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Freelancer: Two Invaluble Freelance Resources
Hello there and welcome to the latest edition of Freelancer right here on Hubpages.
So while I'm really not sure if I'm going to be staying in the freelance writing game because technically I'm still employed at a crappy "job," my newest vascular condition that's at the moment just another part of my domestic life, is actually keeping me from being able to go to that job everyday... and has thrust me back into the world of the freelance writer.
So I thought that it was time to find some resources to help me maybe map out a plan to earn money again writing online as a freelancer.
I'm sure that like many other freelancers, I just came into the field... starting right out of the blocks COLD so to speak .
In my case I just started with one place, and that was a place that I was familiar with already...Textbroker.
But in the more than year plus that I've been doing this (that's not including several breaks from writing for what I would deem gainful real world employment) I've been actually pretty haphazard in my approach to making this a full time career...in other words I Didn't Have Any Real Plan on how to go about doing this.
Of course being able to surf the web to find writing work was easy enough...when I actually did it, but there are issues when you do a web search for anything... try conducting a web search using a keyword or phrase related to writing...
Here's what that search may just look like....
That was just a partial screen from the first page of the "Indeed" search engine.
Get the idea.
So the first thing that you should keep in mind is that it's very easy to waste your day without any real results if you don't have a clue where to search, and what exactly to search for in regard to your writing abilities.
And this is where I deftly (yes, I can use bigger words sometimes) segue into the books that I want to review for you in this hub...come on, you knew I'd get there sooner or later.
Okay, so I belong to two different LinkedIn groups (well actually I belong to several groups on LinkedIn) the first being Freelance Writers Working For Internet Content Mills, and the other is called Freelance Writing Jobs For All Levels Of Experience.
The first book that I want to review is Julie Scott's book. Julie's book first of all is available for the Kindle (which is the editions that I have for both of these books by the way) and is called Directory of Paying Markets for Freelance Writers.
Julie's book is actually more of a guide that touches upon the various styles of writing that we encounter as freelancers, and it also some guidelines for writers and some links to magazines. Everything here is to get you going as a freelance writer.
Some of the topics in this book cover the following areas:
- Grant Writing
- Product Reviews
- Academic Writing
- Bucks for Bloggers
And the book contains a list of sites for each writing area that have live links to take you right to those sites. Julie will also let you know about any updates to the book (or report if you'de prefer) when you email her (I won't give out that email address here, you'll have to get that by ordering the book I'm afraid).
Julie's book is a great investment in getting your freelancing career started and moving forward, and it's worth the price of admission in my opinion.
The other book that I want to talk about is by Stephen Davies and it's called Writing For Money: The Online Writer's Path To A Full Time Income.
The first thing that you'll notice about this book is it's size. In comparison to Julie's book it has more pages, the second thing that caught my attention about Stephen's book is that it actually has a game plan to follow (which I'll admit is simple when you read it, but trust me when I tell you that it's very easy to get lost when the only thing that you do is search for writing assignments without a fully realized plan of attack) as well as headings such as:
- Sites That pay Per Article
- Sell Your Articles for a Fixed Rate
- Job Searches Through Search Engines
- Freelance Writing Sites
To b honest with you, I actually just got Stephen's book the other day and because of the holiday and my daughter being home I haven't had the time to read through it all and put a full plan of action together as of yet, though I did do some bookmaking on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
I would suggest to anyone who is just starting out as a freelancer (yes this means you noob!) to invest if at all possible the $12.48 for both books if you have a Kindle as I think that both books are a worthwhile investment and can save you (and me) many wasted hours searching for useful sites and jobs that don't pan out.
And the freelance writer journey continues....
Lew Newmark is the owner, blogger and everything of KeyWords Media as well as the health blog Lew Newmark-My Domestic Life