Wednesday, December 26, 2012

So You Wanna Be a Freelancer: Step Two

So you’ve done your research. You’ve found a publication (or two) that you want to pitch to. But what are you going to pitch? What are you going to write about? It’s a big decision.

And the catch-22 is that you need to start writing before you start writing. You need samples before you get published. But fear not; you are a writer after all. This is the fun part!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

So You Wanna Be a Freelance Writer? Step One: Research

I’ve been a writer and an editor for over ten years. One of my “day jobs” is editor of a regional parenting magazine, and in that capacity, I see a lot of freelance submissions. They are the inspiration for this series of posts.

You see, this is the time of year when I see a sharp increase in the number of submissions that hit my inbox and desk top, usually from novice writers or those in search of a career change.

An impending new year is a compelling motivator, isn’t it?

If you’re considering starting or expanding your own freelance writing career, these tips are for you. This is the first in a series of six planned posts that is the equivalent of a couch-to-5K plan for writing.

So shall we begin?