5 things you need to know about writing for freelance writing companies

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You see the ads all the time: “Article writer wanted…” or “Blogger Wanted” or “Ghostwriter Needed.” These often lead to freelance job boards, classifieds and bidding sites that resell your writing to clients. Many are content mills of one sort or another that pay, if you’re lucky, $2 or $3 per 500 word articles when you can collect it.

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Writing for exposure

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Dear Dr. Freelance: I was asked to write an article for a popular website that puts out a digital magazine periodically. The stories in it get advertised all over several popular websites. I’m something of an expert in my field and a freelance writer. The editor tells me it will be great exposure, but has made no mention of payment. I get the feeling she is treating it like free PR for me and that if she chooses to use my submission, I should be grateful. I don’t have a lot of writing (for bigger sites or magazines) under my belt. Should I do it for the exposure and experience, or turn it down if there is no payment? — Underexposed [Read more…]

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Phoenix web content writer wanted

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Update: The job for a Phoenix web content writer is no longer available.

A client of mine has asked me to share a Phoenix web content writer position that they’ve just listed on the IABC website: details here. This freelance job is for the APS.com customer website, and it’s a biggie: condensing content, writing in web style and within the new design framework for their currently 1800-page site that they want to cut by a third.

Job requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or related field
  • 4  Years Writing/Editing skills
  • 1  Year Web usability standards and styles
  • 4  Years Web Writing/Editing skills
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Book Review: The Worthy Writer’s Guide

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Freelancers come pre-installed with a certain measure of talent. But the reality is, as the legendary 1980 Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks put it in Miracle: “You think you can win on talent alone? You don’t have enough talent to win on talent alone.”

Unlike a hockey player, you don’t have to suffer through gut-busting conditioning drills—but you do have to channel your discipline and motivation in order to bring your talent to bear. If you’re a new freelancer who wants to succeed, or a veteran who needs to deliver some extra oomph, there’s work involved. [Read more…]

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5 fast ways to perfect your elevator pitch

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This week’s guest post answers the common freelancer query, “How should I respond when someone asks me what I do?”

As freelancers, we know how important it is to create the perfect project pitch—from research to a targeted cover letter to hand-selecting your best clips and layouts. [Read more…]

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Where can I find high paying freelance writing jobs?

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It’s Dr. Freelance’s distinct pleasure to play today’s host for Jennifer Mattern’s March Virtual Blog Tour. Here’s her take:

One of the most common questions I receive from new freelance writers is “Where can I find the high paying freelance writing jobs you always talk about?” What they don’t understand at first is that the problem they face is right in their question. They’re looking for the “where,” when there is none. [Read more…]

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