to Writer - May 2009
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I watched an interview with Shane McCarthy
yesterday. He's the script writer for the Batman comics.
As interviews go, this one was pretty ordinary,
except a couple of things that stood out.
The interviewer asked what Shane would advise as-yet
unpublished writers. His answer was the same one I always
give: "never give
The other thing he said that stood
out for me, was about being a writer. There are two big events
in every writer's life, he said. One is being born, the other is
realising your were born to be writer.
That totally resonated with me, as
I've always felt I was born to be a writer. I've always been a
great storyteller, and I was "published" by the time I was eleven
years old. But my technique was not always good, although everyone
told me it was, and there was always a reason to put off learning to
be a better writer.
If this resonates with you, take
action now. Don't wait until it's nearly too late. I was
around 46 when I began to write seriously. If I'd taken action
earlier in my life, things would have been entirely different, I'm
If you would like to hear Shane's
interview, which was on *9am with David & Kim (a morning show here in
Melbourne, Australia) go here
- but don't leave it too long as I'm not sure if they're archived.
*Visiting sites such as
this is a good way to get ideas for articles.
Shane is appearing at Melbourne's
Emerging Writer's Festival which started yesterday, and runs until the
end of May. You can get more information about it
Time to get onto this issue. Roy A. Barnes has written a
terrific article about thinking outside the box to secure writing
income. If you think the downturn in the economy is going to
severely limit your potential for income, think again. And read this
“Tough” Economy As a Freelance
Writer will definitely get
I've also written an article this issue. This one is called
4 Way to Get Freelance Writing Jobs. This may be a little
different to what you expect, but will steer you in the direction of
some ideas you may not have thought of before.
Okay, that's it from me - time to sit
back and enjoy this issue.
Til next time…
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The “Tough” Economy As a Freelance Writer
©Roy A. Barnes – All Rights Reserved
Don't let the media or the negative talk
of others keep you from being on purpose in life.
I’m surviving the so-called tough economy
as a freelance writer first and foremost by approaching my job with a
positive attitude and broadening my horizons.
Despite the scare tactics of the media,
I'm keep my head above water by finding new ideas to write about. Let me
Condition Your Mind To Attract Money
Years ago, I was listening to one of
motivational speaker Anthony Robbins' cassette tapes from Personal Power
II: The Driving Force!. He said something that I've never forgotten and
think about a lot: "Condition your mind to attract money."
This is one of the greatest quotes I’ve
ever heard, especially for surviving the current economic situation.
It doesn’t matter what I'm doing, whether
it's freelance writing or running six or more miles a day, I see money in
When I run, I often find aluminum cans
which I can cash in later for money, and I find spare change and even paper
bills on the ground. Yes, not only do I stay fit running, but in essence, I
get paid to run! Every little bit helps, for the The Good Book says
that if we are faithful over little things, we'll be made ruler over many
things (Matthew 25:23 personalized).
It's all about attitude no matter your
financial situation. Whether you are single or married, have kids or no
kids, there are always people with your same challenges who’d rather sit on
a bar stool and complain about how bad things are.
As a writer, I've receive emails from
editors telling me they are laying off staff and not accepting freelance
submissions because of the economy. But guess what? Many online and print
publications are still accepting and paying for freelance work, if you, the
writer, will take the time to look for these markets and subscribe to free
market newsletters like this one, WritersWeekly.com and FundsforWriters.com.
the entire article here
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4 Ways to Get Freelance Writing Jobs
Cheryl Wright – All Rights Reserved
When the economy is in a
downturn, contract workers (or freelancers, if you prefer)
usually freak out about where they’ll get their next pay
The truth is that since the
‘global recession’ began, my writing income has nearly
As a freelancer, you’re not
compelled to stick to just one form of writing; you can do
copywriting, magazine writing, content writing and more.
Because I want you to increase
your writing income, I’ve listed four different ways for you
to get writing jobs.
1. Register on Job Boards
This is not my first choice, but
it’s usually a good way to get some quick income – provided
you’re prepared to lower your prices a little.
Job boards are notorious for
having clients that want writers to work for peanuts. If
you can, stick it out and stand by your regular prices.
I’ve had several copywriting jobs via Guru.com but I’m yet
to lower my prices (and I won’t do it!). While I was a
‘free’ member, I secured no work whatsoever, but once I
became a premium member, I got heaps of work. (This must be
a budgetary decision – don’t go the premium route unless you
feel it’s for you, and your budget can withstand the $130
plus cost each year.)
In fact, my best client was found
via Guru. Or I should say he found me via Guru. We did one
job only through Guru, and the remaining jobs I’ve done for
him (more than six) have been done away from Guru.
You can find a wide range of work
via Guru and similar sites, such as copywriting, magazine
work, SEO and content articles, editing, ebook writing, and
I use job sites as a back-up when
work is quiet – I don’t use them as my every day source for
Forums can be a great way to find
clients, but you need to be mindful of the time you spend
‘hanging out’ on them.
I have spent a lot of time on one
particular forum (http://www.warriorforum.com)
and after several months, was able to build a good
reputation there. I’ve secured quite a bit of copywriting
work because of that forum; work I would never had secured
But don’t go on forums and
blatantly advertise your services. It could get you banned
Instead help people out where
possible, give advice, give suggestions from your own
experience. This will give your reputation a boost and when
someone needs work that you’re qualified to do, you may just
be their first choice.
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