Freelance Writing

How to Make (More) Money With Writing?

Make-Money-With-Writing


No matter if you sold the publishing rights for your book or if you are self-publishing: The dominant question is how to earn money with your art.  Only those who have written a book know how much time and effort such an endeavor requires.  It starts with the research, the outline for the work, the writing and then the revising and many rounds of editing.

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Efforts and Demands of Publishing Books
The so-called “published” authors – who receive only 8 -12% royalties, and maybe not even an advance for their title – hold their breath until they receive their royalty statements. And the self-publishers?  They have to invest first into a professional editor, a cover designer, a book lay-outer or ebook formatter, maybe a distribution company.  And then the most important tasks: the creation of a professional author platform, the book marketing, and promotion – all this while writing the next book.
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There are two questions coming up: How can you wring the most royalties out from your book.  And how to make money from writing – other than books to quit a full-time job.

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Several Ways to Monetize Your Books
Ask yourself if you choose all avenues to make more money from your books:

Distribution to More Retailers
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Diversify! No business has only one retailer (customer) to sell to. Upload your book (or use a distributor) to all sales channels and all countries.

Sell From Your Own Website
Nowhere else would you receive such high revenues as for book sales on your own website. Inexpensive and easy to install e-commerce programs all you to sell print and digital versions of your books.

Audio Books
Re-purpose your manuscript and make more out of it than just a book and an e-book. Why not additionally create an audio-book from your novel or even from non-fiction? Audio-Books became immensely popular! 

Hardcover
It is much easier to get a book into libraries if it’s published in hardcover format instead of a paperback print. POD and distributor company IngramSpark offers hardcover book production to self-publishers at affordable prices and in small quantities, compared to commercial printers.

Foreign Rights
Licensing your works in different formats and countries is another income stream. You can set up all the information about your book, including prices for different formats and contract clauses on digital platforms – easy to find for agents and publishers around the world.

Copy Royalties
You could be paid twice for your book… There are services in many countries that will help maximize your royalty income for the secondary use (such as copying) of your works. Becoming a member is in most countries FREE! In Canada, join “Access Copyright”. In the United States, the CCC, the Copyright Clearance Center compensates publishers and creators/writers for the use of their work, in Great Britain the ALCS,  and in Germany it is “VG Wort”.
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Writers Are Often Too Focused on Books
You are NOT naive to think you could earn a living with writing – something you love. The promise of creativity and personal freedom attracts many writers.  This has lots of advantages, such as choosing when and where you work, and with whom. However, to make money with books only takes a while, often a long while… Better not only rely on writing books – rather on WRITING.
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Do What You Love Most: Writing
Book Marketing, promoting and spending lots of times on Social Media is not something that authors cherish.  But what about promoting books with writing?  You can do what you love most and at the same time, you get paid.  You know how to write a novel, but you also need to learn how to write shorter pieces and how to write for the web where readers have shorter attention spans.  All these skills can be acquired at on- and off-line classes, at workshops through writers associations and beta reading groups, book fair programs, writers conferences etc.  And certainly at college classes.

  • Writing more books
  • Writing short stories
  • Writing prequels
  • Writing sequels
  • Writing blog articles
  • Writing guest blogs
  • Writing for literary contests
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“Commercial” Writing Possibilities:

  • Writing magazine features
  • Writing newspaper articles
  • Writing copy for websites
  • Writing resumes and cover letters
  • Writing sales copy

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Leverage Your Former Writing
Many of these opportunities do not require to create completely new stories or articles. In many cases, you can leverage your books and blogs, divide chapters, rewrite them a bit, shorten, or add new content to “repurpose” your inventory.  Another way is to use the content of your research and create new stories or articles.  Just to give you an example how you can re-purpose research and content of your novel, that may take place in medieval Great Britain or a travelogue you wrote about a trip to Europe: 

You could for example write an article about horse staples in the UK for equestrian magazines, about one of the fantastic gardens in Great Britain to garden magazines, how to travel on a budget to European cities for a frugal living magazine, bike riding paths in Denmark to a bike magazine, a feature about pumpkin seed pressing in Austria for gourmet magazines, an article about a historic flax or wool mill in France for a sewing or craft magazine, a photo feature that you took in a boutique hotel for a fine interior magazine, how to dress for city trips without looking like a tourist for fashion or lifestyle magazines.  The possibilities are endless…

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Here are some of the editorial and writing services you can provide from the quiet of your own home:

• Copyediting. This is where fact-checking takes place, and where grammatical, stylistic and typographical errors are caught.

• Proofreading. This is the last stop for a “finished” piece. The proof-reader makes sure the copyediting changes have been properly made and no new errors are created in the process.

• Indexing. There are indexing courses available and you can get indexing software.

• Developmental editing. A developmental editor works with a manuscript on big-picture things like organization and content issues.

• Book doctoring. This is an editorial service provided for manuscripts written by experts. They create a manuscript as best they can and then a book doctor puts it into publishable shape.

• Ghost Writing. As a ghost writer, you actually do the research and write the book and someone else’s name is attached as the author.

• Copywriting. Also known as business writing, this is writing that promotes a product or a service.

• Book writing. Do you have an expertise in something professional, such as accounting or interior decorating? Or personally, like knitting? Why not write a book about it?

• Magazine article writing. Magazines and newspapers are a great way to get your writing published before tackling the daunting task of writing a whole book.

• Web page content provider. Providing content for a web site is a good way to make some money writing.

Marketing Copy Writer If you can write copy that gets people excited about purchasing what your client has to sell, you can make good money in this business.

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How to Find Freelance Gigs?
The secret to getting your foot in the door is being tenacious about chasing down all writing opportunities. And also to have professional profiles on social media, especially on LinkedIn. These websites offer information, suggestions, and encouragement:

http://www.placesforwriters.com

http://www.theopedproject.org/

http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com

https://www.freelancer.com

https://www.upwork.com/o/jobs/browse/c/writing/

http://writersweekly.com/freelance-writing-jobs

http://contently.net/what-is-contently/

https://thewritelife.com/find-freelance-writing-jobs/#.mujrjzo:VsY

http://beafreelanceblogger.com/forum/jobs/

http://www.fundsforwriters.com

http://www.fwointl.com

http://www.mediabistro.com

http://www.writingjobsource.com

11 Websites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

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The Good News:

Instead of desperately trying to sell your book via social media or advertisements, you can do the same through writing: short stories, prequels, magazine articles, guest blogs, writing contests etc.  It is more fun, you get automatically more readers, and you create a huge portfolio of your work.  Plus you get paid – and you promote your books in the byline.  With the same investment of time, you earn faster and way more money than with writing only books.  Plus: the more you write, the better you get.

There are certainly more ways of full-time earnings for writers, which are the subject of the next blog article.  Stay tuned!
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More links and tips can be found in our upcoming book:

“111 Tips on How to Make Money with Writing”

 

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More Than Book-Writing to Make Money

Freelance-Writing

Making money with your first book is not easy and it takes time.  From the second, third or fifth book on it’s getting better, but still it might take years – if ever – until you can make a living as an author.  Don’t get discouraged, there are lots of niches where you can earn faster money with very short writing pieces, compared to books:  Writing for magazines and professional blogs.
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IMPORTANT: Get to Know the Magazine and Their Audience!
The trick to writing for magazines and blogs is knowing the target audience.  For example when trying to break into the lucrative airline magazine market, research their articles of the past two years.  The vast majority of readers are frequent flyers – travelers and wealthy vacationers.  They are also savvy about technology and business trends, as well as travel and leisure pursuits.
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Upcoming Book: How to Make (More) Money with Writing.
Besides 111 tips how to succeed as a freelance writer, you will find hundreds of magazine and blogger addresses. While you wait until the first money comes in for your book(s), write short articles of 1,500 to 2,500 words max. and get paid between $0.30 – $1.00 per word.
Here is just a short excerpt where you can freelance writing gigs:
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SEATTLE MAGAZINE

Looking for those who write about juicy, newsy topics going on in the Seattle area. The average department length story (1,200 words) pays about $350 and the average feature length story (1,500-3,500 words) pays from $400-$1,000, depending on the story. Some very short pieces (200-300 words) pay $50-$100. These rates are not guaranteed and vary widely.
http://www.seattlemag.com/writer-guidelines
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ALASKA AIRLINES
Alaska Airlines Magazine is the monthly in-flight magazine for Alaska Airlines, reaching more than two million travelers each month in nearly 100 destinations, including Alaska, California, Washington, Oregon, Hawai‘i, Arizona, Nevada, Western Canada and Mexico. Additional cities added in recent years include Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, St. Louis and San Antonio. Rates begin at $150 to $250 for short articles in the Journal section (200 to 600 words); $150 for business shorts (500 words); $500 for columns (1,600 words); and $700 for features (2,000 to 2,500 words).
http://www.alaskaairlinesmagazine.com/contributor/guidelines/
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BABBLE

Babble’s mission is “to tell the truth about parenting” and “to explore the world of parenting with ruthless honesty, humor, and lyricism.” They’re looking for unconventional perspectives or counter-intuitive perspectives and service pieces on topics that haven’t been covered. Minimum Pay: $100 for essays. 
Highest Pay: $750+ for researched articles. 
Contributor Byline: Yes 
Rights: Buying all rights 
http://www.babble.com/write-for-babble/
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GREENPRINTS
GreenPrints lives because people like you, care about gardening, and about sharing with other gardeners. Without your garden writing, the magazine simply would not exist. Expressive, thoughtful, humorous, angry, contrite, flippant, searching, witty, observant, sad, inviting… whatever! Focus is on the human, not the how-to side of gardening. On the people as well as the plants. Pays $150 for articles for up to 2,000 words.
http://www.greenprints.com
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EXPLORE
Explore is a magazine for active outdoor enthusiasts. We cover a wide range of topics-hiking, mountain biking, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, winter sports and more. And as our tagline suggests, our content is largely Canadian.
THE EXPLORATA NEWS SECTION (100 to 600 words) reports on expeditions, competitions, trends, destinations, environmental issues, recreational controversies, weird new gear items, humorous spins on outdoor news items, and up-and-coming outdoor athletes and adventurers of interest to a national readership. Writers new to explore should consider Explorata the best section to break into.
IN-DEPTH FEATURES (2,500 to 5,000 words) include a mix of first-person adventure stories, investigative journalism, profiles of Canadian adventurers and events, and special guides to Canadian destinations. Looking for travelogues or trip journals. Payment depends on quality and length, and ranges from $1,500 upwards.
http://www.explore-mag.com/contributor-guidelines
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ADVENTURE CYCLIST

Adventure Cyclist is a bicycle-travel magazine published nine times yearly by Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit service organization for bicyclists. Adventure Cyclist is dedicated to publishing stories about bicycle travel and other recreational cycling subjects. Adventure Cyclist generally uses two types of stories from free-lancers: Feature-length stories. These should be about specific areas and must be accompanied by high-quality photos, both in terms of content, composition, and size. 
The Final Mile. These are essays less about locale than about a singular experience while on a bicycle trip. These run at 1,200-1,500 words and don’t require accompanying photos. What we pay is negotiable, but generally ranges from $.30 to $.50 per word.

https://adventurecyclist.submittable.com/submit/59795/adventure-cyclist-magazine-submissions-2016
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AMC OUTDOORS

AMC Outdoors inspires readers to get outside and get involved by providing high-quality coverage of outdoor recreation, education, and conservation topics throughout the Northern Appalachian region, from Maine to Virginia. Features range from 2,000 to 2,500 words and often include sidebars. Our editorial departments make up the front matter of AMC Outdoors. They are designed to be short, in-depth articles that provide readers with news and advice on a variety of outdoor recreation and conservation topics. We generally pay $500-$700 for features and $150 – $400 for department columns.
http://www.outdoors.org/about/newsroom/index.cfm
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THE GUARDIAN
Publishes contributions from all freelancers on their standard copyright terms and payment is at their normal rates, unless agreed otherwise before publication. Pays GBP 300 per 1,000 words and pro-rated thereafter. The Guardian is a UK national newspaper and online news service. Commissioned blog posts can pay GBP 87.
https://www.theguardian.com/info/2014/oct/22/the-guardian-us-team
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PHOTOSHOP TUTORIALS
Accepts pitches for short tips and longer comprehensive tutorials, in a step-by-step walkthrough format with plenty of images to illustrate the technique. They also publish tutorials on photography and Photoshop Elements. You must use their Word document template (download it from the contributor information page) for your submission. 
Pays $50 for short tutorials, and $150 to $300 for full-length tutorials 
Contributor Byline: Yes 
Rights: Buying exclusive online publication rights
http://photoshoptutorials.ws/money-photoshop/
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WINES AND VINES

Wines & Vines Magazine is well-balanced to serve the entire wine and grape industry with comprehensive articles and relevant news. The magazine emphasizes industry-leading Boutique winery editorial coverage and spotlights the many thriving wine regions in North America. Wines & Vines is noted for its expert monthly columns and approachable “how-to” reporting on winemaking and grape growing techniques and trends. Pays $500 on acceptance for articles of 1,500 words. Seeking info, how-to, self-help, interviews, product info, personal experience and opinion pieces. Columns are up to 1,000 words.
http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=aboutus
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WRITER’S DIGEST MAGAZINE
Helps writers improve their skills, find means to publish,stay abreast of the industry, and promote.
Accepts email queries at wdsubmissions@fwmedia.com
Articles are 800 to 1,500 words. The Inkwell column is 800 words. Payment is 30-50 cents/word.

http://www.writersdigest.com/contact-us
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MONEY TALK NEWS
This blog covers everything money-related: business, retirement, investing, real estate, insurance, taxes, spending, and more. 
Pays $50 for a 300-700 word article, or $200 for a 90-second video clip. 
Contributor Byline: Yes 
Rights: Not stated, so check with them.

http://www.moneytalksnews.com/contribute/
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ALABAMA HERITAGE

Alabama Heritage, a nonprofit publication of the University of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Archives and History, is a quarterly historical magazine designed for a general audience, with published articles on local, state, and regional history, art, literature, language, archeology, music, religion, architecture, and natural history.  Most feature articles contain 2,000-4,500 words and include additional material such as sidebars and photographs.  We also consider short pieces, 250-1,200 words, for our departments. Pays around $350.
http://www.alabamaheritage.com/writers-guidelines-and-submissions.html
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Sure, the magazine and blogger market is competitive, although not impossible to crack.  Even if you don’t have a long list of publication credits or an impressive resume, you can still break into the well-paying market.  Important: Do your research – both about your topic and the publication you are pitching, rely on your particular expertise about a place or a subject matter, and produce insightful, error-free, professionally edited copy, aimed at a sophisticated audience.  And don’t forget: there are constantly writing contests where you can earn great cash prizes or free residences / fellowships for writers.

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Well-Paying Markets You Can Write For

Write for Newspapers and Magazines

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Do you like to travel to foreign countries, or other states / provinces? Enjoy weekend trips to new places?  Where does your novel or non-fiction book takes place? In your home town or in a foreign city? I bet you did a lot of research to describe those places. Leverage this research work and all your travel experiences to write not only for travel or well-paying airline magazines, but also for newspapers or lifestyle magazines – print and online. Travel articles are not for travel magazines only! Why wait months or years until royalties for your books arrive, when you can easily write articles that pay faster – and a lot more per word count?

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Travel Magazines Are Not the Only Possibility

Seniors magazines, parenting magazines, business magazines, frugal-living magazines, health magazines, writing magazines, newspapers – from free locals to national and international, and even pet magazines, they all print travel articles and city profiles. Here are a few examples of topics that fit into a variety of magazines / newspapers:

  • How to save money when ordering a rental car
  • Traveling with Fido to Canada – pet friendly hotels
  • How to spend your waiting hours between flights
  • The Gardens of Venice, Italy
  • Scenic road trips to …
  • Amazing weekend destinations in …
  • Dining and nightlife tips for …
  • Top Ten Things to Do on a Budget in …
  • Most interesting museums to go with kids in …
  • How to save money when taking a road trip
  • Gear and gadgets that cater to your kids travel joy
  • Tips for people with disabilities or medical conditions on air travel
  • Best wine sampling places / wineries in …
  • Marvellous National Parks of the North West
  • Historic places to visit in Southern Great Britain

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What Works Best
The first most important step is to read many issues of the magazine or newspaper to find out if there was anything similar written before you query them. Travel articles containing more than the 2,000 words including high-resolution images works usually best.
If you don’t have the necessary skills or equipment to offer stunning photos, contact regional or state tourist sites and ask them for photos to accompany your article.  They are almost always free to use. It might take a couple of days or even weeks to receive their permission, so contact them early, and once your article is printed, send them a copy and a thank you note.  Another possibility is to check out free photo sites, such as Morguefile.com or any other site as described in a former blog:  7 Free Photo Sources.

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Examples of Magazines You Can Write for:
Check out former blog posts where we provided details about magazines, using the search function on SavyBookWriters.wordpress.com and type in freelance writing or writing for magazines. Here are a couple more links:

Canadian Living
Chatelaine
Family Fun
Every Day with Rachel Ray
The Ride Journal
Southern Living
Travel Smart
Boat Magazine
Midwest Living
Horse and Rider
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Re-Purpose Your Writing Content
Just to give you an example how you can re-purpose research and content of your novel, that may take place in medieval Great Britain or a travelogue you wrote about a trip to Europe:  You could for example write an article about horse staples in the UK for equestrian magazines, bike riding paths in Denmark to a bike magazine, about one of the fantastic gardens in Great Britain to garden magazines, how to travel on a budget to European cities for a frugal living magazine, a feature about pumpkin seed pressing in Austria for gourmet magazines, an article about a historic flax or wool mill in France for a sewing or craft magazine, a photo feature that you took in a boutique hotel for a fine interior magazine, how to dress for city trips without looking like a tourist for fashion or lifestyle magazines …

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Possibilities to write for magazines other than the traditional travel markets are virtually endless. Travel articles often cover one or more market boundaries. Leverage every opportunity to “cross-over” into other non-travel magazines with your travel articles.  And best of all: writing for magazines or newspapers will allow you to add a two-sentence bio, including a link to your author website or to your book sales page, which will be then seen by a completely new audience. A great way of book marketing and to expand your platform and portfolio!
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BTW: While researching for this article we came over an interesting Travel Writing Contest:
Fall 2014 Travel Writing Contest, $1,000 Prize!

After the terrific success of our Spring Writing Contest, (fee $15.00 USD) we are doing it again! This time, award-winning literary travel magazine, Nowhere, is teaming up with Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review, for the first Nowhere Fall Travel Writing Contest. (Yes, we like the seasons.)

We are looking for young, old, novice and veteran voices to send us stories that possess a powerful sense of place. Stories can be fiction or nonfiction, but please indicate which genre at the top of your manuscript. Entries should be between 800-5,000 words and must not have been previously chosen as a winner in another contest. Previously published work is accepted, but again, please indicate this. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win… Brush off your manuscripts or write something new and send it to the only literary travel magazine going… We look forward to reading your work. Deadline Dec. 31, 2014.

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Writing for Magazines – Waste of Time?

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A fiction author recently was pondering if it is worth to write magazine articles, and asked me if he should not better use his time to write for his own blog / website. My answer: “Well, it depends how many subscribers / readers your website or blog has … Should your blog have less than a million readers per month, consider to write for these magazines with enormous readership numbers, such as:

Wikipedia  provides a list of American / International magazines and their paid yearly circulation:
AARP The Magazine 21,931,184
Better Homes And Gardens 7,624,505
Reader’s Digest 5,241,484
Good Housekeeping 4,396,795
National Geographic 4,001,937
People 3,690,031
Southern Living 2,824,751
O, The Oprah Magazine 2,417,589

The National Trust Magazine UK 2,043,876
Mathrubhoomi India 1,600,000
India Today 1,100,000
Australian Women’s Weekly 470,331
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Resource: Alliance for Audited Media

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US Newspaper’s Daily Circulation
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The Wall Street Journal with 2,378,827 in circulation; The New York Times at 1,865,318; and USA Today with 1,674,306.

If only one percent of their readership finds your article and the byline with your name, website and book info … it’s worth to write for them, one might not be able to pay their ads, but having a by-line and often even get paid for an article is worth to send a pitch to their editor.
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Best Paying: In-Flight Magazines
Travel pieces are a staple of in-flight magazines, but only when showing the culture and feel of the place. Airline publications also contain articles on technology, business, sports, and food, as well as lifestyle trends. Some in-flights feature celebrity profiles, fiction, humor and many have regular columns.

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In a former blog post writers can find lots of tips how to get into the airline magazine market. Compared to consumer magazine publishers, airline magazines often pay a higher rate for freelancers. Excellent writers might earn up to $3.000 for a three page feature with photographs. Rates are typically between $0.75 – $1.00 per word. Even though, you’ll rarely get your name in the article, at least you have it in your portfolio, and you can mention it in Social Media – and at the same time mention your book(s).
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6 Helpful tips on how to pitch to magazine editors:

  • Get to know and understand the magazine before you query, read 10 issues back.
  • Make a list of editors at prestigious magazines, blogs, newspapers.
  • You do not have to write new articles, take what you have, re-write it a bit, add or subtract an introduction
  • and conclusion.
  • Don’t forget a catchy byline at the end of the article with two links to your book / website.
  • Very important: Learn how to write a query for magazines
  • Send your pitch to dozens of editors at suitable magazines / newspapers.
  • Offer your best photographs to illustrate your articles.
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Best of All:
The research for your books and often parts of your manuscript can be used for articles – in a huge variety of magazines and newspapers. You can use published articles as clips to show to potential publishers and clients in all writing areas. You will receive traffic, money and credibility as a writer, and you will get a huge audience that you could never reach with your blog and Social Media alone!

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More Resources:
http://boostblogtraffic.com/write-for-magazines/
http://money.howstuffworks.com/magazine-writing.htm
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/free-brilliant-book-marketing-to-a-million-audience/
http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Magazine-Writer-from-Scratch
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/writing-for-magazines/
http://goinswriter.com/how-to-get-published-in-a-magazine/
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/writing-freelance-for-magazines/
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/freelance-writing-for-childrens-magazines/
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/smart-authors-get-paid-for-marketing-their-books/

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  • “Book of the Month” individual email recommendation to more than 2,900 readers on Goodreads etc.
  • Book posts/tweets/ads several times/week for 3 months on all sites to more than 400.000+ readers

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As a client recently commented on our blog: “I fully agree that the Book Marketing package offered is not only economical, but with value added services. She guides me on a day-to-day basis, always helpful, always approachable. Thank you. Highly recommend Doris.”

To sign up for the Online Seminar go to:  http://www.111Publishing.com/Seminars

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2. Writers Seminars on Weekends – For Example in Sarasota, Florida, March 22

  • Explore new publishing possibilities; don’t limit yourself to books only
  • Learn how to make more money with your writing, using your manuscript’s content
  • Become a brand and leverage the content of your book into other markets
  • Market and publicize your book successfully on a budget
  • Find out about Government grants and funding possibilities
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What You Will Get Out of our Seminars:
Receive lots of useful information for your further literary career in this workshop. Find out how to navigate the modern publishing world seminar while in the relaxed atmosphere of a group of writers. Get hundreds of valuable practical hands-on tips how to promote your book without even spending money for it – through writing and earn more money with leveraging your manuscript.

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About Doris Heilmann
Doris studied Business, Marketing and e-Publishing and authored books and magazine articles for several aviation publications, before she founded her own magazine “USA by Air” in the early 90’s and successfully ran it for more than ten years.  She now writes non-fiction books and blogs – all dedicated to help authors to establish a successful writing career.  After all, Doris knows the publishing business inside out and has been in the field for more than 30 years.


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How Much Do Self-Publishing Authors Earn?

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Author-Earnings
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So you think you want to write a book? Ever wondered exactly how much self-published authors earn? According to a new study by Digital Book World, the median income range for self-published authors is less than $5,000, and nearly 20% of self-published authors report deriving no income to speak of from their writing.
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Dana Beth Weinberg wrote a blog about it: “For amateur Argentine dancers, the possibility of making a living out of their tango practice tends to be perceived as a chance to improve their fates. Unlike tango artists, writers may dream of quitting their day jobs, but very few are able to afford to do so, and that’s why for many writers, publishing is not even a promising option for supplementing income.
In publishing, the diminished role of gatekeepers has meant more opportunity for would-be authors but also more competition to sell books, thereby making it harder for growing numbers of writers to earn their livelihood from their writing.”  Read her full blog: Artists and Money.
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Ms. Weinberg was analyzing the responses from the nearly 5,000 authors who volunteerly responded to a 2013 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey in relation to whether an author is aspiring (not yet published), self-published only, traditionally published only, or hybrid (both self-published and traditionally published). She compared the top priorities of these 4 types of authors, and in Part 2, she examined the differences in their stock of published and unpublished manuscripts.

Comparing authors with the same number of manuscripts, there is a strong similarity in income between hybrid and traditional authors, but hybrid authors outperformed their self-published counterparts on earnings. No wonder, as trade-published authors already have a platform and are already a brand!
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Yes, some authors do break through… 1.8% of self published authors made over $100,000 from their writing last year, compared with 8.8% of traditionally published authors and 13.2% of hybrid authors. The study was conducted online in October and November 2013.
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Conclusions? Don’t quit your day job yet!  Is your self-publishing:

  • an amateurish endeavor,
  • a means of sharing stories,
  • a strategic move in a writing career,
  • or an entrepreneurial activity?

Authors who have a greater focus on earning income from their writing, have produced more manuscripts than either their self-published or traditionally published counterparts, and are earning higher incomes on average.
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Learn everything about the publishing and book marketing process. Focus not only on publishing books, branch out and sell more of your written content, such as short stories or magazine articles.
You have lots of material in your manuscripts you can write about! And do write more books! With only one or two books you are not really considered an author, from the third book on, it becomes much easier and every book promotes the others you have written.
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More Resources:

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/writing-freelance-for-magazines/

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/freelance-writing-for-childrens-magazines/

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/smart-authors-get-paid-for-marketing-their-books/

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/checklist-how-to-organize-your-book-
marketing/

http://authorearnings.com/the-report/

http://www.theresaragan.com/2013/06/sales-ranking-chart.html

http://kdpcalculator.com/

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How to Pitch a Story Idea to Magazines, Part 2

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Daffodil.

Study Potential Contract Givers’ Websites
This is an important point! The biggest pet peeve for freelance employers or media is, when they receive pitches from people who haven’t read their magazine or researched their company – or when they get a query for a topic that has just been published. Know the magazine inside out!
Before submitting anything to a major publication, make sure you read its guidelines!  Plenty of good writing is rejected because the writer was too lazy to meet the guidelines. It goes without saying, but you should strive to avoid grammatical or spelling errors when contacting editors

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Update your Writer Portfolio / Resume
If you’ve never freelanced before, your resume will be built from whatever past writing you have done. Pull out the writing-specific duties you ever have accomplished and describe them. Add your best blog posts or guest blogs or articles you have written for newspapers and magazines of all sizes – as more as better! Include sections that outline your education, professional affiliations and contact information. Check if you can use any of these points to add to your portfolio / resume:

  • what’s your credibility?
  • what are your credentials?
  • what other articles or books, blogs or articles for newspapers or magazines have you
  • written previously?
  • the size of your e-mail newsletter list
  • your website traffic and your Alexa.com ranking
  • number of blog comments
  • high-profile reviews,
  • testimonials or references for your writing from bestseller authors
  • what communities are you a part of?
  • who knows you as a writer and who is aware of your work?
  • where does your work regularly appear?
  • how many people see it?
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Being visible to the right audience for the work you are trying to sell. A website or a blog is an absolute necessity these days. You have to be able to present your work online and to establish SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

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Do Offer Several Images
Take images yourself with a good camera or buy high-quality photos in TIFF for print and in JPEG for online magazines to accompany your articles. You might send them with your first pitch if they are really appealing. Even if your article is not taken, your images might be purchased. Magazines and newspapers always scramble for high resolution photographs.
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Learn to Write for the Web
If you offer magazine articles to online publications, get tips how to write for the web. Write with the “punch line” first, starting with the conclusion, rather than building up. One way to learn to write this way is to write the section first with all the details, and then go back and start it with a lead sentence or two. There is a huge difference between writing a book and writing short pieces for a magazine:
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More Details How to Pitch

Jaclyn Law gave in an article via Mastheadonline more details:

  • check the masthead or website for editors’ names and contact info. Most publications accept pitches by email. Put your idea in the subject line.
  • pitch short pieces in the beginning. Check out the masthead (often on the first pages or last pages of the magazine/newspaper) to find out which types of stories are open to freelancers.
  • plan ahead! Magazines that publish monthly, have four- to six-month lead times; research and pitch ideas well in advance.
  • tell the editor how you will approach the story: first person, interviews with experts
  • how many words: one magazine page = approx. 750 words single space
  • why the article is timely: news hook, season, awareness week, anniversary and what fresh angle can you bring to the topic?
  • why you are the right writer: background details or credentials that support your case
  • mention if you’ve been published elsewhere
  • Editors like to see packaging ideas, e.g., boxes or sidebars (see writing for the web!)
  • polish and edit your query: spelling, grammar, punctuation – it must be perfect!
  • if you haven’t heard back after two to three weeks, follow up with a friendly email
  • proofread your writing several times and meet your deadline
  • provide fact-checking info; be open to feedback; make revisions promptly and you will have a chance to get a bigger story next time.
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Here are Some Examples of Magazines to Pitch
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/writing-freelance-for-magazines/
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/freelance-writing-for-childrens-magazines/
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/smart-authors-get-paid-for-marketing-their-books/
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If you want to expand your magazine writing: Have a look at
11 Websites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs
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Perfect for shy writers
Content book marketing is also perfect for shy writers who might cringe at stepping outside their comfort zone. They can promote their books at the end of each article they write and even add links to their website or book sales page. Traditional media is more and more outsourcing, barely any full-time writing staff is left, which means they are open to pitches from freelance contributors.
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Your articles are creating content people love to share, because it is either funny / witty or useful advice or otherwise interesting for readers. Content is used to draw in your ideal readers / reviewers and to build a platform. The result: you will increase your exposure, show your writing skills, grow a loyal following and attract reviewers – in one sentence: Achieve success with your books – and in many cases, even get paid for it. Once you break the “glass-ceiling” – the sky will be the limit!

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Why and How to Pitch Story Ideas to Magazines

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Part 1 of 2
The odds of winning the Lottery and becoming a millionaire are approximately 1 in 14 million. For
authors to find a publisher, the odds are somewhat better. Maybe 1 out of 500 or 1,000 queries,
depending on the agent / publisher, might lead to a contract. These publishing professionals
receive 150 – 500 unsolicited book pitches per day! from writers.
No matter if you send a query to the editor of Amazon Kindle Singles  – if it is a short story – or to trade publishers, you have to compete with several dozen or even several hundred other writers.
Competition for writers when pitching at magazines and newspapers is less fierce.

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How to Calculate a Book Page
Have you ever calculated how much time and money you invested in your book(s)? Added up the
hours you were sitting on your computer, typing away … and then the time you spend editing?
Multiplied by $30 or whatever you think is your writing-hour is worth? Divided the amount of your
editing invoice by the pages of your book?

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Higher Compensation for Articles?
You will be surprised how much (or better said often how few) you earn net per page within a year
or two – after subtracting your costs. Compare this to earnings you can make with a couple of pages
for a magazine or a newspaper article. The average page has 450 words double-space and most
magazines pay between 50cents and $1.25 per word, airline magazines even more. Lets just take
a short article, containing 1,000 words (a bit over two pages): You will earn a couple hundred
dollars! Compared with your books content of several hundred pages you are better off, writing
more magazine articles.

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You Don’t Need to Write Completely New Articles
As an author you did a lot of research already for your book, and you wrote a manuscript. What is
easier than to “re-work” this content? Tips how to do this can be found here in our former blog
posts:
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/free-brilliant-book-marketing-to-a-million-
audience/
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/smart-authors-get-paid-for-marketing-their-
books/
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/a-new-way-of-book-marketing/
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/checklist-how-to-organize-your-book-
marketing/
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Selling Argument: Author Platform/Brand
When you pitch your story to a magazine or newspaper editor you can show them your following on
Google+, Twitter, Facebook etc. and offer to post and tweet the article to your Social Media
presence. However, there is less time necessary to market an article, than to do the same with a
book. The story will be available in print only for a day, a week or latest a month, but it will be on the
internet for years to come.
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Get Links to Your Website or Author Page
No matter if you get published paid (or unpaid at Huffington Post for example): Your website or
author page link is garantied, included in the short bio about you as an author at the end of the
article. It will be a longterm boost and a reference piece for your future publishing career.

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To Sum it Up:
What is the benefit for you as an author to pitch to magazine editors?

  • Higher compensation / per page or word
  • No completely new content necessary
  • Build your platform and brand
  • Earn more money – and faster!
  • Less competition with other writers
  • Less time necessary to market an article
  • Articles will link to your site and market your book

Use your writing to earn more, to spend less time “marketing” and do what you like to do most:
WRITING!  Read more in our next blog, how to pitch to magazines.

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Are These YOUR Five Excuses?

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Power or Sleep?

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The new year is just a month old, but what about your resolutions?  Are you sticking to them or do you have excuses why not? The less commitment you have to your resolution, the less likely you are to keep it. Are you really committed to write more – books, articles or blogs – and to establish your author platform and brand?  
Believe me:  it is do-able!  This is by chance my blog number 1,000 in 30 months. Sitting every day for an hour or two and write, 7 days a week, took me a couple of weeks or months to get used to, but soon it became a daily habit to write about a variety of topics – and have fun doing it : )
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Are These Your Excuses:

“I cannot find the time to write.”
Well, this is the truth: There’s no such thing as “finding time”. When you plan to write a book, you need to block out parts of your time to get it done. It might mean to avoid TV watching or to get up at 5am to write. Set up your writing as a priority! You have to create time focus on your project. If not, then forget about writing a book!
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“I don’t know where to start on my book …”
Make a layout, a frame of your novel, note details. Research, research, research… Where do you start?  Sitting in your chair every day at the same time. Start writing. Keep sitting. Write more. Your brain will come to expect it. Your mind will begin to loosen up, and cooperate.

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“I need to be inspired, in order to sit down and write.”
Truth: Inspiration often strikes while we write. So, sitting down and starting to write, or at least to make a layout, or write a short story is a great start to get into the “mood”. If you want to be a good writer, start by writing every day for at least a couple of hours

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“I don’t have time to market my book … I don’t know how or don’t want to do Social Media …” 
You can write as a hobby, no one forces you to sell your book!  And if you have lots of money, just buy advertising on TV or in magazines or hire a media publicist for thousands of dollars – even so they take on authors only, with huge amounts of followers on Social Media and lots of 5-star reviews for books.
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“I don’t have time to learn about the publishing business”
Why not just take on writing as a hobby – and forget about publishing!
Regardless of whether or not you work with a publishing consultant to learn about the business, it is something that MUST be done to ensure your book reaches the public. To have the most success: Before you write or at least before you finish your book.
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Starting a book (business) takes huge amounts of hard work and time, so you better enjoy doing it. Building a business is all about learning new subjects, you are eager to work on, or in hiring a bit professional help and together creating something you will be proud of.
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Psychologist Gary Foster, gives these tips for New Year’s resolutions:

  • Set small goals that are realistic, achievable and clearly defined.
  • Set specific plans that are simple, achievable and can lead to short-term success
  • Aim for and celebrate small short-term successes.
  • Build a simple and structured plan that answers the what, when, where and how questions.
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“Don’t let your New Year’s resolution flop (again). If you want to succeed, plan your goal in 12-week increments,” advise Brian Moran and Michael Lennington, co-authors of 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months.  “It is much more feasible to keep a commitment for 12 weeks than to keep it for 12 months. At the end of the 12 weeks you reassess your commitments and begin again,”
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Another consideration:  Are you a writer first? Or are you writing for money first? If you are writing for immediate income, writing that pays quicker, then choose writing for magazines, the internet or for newspapers, copy writing, resume writing, grant writing etc. which will provide much faster income.

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How to Prepare for Freelance Writing Jobs

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One of our most popular blogs is 11 Websites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs.
It seems that more and more writers realize that:

  • they often can earn faster and more money with article writing
  • they can build their platform and author brand as well as a writing portfolio
  • they reach higher rankings on Google’s Search Engines with well-written content
  • they eventually can make a living with freelance writing

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Not a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme
Freelance Writing is hard work and it may take many months to make a full-time living. So, don’t quit your day-job right away. Start this business while you still have a pay-check. Diversify your approach to freelancing, e.g. write for small businesses who want stronger content on their websites or for short articles in local newspapers, and adapt with the market needs in order to succeed.
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Checklist How to Prepare for Freelance Writing

1. Learn to Write for the Web and Social Media
The demand for web content is higher than ever. The internet is growing FAST! Content is even more valuable than it was in previous years. More and more businesses are looking for web content writers. Many businesses don’t have the time to spend on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook and would rather outsource this part of their marketing. Get paid for Social Media updates and interacting with their following. Self-employed, artists, small companies – they all need a professional biography and they would rather have someone like you collect the facts and make them shine.

Learn how to write the “inverted pyramide” from most important on top to less further on. Is your text easy to read? Eye-tracking studies have shown that readers SCAN text (in an F-shaped pattern), rather than to READ it.  And: website visitors read more slowly on the screen than in print. So, how to you use this knowledge for your writing?

Use bullet lists, such as this one

  • Create lots of short paragraphs, and give them all a headline
  • Keep sentences short, they should never be longer than one line
  • Use spell check and a beta reader / software
  • Readers like to interact on the Web, so give them lots of links
  • Illustrate your text, use lots of images
  • Don’t let your readers scroll on the screen, keep it to one page
  • Except prepositions and the words “and” and “the”, all major words in a headline should
  • be capitalized

Online content is not just about words. When you write for the Internet, think “presentation”. Print content is formally written and a passively read. Online content is informally written, interactive and dynamic.
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2. Know How to Write Press Releases
Professional Press Release writers are in demand. Study and learn how to write these publicity pieces.
Journalists don’t read Press Releases! They only “scan” them and if they don’t catch their interest in less than 5 seconds… they will delete it. In this fast-paced world, no one reads the entire press release if the start of the article does not garner interest. What can you do to get journalists reading? Deal with actual facts, such as events, people, plans, projects. A simple method for writing an effective press release is to make a list of following points:  Who, what, when, where, why, and how.

The Content of the Press Release:
Beginning with the date and city of origin, should be typed in a clear, basic font (Times New Roman, Arial, etc.) and double-spaced. Keep your Press Release short, one page is enough. Start with the date and city in which the press release originates.

The Headline:
It should be brief, clear and to the point: an ultra-compact version of the press release’s key point. Headlines written in bold! A bold headline also typically uses a larger font size
than the body copy. First word capitalized. As are all proper nouns.
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The First Paragraph
(not more than three sentences) should sum up the press release, and the additional content must elaborate it.
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The Lead, or First Sentence,
should grab the reader and tell concisely what is happening. For example, if the headline is “Norton Publishing releases new legal thriller,” the first sentence might be something like, “Norton Publishing, Ltd., today released their first legal thriller by celebrated writer Cindy Smith.” It expands the headline enough to fill in some of the details, and brings the reader further into the story. The next one to two sentences should then expand upon the lead.
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The Press Release Body:
copy should be compact. Avoid using very long sentences and paragraphs. Avoid
repetition and overuse of fancy language and jargon. Strive for simplicity, and no wasted
words.
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The Conclusion
can summarize your news and be followed up with further information on your company, a paragraph known as the “boilerplate” which lists relevant information about your publishing company and includes the website for more information.
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Find Sample Press Releases Here:
http://www.publicityinsider.com/release.asp
http://www.lunareclipse.net/book-press-release-example.htm
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3. Study Potential Contract Givers’ Websites

This is an important point! The biggest pet peeve for freelance employers or media is, when they receive pitches from people who haven’t read their magazine or researched their company – or when they get a query for a topic that has just been published.
Before submitting anything to a major publication, make sure you read its guidelines. Plenty of good writing is rejected because the writer was too lazy to meet the guidelines. It goes without saying, but you should strive to avoid grammatical or spelling errors when contacting editors and freelance employers.
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4. Update your Writer Portfolio / Resume
If you’ve never freelanced before, your resume will be built from whatever past writing you have done. Pull out the writing-specific duties you ever have accomplished and describe them. Add your best blog posts or guest blogs or articles you have written for newspapers and magazines of all sizes – as more as better! Include sections that outline your education, professional affiliations and contact information. Check if you can use any of these points to add to your portfolio / resume:

Authority:
What’s your credibility?
What are your credentials?
What other articles or books, blogs or articles for newspapers or magazines have you
written previously?

Proven reach:
For example the size of your e-mail newsletter list
your website traffic and your Alexa.com ranking
number of blog comments
high-profile reviews,
testimonials or references for your writing from bestseller authors

Visibility:
What communities are you a part of?
Who knows you as a writer and who is aware of your work?
Where does your work regularly appear?
How many people see it?

Target audience:
Being visible to the right audience for the work you are trying to sell.
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5. Social Media Presence
Decision makers can also be found on social media sites, such as Google+ or Twitter. One more reason to keep your author appearance on Social Media professional, and post regularly links to the best of your writing. Being familiar with you and your writing can for sure improve your chances of getting more assignments. Find steady freelance writing jobs or even ongoing contracts. There are plenty of possibilities in both print media and online media. The best success is likely to come from pitching ideas in areas where you’re most familiar with the subject-matter. Treasure any suggestions from professional editors. They are the best writing teachers available.
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Jamee Rae, Coach and Freelance Writer explained in her blog: “Clients don’t come out of the woodwork. You have to find them, and they need to be able to find you. A website or a blog is an absolute necessity these days. You have to be able to present your work online and to establish SEO. But you’ll also need to create a package to send out to clients. When I started out, I sent my resume and writing samples to every advertising agency in the city. While most didn’t respond, I landed one client that I worked with for over 10 years. I also started networking and landed another agency client who I have been connected with for the last 15 years. Once you have established yourself with several clients, you can begin to count on word-of-mouth advertising to keep the money flowing in.”

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A Tip for Freelance Work Auctions
Don’t choose them as a first or only way of finding freelance writing assignments. Digital Trends writes about Guru.com, Elance.com, oDesk.com and Freelance.com, and their auction process, where
freelancers compete against each other for jobs – and, often, the most appealing bid has the lowest price. Those “low-ballers” might be in India, China or Brazil, but can come from anywhere. Not surprisingly, online freelancing has developed a reputation as a way for businesses find cheap – or easily-exploitable – workers.

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