So now what?
Well before you start looking for jobs, I highly recommend doing a bit more research about how freelance writing works. You’re off to a great start by following Freelance Writing Week here, but let me point you to some of my favorite freelance writing resources in print and on the web:
My Favorite Freelance Writing Resources
Freelance Writing Books
- Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer by Jenna Glatzer. Hands down my favorite freelance writing book. Glatzer breaks down each and every part of freelance writing in simple and easy to follow chapters; her writing is clear, entertaining, and best of all, inspiring. I find myself going back to this book periodically whenever I need to get re-motivated to continue freelance writing–and it always delivers.
- The Street Smart Writer: Self Defense Against Sharks and Scams in the Writing World by Jenna Glatzer and Daniel Steven. Another great one by Glatzer with straight-forward advice, this time on the business end of writing. Excellent tips on how to protect yourself and your work.
- 2010 Writer’s Market by Robert Lee Brewer. Markets, book publishers, agents, and lots of advice from successful writers. The 2010 version will be published in June, but if you can’t wait, the 2009 version is still available.
- On Writing by Stephen King. This one isn’t necessarily about freelance writing, per se, but it’s one of the best books on writing in general out there. Period.
Also be sure to check out the “Writing” category in my Amazon store for more great writing books.
Freelance Writing Websites
- About.com Freelance Writing: pages upon pages of awesome advice on every aspect of freelance writing by Allena Tapia.
- About Freelance Writing: Anne Wayman‘s blog in which she shares what she has learned as a copywriter, ghostwriter, blogger, e-book author, and more. Great job lists too.
- AbsoluteWrite.com: started by the aforementioned Jenna Glatzer; be sure to check out the forums in particular.
- Freelance Writing Jobs: Deb Ng‘s amazing collection of articles and advice on all different types of freelance writing; great job lists as well.
- WOW! Women on Writing: “an e-zine promoting the communication between women writers, authors, editors, agents, publishers, and readers.” Fun place too!
- WritersWeekly.com: Angela Hoy‘s site with lots of great articles, but especially helpful are the forums, namely “Whispers and Warnings,” which tells you which clients to avoid.
There are really lots of writing sites I love, but these are the absolute best, IMHO. I also have favorite writing books, which you can see in the writing section of my Amazon store.
Now I’m not saying you should read all of these straight-through before you dive into freelance writing, but a quick look around them will certainly help you get a feel for the business. All of these are great to keep coming back to again and again whenever you need a particular piece of info, advice, etc., so be sure to bookmark!
Now be sure to come back tomorrow when we’ll talk about How to Find Your Freelance Writing Niche!
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