Being a freelance writing can be very frustrating. Freelance writers get mostly paid low wages and find many phalanges in their work. Although it may seem awful, there is an upside to being a freelance writer: Freedom!
Being a freelancer involves writing (of course), as well as the selling of oneself and one’s work. It is essential to give careful attention to the business details of the writing world, such as altering trends in publishing, the latest “buzz” topics, and the pesky quarterly taxes.
Freelance writers also have the job of writing according to the rules of an editor or publisher, while staying true to their own style. Being a freelancer may seem ideal to some writers, but the competition is stiff. Most writers receive a thousand rejections before that one letter accepting their work. Many freelancers consider freelance writing as a tough. But there are ways that can allow any person succeed.
First, it is important that writers are honest about the quality of their writing, the depth of their writing skills, and their knowledge of freelancing. Editors will not put in time with submissions that have many grammatical or spelling errors, so it is essential to know your weaknesses and fix them. Then use your strengths to manufacture professional level copy.
Even if a writer consider oneself as a professional, the lack of education in the field of writing cause failure. It is necessary knowing the relevant field and if needed to take courses or go to lectures on the topic. Meeting with another knowledgeable being can inspire and make all the difference between failure and success. Criticism from ones peers or teachers mostly benefits ones work. Pressure to succeed is the most beneficial factors of them all.
Freelancing requires a certain amount of self-promotion, so writers must study how to write query letters to editors. A query letter briefly summarizes their idea for an article, gives their qualifications as a writer, and makes the editor sure that the idea is better than every other idea out there.
Next, the aspiring freelance writer should use web sites for writers to improve their writing skills, to network, and to find freelance job opportunities. Many writing web sites have features that are very helpful to writers, and some even offer advice and lessons on how to become a professional writer and how to maintain a career.
While it may be difficult to embark on a career of writing for money, a simple starting point is the local newspaper or local magazines. It is usually best for a writer to contact the local paper or magazine and ask to submit an article ‘on spec’, which means the editor will be willing to read it, but makes no agreement to publish or pay for it. Typically this way works as a good introduction into the freelance process and world, and allows the writer learn the proper techniques for presenting work.
New writers must also work on their presentation to better their career. It is advisable for a writer to produce a portfolio of clips that demonstrate that they have experience as a writer. This is difficult for inexperienced writers, but they can begin to build their portfolio by volunteering to write for community publications.
Online communities also offer writers the opportunity to write and create material for their portfolio. Freelancing may not be desirable for all writers, but for many it is their passion, and some believe the writing world cannot survive without freelance writers.