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Writing Tips: 30 Freelancers Share Their Secrets in 30 Seconds or Less

Writing Tips & Secrets in 30-Seconds or Less. Makealivingwriting.com

Need writing tips and advice, but you’re in a hurry?

There’s nothing wrong with poring over your library of books on freelancing for the best writing tips, techniques, and business practices.

But what if you’re perpetually short on time? There’s a good chance you don’t crack those writing books for another day, another week…

And that’s a problem if you want to ramp up your freelance writing business fast, need a shot of motivation, or a writing tip related to a current client project.

When I was fresh out of school, only a novice at my day job, I decided to be a writer. No marketing experience. No niche knowledge. Heck, I hadn’t even written a single word of business writing.

I needed a lot of writing tips and advice…fast. So I asked writers in my network a simple question:

If you had 30 seconds to give a new writer just one piece of advice, what would it be?

And they delivered a pay-dirt pile of advice about freelancing. Looking for writing tips to put you on the fast track to move up and earn more? Here you go:

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Write for Magazines: Steal This Writer’s Strategy to Land Top Pubs

Steal This Strategy to Write for Magazines. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to write for magazines?

It’s the dream for a lot of freelance writers.

Maybe you’ve got your sights set on getting published in a glossy consumer magazine with millions of readers.

You read every issue. You study the headlines, writing style, and topics. And you think about story ideas for your dream magazine…a lot.

That’s a start. But how do you turn your story ideas into an assignment with a contract, your byline in a popular magazine, and a check in the mail?

One freelance writer took the challenge to get published in AARP: The Magazine…a highly-competitive niche magazine that pays $1/word.

At first she didn’t see a clear path to break in. But with a little effort, she discovered a strategy to write for magazines that really works, whether you’re just starting out or a pro.

Want to steal her idea to break into your dream pub? Here’s what you need to know:

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

Freelance Work Headed for a January Slump? Makealivingwriting.com

I’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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Networking for Introverts: The Terrifying Mistake That Created More Freelance Leads

Networking for Introverts Doesn't Have to Be Scary. Makealivingwriting.com

I knew I had to figure out the marketing piece if I hoped to be a successful freelancer, but networking for introverts and self-promotion isn’t exactly my favorite thing to do.

Before throwing myself into a crowd of people to drum up business, I thought I’d take a “class” at a local community college on networking to learn how it’s done.

There was just one problem.

The “class” turned out to be a roomful of professionals who all seemed to know each other… well. When I walked in, my mind started spinning and my heart pounding. “If I could just find a seat…”

Finally I did, and that’s when the director looked straight at me: “Stand up and tell us who you are and what your business is…”

“Who, me?” I thought. Cue the sweaty palms, queasy stomach, noodle legs, hands trembling with fear, and an intense desire to pull a bag over my head.

If you’re a fellow introvert and freelance writer, what would you do? Here’s what happened next:

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Writers Conference Connections: Here’s How to Stand Out From the Crowd

How to Shine at a Writers Conference. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder how to stand out at a writers conference?

Here’s what most writers do…

  • Sign up to attend a writers conference weeks in advance.
  • Make travel arrangements.
  • Scour the agenda looking for the lectures, workshops, and presentations that sound the most fun, interesting, or helpful.
  • And that’s it.

You show up. There’s a zillion writers, editors and publishers, and you roam from one lecture to the next.

If “that’s it,” you’re missing out on a big benefit of going to a writers conference…making connections.

Fortunately, a little pre-planning can help you get more from a writers conference than a bag of goodies and a frenzy of ideas.

Want to learn how to stand out from the crowd at a writers conference? Here’s how to shine:

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Two Easy-Fun Ways Freelancers Can Find Great Writing Clients

Find Writing Clients: Two Fun & Easy Ways. Makealivingwriting.com

Some things never change, like the need to find great writing clients. But marketing doesn’t have to be a grueling, stressful, or frustrating chore. Check out these two fun and easy ways to find writing clients. Enjoy!–Carol

One of the questions freelance writers ask me most is, “How can I find better-paying clients?” Another one is “Where are all the good-paying clients hiding?” A third one is, “Why can’t I find any good writing clients?”

I’m sensing a theme here, that people want to know more about how to connect with great clients.

There are many ways to hunt these elusive good clients, but today I want to talk about two of my favorite in-person techniques for connecting with good-paying clients.

That’s right, these methods involve leaving your writing cave, going out, and meeting live humans.

Don’t be scared!

Once you get the hang of it, networking is actually a lot of fun. Or it should be — so remember to have fun with it.

Here are two techniques that are pretty fail-proof and simple for maximizing your networking time:

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