Many businesses and publications are looking for freelance writers. Here are some simple strategies which will help you to get hired, even if you’re a new writer.
1. Decide What You Want to Write
Your first step is to decide what you want to write. For the purposes of this article, let’s assume that you want to write nonfiction.
You may occasionally find jobs for fiction writers on the outsourcing sites. Be aware that if you take one of these jobs, you’ll lose all rights to the material once you’ve been paid for writing it. Therefore, if you want to write fiction, that is, novels and short stories — it’s best to write them, then self-publish them.
Perhaps you’d like to write for websites. Websites of all kinds need content. Someone has to write that content, and writers are hired either by the outsourcing sites, by agencies, or directly by companies large and small.
2. Choose a Market — Affinity Counts
Once you’ve decided what you want to write, the next step is to choose a market which publishes the kind of material that you feel you could write: for which you feel an affinity.
Most publications, and many websites, pay freelance writers to write articles. You’ll usually find some indication of whether or not they use freelance contributors on the websites’ About page.
Start by thinking about your interests. If you’re interested in fashion, for example, you’ll find many publications and websites which are devoted to fashion and gossip.
3. Write! Create Writing Samples
Your next step is to create some writing samples of the kind of material you’d like to be hired to write. Never begrudge the time you spend creating writing samples. You’re improving your skills; every word that you write makes you a better writer.
4. Create an Online Hub
By “online hub”, we mean somewhere that you can post your writing samples and some information about yourself so that people know that you’re available to write, and can hire you.
A blog makes a perfect hub, and you can create a free blog in minutes.
When you’re an established writer, you’ll spend time each day marketing yourself, and your services. When you’re just starting out, post your writing samples to your blog, or elsewhere.
If you don’t want to create a blog, create a Facebook page, or a page on Google Plus.
5. Create Proposals for Your Chosen Market
Your next step is to make a list of the markets for which you’d like to write, and approach them with proposals.
A proposal is simply a letter, which describes what you’d like to write. For example, perhaps you want to write an article for a fashion website about designer handbags. Create a title for the article, and estimate the number of words that you’ll write. These days, because of the influence of the web, most articles are short, somewhere between 500 and 1500 words.
Type up your letter into an email message and send it to the publication you’ve chosen.
So there you have it, five simple strategies for you to get hired as a freelance writer, even if you’re a brand new writer.
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