I have a few announcements I want to talk about this morning. First, I experienced a crash last night that stressed me out more than I want to admit. I was using a social media plugin to help readers share content. Needless to say, it had a bug. I had to go into recovery mode this morning (after spending about twelve hours freaking out because, of course), and fix the issue.
At some point in every freelance writer’s career, a potential client is going to ask for clips. What does a ghostwriter do in this situation? If they’ve signed a non-disclosure, this means they can’t share the work with anyone. That includes in the form of a clip.
As many of you know, I’m the founder and editor of the digital publication, Working Freelance Writer. I launched it on December 1, 2018, and it’s been growing steadily ever since. During the initial launch, I toyed with the idea of going to print simultaneously. Instead, I decided to test the waters. I wanted to see if there was an audience and if it would grow.
Anita Dongre made her earliest design vision an international sensation. Following her 1984 graduation from SNDT College with a degree in fashion design, Dongre knew creating a house devoted to fashion influenced by her youth was something she wanted to do.
One of the most exciting things you can experience as a new writer is landing your first client. They send over a contract, submission guidelines, and a template. You’re ready to research, outline, and write your first draft. Once that is complete, you polish the final draft and send it to the client.
Freelance writers face a challenge each time they open their laptop or sit at their desk to begin working. They’re juggling an assortment of projects simultaneously. Documents, files, and other information are spread across their work surfaces.
I’m experimenting with something new. In the past, I’ve heard about content publishing platforms. Some of my colleagues were using them. They decided to post articles that were either rejected or that they couldn’t sell. Those efforts helped them add approximately $2,000 to their bottom line.
You’re a new writer. Breaking into markets is your goal. You know how to write a query letter, and you’ve researched which targets are a good fit. Can new writers land clients without clips? Yes, you can. Let’s talk about how.
The short answer is—yes. You’re ultimately in control of your writing ideas. How you present them and capture your reader’s attention is how you’re making them new. Some say there’s nothing new anymore. That everyone is rehashing the same old ideas over and over again.
Have you ever read submission guidelines where you see the phrase, “no simultaneous submissions?” Freelance writers dread that phrase for many reasons. Under most circumstances, you’ll see it when markets have long response times. When this happens, it gives the editors exclusivity when considering your work. They know no one else is reading it, or that there’s a chance it may be published elsewhere.