A guide to the writing and formatting of query letters designed to pitch articles to editors and publishers.
If you want to have a career as a freelance writer, you need to view it as a business. Freelance writing involves making sales. Being a salesperson means risking rejection. There will always be better writers than you, and there will always be writers who are worse than you but make more money. Concentrate on […]
Know the Publication’s Guidelines The easiest way to find out what a publication wants is to let them tell you. Many publications post their writer’s guidelines on their web site. If you can’t find the guidelines on the web, contact one of the editors and ask for them to email or snail mail you the […]
Every publicationâ€™s editor has tastes that may not be reflected in the submissions guidelines. They may prefer a specific approach to the subject matter that they publish. They may prefer that their writers have a certain background that you do not have. They may not like your sources or your use of commas.
You may not find everything on this list useful, but surely you’ll find something on this list that is worth your time. Successful freelance writers don’t underprice their services. Charging too little not only hurts the freelancer, it hurts the whole freelance industry. When you underprice your services, you make it harder for other freelancers […]
By Annagail Lynes The Christian market is booming with new opportunities every day. I never thought that I would be a Christian writer. I always I dreamed of being a novelist, getting up every morning at ten, dressed in my ratty old robe, drinking coffee as I sat down at my computer to type out […]
A good query letter can mean the difference between a rejection and a sale. In the days of email and web clients, many writers have lowered their standards. They dash out quick notes rather than make formal queries. They use casual language and give only brief explanations of what they plan to do. For some […]
By Kelly Boyer Sagert You must be: Wildly creative, while following the precise rules of grammar, spelling and punctuation Assertive with editors, while sticking to their exact guidelines And you must be willing to: Keep an editor up to date with your progress, without bothering her Work hard on a project, with no guarantee of […]
By Chad Morelli Right now, in a small cubicle on the second floor of the city hall building in your town, there is a web content editor who is frustrated, angry, and tremendously stressed. And why is our poor friend having such a bad day? Why has he alone been subjected to the terrible anxiety […]
Fairesy occurs when you feel angry or resentful because you think that someone (or the world) has treated you unfairly. This happens frequently in the writing world when you feel that someone is benefiting from your work without proper credit or compensation. It also happens when you feel your work is being rejected or condemned […]