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.
I’m happy with the results I’ve been seeing, which is why I’m
heading in this direction. Have you been reading? Here are the top ten
most-read articles for the year so far:
Some pitches will land contracts and repeat clients.
Conversely, there are freelance writing pitches that will ultimately receive
rejections. Learning how to craft your pitch so it will reach your target and
land the contract is a recipe for success. That part sounds easy. Working
through the learning curve isn’t easy for some freelance writers. That’s why
it’s critical to learn how to write a freelance writing pitch.
You have the latest copy of The Writer’s Market, and you’re
consistently loading your bookmarks with markets, resources, and articles about
freelance writing. You feel like you’ve read everything you can get your hands
on about launching a freelance writing business.
Something that’s happening in the freelance writing world that shouldn’t.
Imagine a client contacting you after being referred by a
mutual colleague. Initially, the arrangement is exciting, and communications
are occurring every one or two days. The work is steady, instructions are
clear, and the pay is decent. You feel like everything is moving along well
because the feedback is positive.
Deciding to become a freelance writer may seem like the
healthiest career choice. The main reason is that some may be leaving a high
stress, high tension job. Others may be leaving a job that was causing too many
problems with their physical health. However, when you’re sitting at a desk for
many hours typing, is it healthy?
Are you setting goals for your freelance business? A mistake
many freelancers make is failing to recognize that what they’re doing is, in
fact, a business. While it’s impossible for businesses to thrive merely on
goals, it’s essential to have them. However, they must be practical and
achievable. Learning where to start is the trick. No matter if you’re working
on a short-term list or goals for an entire year, developing a system is vital.
The importance of setting goals for your freelance business plays an essential
role in how successful you’ll be during the upcoming year. Here are some tips.
I’ve been an avid journaler for years. I fill thick hardback
journals, several of them, annually. In recent years, I’ve done this less. Life
and stress have gotten in the way and, to be honest, I’ve seen how it’s taken a
toll on my creative work. Therefore, it begs the question, “should freelance
writers keep a journal?” In my opinion, the answer is always, “yes.” I’ll explain.
Refining your writing style, so it defines your voice and is
unique in comparison to other writers is essential. You’ll find this is
particularly true as more freelance writers consistently emerge onto the scene.
Because we’re living in the digital age, it’s an excellent opportunity for
honing our craft and figuring out how we want our readers to hear us.
Do you want to use your time more efficiently and, in turn,
earn more income? I’ve acquired a reputation in the writing industry for having
“OCD lists,” and I wear that badge with pride. I use these lists to keep myself
accountable, organized, and run my business more efficiently. However, I use
other methods to ensure I’m working productively as well. We’re going to look
at how to be a more productive freelance writer so you can earn more income and
run a better small business.
We’re consistently told to use high-quality and reputable
sources when conducting our research. Under some circumstances, clients provide
us with style guides blacklisting some sources and requiring others. What do we
do, however, when some of those needed sources have paywalls?
First, I want to thank everyone who has supported Working Freelance
Writer. Each time you follow the Facebook page, share an article on any social
media channel, follow the publication through Medium, or subscribe to the newsletter,
you’re showing me this work matters. I also want to thank the writers who have
signed up so far. I’m looking forward to your contributions. (Would you like to
write for Working Freelance Writer? The submission guidelines are here.)
My publication goals include keeping a digital edition alongside
exclusive print editions. I’ll have separate submission guidelines for each. I’m
hoping to launch on January 1, 2020. Instead of a traditional magazine that’s
full of advertisements, this one is going to feel more like a book. It will
still have the same set up like a magazine, but without the clutter and other
things readers don’t want to see.
What you can expect: (the usual things)
Frontmatter: letter from the editor, writers,
Articles and reviews
As this project progresses, I’ll continue to update. If you
have any questions, feel free to send me a message at jg [at] jenngreenleaf [dot]
com. Thank you for joining me on this journey!