A Beginner's Guide to Getting Published Online and in Magazines
Welcome to Freelance Write Now -- a complete resource for beginners that explains how to start freelance writing. You'll find tips and strategies to help you find paid freelance writing gigs, how to write a query letter, how to find expert sources to interview for your articles, how to manage your time as a freelance writer, and much more. Your journey to getting published online and in magazines starts here!
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Learn How to Get Started as a Freelance Writer
I'm Denene, a professional freelance writer for more than six years. I created this website to give you the tools you need to start your own business as a freelance writer.
I've traveled the road you're on now, a beginner with no writing portfolio. But through hard work I have now been published in more than 35 publications and websites ranging from industry trade magazines such as Minority Nurse, to major websites like Yahoo!, and newstand magazines like Heart & Soul.
I have earned great money freelancing -- both as a part-time writer on nights and weekends, and as a full-time writer. There are great paying publications and websites out there -- if you know how to find them and land assignments. Freelance Write Now will show you how.
The menu on your left will walk you through each stage of getting started as a freelance writer. If you're a beginner, start at the top of the navigation panel and work your way down. If you have some experience and just need some advice in certain areas, feel free to jump around to topics that interest you.
Freelance writing for magazines and websites can be a very lucrative side business or full-time career. Many writers start off part-time (like me) while working full-time "day jobs" or parenting. In fact, freelance writing offers unparalleled flexibility. You can write your articles at one in the afternoon, or one in the morning (as long as you meet your deadline, your editor doesn't care!).
If you have a way with words, freelance writing is a great way to use your skills in writing to earn extra money, see your name in print, and live your dreams of being a published writer.
Many people dream of writing a book someday. In fact, I once heard a statistic that something like 80 or 90 percent of people say they want to write a book one day. Writing articles is a great start to eventually writing a book. It teaches you vital skills, offers an opportunity to network, and it builds your confidence as a writer. While publishing books is outside the scope of this website, just note that many writers who publish books started out writing magazine and/or newspaper articles.
Ready to get started? Here are some good places to start your journey.
What Qualifications Do You Need to Get Published in Magazines or Online?
Hint: You don't need a journalism degree or publishing contacts in New York City to become a successful freelance writer. I answer what you do need to become a freelance writer here.
How Do I Find Freelance Writing Gigs?
In order to make money as a freelance writer, you'll first need to find the magazines and online markets that hire freelancers. Read how to find freelance writing markets that pay writers.
Where Do I Find Article Ideas?
Freelance writers need article ideas to sell to magazines and websites. Find out how to come up with great article ideas.
Writing for Magazines
Do you dream about writing for your favorite magazines? Read tips on writing for magazines.
How Do I Write Query Letters That Will Land Me Assignments?
Writing query letters is the number one marketing strategy that freelance writers must master. Read how to write query letters that work to land assignments. Also, read real query letters that worked for me to land paying assignments.
How Much Money Will I Make As A Freelance Writer?
At the end of the day freelance writing is a business. Rates for freelance writers vary. Magazines and online writing jobs pay writers as little as nothing to more than $1 per word. Find out what kind of rates you can possibly earn as a freelance magazine writer or online writer.
Finding Freelance Copywriting Opportunities
Do you want to write marketing copy for a variety of clients including businesses, non-profits, governmental agencies, and even individuals? Find out how to find lucrative freelance copywriting opportunities.
How Can I Make Time To Write?
Finding the time to market your writing business and research and write articles can take some creative juggling. Learn time management tips for successful freelancing and moonlighting.