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Freelance Writer, Article Writing

Being a freelance writer isn’t easy, but it is rewarding. In this section you’ll find information about advanced article writing, finding new markets, selling your work, freelance writing jobs and getting paid. You’ll learn how to turn articles into cash and living the writing life.

The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct. Some of these bad sentences might even be yours.

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Challenging the Limits of Memory

In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events. Read more

Tips for Landing Your Own Newspaper Column

Getting your own regular column with a newspaper today is as difficult as it is rewarding. The competition for landing these coveted spots is steadily increasing as the circulation of many dailies continues to shrink. Award-winning columnist Cynthia G. La Ferle offers advice and encouragement for writers struggling to break into this golden market. Read more

Mix Mastery

Variety is the spice of life and the spice of your articles. Cook up sources from different people and places to please all tastes. Read more

The Road More or Less Traveled

Does a writer traveling equal a travel writer? Read more

Dual Success

More and more print publications are producing web counterparts. How does that affect nonfiction writers? David A. Fryxell, Writer’s Digest Editorial Director, provides some insight. Read more

Same Time Next Year

Make a date to study magazines’ editorial calendars before you query—they’ll tell you exactly what editors want and when. Read more

Kurt Anderson: Co-chair of Inside.com

Kurt Andersen, co-chair of the hot Internet site Inside.com, founder of Spy magazine and author of the best-selling novel Turn of the Century talks about his career here. Read more

How to Get Into Magazines: Write What Editors Want (But Don’t Want to Write Themselves)

Editor and writer David Fryxell shares a valuable piece of advice with anyone trying to break into the magazine or newspaper market — “Learn to write the stories that editors dread.” Read more

Your Ticket to Travel Writing

Nearly everyone wants to be a travel writer. Take this nationally syndicated columnist’s advice to put yourself ahead of the pack. Read more

Tips on Following Your Dream

Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way and The Right to Write, notes that writers are wrong to resist writing on speculation. In fact, she says that writing on speculation should be a goal. Read more

Get Editors to Call You

After bagging that first assignment, do the job right to assure it’s the first of many. In time, you’ll become the indispensable writer upon whom editors rely. Read more

O Pioneers!

During slow times, be adventuresome: Explore new freelance opportunities, branch into niche publications and investigate different areas of expertise. Read more

Learn How to be a Columnist

You Can Write a Column is the only book of its kind that offers an insider”s perspective on this special field, blending practical writing instruction with savvy marketing advice to help you create successful columns for everything from neighborhood newspapers to high profile magazines. Click below for exercises to use whether you already write column or aspire to do so. Read more

What Editors Won’t Tell You (But We Will)

There are some things you‘ll never read about in a publisher‘s writers‘ guidelines. You have to either hang around the editor‘s office and eavesdrop or find a friend who‘s able to extract … Read more

5 Secrets to Fending Off Rejection Slips

Nonfiction columnist David Fryxell, outlines the five secrets to writing query letters that can help fend off rejection slips. Read more

Tips for Journalists About Publicists

When you are researching a featured article for a magazine or newspaper, more often than not you will have a run-in with a publicist. Journalist and freelancer Geoff Williams shares his advice on about making the first move. Read more

Getting into the Glossies

Those big-name magazines with a million-plus readers can be cracked by everyday freelancers, too. These six tips will help you glide past the velvet ropes. Read more

Cast a Wider Net

If you’re a freelancer focused exclusively on print magazines, it’s time to expand your reach. Editors from the best of the web share their insider’s take on breaking into webzines. Read more

Becoming an Amateur Food Critic

Critiquing a restaurant gives you a feeling of power. Do you give the restaurant a glistening review and let them stay open to serve another meal? Or do you pan them, point out their flaws, and watch them struggle? Of course, unless your reviews are published, you would never truly have that power over a restaurant, but there is some satisfaction sharing your entry with fellow travelers to put a few bucks into or take a few bucks out of the owner’s pocket. Read more

Hello Neighbor

Break into national magazines by looking for the great human-interest stories in your own town. Read more

Setting Fees

As the market shifts and publications die, freelancers need to know how to set competitive fees. Read more

Who Should Pay?

Many publications won’t pay travel costs for their writers, but they won’t accept articles by writers who go on company-sponsored trips, either. What’s a travel writer to do? Read more

The Incredible Disappearing Magazine

When a magazine that you freelance for folds, it could put a squeeze on your wallet. But if you play it smart, it may also open up opportunities. Read more

5 Tips on Writing about Money

You may think that writing about money for magazines like Smart Money and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance is just beyond your mathematical understanding. But in this online exclusive article, Greg Daugherty, former editor in chief of New Choices magazine and author of You Can Write for Magazines Read more

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