10 Ways to Make More Money as a Freelance Writer

Peter Bowerman and 9 other top authors share tips to help grow a freelance writing business

www.inkthinkerblog.com — Successful writers share one common trait: They market themselves using very easy-to-implement tactics. Yet even as demand for writers is skyrocketing, many freelancers would rather spend their time walking the dog or washing the dishes.

“What we’ve got here is a major disconnect. Never before in the history of words has the demand for freelance writers been so high. Yet I constantly hear from copywriters, journalists, technical writers and copyeditors that ‘marketing’ is a four-letter word,” says Michael A. Stelzner, one of America’s top-paid freelance writers.

There’s plenty of work for the taking. According to a recent Junta42 study, 6 in 10 businesses are spending more for content production. The need for case studies, ebooks, newsletters, articles, websites, white papers and press releases is growing at an unprecedented rate.

For the writer who applies a few simple techniques, work is plentiful and money is good.

To land more work from higher-paying clients, Stelzner and 9 other top-billing freelancers suggest the following easy-to-employ tactics.

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Inkthinker Quick Tip for August 21, 2009 – Use an E-mail Forwarder

www.inkthinkerblog.com — If you’ve ever wondered how to protect your personal information while still including contact info on your freelancing website, this video is for you!

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Nominations Now Open for the 4th Annual Top Blogs for Writers Contest

www.inkthinkerblog.com — It’s that time again! Michael Stelzner, of white paper fame, is now accepting nominations for the Top Blogs for Writers. If you have a favorite writing blog you’d like to see recognized (cough cough inkthinker cough cough), visit the nomination post and leave a comment stating the name and URL of your nominee and why you think your nominee should win.

To be considered for the top 10, a blog must receive 2 nominations, but the winner is NOT decided on the total number of nominations. I suggest that you check to see if your nominee has received two votes already before you make your nomination and, if so, pick another favorite to expand the field.

Some of MY favs are already on the list:

Who could you nominate? Head over to the nomination post and throw in your two cents.

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Take Kristen’s Class “The Online Writer” at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, VA – 8/15 and 9/12

The Online Writer:  a Two-Part Workshop on Website Design, Blogging, and Web-based Work for Writers

Instructor: Kristen King

Part 1: Saturday, August 15, 9 am – 4:30 pm, Part 2: Saturday September 12, 9:00am-4:30pm

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The Online Writer, Part 1: Taking Your Writing Online

Saturday, August 15, 2009, 9:00am-4:30 pm

Cost: $99 for members, $110 for non-members

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www.inkthinkerblog.com — In Part 1 of the two-part Online Writer series, copywriter and communications consultant Kristen King, MPS, will give seminar attendees a soup-to-nuts picture of what it means to be a writer in the digital world. From staking out your piece of cyberspace with an effective writer website to using online tools to find work and secure new clients, King will equip you with the knowledge you need to make smart decisions about writing for online audiences and running your business with the help of the wild, wild Web.

Topics will include:

  • Websites, Blogs, and Social Media, Oh My! Your presence on the web
  • Finding Work (print and electronic) Online: Job boards, subscription services, and how to win the job
  • Paper vs. Pixels: What you need to know to write for online audiences
  • eBooks, Landing Pages, Auto-responders, and More: Work you may have never known existed
  • eLiterary Magazines: Finding them, submitting your work, and getting published

Attendance is limited to 15 students due to the hands-on nature of the course. Participants will be expected to collaborate in pairs or small groups throughout the day in interactive discussions, and will create personalized strategies in the final session of the day to guide their next steps.

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What if Sarah Palin’s Resignation Speech Had Been Written Professionally?

(www.inkthinkerblog.com) — I’ve been working under the assumption here that Palin’s recent resignation speech from her post as governor of Alaska wasn’t written by a pro. If you’ve heard it, you understand why. But Vanity Fair took it a step further when they actually edited the speech for us.

And the result is fairly hilarious. See the edited version of Palin’s resignation for yourself.

What do you think? Is this version better, worse, or about the same?

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Conference Call Etiquette: 9 DOs, DON’Ts, and “Oh, no you didn’t!”s

conference call(www.inkthinkerblog.com) — As a freelancer who largely refuses to attend face-to-face meetings, I spend a lot of my time on conference calls, especially during government proposal season (approximately May-August). Here are some of my favorite conference call musts, must-nots, and you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-mes from my experience and other freelancers’ recommendations.

1. Distribute a clear agenda in advance of the call and stick to it

Make sure all call participants know exactly what’s expected of the, and what will be covered and decided during the call to maximize the time available. Betsy Garman, publications and distance learning specialist at AACC, advises assigning roles ahead of time as well so people know what agenda points they’re responsible for. And don’t neglect the tech. “If you’re the call leader, be familiar with the technology — especially if you’re recording the call or using a moderator provided by the call company,” she says. Photographer Andrew Deci echoes Garman’s advice. “Conference calls are always better when there is a clearly identified ‘moderator,’ someone who can direct responses and ask questions,” Deci says.

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