You can find anything you want on Google, as long as you enter the right query terms
I’ve had several questions this week about finding writing jobs. These kinds of questions frustrate me, because I need a lot more information than the writers give me.
* What have you written?
* What topics do you cover?
* What are your rates?
Go to Google
So, since I don’t have a lot of information about the writer, I just tell them to go to Google.com, and tinker.
Enter: “writer guidelines fees” into the search query box. Yes, you’ll get a lot of junk, but you’ll also get some possibilities.
Don’t stop with that query. Make a note of what you find, and then try other queries like: “write for us rates” .
Tip: enter your query terms without quotes.
If you have an area of expertise, enter that into Google, and see what happens. For example, try:
* “food writer write for us fees”
* “technology writer write for us”
With some of these queries, you’ll get a lot of junk. That’s OK. Keep tinkering until you get something that works for you.
It’s a numbers game
Remember, whenever you’re contacting people, publications and businesses, it’s ALWAYS a numbers game.
Professionals expect to make lots of contacts. New writers sit back and wait. You can sit forever, so don’t do that — keep finding possibilities, and making contact.
What do I mean by “lots”? Start with 100 contacts, and be prepared to make 500 contacts, if that’s what it takes to have a full order book. As Nike says, just do it. It’s not hard. It’s just being professional. You’re a business person. Businesses hire sales people. You’re your own sales person. Accept that, and get busy. 🙂
Another tip: use the ideas in this post, 13 Ways to Get Writing Jobs In 2013. They really work.
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