Writing Jobs 28/10/2011

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Health and Beauty Writers (Home)

Beauty and health product reviewer needed. Able writers to create product reviews for beauty companies on a regular basis. Work from home; assignments will be given via email and returned same, so internet access a must. Review will be specific and template given to follow.Must be able to review 25-50 every week at least. Strong language skills a must. Must be ready to meet deadlines.

Also openings for sales copy and experienced writers

Compensation: Depending on position

More details here:http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wrg/2669802929.html

Freelance Writer (Legal Blogs)

Westchester-based internet marketing company is looking for talented, creative writers to join our team. Writers will create original content articles based on online research for posting on a series of websites. Several positions are available. Lawyers, Law Students, English and Communications majors welcome.

Job Description:
Must be able to write compelling copy with impeccable grammar
Ability to do online research and prepare UNIQUE, compelling 350-400 word articles
Experience with WordPress required
Experience writing with keywords for SEO content required
Experience with legal and/or medical topics (a plus, but not required)

Compensation: Per Assignment

More details here:http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/2672521550.html

Freelance Blogger Needed ASAP

Looking for a freelance blogger to assist in writing blog content for an exciting new start-up beauty company in New York. Duties would include writing weekly blog content and occasional newsletters. Work may also extend to additional areas of copywriting for the company.

Our beauty products are all-natural and designed for pregnant women.

Compensation: Negotiable

More details here:http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/2672013396.html

Local Food and Wine Bloggers (SOHO)

We are a boutique wine store in the Murray Hill/Kips Bay neighborhood looking for NYC local food & wine bloggers to guest post on our blog (1 to 3 times per week). Write about wine, food, restaurants, recipes, cocktails, etc…pretty much anything related to eating or imbibing.

Email me your blog, facebook, and twitter or anything else social that is a good representation of you and your writing

Compensation: Internship and Discounts

More details here: http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/2671840796.html

Calling all Copywriters

Creative Circle is a specialized staffing agency, representing creative professionals for freelance, full-time and freelance to full-time opportunities. We specialize in placing candidates working in digital, traditional, broadcast and mobile spaces.

Currently, our NYC based clients have available positions for skilled print and/or interactive copywriters.

Compensation: Not stated.

More details here:http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/2670666407.html

Nutrition and Health News Reporter
Are you passionate about patient education and empowering consumers to better manage their health? Are you interested in joining an exciting and fast-paced health news publisher?

dailyRx is expanding its health news reporter team in Austin, TX and NYC, NY. Ideal candidates will be experienced health journalists with extensive interest and experience in the nutrition field in addition to online publishing skills.

Compensation: Not stated

More details: http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/2669897578.html

Blogger/Writer   New York City and Tri-State area

Come join our Contract writer/blogger team! This is your chance to join us and become a part the healthy vending revolution.


Fresh Healthy Vending, the nationwide leader in healthy vending solutions is actively seeking knowledgeable and talented writers to compose blogs and other written material for our family of websites. Candidates will focus on researching and writing blogs and articles to educate our potential customers on healthy vending and leading a healthy lifestyle. Join our team and help promote our Fresh Vending Machines online by writing powerful, engaging and versatile copy.

15-20 hours a week
Compensation:$200 dollars weekly

More details here:http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/2668733826.html

Crazy, Sexy, Cool Writers Wanted (London)

We are looking for writers and contributions for a new magazine. This is a 100% non-profit thing, so unfortunately no payment (yet).
We will be starting with an online issue first and hope to get a quarterly print started by 2012.
It is called Other Reality Magazine and we want to present News, Stories, Reports, Films, Images, Art, Comics, Opinions about the Other Reality that is being created all over the world in more and more Places, Projects and Minds. We want to connect the dreams and visions as well as the practical steps that are already been taken and developed to creat a new world, a new paradigm.

Compensation: None

Find out more:http://london.craigslist.co.uk/wri/2671624363.html

Fiction and Poetry

We are a new literary magazine http://www.raglitmag.com/ now accepting submissions of short fiction and poetry for the publication of our next issue. This is a paid market. All themes and styles are accepted. We are a US-based publication, but we seek voices the world over, as our distribution has global potential.

Compensation:Poetry $20-100, Short Fiction $100-250

Find out more: http://london.craigslist.co.uk/wri/2669105456.html

Website Writer

Website Writer/Editor and Communications Specialist


We are one of the oldest and largest migration consultancies in the UK having been established in 1988. We run one of the top legal related web-sites in the UK and will use our expertise gained over many years to market our employment law services over the internet.

Ideally you should have the following qualifications/experience

A bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, English or related field,

Compensation: Provide details of your rates

Find out more:http://london.craigslist.co.uk/wri/2667731824.html
Writers Needed for VZ Magazine

VZ magazine is a new music magazine covering Indie/Rock/Folk. We are looking for writers to cover Album Reviews, News, Interviews, Blogs, & Concerts

Compensation: Salary

Find out more: http://london.craigslist.co.uk/wri/2663153694.html

Writing Jobs 23/09/2011

Every Friday we will publish the latest in writing job listings for writers so please bookmark the Creative Competitor and check out our site regularly.The following job listings have all been recently advertised online. We do not endorse any of the listings here and as with all Internet based advertisements, we recommend caution when applying.

Technical Writer/Editor

We are seeking to hire a technical editor for a full-time, on-site position. A competitive salary, insurance, retirement fund, housing and auto compensation are included.

Responsibilities of this position include:
• Writing and editing end-user guidance for consumer electronics (mobile phones, cameras, digital printers, etc.)
• Evaluating user manuals and producing professional reports that recommend how to improve the documentation
• Maintaining and applying style guides and standards at customer, project, and organizational levels

We develop user guidance for many of the world’s most popular consumer electronics, manage translation for content that is distributed across the entire globe, and provide B2B communication consultation for several of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
• Native English speaker
• Minimum 4 years technical editing experience
• Minimum 2 years experience dealing with end-user guidance
• Proficiency with MS Office Suite (primarily Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
• Proficiency with Adobe Technical Communication Suite (primarily FrameMaker, InDesign, and Acrobat)

Compensation: Negotiable

Further details: http://london.craigslist.co.uk/wri/2611842226.html

Travel Writing Posts  Edinburgh/Berlin/Madrid

City Travel Review — citytravelreview.co.uk – Gap project travel writing/researchers new positions 2012- Berlin, Edinburgh, Madrid.

City Travel Review attracts participants/candidates each year to take part within our study/working gap placement programmes. Participants are usually undergraduates, post graduates, working young people taking a short sabbatical or those taking a gap year before or after University. Participants come from all different backgrounds, with the following purpose to gain valuable diverse working experience, learn a language from scratch or improve on foreign language skills already acquired. (Berlin and Madrid programme only) Many participants wish to gain a new experience possibly changing career direction in order to move into creative/history/arts/culture/language/media/communication/PR/journalism/research/travel writing/reviewing,design, photography/fashion industries. Participants are selected and usually placed in peer groups that have members of the team with complementary skills. The guide project is a project designed to test at all levels and is designed as a gap experience to add to the CV/resume. The actual guide produced upon completion of the team working project is displayed as an E-Book which is usually published with an IBAN number available to download online or ordered as a book by the public. Any profits made are kept solely by the participants themselves which always depend on the quality and how well the participants promote the guide after the programme. Participants are rewarded with bonuses in the form of project related activities, field trips, excursions, company visits and fun target related bonuses according to project deadlines being met.

Compensation: Negotiable

Further details: http://london.craigslist.co.uk/wri/2611179469.html

Work-at-Home Writers (Anywhere)

Our company is currently seeking for freelance workers/writers with the ability to work from home. We are providing our writers with the opportunity to receive projects from employers in one or more of the following job categories:

● Creative writing
● Website content
● Tech writing
● Translation
● Copy writing
● Printing/pagemaker
● Sales copy.

Working gigs are available in other fields as well (Administrative support, Business service, Design Arts and Multimedia,Web development, etc).

Compensation: Depending on the project

Further details:http://london.craigslist.co.uk/wri/2581478892.html

Writer/Organizer-Technology Lover and Researcher (Mid-Town East)

We are a small technology firm that needs to get organized both literally, and on a company-wide level to give greater precision for accountability. This includes files, old computers, categorizing documents. As a small Midtown company, you would be required to wear many hats and be able to work independently.
The person must be able to work at least 2 days a week.
The person would be required to work Thursday afternoons 12pm-8pm, as well as other hours that are mutually agreeable.

Compensation: $15 per hour

Further details:http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/2612182211.html

Got a Razor Sharp Wit?

Hellooo! We are a social commentary publication looking for talent. It’s pretty straightforward: if you make us laugh, we give you money. You’re happy. We’re happy. Society benefits. GDP increases. Flow charts, pie charts, graphs. Good times.

What you need for this gig:

(1) a sense of humor.
(2) a digital stills camera.

You’ll get to submit 10 submissions a month, at 8 dollars a piece. That’s it. That’s all there is to it. This is really is the perfect slacker’s job.

To apply: submit two original photographs of anything – absolutely anything you want. It could be animate or inanimate, from a public space or a private one — and write a caption for it. Each caption should be comprised of at least one sentence, but preferably closer to a 120-word paragraph. Submit photos as attachments in your reply to this ad.

Compensation: $80 per month

Further details: http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/2611135933.html


Writer for Magazine (Port Chester)
Freelance writers needed for each of the four categories below–to qualify, you must have a proven track record as you will be responsible for a complete section. Please apply to one section only, we are not looking for jack-of-all-trades:

A.) “Home and Garden” Section. Responsible for coming up with fresh ideas and trends for the whole “Home and Garden” section. Article Topics: 1. Do-it-Yourself/ crafts projects; 2. Gardening; 3. Cooking/ Recipes; 4. Holiday Fare; 5. Ecology

B.) “Life” Section. Responsible for coming up with fresh ideas and trends for the whole “Life” section. Article Topics: 1. Cover celeb biography; 2. Secondary celeb bio; 3. Travel; 4. Finances; 5. Books and Movies; 6. Last Word

C.) “Health” Section. Responsible for coming up with fresh ideas and trends for the whole Health section. Article Topics: 1. Fitness; 2. Women’s Diagnosis and Prevention; 3. Women’s Health; 4. National event tie-ins: Heart, Diabetes, Breast cancer etc.; 5. T/B/D – Example: Self Improvement, Hygiene, etc.

D.) “Style: Fashion and Beauty” Section. Responsible for coming up with fresh ideas and trends for the whole “Style: Fashion and Beauty” section. Article Topics: 1. Trending Fashion article/Layout; 2. Celeb View – Hollywood red carpet trends; 3. Beauty Products; 4. Optional Trending article; 5. Optional Trending article

Compensation: To be discussed

Further details: http://newyork.craigslist.org/wch/wri/2610467753.

Eco Friendly Website Seeking Writers (Anywhere)

Chosen by Time Magazine as of the best designed green websites, EcoHomeResource.com provides inspiration and information to help people create and maintain healthy living environments. We are looking for talented and enthusiastic writers. We are looking for a minimum 4 month commitment, contributing 1-2 articles per week, plus minimal data entry to continue to build the green products and services database. You will work primarily from home, so access to a computer and the internet is essential. We have monthly Skype calls and typically check in once a week. There will be an initial orientation/training session.

Compensation: Non-Paying Internship

Further details: http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/2608990452.html

 3D Printer

We need just a handful of great articles, by a few talented writers, to help jumpstart a new blog on 3D Printing (3Dprinter.net). We will pay $100 for a 1,000 word+ article. These are the requirements:

– You have a good understanding what 3D Printing is
– You have a significant social profile and will use these social networks to promote the article you wrote, upon publication (tweet, share, stumble, etc)
– You are an excellent writer

The purpose of the blog is to present articles on 3D Printer technology that interests, and is understandable by, the average technology reader. It’s not a hard core techie site for 3D hobbyists. But it’s for people interested in technology in general.

Compensation: $100 per article

Further details:http://jobs.problogger.net/view/5197
Write about the Outdoors

Examiner.com, the fastest growing local content network in the nation, is looking for experienced online freelance writers (Examiners) to write. Examiners are passionate local insiders who come from all backgrounds but have two main traits in common – a lot of knowledge about a specific topic and solid writing ability.


We seek Examiners to write in our RECREATION category, focusing on one specific topic area, especially the following:

► Backpacking
► Camping
► Cycling
► Green Recreation
► Fly Fishing
► Hiking
► Mountain Biking
► Nature
► Outdoor Adventure
► Parks
► Trail Running

Examiners write from a local perspective in the third person. This generally includes tips and useful information on upcoming events, specials/deals/promotions, vendor and product reviews, interviews, reports on national or global issues relevant to the topic along with local resources, and other topic-related articles.

Compensation: Not stated

Further details:http://jobs.problogger.net/view/5099

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Writing Jobs 16/09/11


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Friday 16/09/11

Simply- Showbiz.com Seeking Entertainment Writers

Do you have a passion for writing everything showbiz, pop culture and current events? If so, contact us about becoming a contributor at Simply-Showbiz.com. This is a start up site and we’re looking for motivated people who are looking to delve into, or expand on their already existing involvement in the entertainment scene. Writing samples required, please.

We are looking for writers / vloggers (cute would help for the vlogging) to cover a variety of topics — movie, TV, theater, concert and DVD reviews, (Irreverent & fun attitude a must!) and your day to day “hot topics.”

You will receive mentions in our PR Newswire press releases as well as world wide exposure within our a bio section — and the occasional swag. (Swag and PayPal monies will be awarded to *gifted* writers, as this is basically a NON-PAID position. That said, we are looking for writers that can see the forest beyond the trees. Rome was not build in a day and neither is a high profile entertainment blog. If you have no idea what I just said, don’t even think about replying.) Bottom line, worthy applicants will be part of the big picture — THE BIG PICTURE. (Contracts will be signed as needed and when the time comes, this is no B.S.)

Compensation: Yes


News Assistants-Union Square

Law360, published by Portfolio Media, Inc. is an online daily newswire that covers breaking legal news for a sophisticated audience of lawyers at firms, corporations and government agencies.

We are currently looking for News Assistants to join our NYC editorial team.

Reporting to an Assistant Managing Editor, News Assistants will be responsible for the news gathering routines in Law360’s fast-paced and growing newsroom. Law360 currently publishes about 100 articles per day. News Assistants will be responsible for combing through court dockets and other public databases to find important legal developments, and pitching stories based on those developments for editors to review and assign.

Upon meeting certain performance goals, exceptional News Assistants will be eligible to join the Law360 reporter apprenticeship program.



Christian Writers/Bloggers NYC

Does it excite you to talk about your Christian faith?
Do you like most also have questions about religion?
Do you have stories that the world needs to hear?
Do you write your own blogs?
Does everyone always love your Facebook/twitter posts?

If so our opportunity may be for you!

Who are we?
We are a Christian website dedicated to connecting the world to Christ.

What is the position?
We are searching for 4 christian blog writers both (2)male and (2)female to create weekly installments of motivating, captivating, enriching and mostly intriguing discussions.

Compensation: Does not state.


Copywriter Creative Circle – Philadelphia

Location: Philadelphia Suburbs
Status: Freelance – 3 days a week
Estimated Duration: Ongoing
Rate: Up to $25/hr DOE

Our client, a hybrid agency in the suburbs is looking for an onsite copywriter to join their team for a long term freelance gig.

You will be responsible for a variety of projects including content management for a large pharmaceutical client. You will be working with the content of the website and reflowing content along with developing content outlines.

In addition, there will be some weeks when you will be responsible for the copy for a number of print ads and collateral pieces.

Compensation: Yes


Writer- Warminster Philadelpia

Launching on October 6,  OnExcellence.com has an immediate need for a writer to develop and maintain a pipeline of quality content including a weekly column and the “features” noted in the library.

Writing experience and a bachelor’s degree are required and the OnExcellence mission and objectives should resonate with potential applicants. Candidates should have excellent organizational skills and be committed to continuous improvement.

Compensation: Yes


Know Senior Living Facilities or Senior Health Services?

We’re Caring.com. We think family caregivers and their senior loved ones should be armed with at least as much information about their residential care choices as the average restaurant-goer has about his or her dining choices. We’re building our local directory of senior services and housing from the ground up, and we want your help seeding it with well-written, detailed reviews.

Our company was founded by people who have been caregivers in their personal lives, and, besides our directory, our site contains expert articles, caregiver forums, and a question and answer section.

If you’re familiar with several assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, in-home care agencies, and adult day health programs (excluding any that have directly employed you) we’d love to pay you $10 per review (limit 5).

We’re looking for reviews that reflect your personal experience of any facility or service, including personal anecdotes, observations, or details such as “I saw one of the staff comfort a distressed resident with a friendly joke” or “It seemed like a lot of the residents were just watching TV.”

Compensation: Yes


Website Review Writers Needed

Free site sign-up is a new website that is topping the charts in South America. We are looking for some one to write a review about Free site sign-up and submit your review to our email address. You will be paid for a GREAT review, good or bad.

Compensation: Yes


Work-At Home Writers Needed

Our company is currently seeking for freelance workers/writers with the ability to work from home. We are providing our writers with the opportunity to receive projects from employers in one or more of the following job categories:

● Creative writing
● Website content
● Tech writing
● Translation
● Copy writing
● Printing/pagemaker
● Sales copy.

Working gigs are available in other fields as well (Administrative support, Business service, Design Arts and Multimedia,Web development, etc).

We offer:
– Hundreds of available projects
– Flexible working hours
– High pay rates.

Compensation: Yes


PoshGlam.co.uk Contributor Required
POSHGLAM.co.uk seeks well versed contributor for LFW. If interested, send clips and resume

Compensation: Not Stated


Why Anchor Text Could Be The Most Important Aspect Of SEO

Copyright (c) 2011 Lee Dobbins

Anchor text is perhaps one of the most important aspects of
Search Engine Optimization but it is also one of the least talked

This one element of SEO is important to understand because it can
help your page get ranked for a target keyword and also help you
evaluate your competition more precisely.

The latter is critical and, in fact, if you don’t take anchor
text backlinks into proper consideration when looking at the
competition for a keyword you could be missing out on some hidden
gems that are easy to rank for.

What Is Anchor Text?

Anchor text is the hyperlinked text you see on a webpage. It is
the visible words that you can click to take you to another page.
Anchor text html code looks like this: <xmp><a
href=”Your” _mce_href=”http://www.yoursite.com”>Your”>http://www.yoursite.com”>Your Anchor Text</a></xmp>

On most websites, you typically see this as blue text that is
underlined and when you click on it with your mouse, you are
taken to the corresponding url.

How Bloggers Use Anchor Text

Bloggers and website owners use anchor text naturally to point to
other pages on their website as well as pages on other sites that
they find relevant to what they are blogging about. You’ve
probably even done this yourself when writing a post where you
referenced another post on your site, an affiliate product or
even a post on another site.

Usually a blogger will use a phrase that indicates what the page
is about in the anchor text, as opposed to a url, so that the
sentence reads correctly.

The anchor text in these links helps both the visitor and the
search engine spiders figure out what the ‘linked to” page is

How Search Engines Use Anchor Text

Search engines use anchor text to help them figure out what the
hyperlinked page is about. So, as you can see, getting anchor
text backlinks with relevant phrases in the anchor text is pretty
important if you want the search engines to rank you for a
particular keyword phrase.

In fact, anchor text is such an important factor in ranking a
page that pages can rank for a keyword phrase even when that
phrase does not appear in the url on on the page!

There are several cases where this has happened, but perhaps the
most famous is where the Adobe Reader download page ranked #1 for
the search term “click here” for many years even though those
words were nowhere on the page. So many people had linked to that
page using the anchor text “click here” that it got to the #1
spot without any on page SEO for the term.

Search engines place a large importance on external anchor text
(links coming in from other sites) and some importance on
internal anchor text (links from within your own site) when
ranking a page so it stands to reason that you should make
getting anchor text backlinks with your target keyword phrases a

One important thing to note is that it is widely thought that if
two links on the same page target the same url, that only the
first link is counted by Google so you want to be sure that you
use your desired anchor text in that first link.

How Anchor Text Is Important When Judging Competition For A

If you think about how important anchor text is to the search
engines when determining ranking for a keyword, then it’s easy
to see why it is a critical component of analyzing the
competition for a particular keyword phrase.

Google even provides you with a search operator to do this –
the allinanchor operator. You can use it by typing the following
into the google search bar:

Allinanchor:”your keyword phrase”

This will return the pages which have anchor text pointing to it
that contain the quoted keyword phrase.

I hope you can see how powerful this is – first of all, Google
must think it is an important element of a page because it
provides the allinanchor operator. Just the existence of the
operator would seem to indicate that it uses the anchor text when
deciding what a page is about and ranking it.

Secondly, using this operator will show you which pages are
optimizing for your chosen keyword phrase!

It makes sense that only the pages that have anchor text
backlinks with your phrase are the ones optimizing for it so you
can forget about searching for your phrase in quotes or any of
that non-sense.

Not only that but, you can take a look at the actual backlinks
for each of your competitors and see how many of them have that
anchor text and what the strength of those links are to make a
more educated guess as to how difficult they will be to beat out
for that top spot.

Anchor Text “Best Practices” For Your Website

Now that you know how important anchor text is to your rankings,
I’m sure you will want to pay more attention to it in your SEO
efforts but you don’t want to go hog wild and create tons of
anchor text backlinks all with the same keyword phrase or you
might find that your efforts don’t yield the results you want.

Here are some things to consider:

1. Vary Your Anchor Text – We all know that Google prefers it
when people link to you naturally and when that is the case, they
don’t all use the same anchor text. So, when you are linking to
your site from your articles or web2.0 properties you want to
make sure you don’t always use the same phrase as well. Using
your target phrase in about 50% – 60% of the links is probably a
good idea.

2. Links From Relevant Pages – For the best results, you want
your anchor text backlinks to come from pages that are related to
the topic because this is what would happen naturally if people
were linking to you because you had great content it would most
likely be from a blog post on the same topic.

3. First Link On Page – Don’t forget that Google only counts
the anchor text from the first link that it sees so if you will
have more than one link to the same url on a page, act

4.Plan For Natural Linking – There’s nothing better than
having people just naturally link to one of your posts but, of
course, you can’t control the anchor text they use when they
do. Since most people will naturally use your headline as anchor
text, you want to be sure to consider that when coming up with
the title for your blog posts.

Anchor text is crucial to both your SEO efforts as well as when
analyzing the competition for a keyword phrase. Taking the time
to use it properly can be the difference between ranking in the
top 3 and not ranking at all so it’s in your best interest to
start putting better anchor text practices to use in your
business today!
About The Author:
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Brand Management – Press Release Fundamentals

Copyright (c) 2011 Enzo F. Cesario
http://www.Brandsplat.com/Certain concepts just carry over well from print journalism. The
press release, the tried and true method of updating the public
on an organization’s affairs, is an example of just how well
such a concept can survive. While there have been a few
adjustments to the specifics, such as the use of keywords and
SEO-oriented writing, the core structure of the press release
remains the same.

Of course, as with all well-established writing conventions, the
press release has seen its share of abuses. Press releases are
such a routine part of any organization’s operations that they
often see quality sacrificed in the name of quantity. They’re
viewed as a source of easy SEO rankings if they’re given any
thought at all, and naturally the quality of these publications
suffers in line with the degree of neglect.

Of course, no one has to follow this trend. There are a number of
things one can do to create a solid press release. Here are a few
of the simpler but oft-overlooked steps that can redeem this
marketing tool into a primary force.

Hook with the Lede

The lede is that first sentence in a journalism story, a press
release included. The lede must contain everything the story is
going to talk about. If nothing else, it must boil the story down
to its most relevant points, because very often people read the
first few lines of a news story, then move on.

The key then lies in finding the most interesting part of the
story and making the lede into a verbal “hook” that people can
get ahold of. Don’t hide your big announcement; sure, it works
for Steve Jobs because attendees at the Apple conferences aren’t
going to leave mid-speech. But people reading a press release can
always click away, so make sure you get the “what’s that now?”
out in front of them immediately.

Keep the Headline on Topic, Not on Company

The headline is not the place to brand your company. There are
many wonderful venues for promoting your brand or company name;
trying to sandwich it into the headline is simply asking for
trouble, because all it does is give the press release away as a
marketing effort. The story may well be solid journalistic gold,
but it will still be ignored because people were turned off by
the marketing.

Instead, treat the headline as a summary companion to the lede,
with catchy writing and an on-topic message that draws readers’
eyes down to the lede in order to see what the headline is
talking about.


Remember Strunk and White’s eternal maxim: omit needless words.
Remember once more that people tend to read a few lines into any
news story, then move on. The longer a story can keep the
reader’s attention, the better it is doing. Words that hinder
this process are introducing friction into what should ideally be
a smooth process. This includes words that are obscure, very long
words and, worst of all, jargon.

There is a place in the world for jargon. That place is between
experts in a field who want to communicate more precisely and
effectively. It is not in the lines of a press release. Most
people are not experts in any given field, so using highly
specific terms such as jargon is not going to help. It does not
make a publication sound more intelligent — it makes it sound
like it’s geared toward someone else at best, or pretentious at
worst. Discard the jargon and go for simple explanations instead.

Dress it Up

Simplicity is ideal for the core message of a press release, but
there are ways to amplify the effectiveness of each part of the
release given the power of online media.

Given the widespread access to broadband, embedding photos and
videos is no longer a faux pas. If you’re doing a press release
on a trade show, include some pictures of the booths from the
last year’s show, perhaps a video of a short interview talking
about the highlights of this year’s events. Again, keep the
material on-topic; the goal is to amplify what you’re talking
about in the release, not to distract from it.

Additionally, linking content is easy and efficient. Perhaps your
release cites a major study your organization just completed and
is releasing. Include a link to the study in the headline or lede
so that people can click over to it immediately. This technique
works for all manner of content, incidentally. If you’re
mentioning some manner of content that your organization is
providing, be it product or service, put a link to it in the lede
or near to the lede, so people can go right over and take a look.

The Basics

It shouldn’t have to be said anymore, but there is always a need
to remember the basic principles of good writing. Pay attention
to grammar and punctuation. Use brief and active-voice
statements. Don’t editorialize. Keep the press release
straightforward and cite the facts you want conveyed.

These are not options, they’re important fundamentals. If you
break the rules of the basics, your credibility will suffer.
Remembering to mind them will help reduce the polish that has to
go into a release later on.
Enzo F. Cesario is an online branding specialist
and co-founder of Brandsplat, a digital content
agency. Brandsplat creates blogs, articles, videos
and social media in the “voice” of our client’s
brand. It makes sites more findable and brands more
recognizable. For the free Brandcasting Report go to
http://www.BrandSplat.com/ or visit our blog at

Authors: The Only Marketing Secret You Need To Know

By Jay Harmish

Since you are reading this, it is pretty clear that you are already aware of the popularity and prospective value of information based marketing. It’s so popular that there are more than enough articles on the Web to keep the average person reading for several lifetimes, even without taking time out for a coffee break.

However, there has been a basic fact that many aspiring writing marketers have fallen prey to avoiding, and it is this: effective marketing involves more than putting a bunch of words together in an article format, throwing your link up, and waiting for the big bucks to roll in. If that’s your mindset, you’ve got a rocky road ahead of you. But don’t despair, because if you’re open to the idea that your strategy up to now is not going to take you to Millionaire Avenue, and you’re willing to reconsider and restructure your approach, chances are pretty good that success will not elude you.

Here is something you need to make yourself aware of, if you’re not already: the reason you write is to inform people. People are not jumping fences to find resource boxes with links they can click on just so your bank account balance will hit the high digits. No one cares about that – except you, of course.

But here’s the secret that will change it all for you (a secret to many, and only a relatively select few top-quality writers out there have a handle on this): Remember “The Golden Rule.” Ask yourself this question: “Why would I read an article?” Once you come up with the honest answer to that question, your entire perspective of writing will change. That’s right, you’re not the only one who reads articles to learn something valuable. People are in it for themselves. However, as a writer, you have to remember that and create content that is for others, not for you… and certainly not with the primary focus on your making money.

Write from the heart and the rest will follow. If you write an article while your first and foremost reason is to get people to click on that resource box, then it’s almost inevitable that the quality of your article will suffer at least to some extent. So, that said, get into what you’re writing and have a passion for it. Keep in mind that not a person in the world is interested in giving you a buck if you’re not willing to give something worth more than that buck in return.

When it comes to submitting your articles to article directories, you’ll notice that guidelines are set in place. They are there for a reason. They’re not there to make your life difficult. Remember, directories need you to thrive, too, and when you really think about it, they put those guidelines in play to help you maintain the integrity of your content and, ultimately, your reputation as well as theirs. More important than any of that, the reader enjoys a quality experience.

Now, here’s the real secret to effectively dealing with article directory submissions: don’t “try” to fall within guidelines. Does that seem contradictory? It’s not in the least bit. Consider this. If you honestly write for the benefit of your readers, you will naturally adhere to guidelines. You won’t have to go crazy with keywords, conforming to rules, etc. In short, write with integrity and everything falls into place. Don’t act with an intention to “trick” anyone. Again, treat others as you would want to be treated. Write as if you were writing for a reader who is looking for the same quality that you would be.

There is no way around this, and that’s a good thing. When you truly act from a standpoint of integrity, everyone wins. That includes your readers (most important), you and the directory that you are submitting to. When it’s a win/win/win situation, there’s only room for success. Yes, that includes the results that you ultimately want. So, it’s a bit of a paradox, isn’t it? Don’t be focused on your rewards and you’ll get them. As you act as your own judge regarding all of this, here’s a promise: you can try all the marketing tactics in the world, but nothing will bring home the bacon that good, clean, public-serving intentions will. You can take that to the bank. It’s one deposit whose interest will accumulate quite rapidly – and at a very high rate of return.

Jay Harmish is a marketing and writing enthusiast who acts as senior editor for [http://www.articlesahoy.com]ArticlesAhoy.com, an article directory that focuses on providing quality reading and content for all.

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A Broken Banquet

by Thomas Brown

‘A thin, delicate figure, with wings like glass and wide black eyes, Gluttony is the youngest of the Seven Sins. Her Court and she drift languidly through the forests of the world, accompanied by mellifluous music and the intoxicating scent of spring. Yet they are not to be underestimated, for when night falls, a feverish hunger descends on the Sin and they erupt, irresistible as the tide, through the undergrowth with their bows and spears and bloody, nail-bitten claws. They slash and maul, searching out the beasts of the forest to devour, with bare hands gorging themselves, sating their yearning hunger with raw flesh and slurping down still-warm blood.’

From The Book of Sin

 They were starving. The cold had come early this winter, creeping across the ground and stealing the warmth from everything it touched. Frost had spread from the mossy earth right up to the highest boughs of the trees, covering everything in an icy layer of glittering hardness from which there was no escape. The rabbits had cowered in their burrows, the birds settled tight into their nests and everything that had been green was hard and crisp and cold.

   Were it not for their plentiful pantry, his wife, his grandchild and he would surely have perished, their bodies as stiff and thin as the branches on the trees around him.

   The hunter shook his head, as though to clear it of the morbid thoughts, and strode deeper into the forest. The pantry was almost bare now, but winter was nearing its end and that meant he could hunt again. Hunt and forage and gather. After a long season of impotence against the iron grip of winter, he was needed again. His family would be provided for.

   There was a coldness about the air, a chill that strengthened and became more bitter with every minute that passed. It was getting late. The sun died overhead, bathing the forest in the blood-red glow of dusk, and beneath the twisting trees, shadows lengthened. They reached out with their branch-like claws, devouring the last remnants of sunlight, growing blacker and more bloated. The man continued heedless. He knew these paths like the wrinkles of his own face; he had walked their ways for many decades now and did not need the light of day to see by.

   The ground crunched beneath his boots and a wind sighed through the trees, rustling the few leaves and testing the branches. Their creaks carried on the air, a hundred, hundred groans that brought the forest to life. They were weary of the winter. He could hear it in those creaks as readily as he could feel in it his own bones. The old man stepped round a bend in the path, emerging into a small clearing.       

   There had been a rabbit, two weeks ago. He had found the poor thing not far from here, frozen still as stone. Even its ears were stiff and it was hard to believe that it could ever have lived. Ribs pressed visibly against its thin underbelly and its dead, black eyes were trapped behind a layer of frost. In a very horrible way, he thought guiltily, it had reminded him of his granddaughter.

   The cold was merciless, devouring the warmth of everything it touched, insatiable and indiscriminate. The rabbit, the trees, his family and he. If he had learned anything over his long years, it was that there was no satisfying it.

   The ground was sparse, save a carpet of thin, brown roots that wound their way into the earth. He made his way to the edge of the clearing, where the barren undergrowth made something of a return, and began to rummage around. He had collected the root countless times from here before and it was hardy, even against the bitter frost. He slipped a knife from his long overcoat pocket and began to scrape at the soil, chipping away at the thin layer of cold that encased it. His fingers were white, or blue. It was hard to tell in the fading light.

   It was important to him that he found the root. The little one, waiting, starving at home, she loved them. They were her favourite of all the assorted plants that he gathered from the forest and he would not disappoint her. Besides, they were nice. Nothing in all the forest tasted as sweet.

   For several minutes he went on, his efforts fruitless. His breath came fast between his lips, visible as a cloud of white against the air. He would find the root and return home, before the coldness truly set in. His wife was cooking for him and he had not seen his little granddaughter since yesterday, when he had tucked her in for bed. It had pained him inside to see her small, pale figure vanish ghost-like beneath the covers. She’d grown so terribly thin over winter. So terribly, terribly thin.

   A flash of white against the earthy brown. His hopes leaped, only to be dashed when the thing squirmed violently away from his touch. The fat, tuber-like worm lingered for a moment and then was gone, his hopes vanishing along with the corpulent bug. The encroaching cold nipped at his flesh and, wrapping his overcoat tight around him, the old man strode back off into the darkness. He’d return tomorrow, with daylight, and dig properly. It was too late now.

   The chatter of teeth and a pale breath, his own starved soul coalescing in the air.

   Only the foolish or ignorant travelled the forest by night.


 The old woman glanced longingly out of the small window. Her breath clung frostily to the glass and she fancied it was snowflakes she breathed out; a soft, delicate whiteness that clung to the windows and turned them foggy. Her eyes creased tight, crow’s feet crawling across her skin, then softened as a shadow at the forest’s edge stepped out from the rest and towards her cottage. Its confident stride bore it purposefully closer. She could picture his face, the soft warmth of his brown eyes, the furry greyness of his hair and his delicate lips, offset against that proud jaw.

   The wind howled, the trees shivered and the man was but a shadow again.

   ‘Grandmother! Grandmother!’ cried an insistent voice, and the old woman span from the window, for the voice was laden with fear. Her granddaughter rushed into her arms.

   ‘What is it, Bianca? I sent you off to bed over an hour ago! And you are shivering like I have never seen! Let’s get you some blankets to wrap up in, and keep you warm.’

   ‘I do not tremble from the cold, Grandmother!’

   She found that hard to believe. The girl was as cold as ice. Bones protruded where there should have been soft flesh, the child’s body shaking awkwardly against her own, and the woman felt a surge of guilt. She knelt slowly down, swept the hair from her granddaughter’s wide eyes.

   ‘Why else then, little one?’

   ‘I had a terrible nightmare!’

   ‘Do not be afraid, nightmares are not real. You are safe,’ she said, leading the child over to the glowing fireplace, ‘and your grandfather will be back soon. He will protect you from anything. Remember how strong he is?’ The girl’s parents had died the year past, victims of the terrible wasting sickness that had swept through the forest, and her husband and she had cared for the little girl ever since.

   ‘But it was so real, Grandmother, like I was there.’ The fire smouldered within the hearth, golden and orange like rich honey. Chunks of charcoal baked in its embers. ‘There were monsters. They rushed out of the forest to get me!’ Her eyes shone, reflecting the uncertainty of her grandmother’s own eyes.

   ‘What did these monsters look like?’

   ‘They were gangly, like the spiders you sweep from beneath my bed! All arms and legs and they were covered in blood! And they had the sharpest teeth you ever did see! Sharper than Grandfather’s best knife –’ 

   ‘Forget them all, little one, they were just nightmares. They are not real. Now run off back to bed, I will be along in a minute to tuck you in tight.’

   The girl smiled, a reluctant expression that tugged gently at her cheeks, and kissing her earnest grandmother, she trudged off back to their room.

   Not until the bedroom door creaked shut did the old woman move, returning from the crackling fireplace to her previous post at the window. Snow had started to fall, blanketing the night-time forest in a crisp white cape and though she had stood at the window a hundred times over the course of her long life, the frosty forest looked different this night. A thought went out to her husband, out there somewhere in the ravenous cold, alone and weary from a long day’s hunting. She wished he would hurry up. The food didn’t matter anymore; there were other days to hunt and it would not do him well to linger in this weather.    Her stomach rumbled, and with a final glance through the window, she drew the curtains and moved off towards the stove.


  A fox flashed before the hunter’s eyes, dashing across the path and into a thicket of brambles. He peered hurriedly after it but the creature moved impossibly fast and it was far too dark to see by. The forest was full of hunters tonight, he thought grimly. The cold metal of his knife pressed against the flesh of his thigh.

   He would be home soon, if he picked up his pace. There was less than a mile left to go before he’d find himself looking across at a hot bowl of steaming stew, a large mug of ale, and his wife’s soft face.

   Devoured by time, until it was creased with wrinkles and age spots, it was no less beautiful than the first day they’d met and, tired, hungry and alone in the cold, he had never missed it more. The wind whined through the tree-tops, carrying with it a flurry of snow and ice, and the old man increased his stride. The snow had been relentless this winter, an endless stream of harsh cold that built up, day after day, until it was all anyone could remember. He was sick of it.

   Movement made the old man jump, and he turned in time to see a pair of owls soar gracefully overhead. He bit his cold, chapped lip and watched as the creatures were devoured by the darkness. They looked pale and ghostly as his own frail granddaughter, their creamy white feathers standing out against the blackness of the night sky. He sighed, his hand reaching to his racing heart, and turned to resume his trek home. Owls were a rarity in these part of the woods. Perhaps the cold had driven them here, he thought, drawing his coat tighter still around his chest and hurrying on.

   An arrow flashed through the air, impaling one of the birds. It stumbled mid-flight, losing grace with each drop of blood that fell to the snowy ground below. Its scream pierced the woods.

   A mass of shadows erupted with a shriek from the undergrowth. Limbs flailed like leafless branches, skeletal and pale in the moonlight. Moans of relief rose over gasps of desperation.

   The old man faltered.

   Blood-red lips parted in exultation. Ivory flesh glinted under the moon, flecked with ruby stains. Translucent wings rustled ravenously.

   ‘What –’ 

   A spear stabbed forward. It sunk smoothly into the old man’s stomach and he crumpled to the earth, his body already blanketed by a frenzy of feverish activity.


 Something scuttled overhead and the woman shrieked. The pan she had been heating hit the floor with a clang. Hot water spilled out, running quickly into the cracks in the floorboards, but the old woman’s attention was firmly fixed on the ceiling.

   Movement in the attic.

   A definite scrabbling, as though something small sought to get down into the house. She cursed. If the rats were back again, it would be the end of them. Winter had taken its toll on their pantry and if the vermin ate what little was left they would all three of them starve. She waited, and listened.

   The pan had made such a sound when it hit the ground, but it did not seem to have woken Bianca. She offered a silent prayer of thanks. It would do her childish imagination no good to hear the unnerving noises that petered down from the dark, dusty attic.

   After a minute of silence the old woman stirred, stepping tacitly toward the cupboard by their bedroom. She reached slowly but steadily in and her grip tightened around a heavy broom handle. It felt good in her grasp.

   Taking a deep breath, she banged at the trapdoor in the ceiling with the base of the broom. Three thuds reverberated throughout the cottage before the trapdoor fell open and a long, thin ladder slid out. She peered up, placed a foot on the first rung. It groaned beneath her weight, the sound terribly loud within the otherwise silent cottage. Her teeth were gritted with determination.

   She had killed more rats than she could remember over the years and had become very efficient at it.

   With a bang, the door blew inwards. The window shattered, sending shards of glass across the room and the old woman tumbled to the floor. The ceiling span and her heart hammered in her frail chest.

   A dozen figures darted into the house, their lithe legs and wasp-like wings bearing them swiftly over the threshold. They were no larger than her own granddaughter, with lustrous white skin and large, black eyes that swam like shimmering oil. Thickets of tangled hair hung from their heads and the stench of spoiled flesh that hung over them was near-overwhelming. She had smelled it before, when their dog had crawled beneath the cottage to die, three years ago.

   In an instant, she knew what they were.

   She had heard tales of Gluttony, had been warned about her ever since she was little, but compared to the tales of the other Sinful Courts, she had not seemed worth the worry. A myth, a forest legend, something to scare the little ones into coming home before nightfall. 

   Witnessing the stark truth of those bony limbs, ivory fangs and blood-stained chins, she knew she had been wrong. Her heart leaped in her chest, sending stabbing pains throughout every nerve of her body.

   ‘Run, Bianca, run into the woods!’

   Even as Gluttony’s famished Court tore into the house, licking their lips, their breath shuddering with desperate desire, even as they pounced on the woman’s prone form with their fierce fangs and filled the house with their horrific presence, she could not tear her eyes away from the monsters. The last thing she heard was a single scream from the bedroom, before even that was swallowed by the savage cries of Gluttony and her offspring.


 The wave of starving Sin flooded out of the forest just as the first light of dawn peered over the horizon. They collapsed to the sodden snow, reveling in the refreshing chill that soaked their bodies.

   Behind them, a path of ruin ran like a bleeding wound into the forest. Trees that had stood for decades lay broken, stripped of their branches. Gone were the squirrels, the mice, the foxes. Gone was the chorus of birdsong that usually heralded dawn. Only snow remained. Snow and the desolation of the trees, marked out by a few gleaming skeletons. The forest was in ruins.

   Descending like a delicate snowflake, Gluttony fell to the earth. She was gasping grievously from the night’s excitements and though the hunger was fast diminishing, as it always did with the rising of the sun, it would return when the moon next shone. And when it did, there would be no stopping them. Not until her offspring and she had eaten everything in their path and there was nothing left to devour could they stop. She looked up, expectant, excitement quivering at her stained lips.

   Fields. Acre after of acre of pure, white snow stretched out before her, as far as even her sharp eyes could see. Not a soul moved or breathed, save a single crow, which fled into the distance. She snarled, revealing rows of thin, needle-like teeth. Where would they turn to, when night fell? They had exhausted the forest for miles around. Wrath herself could not have caused more havoc, more destruction, in such a short space of time. What would they eat?

   Then, as her Court lolled in the weak winter sun, cleaning their bloodied bodies and sinking into a deep, gratuitous sleep, Gluttony bit into an idea, and it was the sweetest, most succulent thing she had tasted in months.

Bio: Thomas Brown – A twenty-two year old English graduate with a less-than-healthy penchant for horror! Reading it, watching and, of course, writing it, I can’t get enough of the stuff that scares. Am currently employed as a walking, talking cliche, serving over-priced coffees to (generally) under-appreciative customers and writing wherever and whenever I can find the time. Saving to do an MA in Creative Writing at Southampton, where I originally studied.
Inspiration: Gluttony equates to over-eating, yes, but it is so much more than that; it is excess, it is the hungry cold, the deep-set conditioning for overindulgence, and from the very beginning it was this manic, frantic, desperate hunger that struck me. Not an obese monster but impossibly thin, all bone and rib and overexposed tooth. This, as far as I was concerned, was how the truly famished should look; the binge-eater of the Seven Sins, ravenously devouring anyone and anything she could get her claws on (and all the more monstrous for her absent femininity). Think Christian Bale, in The Machinist, and you are somewhere along the skeletal paths my mind wandered down.
Brian Froud’s fantastically original artwork, coupled with those creatures depicted in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, were the final touches that completed my vision of this voracious monster and ‘A Broken Banquet’ was born. It is, at its delicious roots, a story of hunger. Whether the old man and his family’s, the insatiable bite of the cold, the hungry shadows or Gluttony and her Court itself, it doesn’t matter. If Gluttony is anything, it is all-consuming.
Website Link: www.tbrownonline.com

Is the fear of rejection holding you back?

Is the fear of rejection stopping you from progressing with your writing and taking that crucial step from amateur to professional?

Having doubts about your own creative skill set is natural; it is what makes you strive to improve your writing technique and to be able to write to a level where you are satisfied with your work. But even when you reach that plateau of achievement, many writers fall short of taking that next step. Why?
I remember getting my first rejection letter and sobbing profusely for a while, blatantly taking the whole standard rejection thing as a personal attack. Once I had finally come to my senses, I realised that it wasn’t the end of my writing at all, far from it; it was the start because at least I had taken that first step to sending work out and now had a benchmark to follow.

Rejection is never a pleasure of course but it is an important part of writing. No one can possibly write without receiving a standard rejection slip and if everyone got published immediately, what would that say about the standard? If you can change your perception of a rejection letter, you can make it work for you and not against you, try viewing the letter as a challenge instead and determine that you will get your work published with that publication specifically and sharpen your focus.  Dig deep into your stubborn reserves and rise to the challenge.

Your writing could be just what the publishers are looking for but if you never submit any work, how will they ever discover you? Change your negative response to a positive one and increase your chances of publication through grim determination.

Never let the fear of rejection prevent you from fulfilling your potential!

Writing Tip of the Week 2

It might be horrible to receive a rejection letter or email and to have your manuscript come winging its way back but don’t despair, it might make you feel like giving up but don’t throw in the towel. See any rejections merely as stumbling blocks en-route to publishing success and learn from them.

Writing Tip of the Week 1

If you are applying for writing jobs, don’t make it a static proposal, give a little of yourself and allow your potential client to see the real you. Being professional is great but it’s still important to build rapport with a client. Writing jobs don’t just land in your lap and you are far more likely to secure that writing job if they know they are working with someone who is easy to communicate with.


Set up a Freelance Writing Blog in your Spare Time

Writing Course

By Annette Young

Many writers think that they have to invest a great deal of time and effort into their writing but it is possible to set up a freelance writing blog and start to have a dedicated readership in no time at all. If you are reading this and thinking that it would be impossible to dedicate enough time to really make the blog successful, think again, you just need to write smart.

Writing is about much more than indulging a few creative impulses, it’s about knuckling down and writing to order, it’s about planning a meticulous schedule and trying your utmost to stick to it. If you’re worried that this will curb your creative impulses, don’t, with practice you obtain a more refined and controllable flow of creativity.

You can plan your freelance writing blog weeks or months ahead. Make the most of periods of creativity and just blast out numerous writing posts and save them as drafts until you are ready to publish, a little forward planning will make the whole venture so much easier. It’s also easier to think blog topics whilst creativity is flowing and this will save you having to really work those brain cells if you are not in the right frame of mind for writing.

Your freelance writing blog is what you make it, one post a day will have your dedicated readership growing steadily but two or three blog posts a week are sufficient. You can inject a little of your own personality, or you can share your trials and tribulations with the thousands who get to read you regularly, the content is entirely up to you.  You can be as creative as you like with your freelance writing blog and you can monetise it through google ads and display other paying writing related ads, but don’t think that you can’t set up and manage a freelance writing blog if you only have a few hours to dedicate to it, you will be amazed at how much you can achieve.

You Can Make Money Writing

Websiteby Annette Young

Through my work as a writing tutor, I am aware just how many talented writers there are out there and whilst all are in various stages of development, many could make money writing articles or by selling their short stories but I have noticed that many people have a real lack of self-confidence regarding their creative abilities.  

I do remember how difficult it can be to make that jump from amateur to professional status and it is a scary leap of faith in your own abilities but if you don’t do it and trust in yourself, how will you ever succeed in your writing?

First of all, it’s important to consider what you want to achieve with your writing and hand on heart, be honest  if you want to make money writing or whether  you are happy to just enjoy the creative process.

If you  do really want to make money from writing then you need to put yourself and your writing on the line.

I would suggest in the first instance that you earn a few published writing credits whether paid or unpaid as this will give you invaluable experience. Try free  article writing for directories or by offering your services to any website like the Creative Competitor. This will provide a good stepping stone in terms of motivation and self-belief, provide a few published writing credits and then once you are sure that you can write with conviction and confidence, then you are ready to start generating query letters.

Just remember that writing professionally means putting in the practice first, don’t skimp on this aspect as the more you do, the better you will become. Writing should be second nature and an important part of your life. I have to admit I am addicted to writing,it’s a passion, a way of life and if you feel the same, are ready to commit to your goals, then you really can make money writing!

Could You Become A Freelance Writer?


by Annette Young

So you’d like to become a freelance writer? You may have heard that it is a great way to supplement your income or perhaps you have a burning ambition to become a full-time writer, whatever your goals, it is important to realise that the freelancing lifestyle isn’t for everyone and to be successful you need to be prepared.

If you become a freelance writer, planning ahead is vital. It is likely that you will work longer hours, earn less and have more demands on you than in any current job, especially in the early stages of your new career. I would always suggest that you put a stack of cash aside first if you decide that you want to write full-time as it can take a while to build up your writing credits initially.

 The questions to ask yourself are:

1. Can you write well? If your English skills are poor then you will find it difficult to be successful

2. Do you have enough money coming in or put by to cover for times when earnings are minimal?

3. Are you self motivating?

4. Are you determined to succeed against the odds?

5. How thick skinned are you? Rejections can hurt.

 This may all sound like I’m trying to put potential writers off freelancing and this couldn’t be further from the truth as I live and breathe writing myself. For me, it’s the most wonderful job to have and irrespective of the long hours, the rejections or the sometimes erratic pay, I really wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. It’s just important to not rush in without learning the ropes first. Become a freelance writer by all means, just make sure that you are an informed one and ready to take on the challenges of the writing world.

Freelance Writing Made Easy

freelancingby Annette Young

If you are passionate about freelance writing and you would love to make it your full-time career, then you need to learn what works and what doesn’t, so that you can stand out against other writers. Freelance writing can be tough especially if you are just starting out or learning the ropes whilst trying desperately to make a living. My personal advice is that you prepare your mindset so that your focus is in place first and you know just what you are trying to achieve.

Here are my top tips to help your freelance writing journey become a whole lot smoother:

1. Don’t just give up the day job even if your burning ambition is to be a full-time writer. Do it the proper way, learn your craft and get a few published credits under your belt. Most importantly if you really want to go for it have at least six months money behind you so that you can pay your bills and you won’t starve.

2. Create an ideas file. You can get ideas from anywhere and everywhere if you keep an open mind and absorb life as it happens to you or around you.

3. Create a personal writing space. It doesn’t have to be big or grand; it just needs to be yours. An attic room, a quiet corner in your house or a sheltered garden glade, it’s entirely up to you as long as you can concentrate and become inspired.

4. Recycle your ideas, even those that have been published.

5. Don’t be down when you get rejections, learn from them. If you get a personalised comment with the rejection, take heart, it’s not usual. Use each rejection as a way to learn the freelance writing craft even more.

6. Designate set writing hours where possible. If you’re an early bird, capitalise on that and write your heart out. If not, write in your lunch hour or after putting the children to bed. Freelance writing means making sacrifices and allowing time to study your craft.

7. Meet other writers where possible because writing can be a lonely occupation. You might be the most gregarious person but when you are writing, you become introspective.

8. Read, read, read. Find time to establish what is current. Learn writing styles; add new techniques to your repertoire.

Your freelance writing may not always be easy, but it will be eventful and ultimately, satisfying.