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As more and more people in the world turn to freelancing, many are wondering how to start freelance writing in order to help pay the bills.
Veteran freelance writers Carol Tice and Laura Spencer teamed up to create an e-book that gives the answer to this question, along with lots of other helpful writing advice – The Step-by-Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success.
“When you’re a new writer, it can seem like the impossible dream to start finding paying gigs,” Laura says in the book.
The Step-by-Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success is packed with solid, actionable advice on exactly how to start finding paying gigs and turn your freelance writing into a full-time career.
Carol Tice is a freelance writer and author of the award-winning Make a Living Writing blog as well as founder of the very popular writer support community Freelance Writers Den. Laura Spencer has been a freelance writer and blogger for over 20 years.
Originally a series of five one-hour presentations by Carol and Laura for Freelance Writers Den members, this book makes accessible in written form the information and advice given by the two expert presenters as well as the Q&A sessions that followed the presentations.
The Step-by-Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success teaches you how to start freelance writing by telling you how to get your first clips and build your portfolio, how to search for and find paid writing work, and how not to write for low pay, among lots and lots of other sage writing advice.
This very thorough book is written in an easy-to-read, conversational tone, with six chapters, entitled:
How to Find Your Best First Markets
How to Market When You’re a Newbie with No Clips – Without Seeming Desperate
Marketing Strategies for New Writers
Build Your Confidence to Negotiate for Good Gigs
Insider Tips and Tricks for the Pro Writer
How to Avoid the 12 Biggest Mistakes of New Freelance Writers – and Earn Big
Carol and Laura answer lots of frequently-asked freelance writer questions about how to start freelance writing, such as:
How do you pitch a local paper?
Where can you find local writing contests?
How do you know what to charge per hour?
What is your advice about writing for the internet?
How do you sharpen your interview questions?
How crucial is it to follow up on queries?
Is it okay to use quotes from someone’s book if you can’t get an interview with them?
Is it okay to use something you wrote for a content mill as a clip?
Can you negotiate with magazine editors when they have a per-word payment in the writer’s guidelines?
The book also shares these seasoned veterans’ tips for building your confidence as a freelance writer. “Confident people tend to be successful people,” Laura says.
The Step-by-Step Workbook, written by Carol, is a free download that you receive with the e-book. The workbook contains a section for each chapter of the book, so you can apply the advice in the book to your own personal freelance writing career.
It is really helpful to be able to get so much expert advice between the covers of one book on specific questions and issues which new and emerging freelance writers face.
One very important piece of advice that all freelance writers should take to heart is both Carol’s and Laura’s response to the question “Should I say I’m a freelance writer, or an aspiring freelance writer?” Their answer: Don’t use the word “aspiring.” Always tell people you are a freelance writer.
You can learn how to start freelance writing by getting your copy of The Step-by-Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success right here.