Getting into specialised freelance writing
October 3, 2011 3:13 PM Subscribe
I'd like to get into freelance writing in a specialist area - I have the specialist bit down, but need the other part spelled out for me.
posted by carbide to Work & Money (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a postgraduate student in architecture (and I already have my Part II/equivalent of M.Arch), doing some research/writing/curating work on the side, and I'd really like to pick up some freelance writing to cover my income shortfall.
I like writing, with music writing as my main hobby, and I'm good at researching and keen to work further on communicating to a non-specialist audience in particular. I have done a lot of interviewing and have some of these available to use as clips, but will need to develop other non-academic types of work. (I assume that writing about architecture is the least flooded part of the market available to me, but please correct me if that's wrong.)
Most of my current work has come about through people kindly offering me opportunities (with or without networking), and I feel like it's time I did some hustling. Income-wise, I have 8 days a month available and would ideally need to make €600, and I'm much better at describing/defining/reviewing cities or buildings than suggesting 300 things to do with a throw cushion. Deadlines, word counts, working under my own steam and learning new things quickly - this is the stuff I do well.
What's my next step in this? Is it worth contacting publications to say "hello, I can do x and y and would be delighted to hear from you!" or should I only do this if it's a pitch letter? Do I need to fill the gaps in my writing samples before I do this? Does anyone have experience or a reality check to share from this specialised area?