Writing jobs are everywhere. In one sense, there’s never been a better time to be a writer. If you can write, you can sell your writing. But… It’s hard to find the jobs you really want.
I just took a quick tour around a couple of outsourcing sites. The jobs posted there are enough to make you cringe, and turn you off writing for good. One poster wanted a Kindle ebook written. For $20. The kicker: the ebook must get 5-star reviews on Amazon. Makes you want to slap some sense into people, doesn’t it?
How many proposals did this gem of a job get? None, so far. OK, to be fair, the poster only wanted 3,000 words, so it’s not what you’d call an ebook, it’s an article. But still. 5-star reviews. For $20.
Moving on. Where are the REAL writing jobs?
What Do You Want to Write?
Start by deciding what you want to write. Oddly enough, when I ask students this, they’re hard-pressed to answer. It’s essential that you DO answer it.
Here’s why. Over the years, I’ve written pretty much anything you can imagine. Some jobs were fun, others not so much. A freelance life is all about freedom — loving what you do, so that writing isn’t work for you.
So decide, even if you’re a new writer. You can’t get the writing jobs you want if you’re not sure what you want.
For Whom Do You Want to Write?
If you’re browsing the outsourcing websites, and job boards, it’s a challenge to reverse that kind of thinking, and think about who you’d love to write for, rather than wondering if you can write a proposal for Writing Job X.
Start thinking about what you enjoy writing, and who might pay you to write that.
Consider this. Today, many companies have websites and blogs. You’re a writer, so you could write for them, couldn’t you? As you browse the Web, or Facebook, look at companies and publications.
Make a list of companies.
Pitch: Make an Offer
A pitch is basically just an offer. You can pitch article ideas with a query letter or email message.
Let’s say you love blogging. You can pitch a blog to companies. Many companies still don’t have blogs, or if they do, their blog hasn’t been updated in weeks, or months.
Pitching is a simple process. Decide what you want to write, find companies who need what you love to do, and make them an offer.
The Professional Writers’ Pitch Book: Win the Best Writing Jobs Now
Pitching is a challenge if you’re new to the process. That’s why I created The Professional Writers’ Pitch Book: Win The Best Writing Jobs Now. You’ll love the Simple Pitching Process. It has just five steps, and it’s easy to do, even if you’re a new writer.
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