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25 Amazing Break-In Stories on How to Be a Freelance Writer

Breaking In: How to Be a Freelance Writer. Makealivingwriting.com.How much time have you spent thinking about how to be a freelance writer?

If it’s always on your mind, what are you waiting for? Just start.

That might sound too simple if you have a million things buzzing inside your brain about how to be a freelance writer like choosing a niche, finding clients, setting rates, productivity, mindset, writing skills, and more.

But here’s the thing. There’s no better way to learn the business and craft of freelance writing than to jump in, get started, and carve out a niche for yourself.

Take one step, and then another. Move up and earn more. Get a couple of solid writing samples, raise your rates, and keep going.

You can’t do any of that if you’re stuck on waiting to find the perfect path for how to be a freelance writer instead of just getting started.

Be a writer, not a waiter. That’s what you’ll learn from the 25 amazing break-in stories from freelance writers featured in this post. Ready to get started?

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Use This Clever, Gutsy Freelancer’s Strategy to Find an Email Address

The Gutsy Freelancer's Way to Find an Email Address. Makealivingwriting.com.Ever struggled to find an email address for a prospect?

You check the website for the business or magazine you want to pitch. You do an exhaustive online search. You even use software apps to try and find an email address for the right person. But all you get is frustration.

Do you settle for the black-hole of email addresses and send your pitch to info@ or editor@ and hope for the best? Don’t do that, OK. There’s a better way.

It’s time to put on your big-girl pants and be a little more clever and gutsy. If you have to work to find an email address, you might as well make it fun.

Using my brilliant tactic, I have never been denied the email address I want. Never!

You’ll need to pick up the phone and leverage the art of creative rhetoric to make it happen (some writer’s might need a personal pep-talk to get started).

But it’s worth it to find an email address for a prospect you can turn into a client. Here’s how I do it:

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Plug Into This Marketing Machine to Be a Six-Figure Freelance Writer

The Six-Figure Marketing Machine for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com.Do you know how to get steady, high-paying clients as a freelance writer?

If that voice inside your head is telling you, “No,” it’s OK.

When I was just starting out as a freelance writer, I didn’t know much about how to find clients or understand why marketing matters so much.

A lot of freelance writers turn to job boards, content mills, and bid sites (that typically pay low rates), thinking it’s a productive way to move up and earn more. But it’s not. There’s a better way.

Instead of waiting around for clients to find me or settling for low-paying work, I created a marketing machine that helped me land contracts with steady, high-paying clients.

I’ve never experienced the famine that so many freelance writers face. And I’ve never used a freelance job site or worked for a content mill.

Want to build your own marketing machine to be a six-figure freelance writer? It’s not that complicated. Here’s how I did it:

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Slam Dunk Assignments: The Easy Method That Sells More Story Ideas

Sell More Story Ideas – It’s a Slam Dunk. Makealivingwriting.com.Note: In this post from the past, you’ll learn about one easy method to come up with story ideas that never gets old.
Enjoy! —Carol.

Are you short on story ideas to pitch magazine editors?

A lot of writers make it a lot harder than it needs to be to come up with story ideas to land an assignment.

You try and be ultra clever. You spend countless hours doing research looking for a nugget of information…and then another. Or you second guess every single one of the story ideas you come up with. Sound familiar?

Some story ideas deserve that kind of attention. But if you’re hustling to land more work and make more money, you need to pitch story ideas that sell.

And there’s one angle that few writers take the time to craft, but that often results in an easy sale.

What is this slam-dunk idea? Let me show you how it’s done:

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Science Writing for Freelancers: 20 Markets That Pay $100 to $2,500

Science Writing Markets for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com.Ever wonder where you can land science writing gigs?

In today’s fast-paced world, there’s no shortage of research, scientific discoveries, technological breakthroughs, and environmental issues that people want to know about.

If you have an interest in science writing and a solid story idea, you can find a market to land an assignment. The scientific method is actually a good formula to follow to test out an idea.

Start with a question, and find out if it’s got science writing story potential. For example:

  • How does Elon Musk’s plan to get humans to Mars?
  • What’s it really like to use forensic science to solve crimes?
  • What are health researchers doing to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease?
  • How can science help solve the food and fresh water problem in drought-stricken countries?

If you want to make a living as a freelance science writer, look around. Story ideas are everywhere. Validate your idea, and then pitch a story to one of these science writing markets:

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2 Experts Reveal the Secret Ingredients to Success in Brand Journalism

The Secret Ingredients to Success in Brand Journalism. Makealivingwriting.com.Do you love traditional freelance journalism but struggle to earn a living? Brand journalism might be a perfect fit for you.

By writing content for companies, you can put your great storytelling skills to work in a growing, lucrative market.

Brands have the budgets and the motivation to pay good writers what they’re worth.

But how do you find brand journalism gigs? And once you do, what’s the secret to carving out a niche, landing repeat business, and making more money as a freelancer?

There’s a few key ingredients to success in brand journalism. And once you know the basic recipe, you’ll be able to create your own blend of skills and marketing strategies to land brand journalism gigs, move up and earn more.

Want to know how it’s done? We recently caught up with two experts in brand journalism to show you how:

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