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Magazine Article Tips: Your Fail-Proof Checklist for a Killer Query

Use This Magazine Article Checklist for Query Letters. Makealivingwriting.comSay you’ve got an idea for a magazine article. You write up a query and send it in.

What happens next? Crickets.

I’ve heard this tale from hundreds of writers. They all want to know why.

Usually, the answer is that you don’t know how to analyze the magazine you’re pitching, and use what you learn to create the perfect query — the irresistible one that editor can’t resist.

Everything you need to know to write a hot query can be found by studying the articles in that magazine.

What do you need to look for? Here’s my checklist:

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Get Paid to Write About Writing: 15 Markets That Pay Up to $1,500+

Get Paid to Write About Writing. Makealivingwriting.comWant to get paid to write about writing? If you know a little something about the business and craft of freelancing, you can cash in on your ideas and experience.

Here’s what I’m talking about:

It’s no secret that finding a niche is a smart strategy to grow your freelance writing business. Everyone should have a niche, or two or three. And writing can be one of them.

In fact, there’s a number of online and print markets that serve freelance writers and some pay up to $1,500 per assignment. Pitch these places great story ideas, and you can get paid to write about things like:

  • How to write great headlines
  • Interview tricks to get sources to spill the beans
  • Profiles about thought leaders, authors, or pros in writing and publishing
  • Query letter strategies to land assignments
  • Business tips to be a successful freelancer

Want to get paid to write about writing? Check out these markets that cover the business and craft of freelance writing, and start pitching.

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Fiverr Buys ClearVoice: Their CEO On the Future of Online Writing Jobs

Fiverr Buys ClearVoice: The Future of Online Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.comIf you missed the news this week, there was a major development in the world of online writing jobs. Better-paying, fixed-rate writer platform ClearVoice is being acquired by Fiverr. The price was undisclosed.

Stated plans are for ClearVoice to retain its identity as a separate brand, platform, and talent pool. “In the near term,” at least.

My take: This sale may actually be a good sign.

Do you think I’m crazy? One of the few great premium platforms for writers — I’ve written for ClearVoice myself — being absorbed by race-to-the-bottom bid site Fiverr. How can it be a positive thing?

Let’s say after a nearly hour-long chat this week with one of ClearVoice’s co-CEOs about why they chose Fiverr as their buyer, I feel…hopeful.

I will explain. Buckle up, this is a long, detailed post.

But first, a little quick background on what I know about these players, and about corporate mergers in our space. That way, you know where I’m coming from when I tell you what I think this merger signals for writers, and for the future of platforms that offer online writing jobs.

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15 Tips to Make an Editor Fall in Love with Your Query Letter

Query Letter Tips That Get You Noticed. Makealivingwriting.comIs your query letter good enough to make an editor fall in love with you?

Admit it or not, you’re probably at least a little emotionally invested in that query letter when you send it off to an editor.

You work hard on it, interview sources, research, and chip away at writing the perfect lede and headline.

And it would be nice to get a little something in return. Right?

An email. A phone call. A text message. A letter in the mail. Smoke signals. Anything that let’s you know your query letter hit home when the editor read your pitch. Or even better than that…a contract.

But let’s face it. Sometimes the writer-editor relationship is, well, complicated. You put your heart and soul into a story idea, send it off, and nothing happens.

So how do you write a query letter that gets you noticed? Here are 15 tips to make an editor fall in love with your pitch:

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26 Simple Hacks For Creating Must-Read-and-Share Blog Content

How to Create Blog Content Readers Love. Makealivingwriting.comDid you have blog content all figured out back in 1996?

It was the same year Oprah started her book club, the Tickle Me Elmo doll made its debut, and the medical drama E.R. dominated TV ratings. You know, stuff people were in love with a couple decades ago.

If you’re being totally honest, blog content probably wasn’t on your radar back then.

But is was for this one guy…named Bill Gates. He said:

“Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the internet, just as it was in broadcasting.”

In today’s digital world, effective blog content is part of the marketing machine to get clicks, likes, follows, more subscribers, and even generate revenue. And if you know how to do it, clients are gonna want you.

Ready to learn how to write blog content readers (and your clients) love? Here’s how:

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The Deadly Math Mistake That Will Make Your Freelance Business Fail

Avoid This Deadly Freelance Business Math Mistake. Makealivingwriting.comNote: If you’re trying to run a freelance business as a writer, there’s a critical lesson you need to learn about money if you want to be successful. It was true when I first wrote this post, and it still is. Step into my wayback machine and read all about it.
—Carol

A lot of writers aren’t good at math.

When I say that, I don’t just mean that we didn’t get an “A” in algebra back in high school. Or that a lot of writers don’t want to take article assignments that require heavy number-crunching.

When it comes to running a freelance business, many new writers don’t understand how to set a rate that will keep their freelance ship afloat. And by the time you find out, it may be too late.

Want to know how to avoid the deadly math mistake that can ruin your freelance business? Here’s what you need to know:

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