Link Love: 5 Posts That Will Help You Succeed as a Freelance Writer

Writers, there’s a lot of great information out there that can help you break in to the writing field and succeed as a freelancer. Here are some posts on the blogs I follow that I found super helpful recently. I hope you enjoy them!

Peeking in Your Client’s Pocket on Diary of a Mad Freelancer. In this post, P.S. Jones discusses how we freelancers often talk ourselves out of charging what we need to charge for fear that an editor or client can’t afford us. When a potential client asks me what I would charge for X, I often find myself wondering what number would be acceptable to them — and have to remind myself that I need to charge an amount that makes the project worth my while, and let the chips fall where they may.

A Month of Templates: A “Blind” LOI on Dollars and Deadlines. I’ve broken into more than two dozen trade magazines and probably 10 or so custom pubs by sending a well-crafted letter of introduction (or LOI). Here, Kelly James-Enger shares her LOI and includes details about why she writes it the way she does.

How One Query Letter Got $6,000 in Assignments on Make a Living Writing. I love getting sneak peeks into successful writers’ minds, and Carol Tice doesn’t disappoint with her query letter that sold three ideas at once. It was great to see that she broke the “send one idea per query” rule and profited as a result.

Top Ten Productivity Busters on The Path of Possibility. Sage Cohen offers ten reasons you’re not getting your writing done. And these are not your typical productivity banes — my favorite is “Neglecting to celebrate and be grateful.”

The Best Guidance on in this post, Steve Pavlina suggests asking the question “Who am I”” when you’re considering a goal. Is the goal something that resonates with you, or are external pressures influencing your decision? This was a timely post for me, as I’ve been making a lot of changes in how I work and what I do lately. I’m starting to think that I’m not the Type-A person I’ve always prided myself on being, and my new goals reflect that. I hope you find the post as helpful as I did. [lf]

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  • Thanks for the link love, Linda —

    I am a big fan of multipitch. I like to send at least two pitches…or if it’s only one pitch, I usually present two angles, ie “This could be a profile of this company, or they could be featured in a roundup on this trend…”

    I always find whichever one I thought was the hot one…they usually pick the other one! So it pays to include that second idea. I’ve only had one editor ever tell me they didn’t like it.

    There’s a discipline to multipitch, because each pitch has to be VERY short. I think it impresses editors that you’re well organized.

    • Carol, that’s a great idea. I’ve done multipitches to editors I’ve worked with before, but I’m not sure if I’ve tried it with new-to-me editors.

  • Thanks for this great resource. I especially enjoyed Sage Cohen’s Top Ten Productivity Busters on The Path of Possibility. I need to work on all of them.

  • very nice post. . . thats very good. .
    thanks for sharing

  • Thanks so much for sending folks my way, Linda! And I’m so intrigued about what you wrote about who you’re finding yourself to be (or not be) in this chapter of life. It seems that my Type A switch has just short-circuited and it seems that motherhood is reshuffling the priority deck a bit. I’m rather stubborn, so it’s taken a few years to penetrate over here! Wishing you well with your discovery adventure.

    • Thanks for your comment, Sage! I’m thinking now that I AM Type A, but that my mind and body can no longer handle it. I put a lot of pressure on myself, but with the addition of a toddler to my life it’s hit critical mass. 🙂

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