When contemplating whether to pen something potentially controversial, your best defense is knowing when your work is protected and when it crosses the line. While libel laws vary from state to state, there are general principles you can rely upon.
Writing for magazines is a lot like catching a fish. It requires the right bait, understanding the conditions, finesse with timing and most of all, persistence. When it all comes together, the time and effort are worth it when you net the big one.
In a competitive industry, it’s easy to feel like publishers hold all the power. But the truth is they need good content—and writers have a right to not be fleeced. Here are some situations when the best option just might be to walk away from that book contract or that freelance...
By keeping a catalog of published pieces, freelancers can leverage future success when querying editors. Kimberly A. Edwards offers methods for organizing and structuring your list to get more freelance writing projects.
Writers can work from just about anywhere, so why not work from everywhere? Meet some “digital nomads” who are making a living while exploring the world—and find out how you could become one of them.
When writing a magazine query letter how much info should you include about your idea (and what else should you include)? Here's the scoop.
BY ATHENA SCHULTZ The market for freelance copywriting is bigger than ever—and so is the potential to break in. Put your writing skills to work on the side, and you might just hit the jackpot.
Try these 25 tips out for size and your nonfiction writing will improve almost immediately.
So you're thinking about a freelance career in writing? Consider this information before diving in and becoming a freelance writer.
Getting assignments right the first time is key to a successful freelance career. Here are 10 ways to satisfy editors from the start.
Avoid these 8 freelancing gaffes that even the sharpest pros make.
Forty years as a copywriter has taught Pat Fagan that copywriting is part trench work, part cliff diving, part Hemingway, a little Lewis and Clark, and all about telling the truth. During his career, he learned a lot from working with the industry’s most talented giants. Here are their best tips.
Here's the 8-part recipe for landing interviews with famous actors, actresses and musicians.
Here's a question from a writer named Shannon who wanted to know how to handle a situation where the editor made changes to her work that she feels weren't in the piece's best interest. How should you handle this type of situation? Read on.
Freelance writing is one of the best gigs. You get to be your own boss and write about whatever you want. But freelance assignments don’t generally just fall in your lap. Here are five tips that will help you get in the right frame of mind for freelancing and increase your...
Find pitch-perfect hooks for articles on virtually any topic by targeting anniversaries.
'Tis the holiday seasona time for gift giving, celebrating with friends and family, and year-end tax planning.