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You won’t be able to quit work and write, but you might find a grant to make your writing goals easier. Or a crowdfunding opportunity to fund your project. Find serious contests, too. Only those that pay in cold hard cash. No pay-per-click, $1 per blog or exposure markets either. Hope Clark writes for a living. If she wouldn’t try these opportunities, she doesn’t post them. Our newsletters are our world. Free or paid subscription.
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There are few absolutes in the writing business. Rarely does NEVER apply. This is one of them. Don't say you'll never give away all rights when it just might be worth your while. After all, you're supposed to be this endless fount of words. If you're any good, there is no end to your great work.
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32 essays and how-to strategies on topics like Essays like Quitting the Day Job, What to Do with Short Stories, and Braving the School Appearance. Practical pieces like Tactics & Tips Selling Your Books on Consignment, What to Do When Your Work is Stolen, and On Being a Travel Writer for AAA. Something for every writer....and something for you.
"FundsforWriters helps writers achieve more success with their writing by finding and sharing the information that writers need to fund their writing." – Robert Lee Brewer, Editor Writer's Market
Many writers expand their services to offer more than writing; are you a writer wanting to become an editor? Here’s how to pick up your first jobs and start editing away… Associations and more Join editorial societies like the Editorial Freelance Association (EFA), Society for Editing (ACES), Editors’ Association of Canada, and the Society for Editors... Read More
I am lucky to make a living as both a songwriter and a “regular writer.” When I tell other writers about my songwriting, they typically respond with, “I wish I could do that!” My response is always, “Why don’t you?” I hear reasons like, “I don’t know how,” or “I... Read More
Screenplay competitions have long served as a means for fledgling screenwriters to call attention to their talent, especially if they have little else to draw from in the way of Hollywood relationships. As a former literary manager and screenplay competition judge, I can confidently say that the most skilled storytellers... Read More
"You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do." ~Henry Ford Recently, I had a young family member tell me that his grades were down because he hadn't adapted this special way of studying, and that next semester, he'd have better grades because of this new-found method... Read More
For the last couple of months, I've been very bold. I finally managed to shut down the part of my brain that says, "Who do you think you are?" and allowed myself to ask for the work I wanted and the money I deserved. Here's what I did: First, I... Read More
By Alex J. Coyne One of my first high-paying features sold to The Investor for $170 (Six String Stocks, October 2015). I’ve sold others since, including a piece for Catholic Digest that earned $500. I sure didn’t think it was possible when I started out with $20/article rates. Here’s how... Read More
What's one of the most neglected, but often the most beneficial social media platform, for freelancers? LinkedIn. Unlike Facebook and Twitter, which are more social in nature, LinkedIn was created, and is used mostly, as a tool for business. People don't expect to be on LinkedIn to create personal relationships... Read More
“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life,” wrote the thirty-year-old Nietzsche. “The true and durable path into and through experience,” Nobel-winning poet Seamus Heaney counseled the young more than a century later in his magnificent commencement address, “involves being true …... Read More
As someone who runs a website for writers (http://www.TheInternationalFreelancer.com), I see a lot of query letters from new writers. The thing they miss most often? Confidence. Writers who are confident know their story, what it hopes to achieve, and how they're going to get the work done. Those who aren't... Read More
Have you ever watched a story on the news and thought to yourself, "I wish they'd asked me about that. I could have really told them a thing or two"? Most of us are experts on something, and if we're writers, most of us end up writing about what we... Read More