Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer

ISBN-10: 1581157606

ISBN-13: 9781581157604

Edition: 2nd 2011

Authors: Moira Allen

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For those who have what it takes to become writers, but are not sure where to start, this is the guide to launching a successful career. A 25-year veteran writer and editor covers every aspect of freelance writing, from clearing the confusion to negotiating publishing contracts.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Getting Started
So You Want to Be a Freelance Writer
What is a Freelancer?
How Much Can You Earn?
What Does It Take to Become a Freelancer?
Getting Started
The Necessities
Optional Extras
Making Time to Write
Treat Time as an Investment
Examine Your "Time Budget"
Examine Your Priorities
Eliminate Time-Wasters
Teach Others to Respect Your Time
Setting Goals
Defining Effective Writing Goals
Short-Term vs. Long-Term Goals
Review Your Progress
Coping with Rejection
But why?
"Good" Rejection Slips
It Sank. Get Over It.
Starting Your Article
Finding Ideas
What Do Editors Want?
Digging for Ideas
Brainstorming Ideas
Focus and Expand
Don't Eliminate the Negative
Categories, Subjects, Topics, and Slants
The Outline Demystified
Five Ways to Approach the Outline
Working Within a Word Budget
Conducting Research on the Web
Defining Effective Search Terms
Is It Accurate?
Using Published Sources
Conducting Interviews
Making Contact
Before the Interview
During the Interview
After the Interview
E-mail Interviews
E-mail Surveys
Using Interview Material
Starting Your First Draft
Step One: Identify Your Subject
Step Two: Identify Your Subtopics
Step Three: Identify Your Audience
Step Four: Identify Your Limits
Step Five: Identify Your Structure
Style and Presentation
Beginnings, Middles, and Ends
Five Flaws that Can Lead to Rejection
Personal Experience Articles
Experiences to Share
Experiences that Enrich
Experiences to Avoid
Experiences to Endure
First Experiences
Experience as Expertise
Using Experiences Wisely
Getting the "I" Out
Some Final Tips
Finding the Right Markets
Exploring the Markets
Finding Free (and Almost Free) Magazines
Evaluating a Market: Is it Right for You?
Should You Write for Free?
Writing for Special-Interest Publications
"But I'm Not an Expert"
Understanding the Markets
Magazine "Must-Haves"
Should You Specialize or Generalize?
Writing for Newspapers
How Do Magazine and Newspaper Writing Differ?
Finding Freelance Opportunities
Types of Newspaper Articles
Do You Need Pictures?
Querying a Newspaper
Writing the Article
Don't Overlook the Internet
Once You Have Your Foot in the Door�
Queries and Submissions
The Submission Process
Whom to Contact
What to Send
Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions
Waiting for an Answer
The Editor Responds�
After the Acceptance
Tracking Submissions
Will an Editor Steal Your Ideas?
How to Write a Successful Query
Elements of a Query
Hooks to Avoid
Multiple-Pitch Queries
Common Query Problems
E-mail Queries
Elements of the E-mail Query
Formating Your Manuscript
Print Manuscripts: The Basics
Fonts and Format
Electronic Submissions
Counting the Words
Other Format Issues
Do You Need a Cover Letter?
When to Use a Cover Letter?
Ten Things to Leave Out of Your Letter
Rights and Contracts
Understanding Rights and Copyright
A Writer's Rights
Electronic Rights
Use vs. Payment
Protecting Your Rights
Understanding Contracts
Understanding Terms
Negotiating Contracts
Understanding Your Position
What Isn't a Contract
Making Your Own Contract
Some Tricky Contract Issues
Setting Fees and Getting Paid
By the Word vs. by the Hour
When Time Isn't the Only Factor
Handling "Pay on Publication" Markets
Asking for More Money
Getting Paid
Handling Income and Expenses
Tracking Your Business
Why All This Trouble?
Preparing Your Taxes
Deducting Expenses
Estimated Taxes
Surviving an Audit
Get an Accountant!
Keeping Records
Contracts and Letters of Agreement
Keeping Electronic Records
The Online Writer
The Writer and the Internet
Creating a Writer's Web Site
Five Great Reasons for a Web Site
Elements of a Successful Web Site
Making Money from Your Site
Three Things Your Web Site Can Do Without
The Greatest Danger of All�
How Social Networking Sites Help Writers
Using Social Network Sites
Getting Started
Beyond the Basics
More Information
To Blog or Not to Blog
Why Blog?
Speaking of Numbers�
Blogging vs. "Writing"
Taking the Plunge
Tools for the Blogger
Expanding Your Writing Business
Selling Reprints
Writing for International Publications
Selling Photos
Photo "Ops"
Basic Equipment
Submitting Photos
Obtaining Photos from Other Sources
Submitting Photos Without Manuscripts
Selling (and Syndicating) a Column
Choosing a Column Topic
Pitching Your Column
Self-Syndicating Your Column
Writing (and Selling) a Nonfiction Book
Why Write a Book?
Getting Started
Finding a Publisher
Preparing a Proposal
The Publishing Process
Do-It-Yourself Publishing
Subsidy Publishing
Subsidy Print-on-Demand Publishing
Electronic Publishing
Commercial Freelancing
Writing for Businesses
What Does a Copywriter Do?
What Do You Need to be a Copywriter?
Getting the Work
SIDEBAR: The Cold Call, by Peter Bowerman
Becoming a Successful Copywriter
Writing Copy
Direct Sales Letters
Press Releases
Writing Web Content
Commercial Freelancing: Where's the Money?
Defining the Project
Determining a Timeline
Setting Fees
Get It in Writing
Follow up!
Conclusion: Taking the Plunge
Full-Time Freelancing: Taking the Plunge
When to Plunge-and When Not To
A Writer's Checklist
Making a Plan
About the Author
About the Contributors
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