The Path to Becoming a Freelance Writer

Foreword By The Editor

As I've said before, ClipCopy Content Solutions is all about content, particularly written content. Therefore, this article by Barry Walls is appropriate for all those who wish to legitimately make an income online by utilizing their writing talents but retaining their independence. Many thanks Barry, for your contribution. If you would like to find out more about Barry and his work, please take note of the links he provides in the last paragraph.
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Earning Potential

Once the earning potential of freelance writers becomes apparent, many people will ask themselves "How do I become a freelance writer?" The process can be as hard or as easy as you want to make it. Like any process, you have to have a reasonable idea of what the final product is and the ingredients or steps along the way to achieving it.

Types Of Writers

If you give some thought to how many different types of writers there are, you will see that you have discovered the first step along the way to becoming one. This is by far one of the most important steps that you can take to become a freelance writer. If you're not honest with yourself during this step you probably won't be able to reach your goal, or will waste a lot of unnecessary time getting there.

So, how many sorts of writers are there? Even a cursory glance will expose quite a list: reporters, poets, story tellers, reviewers, advertising copy writers, article writers, to mention but a few. The secret is to look at your own writing style and the work that you have already produced and compare it with what has been published by other writers.

Showcase Your Work

English: One example of a freelance writer aut...

English: One example of a freelance writer authoring directly to the Web. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A great way for you to showcase your writing abilities if you are serious about becoming a freelance writer is to maintain a blog of your own work. Also, many people who wish to become a freelance writer join a writing group where everyone submits work and receives feedback about their own. Do you generally receive favorable feedback from such a group?

Whatever sort of writer you want to be, you must already have produced an amount of work that would justify your choice. There is no point at all, for example, in setting out to be a poet if you have never written a poem before and let someone else judge it. You may think that you are the best poet in the world but if nobody else who sees your work agrees with you . . . well, I'm sure you see the point.

If you already have many pieces and have received favorable feedback, you should then put your best work together in a portfolio so that you can present it to get work. The problem isn't finding people who are looking for freelance writers, because thanks to the internet this has become quite simple, the problem is getting people to actually read your samples.

Submit Your Portfolio

If you want people to take you and your work seriously you have to ensure you send your portfolio to the right people. Don't get lazy. It is very easy to find out the right person's name and email address so make sure you do this first. The next step is to make sure that your email is professional and courteous; introduce yourself and invite them to have a look at your work and ask them to kindly consider you as a freelance writer for them.

The best case scenario is to make sure your work is relevant to the publication you would like to become a freelance writer of and that it is the best you can do. You may be asked to attend an interview and if it goes well you may get a writing assignment as a test. If you are asked to write them a piece, you will still not necessarily in the clear. Freelance writers are not usually paid unless their content is actually published. Therefore, you have to make sure that you do some of the best writing of your life if you are asked to turn in an assignment.

About The Author

Barry Walls freelance writing course is quickly generating full time incomes for virtually all who sign up. If you want to quickly quit or replace a full time job with a dream work from home solution, try his oneline writing course.

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