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Who will buy these fun, obscure essays?

What are some magazines or online publications that publish popular -- but not dumbed-down or gimmicky -- history writing? Difficulty level: must pay writers. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2014 - 10 answers

What are your best reporting/writing hacks?

So I'm finally getting some freelance assignments. Yay! But how do I actually do this organizationally? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Aug 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Ideas for earning money to complement creative/freelance projects?

Any ideas to help myself continue to be a wandering freelancer while increasing my income and expanding job opportunities? [more inside]
posted by bearette on May 1, 2014 - 8 answers

I got an essay accepted in July, but they still haven't published it.

I wrote a personal essay for a high-traffic website and it was accepted. But after seven months they still haven't published it. Do you think there's any chance they will? Should I email and ask about it a second time? [more inside]
posted by tuberose on Jan 30, 2014 - 9 answers

As a teacher, can I refer students to my professional business?

I teach writing to adults. When they ask me to edit something that's not for class (say, for their professional work), can I refer them to my private writing/editing business, even if they're currently enrolled in my class? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Aug 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Help! I'm a newbie freelancer who needs guidance on taxes

I'm new to the world of freelance writing but not making enough to hire a tax advisor. Should I start paying taxes in September? And how can I write off the depreciation of my laptop? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jul 20, 2013 - 13 answers

How to be a writer

I want to start writing freelance. Not necessarily full-time, but I want to try it. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Jun 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Getting Your Creative Motivation Back After A Long Dry Spell?

I went on a long, long break form my creative career cause I was feeling burnt out due to some failures and now I can't seem to get back into it, possibly because I no longer have a financial incentive to do so. How can I fix this? Warning: Long, super privileged person problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2013 - 18 answers

is Writer's Market dot com worth the subscription cost?

I'm a freelance writer in the second year of my career, as well as a lifelong creative writer with several published works. I've done a lot of performing arts blogging and local news writing and I'd like to build on that and get into more paying work as well as increase my publication credits. I've been recommended to join Writer's Market. Have others had worthwhile experiences with the service? Also happy to hear about other options. Thanks!
posted by letstrythis on Feb 28, 2013 - 5 answers

How can I find consistent freelance copywriting work for 5 cents a word?

I'd like to get more into freelance copywriting. It's something I can do from home, and I'm pretty good at it. I have a money and time goal for it. Money: 5 cents a word Time: 15 hours a week Total: About $1,500 a month. I'm on Textbroker, but they rarely pay more than 1.5 cents a word. I'm open to pay-by-project too, if they're consistent. How would I go about finding regular clients/websites that could help me reach my goal?
posted by tuberose on Feb 27, 2013 - 3 answers

You want to use my article somewhere else? Well, er...

Wrote an article for publication on the web. Billed the client for the article, but did not specify any charges for re-use of the article elsewhere. Now the client just got back to me, saying that they liked it so much they want to use the article on another website which was not specified in the original contract. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by micketymoc on Dec 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Will Write for Food (and Rent, and Utilities).

I'm pretty sure I'm about to lose my job. How do I identify and pursue freelance writing opportunities in short order? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Should I take this copywriting job if I want to be a writer?

I was hoping to be offered a writing job on the editorial side, but instead I'm going to be on the business/advertising side. What does this mean for me? [more inside]
posted by Michael Pemulis on Aug 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Freelance writer website examples

Looking to create a website to advertise my girlfriend's freelance writing skills- she would like to do some freelance writing on the side and has done it in the past but would like to take it up a notch. She has a journalism background. I have a wordpress template, some headshots, portfolio samples, etc to use so that is not the gist of my question. I was wondering if there are other examples that you have seen of writers self promotion pages that struck you as good examples that we can get ideas from. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Jul 19, 2012 - 1 answer

Have you made the switch from freelancing to full-time employment, and why?

I'm interested in hearing from people who intentionally made the switch from freelancing to (or back to) a more traditional work situation. What were your reasons? Do you think it was a good decision? [more inside]
posted by shiggins on Jun 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Getting paid for writing?

Should I expect to get paid for the writing I do for newspapers and periodicals? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Jun 3, 2012 - 45 answers

What if it all falls apart?

Freelance freakout. Help? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Jun 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Will blog for free

Approaching a local small business with an offer to write their blog for free: is this a good idea? If so, how to do it? I'm looking to gain some freelance writing experience and thought this might be the way. [more inside]
posted by indognito on May 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Should I include this in my online freelance clips even if the editing is not up to my standards?

I'm new to freelance writing online. What do I do if a website publishing my work (through a middle-man content network who pays me) edits/adds to my writing in a way that I feel detracts from the quality of the work? I only have 4 published clips so far; should I include a link to this website when clips are requested by potential employers? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on May 16, 2012 - 7 answers

How to bill for marketing / copywriting

How should I bill a client for freelance writing of marketing copy? [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold on May 8, 2012 - 8 answers

cover letter or not?

Should I include a cover letter when submitting a story to a literary magazine? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Apr 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Opportunities for Writers

How likely is it that writer A contacts an agent with a writing idea, which the agent rejects from writer A but then encourages writer B, who agent knows, to write it? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Nov 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Getting into specialised freelance writing

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. [more inside]
posted by carbide on Oct 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Mind My Own Business

Looking for good books about the business of freelance writing. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Sep 13, 2011 - 3 answers

How much should I charge for my writing?

Freelance Writing Filter: I've been out of the freelance writing market for about three years. I want to go back. I just got an offer to write some online content, and I need to know how much to charge based on a range provided by the company. [more inside]
posted by xenophile on Sep 1, 2011 - 5 answers

How can a good writer establish a basic online writing career?

What's the next step in online freelance writing beyond sites like Textbroker.com? A friend wants to quit his retail job in order to write about 20-30 hours a week while going to school. [more inside]
posted by pekala on Aug 24, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me dump a nightmare freelance writing client.

I'm a freelance writer who needs to tactfully end a business relationship with a web design firm. Help me walk away relatively unscathed. [more inside]
posted by shiggins on Jul 30, 2011 - 15 answers

Freelance Writing in the UK?

Any tips on starting a freelance writing career in the UK? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Jul 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Is Mediabistro worth it?

Have any MeFites signed up for Mediabistro or any similar service and if so, was it worth the sign up fee? How about the Mediabistro Marketplace -- has work actually found you through it? I'm not especially interested in their health insurance or classes; I'm purely looking for leads for freelance writing assignments. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on May 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Kind of like if you went on vacation in Abbottabad last summer...

[Freelance Writing Filter.] Where to submit this long and suddenly very timely travel essay? [more inside]
posted by DestinationUnknown on May 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Step 2: Get a freelancer. Step 3 is profit!

I'm a consultant. The worst part of my job is writing tons of documents. If I outline the ideas and edit the final product myself, can I outsource the writing part? How would I do that? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Mar 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Freelance writer's toolkit needed

How can I quickly get my presentation skills up to speed for use in general freelance writing roles? (white papers, marketing pieces, newsletters, etc.) [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Feb 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Being a writer: Step 1- Write. Step 2- ???

What steps do I take to get some fiction that I wrote published in a magazine? What magazines should I submit to, and how? etc etc within [more inside]
posted by Work Related MeFi on Nov 12, 2010 - 10 answers

How much do I charge for email copywriting?

FreelanceFilter: What to charge for freelance marketing communications writing? [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 on Nov 9, 2010 - 4 answers

would you write for 20 bucks ?

How to find freelance writers that are competent/passioned about the topic? (running) [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly on Nov 4, 2010 - 9 answers

Cents per word or bucks per document?

Per hour, per word, per document, or for the project - how to price a writing job. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Sep 1, 2010 - 10 answers

Are there any boilerplate contracts for writers assigned to do a regular column?

Are there any good free boilerplate contracts for a writer assigned to do a regular column? [more inside]
posted by dugnorth on Jul 16, 2010 - 0 answers

Writing nooblet questions

Three questions: How can a new person break into tech writing? How can I learn to write articles quickly as someone who's returning to writing after a long hiatus? And how legitimate are sites like freelancer.com, odesk.com, guru.com, etc? I'm avoiding places like Associated Content and its ilk. [more inside]
posted by Anima Mundi on Jul 7, 2010 - 6 answers

I want to crank my freelancing up a notch

I am looking for tips on becoming a successful freelance writer. I have a degree in English, and I currently write for Textbroker. [more inside]
posted by Ostara on May 27, 2010 - 9 answers

Writing online for money?

I found a review of Constant Content. I feel like writing online for this site. Anybody thinks this is profitable?
posted by susanharper on May 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me get through a customer service job and transition into freelance writing.

How do I leave my grinding, soul-crushing technical support job? I want to be a freelance copywriter and copyeditor, but I don't know how long it will take to build a solid business. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2010 - 11 answers

I need to learn to write more better

What are the elements that make a magazine or online article sound professionally written? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork on May 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Freelance job during full time masters program?

What freelance skills should I cultivate to support myself during graduate school? [more inside]
posted by emily37 on May 11, 2010 - 20 answers

Objective: To, like, get a job? I guess?

Freelance writing resumes: do you have one, do I need one, and if so how do I make one? [more inside]
posted by DestinationUnknown on May 7, 2010 - 2 answers

Demand media- content farm or decent way for a writer to pay the bill?

Freelance writer interested in working for Demand Media. I've heard good and bad things. Has anybody on askmefi ever written for them? Tips, suggestions, warnings would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Apr 24, 2010 - 12 answers

How do people with two jobs actually get them both done?!

I know that what I'm trying to do - work one boring full time job and one creative part time job at the same- is not unusual. I know millions of people do it every day. But the combination of tiredness, poor time management, and procrastination is making it seem impossible. Help! [more inside]
posted by DestinationUnknown on Apr 6, 2010 - 13 answers

Archiving Freelance Internet Writing

How do freelance web writers/journalists archive their published work for portfolios or C.V.s or other reasons? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Jan 5, 2010 - 4 answers

How much to charge for a catalog essay?

How much should a freelance writer charge for a catalog essay? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign on Dec 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Will a newspaper job inch me closer to a career in public relations?

Job_Offer_Filter: I'm a struggling freelance writer trying to (someday) break into the pr/communications field. I've just been offered a staff writer position at a small local newspaper. Does accepting the job inch me closer to my desired field? Or just burden me with a ton of unmarketable experience? [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Nov 23, 2009 - 11 answers

There's no way I'm going to J-school: What can I read, instead?

What books can I read that will give me some idea of what it might take for me to make my living as a writer or journalist? [more inside]
posted by AAAA on Nov 3, 2009 - 19 answers

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