20 December 2013

8 Tips to maximise your freelance writing earnings

If only we didn’t have to pay tax! Now that would maximise my meagre earnings as a writer by as much as 20% – a significant growth indeed. Luckily for us, though, there are some simple ways in which we can ensure that we are squeezing as much value out of the dollar as the law of the land will allow. 


1. Stay away from non-paying markets Bit obvious, really. It’s a lose-lose situation for you and a win-win situation for them, so why should you even bother with markets that cannot compensate you for your work? Forget the ‘for the love of literature’ and ‘amass glory and prestige’ rubbish. If you wanted...

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"I enjoyed your article... I enjoyed reading your articles at your website which focused specifically on the freelance writer."
Brian Scott
Editor
Freelance Writing


"This one looks right for us."
Dana Cassell
Editor
Freelance Writer's Report

10 December 2013

5 Quick and easy ways to know your market

‘Know your target market!’ is an oft-repeated piece of sage advice offered to novice writers. Makes sense, really. You can’t work for or with someone without knowing what kind of work they do and what they are trying to achieve. But how do you go about it exactly?

Knowing your market means knowing who your customers are, who their customers are (age, gender, usage habits and the values they hold dear), and what needs they are trying to satisfy. It also means knowing if their business is expanding or declining, where they get their funding from, how large a subscriber base they have, what the current...


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"Thanks, this looks great. I would love to publish the piece in our December issue."
Bill Kenower
Editor-in-Chief
Author Magazine

1 December 2013

The tale of the tantalizing title - The Whats, Whys, and Hows of titling manuscripts

I was counting the other day and it turns out that nearly 20% of my stories have been published under a title different from the one I had originally submitted. I don’t know what the figures on this phenomenon are globally – and in a world inhabited by a gazillion writers of every language and description, I don’t know how anyone would undertake a poll on such a large scale – but I reckon the trend is not uncommon.

If a story is a cake, then its title is like the icing: it is the pi├Ęce de r├ęsistance of one’s literary chef-d’oeuvre, the crowning glory, so to speak. Whether you’re christening a painting,...


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"I enjoyed reading it and you make good use of some prominent authors."
Jonathan Telfer
Editor
Writing Magazine

"I like the piece"
Zachary Petit
Associate Editor
Writer's Digest

"I'd love to have it available for our December edition."
Miranda Kopp-Filek
Editor
Writing Tomorrow

"Nice read... the writing is good, the advice is essential."
Daniel D'Angelo
Editor
Writer's Chronicle

"We enjoyed reading the piece"
Susan Karwoska
Editor
Teachers & Writers Magazine

15 October 2013

Meeting Minerva's messenger

There’s not much to do when you are bed-ridden with only the bed bugs and mosquitoes for company, other than to stare at the ceiling, count the cracks and calculate exactly how much time the square inch of paint will take to peel right off and fall on you. So when the doctor ordered complete bed rest for an excruciating back pain recently, this is pretty much all I did.

Of the bed bugs and mosquitoes, there’s precious little to tell. They visited me often and at all hours of day and night, the bed bugs whispering local gossip into my ears and the mosquitoes bringing tidings from far off places. The paint ...

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"This was fun to read"
Lorna Loveless
Editor
BackHome



"Lovely story"
Nicola Ross
Editor
Alternatives



"A clever and feisty tale - and a nice reminder that we should not underestimate how clever and nimble our fellow creatures truly are."
Erica Dorpalen
for the editor
Orion



"Your story is written in an interesting style - very expressive. The unusual situation of having an owl sitting on your toilet bowl is a great image."
David Peters
Editor
Fried Fiction



"This author has a knack for dry humor layered into complex language. There are many nicely-turned phrases in this piece"
Anonymous
Manuscript Reader
Quality Fiction



"It has merit"
Veronica Ross
Manuscript Reader
Antigonish Review



"We very much enjoyed reading it"
Tim Kroenert
Associate Editor
Eureka Street



"Interesting concept, an owl in the toilet"
Anonymous
Editor (1 of 6)
Flashquake



"I enjoyed reading the opening paragraph"
Anonymous
Editor (2 of 6)
Flashquake

"There are some lovely touches about your owl companion"
David Seideman
Editor
Audubon

"It’s an interesting piece"
John Hassell
Communications Manager
Ontario Nature

"(It) proved to be enjoyable... I consider my time reading your story as time well spent. I related to the fight-for-freedom theme and the characters' parallel determinations came across as entirely believable. It held my interest. As an editor, that's the best I can hope for and I found your story a pleasant distraction from my normal work. Thank you for your story."
Troy Swauger
Editor
Outdoor California

"Thank you for sending your lovely essay. I enjoyed it immensely. I envy the editor who gets to run your piece."
Tom Dickson
Editor
Montana Outdoors

1 October 2013

A writer bites back

So you have gone through the pains of thinking up an original ground-breaking idea, wrecked your keyboard thrashing out the story, laid waste to the Dictionary searching for the most appropriate adjectives, run Spell Check, counted words, proofread till your eyes hurt, racked your brains for an attention-grabbing title and trawled through numerous resources to find the one perfect magazine to which to submit your masterpiece. Except that they want you to do it in a certain way. ‘Please follow our Submission Guidelines outlined below,’ they announce cheerfully. You’d love to, only...

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"I like the work (it’s an intriguing concept and table-turner)"
Zachary Petit
Assistant Editor
Writer's Digest


"This definitely made me chuckle!"

Moira Allen

Publisher
Writing World


"I like this"
Jonathan Telfer
Editor
Writing Magazine

"Very clever, and I think it has potential to be a hit among writers"
Brett Popplewell
Editor
Feathertale Review

1 September 2013

Returning to work - How to cope with a new world after a hiatus

‘I’m having a baby!’ I announced at work.

After the initial wave of congratulations had subsided, conversation turned to the inevitable question. ‘Are you planning to return to work?’ asked my colleagues, some with amusement, others in tones more anxious. ‘I don’t really know at this point,’ was my truthful answer. What I did know was that it was going to be an important, serious and potential uncomfortable choice to make, and one that could be life-changing.
 

A year later, as I neared the end of my maternity leave and the manic feeding-changing-sleeping frenzy settled into a regular and...

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John Feister
Editor-in-Chief
St. Anthony Messenger

"It's a great article"
Melody Tan
Associate Editor
Sign Of The Times

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Lydia Stone
Director Editorial Content
Together Moms

"It is well written, covers an important topic and provides helpful tips"
James D. Standish
Editor etc.
Record

"I'd love to publish this"
Sandy Pedrogao
Editor
Oh Baby!

"It looks quite interesting!"
Kristy Pillinger
Editor
Nurture Parenting

"We really like your article, and we'd love to publish it. It's an excellent article"
Jill Snider Lum
Associate Publisher
Canadian Newcomer/Settlement Roadmap

"We find your ideas and your article to be quite interesting"
Nina Kruschwitz
Managing Editor
MIT Sloan Management Review

"It contains some useful ideas"
Bill O'Sullivan
Senior Managing Editor
The Washingtonian