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If you've always dreamed of making a living as a writer, this book will take you where you want to go. Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, Second Edition, demystifies the process of becoming a writer and gives aspiring writers all the tools they need to become successful freelance writers, get their names in print, and start earning a healthy income from writing. Completely revised and updated, the second edition includes an entirely new section on the "online writer," discussing how to set up your own website, whether you need a blog, how to effectively participate in social networking sites, and information on electronic publishing, POD and more.

New chapters provide guidance on writing for international markets and other writing opportunities such as ghostwriting, speech writing, technical writing, copyediting, teaching, etc. This indispensable resource walks writers through the process of developing marketable ideas and then finding appropriate markets for those ideas.

It includes effective tips on how to set writing goals; make time for writing; hone research and interview techniques; create outlines and first drafts, approach editors (online and offline), and prepare and submit material. Writers will also discover the vital business issues of freelancing such as rights and contracts, plus how to manage income, expenses, and taxes. Author Moira Allen has more than 30 years experience both as a freelance writer and as an editor; her tips come from a keen understanding of what works from both sides of the desk.

Whether readers are looking to support themselves as full-time freelancers or supplement an existing career, no one wanting to make money as a writer can afford to be without this book.

“Few know the ins and outs of freelancing better than Moira Allen. In her comprehensive guide, she walks you through everything you need to know to get started and become successful. This is an essential read for freelance writers.” -Jeff Reich, editor, The Writer magazine

“This book is a clear, comprehensive, example packed, practical, and wise compendium of advice for any freelancer. Don’t be fooled by the title Moira Allen has given us an excellent introduction for beginners and an invaluable reference for experienced writers. My copy is already stickied with reminders.”-Noelle Sterne, editor, writing coach, and author of Trust Your Life: Forgive Yourself and Go After Your Dreams

“Moira Allen's advice is sound, practical, and comprehensive. Her long history of helping writers makes this book invaluable to the beginning freelancer.”-Barbara Florio Graham, author and publishing consultant

Author Biography

Moira Anderson Allen has been writing professionally for more than 30 years, contributing to such publications as Writer's Digest, The Writer, Byline, and Entrepreneur, among others. She is the author of seven books (including The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches, and Proposals, Allworth Press, 2010) and more than 300 published articles. Her versatile background includes technical writing, corporate editing, corporate newsletter directing, and operating her own publishing firm. A long-time instructor of freelance and creative writing at community colleges, Allen is often a speaker at writing conferences and workshops. She lives in Columbia, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Getting Startedp. 3
So You Want to Be a Freelance Writerp. 5
What is a Freelancer?p. 6
How Much Can You Earn?p. 7
What Does It Take to Become a Freelancer?p. 9
Getting Startedp. 13
The Necessitiesp. 13
Optional Extrasp. 17
Making Time to Writep. 21
Treat Time as an Investmentp. 21
Examine Your "Time Budget"p. 21
Examine Your Prioritiesp. 22
Eliminate Time-Wastersp. 23
Teach Others to Respect Your Timep. 24
Setting Goalsp. 25
Defining Effective Writing Goalsp. 25
Short-Term vs. Long-Term Goalsp. 26
Review Your Progressp. 27
Coping with Rejectionp. 29
But why?p. 29
"Good" Rejection Slipsp. 30
Self-Honestyp. 30
It Sank. Get Over It.p. 31
Starting Your Articlep. 33
Finding Ideasp. 35
What Do Editors Want?p. 35
Digging for Ideasp. 36
Brainstorming Ideasp. 37
Focus and Expandp. 38
Don't Eliminate the Negativep. 40
Categories, Subjects, Topics, and Slantsp. 41
Categoryp. 41
Subjectp. 42
Topicp. 42
Slantp. 42
The Outline Demystifiedp. 45
Five Ways to Approach the Outlinep. 46
Working Within a Word Budgetp. 48
Conducting Research on the Webp. 51
Defining Effective Search Termsp. 51
Is It Accurate?p. 52
Using Published Sourcesp. 54
Conducting Interviewsp. 57
Making Contactp. 57
Before the Interviewp. 59
During the Interviewp. 60
After the Interviewp. 62
E-mail Interviewsp. 62
E-mail Surveysp. 64
Using Interview Materialp. 65
Starting Your First Draftp. 67
Step One: Identify Your Subjectp. 67
Step Two: Identify Your Subtopicsp. 68
Step Three: Identify Your Audiencep. 69
Step Four: Identify Your Limitsp. 69
Step Five: Identify Your Structurep. 69
Style and Presentationp. 70
Beginnings, Middles, and Endsp. 71
Sidebarsp. 72
Five Flaws that Can Lead to Rejectionp. 73
Personal Experience Articlesp. 75
Experiences to Sharep. 75
Experiences that Enrichp. 76
Experiences to Avoidp. 77
Experiences to Endurep. 77
First Experiencesp. 78
Experience as Expertisep. 79
Using Experiences Wiselyp. 80
Getting the "I" Outp. 80
Some Final Tipsp. 81
Finding the Right Marketsp. 83
Exploring the Marketsp. 85
Finding Free (and Almost Free) Magazinesp. 87
Evaluating a Market: Is it Right for You?p. 88
Should You Write for Free?p. 94
Writing for Special-Interest Publicationsp. 97
"But I'm Not an Expert"p. 97
Understanding the Marketsp. 98
Magazine "Must-Haves"p. 98
Should You Specialize or Generalize?p. 100
Writing for Newspapersp. 103
How Do Magazine and Newspaper Writing Differ?p. 104
Finding Freelance Opportunitiesp. 105
Types of Newspaper Articlesp. 106
Do You Need Pictures?p. 107
Querying a Newspaperp. 107
Writing the Articlep. 109
Don't Overlook the Internetp. 112
Once You Have Your Foot in the Doorąp. 112
Queries and Submissionsp. 113
The Submission Processp. 115
Whom to Contactp. 115
What to Sendp. 116
Simultaneous and Multiple Submissionsp. 118
Waiting for an Answerp. 119
The Editor Respondsąp. 120
After the Acceptancep. 121
Tracking Submissionsp. 122
Will an Editor Steal Your Ideas?p. 124
How to Write a Successful Queryp. 125
Elements of a Queryp. 126
Hooks to Avoidp. 127
Formatp. 129
Multiple-Pitch Queriesp. 130
Common Query Problemsp. 131
E-mail Queriesp. 135
Elements of the E-mail Queryp. 136
Formating Your Manuscriptp. 141
Print Manuscripts: The Basicsp. 141
Fonts and Formatp. 142
Electronic Submissionsp. 142
Counting the Wordsp. 142
Other Format Issuesp. 143
Do You Need a Cover Letter?p. 145
When to Use a Cover Letter?p. 145
Ten Things to Leave Out of Your Letterp. 147
Rights and Contractsp. 149
Understanding Rights and Copyrightp. 151
A Writer's Rightsp. 152
Electronic Rightsp. 154
Use vs. Paymentp. 156
Protecting Your Rightsp. 156
Understanding Contractsp. 159
Understanding Termsp. 160
Negotiating Contractsp. 161
Understanding Your Positionp. 161
What Isn't a Contractp. 162
Making Your Own Contractp. 163
Some Tricky Contract Issuesp. 163
Setting Fees and Getting Paidp. 167
By the Word vs. by the Hourp. 167
When Time Isn't the Only Factorp. 168
Handling "Pay on Publication" Marketsp. 169
Asking for More Moneyp. 170
Getting Paidp. 172
Handling Income and Expensesp. 175
Tracking Your Businessp. 176
Why All This Trouble?p. 178
Preparing Your Taxesp. 179
Deducting Expensesp. 179
Estimated Taxesp. 182
Surviving an Auditp. 183
Get an Accountant!p. 183
Keeping Recordsp. 187
Contracts and Letters of Agreementp. 187
Correspondencep. 187
Invoicesp. 188
Clipsp. 188
Manuscriptsp. 189
Keeping Electronic Recordsp. 189
The Online Writerp. 193
The Writer and the Internetp. 195
Creating a Writer's Web Sitep. 199
Five Great Reasons for a Web Sitep. 199
Elements of a Successful Web Sitep. 206
Making Money from Your Sitep. 208
Three Things Your Web Site Can Do Withoutp. 209
The Greatest Danger of Alląp. 209
How Social Networking Sites Help Writersp. 211
Facebookp. 211
Linkedinp. 212
Twitterp. 212
Using Social Network Sitesp. 213
Getting Startedp. 214
Beyond the Basicsp. 216
More Informationp. 217
To Blog or Not to Blogp. 219
Why Blog?p. 220
Speaking of Numbersąp. 222
Blogging vs. "Writing"p. 223
Taking the Plungep. 225
Tools for the Bloggerp. 226
Expanding Your Writing Businessp. 229
Selling Reprintsp. 231
Writing for International Publicationsp. 237
Selling Photosp. 241
Photo "Ops"p. 241
Basic Equipmentp. 242
Submitting Photosp. 244
Obtaining Photos from Other Sourcesp. 246
Submitting Photos Without Manuscriptsp. 247
Selling (and Syndicating) a Columnp. 249
Choosing a Column Topicp. 250
Pitching Your Columnp. 251
Self-Syndicating Your Columnp. 254
Writing (and Selling) a Nonfiction Bookp. 259
Why Write a Book?p. 260
Getting Startedp. 261
Finding a Publisherp. 262
Preparing a Proposalp. 264
The Publishing Processp. 267
Do-It-Yourself Publishingp. 269
Self-Publishingp. 269
Subsidy Publishingp. 270
Subsidy Print-on-Demand Publishingp. 271
Electronic Publishingp. 272
Commercial Freelancingp. 275
Writing for Businessesp. 277
What Does a Copywriter Do?p. 278
What Do You Need to be a Copywriter?p. 279
Getting the Workp. 282
SIDEBAR: The Cold Call, by Peter Bowermanp. 282
Becoming a Successful Copywriterp. 285
Writing Copyp. 287
Direct Sales Lettersp. 289
Press Releasesp. 290
Writing Web Contentp. 292
Commercial Freelancing: Where's the Money?p. 293
Defining the Projectp. 293
Determining a Timelinep. 294
Setting Feesp. 294
Get It in Writingp. 295
Follow up!p. 298
Conclusion: Taking the Plungep. 299
Full-Time Freelancing: Taking the Plungep. 301
When to Plunge-and When Not Top. 301
A Writer's Checklistp. 302
Making a Planp. 303
About the Authorp. 307
About the Contributorsp. 309
Indexp. 311
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(From Chapter 5: Coping With Rejection)

It Sank. Get Over It.

Someone created a T-shirt with a picture of the Titanic on the front and, on the back, the words: “It sank. Get over it.” The same can be said of rejection.
     “Getting used to” rejection doesn’t mean that rejection loses its sting. It doesn’t. Nor is that a bad thing: I suspect that the day rejection ceases to hurt is the day one has lost one’s passion for writing. Pain isn’t a bad thing. Pain simply means we care.
     At the same time, there are things you can do to ease the sting. The next time your material comes back with one of those awful slips, try one of these:
[begin bulleted list]
·       Have a rejection party. “Celebrate” your rejection with a pizza, a dish of ice cream, a trip to the movies. You have a right to celebrate: You have to be a writer to be rejected.
·       Start a rejection slip file. Besides being useful for taxes (it proves to the IRS that you’re conducting a business), it can come in handy down the line, when you’re famous. Then you’ll be able to say, with a smug flourish, “Well, I was rejected 48 times before my story/novel/article was accepted by Megabucks Publishing...”
·       Send your material to the next publisher on your list.
·       Write something else. Better yet, start writing something else the minute your last piece is finished and out the door. Rejection stings less when your mind is occupied with a newer, and therefore more interesting, project.
[end bulleted list]
     Remember, there is something worse than rejection, and that’s never writing (or submitting) anything to be rejected in the first place.

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