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Succeeding in the Business of Freelance Writing

Writing

Succeeding in the Business of Freelance Writing

by: Amber McNaught

Something that’s always surprised me about the freelance writing business is just how many writers there are out there who don’t seem to realize that they’re running a business.
Succeeding in the Business of Freelance Writing
Of the freelance writers who send quotes to prospective employers through my website, http://www.WritingWorld.org, it never fails to surprise me just how many make no effort whatsoever to try and “sell” themselves. Some simply post a quote and nothing else: no information about themselves, no indication about their skills and experience, nothing...

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Dreading the Writing Assignment? Outlines to the R

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Dreading the Writing Assignment? Outlines to the Rescue

by: Christine Taylor

Writing technical articles is a challenge. There you sit, surrounded by reams of research, notes and interviews. Where do you start?
Remember 5th grade English? You start with an outline.
Outlining has fallen on hard times lately. Mind mapping and brainstorming are much more fashionable. These techniques are great when generating ideas, but once you’ve got your ideas germinating you’ve got to outline them. Without an outline, your article will:

Be an unstructured mess.
Take three times as long to write.

Don’t let this happen to you – outline...

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So You Want to be a Freelancer? Here’s How!

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So You Want to be a Freelancer? Here’s How!

by: Vishal P. Rao

Not that long ago, freelancing was something people did mainly in larger metropolitan areas where work for writers, artists, and other creative types was plentiful and easily accessible. Today, however, the freelance landscape has dramatically changed.
For one, you can live practically anywhere in the world and still be able to maintain a successful freelance career. Not to mention that the creative fields aren’t the only areas where freelancing is popular any more.
Today, accountants, trainers, computer technicians, etc. are all able to earn a living as freelancers. Regardless of the freelancing field you are interested in, there are some important things you should know that will help you get started and get successful.
Before...

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The One-Plot Wonder

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The One-Plot Wonder

by: Michael LaRocca

Back in the mid to late 1980s I was a security guard. The pay was lousy, but it gave me many hours in seclusion to write short stories and novels. However, I usually worked over 80 hours a week. No one can write that much. Well, at least not me. Thus I discovered the joys of my local libraries.
Recently, I decided to look up an author who gave me great pleasure in those days. Most of his books are now out of print, I’ve learned, even the one that became a movie.
I found that two of his were books available, so I ordered them. One I’d enjoyed before. The other was a straight thriller from the days before he created the “Appleton Porter” spy spoofs, re-released in 2001 in POD. I didn’t know this before it arrived at my home in China.
Since I’m giving a...

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Promotion – Credibility Extras

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Promotion – Credibility Extras

by: Karyn Follis Cheatham

For many of us, marketing our titles is one of the most tedious tasks of being an author. Even authors who published with large New York houses are expected to take part in marketing and promotion. Many articles and several books have been written to give us guidelines. One thing all marketing experts stress is the importance of being professional.
Here are several extras that other industries use, and we authors should too, to boost our professional credibility. Remember BUYERS are your clients. Treat them as such.
LOGO — What kind of logo for an author? Pens, stacked books, computer keyboards? Think more of your product and develop something that reflects the subject of your books...

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