How Can You Find Freelance Work As A Writer?

For those looking at the jobs listings for writers, they may find themselves feeling left out. There are simply not enough employment options available. When you are looking at the jobs listings, you may become frustrated and annoyed with the lack of the type of employment that you want. But, if you think differently, you may just find an excellent opportunity. It may help to open doors for you later on down the line as well. Isn’t that worth it? Here are some ideas for you to consider. * Think outside the box! You can find freelance work in strange places and in the most obvious. Opportunities may be available at the local newspapers, television studios, or at the local …

How Can You Become A Better Writer?

Word Count: 538 Summary: I have been writing professionally for more than two decades and teaching writing nearly that long. Every conference, every writing staff, and every class has always included some writer who asks: “How Can I Become A Better Writer?” They don’t usually like my answer. “Practice writing every day and read to study the writing of others every day.” They don’t like the answer for one of two reasons usually. Some people are looking for some quick fix, magic formula that will… Keywords: write, writing, publish, edit, profit, market, advice, help, tip, article, improve, skill, book Article Body: I have been writing professionally for more than two decades and teaching writing nearly that long. Every conference, every …

How Can a White Paper Support Sales and Marketing?

A white paper supports PR, marketing and sales because it works for all levels of decision makers. Engineers and executives may not be too impressed by brochures, but they are impressed by well-written white papers. (The same thing goes for trade journal articles more about that in a subsequent piece.) Good white papers sell products because they pack a lot of useful information into a clear and readable structure. Warning — dont take any old brochure or product brief, print it on 8-1/2×11″ paper and call it a white paper. Decision-makers hate that, dont let this be you! Good marketing white papers contain both technical and marketing sections in a balanced format, and then throw in some other great stuff. …

How Author Royalties Are Calculated

If you’re going to make a living by writing books, you need to understand how a book royalty gets calculated. That’s how the author gets paid, ultimately, if the book becomes a successful bestseller. What’s more, the royalties the publisher expects the book to earn determine the advance the publisher will pay the writer up front. Royalty Accounting Only Starts Off Simple Royalty calculations start out pretty simple. Royalties get calculated by multiplying the price of a book by the royalty percentage. Sometimes, the price used in the calculation is the retail price that the customer pays for the book in some bookstore. Assume that you’ve written a book that retails for $20. Further assume that the royalty percentage is …

How Are You Plotting?

Creative Writing Tips – Writing is a creative process and how every writer chooses to create, is individual to them. Likewise, with plotting, every writer plots at a level they are comfortable with. Some just plot the bare essentials. They have a firm idea of the story they want to write and have a good memory to be able to memorize everything. Others go into more detail. These writers prefer to figure everything out before they write the story. How you plot will also depend on your level of experience. For the beginner, it’s recommended to plot thoroughly. Before writing, think of every possible situation. Plot events thoroughly, plot scenes to the last detail and generally leave no questions unasked …

How Anyone Who Knows How to Type Can Write an Article in 30 Minutes or Less

It seems that one of the fastest growing recommendations flying around the net these days is about writing articles. Of course as something starts to pick up momentum it brings forth a myriad of products, all wanting your hard earned cash. Recently I picked up a product by Melanie Mendelson called “The 30 Minute Article Writing System.” In The 30 Minute Article Writing System Melanie teaches a step by step system for creating articles on virtually any topic in 30 minutes or less. Instead of just giving you more content you are given a clearly defined set of steps and a time limit for each one’s completion. Although the system is straight forward the largest obstacle would be the system …

How To Become A More Persuasive Writer

Word Count: 389 Summary: If you want to learn how to write so that people will not only read what you write…but also be compelled to take action based on your words, then take these steps. You need to identify persuasive writings and examine the writing style. Think of the last time you read something which made you take action. It can be a simple headline for an ad which caught your attention or an inspiring story in the local paper. When you identify the persuasive writings, you can can the… Keywords: copywriting,persuasive writing,writing tips,help writing Article Body: If you want to learn how to write so that people will not only read what you write…but also be compelled to …

How To Become a Freelance Grant Writer

What is a freelance grant writer? These individuals have a lot of power in their hands. When they work for companies, they are essentially trying to help gain free money for that company to help the company expand, do research, or to stay in business. These individuals will use a detailed knowledge of the environment to create the best piece of work they can. Freelance grant writers hold a lot of people’s jobs within their hands. For those looking to become a grant writer, there are a wide range of choices out there. For example, you can get jobs within the medical fields where you help to write to raise money for medical research. Here, you could be showing the …

How To Be Your Own Editor

Word Count: 750 Summary: There is a stigma associated with writers turning to editors for assistance with their work. Some people see outside editing as an unfair advantage, a form of literary cheating. Writers are expected to be able to objectively evaluate their own work. Interestingly, this is exactly the opposite of what one finds in other professions. Keywords: edit, proofread, write, editor, writer, proofreader, editing, writing, proofreading Article Body: There is a stigma associated with writers turning to editors for assistance with their work. Some people see outside editing as an unfair advantage, a form of literary cheating. Writers are expected to be able to objectively evaluate their own work. Interestingly, this is exactly the opposite of what one …

How I Became a Syndicated Columnist — And You Can Too!

Real Estate has “Location, location, location,” and writing has “Clips, clips, clips.” When people ask me how I became a syndicated columnist, I usually say, “it just snowballed.” And basically that’s what happened: one publication led to another, which led to another, and so forth. I began my career writing for a small community paper in my neighborhood. To look back on those first published clips is quite entertaining! But how can I be ashamed? The work I did at The Julington Creek Plantation Press (the JCPP) became a springboard for my now nationally syndicated column “Shore Duty.” (If you read between the lines here, what I’m saying is, Don’t be impatient, and don’t expect quick success! Be willing to …

How Ghost Writing Articles And Booklets Can Earn You Big Money!

Do you want to make $5000, $10,000 or more every month as a freelancer? Does your current published materials earn you that much or are you still struggling looking for new jobs every month? Well, ghost writing articles and books for businesses could earn you a lot of money and end your painful quest for writing jobs. Making money as a freelance writer can be tough especially for newbies with no samples or prior experience. Most editors want published writers with a proven track record. And the few acceptances you will receive may get you paid $50 or $100 an article. With these figures you can only imagine whether you can make a living freelancing. Well, its not all doom …

How Do You Write Poetry?

The very short answer is: don’t write at all unless you have to. The short answer is: in numerous different ways. A somewhat longer answer is: find the way that best suits you – that comes only from experience. But, one might reasonably ask, what different methods are there which can be tried in order to get started? Well… Don’t Wait For Inspiration But don’t take that as an absolute which suggests that one should not be inspired at all. Of course, we all want inspiration. Yet if we wait to be inspired for the whole poem, most of us will have taken the very short answer given above and we shall write very little and very infrequently. You probably …

How Can You Write For Fun And Profit?

Word Count: 1022 Summary: You really can profit from writing only about what interests you. Don’t worry about the market or the editors. Write for yourself. Not only will it be more fun and rewarding for your soul but for your checking account as well. Keywords: write, writing, publish, edit, profit, market, advice, help, tip, article, improve, skill, book, ebook, blog, ezine, newsletter Article Body: Every writer dreams of the day when they can profit from their writing. While income opportunities abound for writers each method has drawbacks. Newspaper and magazine reporters can make a good living but their subject matter is often closely regulated and directed. Corporate writing can be even more lucrative but even more tightly controlled. Freelance …

How to Be an Editor’s First Choice

There are writers who editors like, and those they’d bet their careers on. How can you be that writer who the editor will call on every time she needs an important assignment to be done? Are you a hot favorite or a pass-on-for-another-freelancer who keeps querying but receives no response? Here are the qualities that will endear you to an editor. 1. Giving more than you promise When an editor asks for two samples, give her three. If she trusts you with an assignment, don’t wait for the final deadline, but send it in a day in advance. If she’s asked you to provide notes, make sure you give her everything she needs so that she doesn’t have to ask …

How the Writer Survives

So it’s your dream to write novels? Be a freelance writer and make a living off of your articles? Or maybe you nurture an ambition to write and sell enough short fiction to put bread on the table, like those writers of the golden age of the pulps? Well, those are all noble dreams to have. I’m smitten by the writer’s glamour myself. Also I’m grateful for the others who were, those authors whom I love to read and return to time and again. I’m grateful that they possessed not only their artistic vision, but also the sheer stubbornness and will to persevere and see their dreams become reality. So we’ve settled on the fact that we want to be …

How Poor In-house User Documents Cost You Twice & What To Do About It

Word Count: 781 Summary: OVERVIEW Many organizations produce in-house tools or modify commercially-available tools for their own use. These tools should get documented so they are of use to others in the organization. If this documentation is not created or is poorly written, it costs you twice: * The first cost (attributed to any poor user document) is the cost of answering the Users’ questions (technical support). * The second cost, arises from the lost time of your employees trying to… Keywords: technical writing, in-house documents Article Body: OVERVIEW Many organizations produce in-house tools or modify commercially-available tools for their own use. These tools should get documented so they are of use to others in the organization. If this documentation …