The “Write” Stuff for Freelancing Success

So you want to be your own boss and enter the world of freelance writing, but you’re not sure where to begin? With some perseverance and the “write” tools, the road to freelancing success can be a little easier.

Read on to learn more about the must-haves for every writer……

 

Writer’s Market

It’s a directory of publishers you can sell your work to and is loaded with useful advice like how to write an effective query letter, working with editors and how much to charge for your work. Whether you’re working on a screenplay, magazine article or the next New York Times best seller, Writer’s Market is an invaluable resource for writers of all genres. Available in both print and digital formats, it’s money well spent.

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Other Writers

You need them and they need you.  Get connected with other writers.  Whether it’s a virtual group or a community-based group, having a circle of writers to network with, share strategies and critique your work is really important to your growth. Don’t know where to find other writers?  Check out Meetup to find like-minded folks in your area or LinkedIn for virtual groups.

Author’s Website

Now’s not the time to be modest. You need a platform to promote your awesome work and help readers and clients find you.  Building a website is cheap, easy and no PhD in IT is needed.  WordPress is a popular tool many writers use to create their websites. Its user-friendly interface is easy to navigate and it’s optimized for getting your site in front of major search engines like Google and Yahoo.  Go ahead, toot your horn.

Your local library

Have you visited yours lately?  They’re no longer the austere places that you may have frequented as a kid. Today’s libraries are customer-centric and modern.  With vast amounts of digital resources, work rooms and knowledgeable staff, your neighborhood library is a vital resource for any writer.  Go on, introduce yourself to the librarian and make a new friend.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Writing Conferences

They’re a one-stop shop for writers. Where else can you learn about industry trends, pitch your work to agents, mingle with other writers and walk away feeling inspired?  You can find conferences in most major cities and on college campuses too. 

The road to a successful freelance writing career isn’t always an easy one, but with the help of these tools and ambition, you’re on your way.  Good luck!

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