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Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer

by Moira Allen

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“An essential read for freelance writers.” The Writer magazine
Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, Third Edition, offers a step-by-step guide to launching a successful freelance career. For beginners and experts, full time or part time, Moira Allen explains everything freelancer writers need to know, including how to set up a home office, develop and pitch marketable ideas, approach editors and other clients, and prepare and submit material. In addition, readers will learn the business side of freelancing, such as how to deal with rights and contracts as well as how to manage income, expenses, and taxes.

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer also discusses the ways in which freelancer writers can expand and enhance their writing career. Allen gives essential advice on the use of photos and reprints and discusses how to take advantage of other writing opportunities, such as columns, business and technical writing, and even nonfiction books. Fully updated, this new edition includes:

  • A fresh look at the top writing tools to get started in today’s Internet environment
  • The best social media venues for writers and how to use them
  • Tips on how to expand a copywriting portfolio and clientele with social media writing services
  • Why a website is still the most important online marketing tool—and how to maximize its effectiveness
  • How a writer's blog can help your freelancing career

  • Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer offers freelancers the tools and information they need to understand this business from the inside out and to become successful freelance writers.

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    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781621535591
    Publisher: Allworth
    Publication date: 01/16/2018
    Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Format: NOOK Book
    Pages: 368
    File size: 3 MB
    Age Range: 18 Years

    About the Author

    Moira Allen has been writing professionally for more than thirty years and has written hundreds of columns and articles for writers in a variety of publications. She is the author of The Writer’s Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals (Allworth Press) and Writing to Win: The Colossal Guide to Writing Contests. For the past fifteen years, Allen has hosted, one of the largest and most popular destinations for writers on the web and winner of numerous awards for “best website for writers.” She has also worked as a magazine editor, technical writer, newspaper columnist, web editor, and independent publisher, and she is currently at work on a young adult novel. She lives in Maryland with her husband and the obligatory writer’s cat.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction vii

    Chapter 1 So You Want to Be a Freelance Writer 1

    Chapter 2 The Tools of a Freelancer 11

    Chapter 3 Making Time to Write 23

    Chapter 4 Setting Effective Writing Goals 33

    Chapter 5 From Idea to Outline 39

    Chapter 6 Exploring the Markets 53

    Chapter 7 How to Write a Successful Query 69

    Chapter 8 Creating Your First Draft 85

    Chapter 9 Personal Experience Articles 95

    Chapter 10 Conducting Research on the Web 105

    Chapter 11 Conducting Interviews 115

    Chapter 12 The Submission Process 129

    Chapter 13 Understanding Rights and Copyright 149

    Chapter 14 Negotiating Contracts 163

    Chapter 15 Setting Fees and Getting Paid 173

    Chapter 16 Writing and Selling a Column 183

    Chapter 17 Writing for Newspapers: sue Fagalde Lick 195

    Chapter 18 Selling Reprints 209

    Chapter 19 Adding Photos to the Package 217

    Chapter 20 Writing for Businesses Dawn Copeman 229

    Chapter 21 Social Media Marketing for Businesses Dawn Copeman 245

    Chapter 22 Commercial Freelancing: Where's the Money? 251

    Chapter 23 Writing and Selling a Nonfiction Book 259

    Chapter 24 Establishing Your Online Presence 275

    Chapter 25 Social Media for Writers Gary Mclaren 287

    Chapter 26 Handling Income and Expenses 301

    Chapter 27 Keeping Records 321

    Chapter 28 Five Habits of the Effective Freelancer 331

    Chapter 29 Full-Time Freelancing: Taking the Plunge 343

    About the Author 349

    About the Contributors 351

    Index 353

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