If you’ve just stepped into the “freelance writing for beginners” adventure, you’re probably wondering where to find all the action.
You know…clients in your niche ready and willing to pay you money for writing articles, blog posts, case studies, white papers…anything really. Right?
Here’s the thing. When you’re just getting started, it’s easy to think freelance writing for beginners is kind of like stepping into total darkness without a flashlight, flaming torch, or even a tiny wooden match to light the way.
Where do you go and what should you do to find freelance writing clients?
There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big and sending a query letter to your favorite glossy consumer magazine or pitching a business that generates billions in revenue. Do it.
Just realize you might need to learn a few things about freelance writing, get some clients, and some writing samples first.
Wondering how to jump-start your freelance writing career and get clients? Check out these tips to shine some light on how it’s done:
Find emails…when you’ve got the perfect story idea for a magazine or want to reach out to a marketing director, you need their email address.
That single piece of information is your lifeline to success if you want to pitch prospects, land assignments, and make a living writing.
Your first stop should always be the magazine masthead or the company website to find emails. But that doesn’t always pan out.
So do you throw in the towel, shake your fist at the sky, and spend the afternoon crying about how hard it is to find emails?
Stop. Right. There. Skip the pity party and follow Carol’s advice: “Take the attitude that you are an unstoppable force of nature, and you won’t give up…”
If you want to find emails for editors, marketing directors, or sources, you can. Wondering if your pitch email got read? There’s a way to find that out, too.
Check out these tools you can use as a freelance writer to dig up contact info and find emails:
Are you looking for blog writing jobs?
No. I’m not talking about the prolific Craigslist ads and content-mill stuff that pays $5 to $10 per blog post. If those are the types of writing jobs you’ve been chasing, it’s time to get some new clients. You can do better.
If you ask the Interwebs, there’s an estimated 400 million blogs online. Sure, lots of those are dead sites or personal blogs with pictures of kids, cats, and crafts. And you won’t find any writing jobs there. But there are blog writing jobs that pay.
Do a little digging, and you’ll find business blogs in virtually any niche designed to engage readers, drive website traffic, and promote a product or service. You’ll also find niche news-style blogs that operate similar to a newspaper or magazine.
Both of these types of blog writing jobs are money for the serious freelancer. Why? Well-run blogs publish frequently and need content. That means one blog writing assignment can easily turn into a regular gig.
Looking for more blog writing jobs? Check out this list of 10 sites that pay $75 and up per assignment.
Are you a shy or introverted writer? Most of us are to some degree. But that doesn’t mean you can’t book well-paying freelance jobs and make a living writing.
In fact, being a shy or introverted writer can work in your favor. Seriously.
Have you ever cowered at the thought of cold-calling freelance prospects? Broke into a nervous sweat when asked to introduce yourself at a networking meeting? Or got queasy when it was time to get on the phone with a prospect?
It happens. Those get-in-front-of-people moments are terrifying for a lot of shy and introverted freelance writers. Ever felt that way?
The thing is, being shy or introverted isn’t a weakness, it’s just who you are. And if you embrace that as a freelance writer, you can book freelance jobs, get paid well, and make a living writing.
You just have to figure out how to do it in a way that jives with your personality.
Want to learn how to book more work, even if you’re a shy or introverted freelancer? Here’s how:
Thinking about pitching your book idea to a literary agent?
It’s no secret that scores of book pitches and proposals end up in a mammoth-sized slush pile every year. So what’s going to help your book idea stand out?
Literary agents have to sift through a mountain of book ideas. Many of them miss the mark and get dumped. But if your book pitch is handpicked by a literary agent, they’ll partner with a publisher to bring your book to life.
Note: This does not happen by accident.
If you’re serious about writing a book and pitching a literary agent to help you get published, the throw-this-together approach usually doesn’t work.
You need to think like a literary agent. Look at it this way: More than half of the book pitches a literary agent receives aren’t a good fit. If you don’t want to fall into the abyss of rejections, you need to know how to stand out.
Want to get your book published? Check out this insider advice from a literary agent.