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Want Bylines in Big-Name Publications? These Freelancers Will Teach You

When New York Times contributor Kristin Wong started freelancing, her first client offered her zero dollars for a screenwriting gig and she accepted it. She had to pay her dues, right? Then a friend who was already a successful freelance writer told her she had to stop accepting low writing rates. Not only for herself, but because she was lowering...

5 Words You Almost Never Need in a Sentence

My high school English teacher called them “deadwood.” I’ve heard them called “inflation words,” “filler,” “fluff,” “clutter” and “couch potato words.” You probably have another pet name for them. They’re the words you almost never need in a sentence. They occupy space, trip tongues and take readers down a long, winding path when a short, straight...

How to Break Into the Lucrative World of Grant Writing

As a freelance writer, you’re likely constantly searching for well-paying, recurring gigs. But often the pickings are slim. You might feel stuck with one-off assignments that pay only meager returns. That’s where grant writing offers a huge opportunity. I started grant writing as a college intern, then for a small after-school nonprofit program, and...

Freelance Writing Contracts: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Work

Do you start wincing with anxiety when it comes to contracts for your freelance writing jobs? Or are you unsure about all that legalese from big-time lawyers at ginormous companies that sounds like you’ll be roasted over hot coals if you put a comma in the wrong place? Getting sweaty palms over freelance writing contracts is one of the biggest struggles...

How to Become a Freelance Writer: A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Started

Looking for ways to make money as a freelance writer? Check out our ebook on freelance writing jobs for beginners. “Trying to make it as a freelance writer is scary AF.” With a subject line that bold (and accurate), I wasted no time in opening the email. It was from a young woman who’d recently graduated with a dual degree in English and journalism,...

How to Convince An Editor to Hire You Again: Turn One Assignment Into Many

For freelance writers, recurring revenue is everything. One-off assignments are a good starting point, but what you really need to form a reliable income stream is writing projects that continue over time: a company that wants you to write a blog post each week or a white paper each month, for example. Work (and pay) you can count on. So how do you...

A Win for the Oxford Comma: This Lawsuit Shows Why It’s So Important

Who cares about the Oxford comma? The answer historically has been grammar nerds, Strunk & White and those who follow the infamous Chicago vs. AP writing style guide debate. After this lawsuit a few years ago, we added dairy driver to the list. That’s because an appellate court ruled in favor of Maine dairy drivers in a labor dispute that hinged...

Nominate the Best Websites for Writers for 2021

You did it!  2020 is (almost) OVER. Here comes the big question: Whose words helped you sprint across the finish line?  In January, we’re continuing our tradition and publishing a seventh edition of the 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2021 — but we can’t do it without your worthy feedback.  Whether you visit them to learn about freelance writing,...

Why Recurring Revenue is the Key to a Stable Freelance Writing Career

Whether you found yourself choosing the freelance life or getting forced into it, you probably had big visions. Being your own boss! Creating your own schedule! Earning money doing what you love! Only… a few months into it, freelancers sometimes find reality looks nothing like that picture. In reality, it can be hard to find clients, especially good...

How to Become a Technical Writer: Tips for Breaking Into This Lucrative Field

The growing field of technical writing — the work of creating user guides for new products, capturing how a business brings aboard a new customer, directing a user step by step through installing new software and thousands of other tasks — is a lucrative one. I made the switch to in 2019 and wish I had known about the option far earlier. I came to...

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