Freelance writing: how to be very successful
Freelance writing is the way many writers make money.
Writing books is great too, but the income may not be consistent enough to live on, or it may not be enough.
This is why many writers turn to freelance writing to ensure that they can earn a full-time income from their writing.
The ‘trick’ to working this way is to make sure you have a lot of projects to work on and that means finding enough writing markets.
And to help you, I’m going to tell you about three types of freelance writing that you can start doing right away and where to find them.
- Writing for specialized magazines and magazines. This is probably the easiest type of freelance writing to do. You look at magazines and trade magazines, look up their submission processes online to see if they accept freelance work and what their fees are, and then submit a presentation. You can also find these types of copywriting markets online by doing a quick Google search for “magazine writing submissions” or “copywriting guidelines” or “write for us” or something similar. Alternatively, sign up to write blogger newsletters who share current writing market lists with your subscribers.
- Write regular blog posts. Once you start looking, you will probably also find regular work writing for blogs and other websites. There are millions of sites online and many of them are looking for regular writers. If you can find some of these, they can provide you with a steady income.
- Writing contests. Many writing contests are very well paid. And even if you don’t win, you still have unpublished work that you can re-tip for another submission elsewhere at a later date. I recently told my subscribers about a script writing contest for a 60 minute play with the winner receiving £ 3,000 plus a £ 3,000 advance against 8% of the box office takings. Not bad for a 60-page play (one page = about a minute).
So even if you’ve never thought about freelance writing before, don’t discount it because it’s a great way to earn income because, as I’ve shown you, even writing contests can pay well.
And not only is being freelance a great way to earn money, but writing regularly and meeting deadlines really helps you create a daily writing habit that can help you throughout the rest of your writing career.