

A Practical Guide to Selling Your Pitches, Crafting Strong Articles, and Earning More Bylines
Author: Kerrie Flanagan
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781440351242
Category:
Page: 232
View: 7082
Your Essential Reference for Writing for Magazines! In The Writer's Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing, accomplished freelance writer, author, and instructor Kerrie Flanagan demystifies the idea that writing for magazines is a difficult process meant only for those with journalism degrees. Drawing from her 20 years as a freelance writer and instructor, Flanagan takes you step-by-step through the entire process, sharing her knowledge and experiences in a friendly, conversational way. With more than a dozen sample articles, expert advice from magazine editors and successful freelance writers, practical tips on researching potential publications and instructions on crafting compelling query letters, you'll find the tools needed to write and publish magazine articles. In this book you'll learn how to: Find and target ideas for the right magazine. Develop effective query letters to catch the attention of editors and land more assignments. Organize your writing life using the checklists and tools throughout the book. Understand and negotiate contracts. Write and sell personal essays to consumer, niche and trade magazines. Whether your goal is to get your first byline or make the switch from part-time freelancer to full-time writer, The Writer's Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing is your go-to resource for writing success.

    • Business & Economics

The Wealthy Freelancer


Author: Pete Savage,Steve Slaunwhite
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101222859
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
View: 3985
Being your own boss can lead to incredible profts - here's how... Whether you call yourself a freelancer, consultant, independent contractor or solo professional of any kind, 'The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle', shows you how to get the clients, income, and lifestyle you deserve. So you can put more money in the bank, enjoy more time with your family and make a great living doing what you truly love to do, free from the burden of employment... Filled with proven ideas and real-world examples from dozens of successful freelancers, 'The Wealthy Freelancer' is essential reading for any solo professional who wants to enjoy a lifestyle that's 'wealthy' in every sense of the word. Here's a glimpse of what's waiting for you inside this book: * Why the typical one-size-fits-all marketing advice rarely works, and a fool-proof system for determining the optimal mix of marketing activities for your specific circumstances and goals. * How to get more prospects to say "Yes!" to the fees that you propose. * Why striving to be the "best" in your field almost never works, and what to do instead. * How to charge more - and earn more - by creating new income streams closely related to your core business. *How to have more time for the life you want and still have a great income. *How to "test the waters" and land freelance work now, even if you're already employed. * Why freelancing has moved beyond creative fields and into mainstream careers such as Engineering, Software Development, Bookkeeping, and more than 160 other professions. * Stories of real-life freelancers who destroy the myth that freelancers barely scrape by. * Dozens more proven tips and strategies to build a more profitable and fulfilling solo business.

    • Business & Economics

The Gig Economy

The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want
Author: Diane MULCAHY
Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn
ISBN: 0814437346
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
View: 9295
From Uber to the presidential debates, the gig economy has been dominating the headlines...and for good reason. Today, more than a third of Americans are working in the gig economy—mixing together short-term jobs, contract work, and freelance assignments. For those who’ve figured out the formula, life has never been better! The Gig Economy is your guide to this uncertain but ultimately rewarding world. Succeeding in it starts with shifting gears to recognize that only you control your future. Next is leveraging your skills, knowledge, and network to create your own career trajectory—one immune to the whims of an employer. Packed with research, exercises, and anecdotes, this eye-opening book supplies strategies—ranging from the professional to the personal—to help you: Construct a life based on your priorities and vision of success Cultivate connections without networking Create your own security Take more time off Build flexibility into your financial life Face your fears by reducing risk Prepare for the future And much more Layoffs... recessions...Corporate jobs are not only unstable— they’re increasingly scarce. It’s time to take charge of your own career and lead the life you actually want.

    • Reference

The Business of Being a Writer


Author: Jane Friedman
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022639333X
Category: Reference
Page: 368
View: 4965
Writers talk about their work in many ways: as an art, as a calling, as a lifestyle. Too often missing from these conversations is the fact that writing is also a business. The reality is, those who want to make a full- or part-time job out of writing are going to have a more positive and productive career if they understand the basic business principles underlying the industry. The Business of Being a Writer offers the business education writers need but so rarely receive. It is meant for early-career writers looking to develop a realistic set of expectations about making money from their work or for working writers who want a better understanding of the industry. Writers will gain a comprehensive picture of how the publishing world works—from queries and agents to blogging and advertising—and will learn how they can best position themselves for success over the long term. Jane Friedman has more than twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, with an emphasis on digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is encouraging without sugarcoating, blending years of research with practical advice that will help writers market themselves and maximize their writing-related income. It will leave them empowered, confident, and ready to turn their craft into a career.