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Three Tips to Help You Get Into Freelance Writing

Aug 18, 2007
Writing as a freelancer can be difficult to get into unless you are willing to put forth the effort and determination to make your success in the field.

The internet industry is an absolute boom for freelancers mainly because website owners need content. It is a must to continually provide fresh new content to website visitors if you are to keep pace with the competition. While online markets will not pay as well or carry the same clout as a magazine for example, they are a great way to get started. Given the fact that the cyber world moves a lot faster than the traditional printing world, your articles can be published sooner. The more pieces you have published, the easier it will be to land bigger jobs in the future. Try visitng www.elance.com to get a better feel for contracting your services as a freelancer.

Target your local newspaper when looking for freelance writing jobs too. Newspapers have strict deadlines, and can certainly use freelancers from time to time. Writing for a newspaper can be hectic. They do have strict deadlines and you may get an assignment on a moment's notice. However, if you do a good job and complete your work on time, the editor at your local paper could open the doors to bigger newspapers and magazines for you.

Additionally, consider there are literally hundreds and hundreds of small, regional, and trade magazines being published today. A great tool for writers is www.writersmarket.com. It is a database full of information on markets that buy freelance work. Market is a general term for a magazine or newspaper. The editors at smaller magazines are often times more open to working with people that have little experience.

Keep in mind that, contacting a market and offering to write for them is often called a query. Each market will have different guidelines to accept queries. Some markets may accept queries via email whereas some will want them by regular mail. Always use the proper name of the person you are sending the query to. You can find this information on the company's website or through www.writersmarket.com. It is also important to know the market you want to write for. For example, if you want to write an article containing tips on how to avoid malaria for a travel magazine, make sure that magazine hasn't published a similar article in the last year.

After you have written several pieces for smaller markets, you can navigate your way into writing for larger publications. Give each venue a shot to see how freelancing works for you.
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