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Picture Perfect: 10 Sites for Writers to Score Free Images

Picture Perfect: Free Image Sites for Writers. Makealivingwriting.comWhere do you find free images for your writer website, your blog, or maybe a client?

You could just do a Google search for a free image based on a key phrase. But that could get you neck-deep in legal trouble fast.

When I did this for a post about trout-fishing, I found one pretty easily. But I couldn’t use it. The photographer who snapped the fisherman earned copyright protection the nanosecond he or she pushed the camera’s button.

So where do you find free images (or affordable images) for a blog, website, or client project?

If you know where to look, you’ve got plenty of options that won’t cost you anything.

You might be surprised to know government agencies can be a rich resource for free images. And there’s a growing number of sites where you can find free images.

Looking for free images? Here’s what I recommend:

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Writing Career Tips: 9 Types of Useless Scribbling to Avoid

Writing Career Tips Avoid Useless Scribbling. Makealivingwriting.comDo you love writing? Thinking of doing it for pay? Well, there’s a big difference between writing for the fun of it, and having a lucrative, bill-paying writing career.

Every day, there are loads of things you could be writing, sure. But when you’re writing for money, time is of the essence. You’ll need to focus on the types of writing that will help move your writing career forward.

You might think, “Well, any writing is good. Because it’s all writing practice.” Right?

If you’ve got unlimited time, then sure. But if you have other commitments in your life — say, a day job, kids, a love life — you’ll need to be efficient here.

What writing tasks should you avoid wasting time on? Here’s my list:

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January Slump? Do This Now to Book Early 2019 Freelance Work

Freelance Work Headed for a January Slump? Makealivingwriting.comI’ve noticed something about my freelance work and writing income. It often goes to crap in January.

Does this happen to you?

One day you’ve got a steady stream of freelance work. And the next, you’re focused on making the holiday meal, hosting a party, buying gifts, or making travel plans.

But that’s not the real reason the first month of the year is often a loser.

My theory: Income sucks in January because marketing tends to slack off in December.

After all, it’s the holidays! Everyone’s on vacation. Editors are out. You’re busy with family. The next thing you know, it’s January 3. And there you are in the office, looking at an empty assignment calendar.

When you’re trying to earn big from freelance work, having a “down” month is a problem.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you do it right, you can still enjoy the holidays and take time off. Here’s how to keep freelance work and income flowing well into January:

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Slow Going? Drive Freelance Success with 11 Apps for Writers

Apps for Writers to Drive Freelance Success. Makealivingwriting.comAre there any apps for writers that can help you speed things up?

You know, get organized and write faster. Give your writer website an SEO boost. And avoid a rolling-around-on-the-floor anxiety attack when you get around to invoices, accounting, and taxes.

In case your head is stuck in the sand, there’s a lot more to freelance writing than just cranking out copy for clients. Being a great writer definitely helps.

But if you neglect all the other parts of running a freelance business, getting ahead will feel like you’re inching along in rush-hour traffic.

Believe me, I know what it’s like. I’ve had my share of frustrations as a freelance writer trying to balance home, work, family, and everything else.

So how do you manage the crazy, run a freelance business, and speed up success? Check out the 11 plug-ins and apps for writers I’m using right now:

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Travel Writing: Explore 20 World-Class In-Flight Magazines That Pay

Pitch In-Flight Magazines for Paid Travel Writing Gigs. Makealivingwriting.comSit back and enjoy the flight. If travel writing is your niche, that standard flight-attendant message should get your attention.

Let me explain.

With the Thanksgiving holiday in the rear-view mirror, an estimated 30 million people in the U.S. are back home or back to work after catching a plane to celebrate. Many more travelers will book flights between now and New Year’s.

And for every passenger, there’s a little something for them in the seat pocket in front of them. No, I’m not talking about the barf bag. It’s the in-flight magazine.

You won’t find many of these custom pubs in Writer’s Market (there’s only two listed).

But nearly every airline in the world has one. And most in-flight magazines depend on freelancers for travel writing pieces, profiles, features, and front-of-book content.

The big bonus? Unlike many online travel markets, in-flight magazines usually pay solid rates.

Want some of those travel writing assignments? Explore these 20 world-class in-flight magazines and start pitching. But first, I’ve made a quick video with a few pitching tips for you:

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Get Hired: 5 Proven Angles to Land Your First Freelance Projects

Find an Angle to Land Freelance Projects. Makealivingwriting.comIt can be the most baffling part of finding new clients, as a freelance writer: What initial freelance projects should you pitch, to try to get in the door?

You look at their website and you think…. uhhh…. I dunno. Looks great! You can’t tell what they need.

Well, good news — once you know what to look for, this is easy.

Most great first freelance projects fall into a few specific categories.

Once you know those, it’s simple to find a first project to propose that’s got a high probability of getting a ‘yes.’

What are these categories?

Here are my top five project types to pitch to new freelance writing clients for an easy sale:

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