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Freelance Writer

Updated on March 16, 2014

Freedom Writer

Freedom writers is a term that brings different visions into different people's minds. In the case of this lens, the freedom writer in question is actually a freelance writer called Terry Didcott.

You may of may not have heard of him. That's because most freelance writers do a lot of ghost writing work, for which they get no recognition for, simply a paycheque.

There are many reasons why people write for a living but prefer not to claim the lime light. The money can be pretty good and the hours and working conditions are conducive to the stay at home worker.

There are spin offs from writing that include being able to write stellar content for your own websites and blogs and thereby create a more passive income from those sources. Its all good stuff, really.

This is the lens of such a freedom writer...

Freelance Writers

4th April 2008

This section will look at what freelance writers tend to do with themselves as well as being more specific as to what writer Terry Didcott does with his time.

Well, mainly I do a lot of different things during the day, as a big chunk of it can go towards buying, building and promoting new websites, which is something I do a lot of.

Apart from that, it depends on what I have in the way of writing assignments and what their deadlines are. If I'm coming up against a deadline, then of course that work takes precedence and I can spend upwards of 8 - 10 hours in a day writing solidly (apart from the odd break here and there to stretch my legs and eat,drink, take a pee etc).

While the hours may be put in, it can happen that the volume of work either gets done at a fantastic rate and my keyboard is on fire, or more often than not I'll be plagued with writer's block and be staring out of the window looking for inspiration.

Ghost Writers

4th April 2008

This section will take an insider's view at what exactly a ghost writer does.

Well, the whole ethos of ghost writing is writing for someone else and they take the credit for it!

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Editing Tips for Beginners

4th April 2008

Here are some helpful editing tips for beginner writers who want to get into the realms of freelance writing:

Editing Tips:

1. The first rule of editing your own work is to take a break. Yep, after you've written your masterpiece, no matter how long it is, you should then walk away from your computer or laptop for about 10 minutes or so to let your eyes readjust and so that when you return to read through your work, you see it again with fresh eyes. You'll catch more typos that way!

2. This might sound like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised at how many writers fail to proof read their own work and leave a messy trail of typos and spelling mistakes all over the place. So when you've completed a piece of work, proof read it for mistakes that your computer's spell checker may have missed as well as typos that you may have missed.

3. If you have a word processor program on your PC with a spell checker, then use it! It saves a lot of time later, but be aware that it won't always pick up a typo that spells a word other than the one you intended. That's where a grammar checker comes into its own, as it will also warn you if a strange word that doesn't fit the sentence is present.

Making Use of Constant Content

Writing content for your own websites is a vital part of developing a readable SEO friendly place where readers can be certain of a good read.

But it doesn't finish there. I’d like to extol the virtues of a truly wonderful additional source of income for any writer who is interested in creating an income from writing. That’s a place known as Constant Content.

Constant Content are an article/content brokerage website resembling the well known Associated Content (AC). The difference between the two is that Constant Content takes written work from writers situated worldwide, whereas AC accepts only writers that live in the United States.

The potential amount of income that can be made from Constant Content are far higher than you would expect to earn from Associated Content. This is chiefly due to the fact that the means of selling your articles is rather different for each company.

Associated Content will accept your article and pay you right away for it. The amount is normally around $5-$7 per 500 word article, although that figure may increase the longer you are a member and the greater the number of articles you submit (which are accepted) to approximately $10 per article. The articles you submit then become the property of Associated Content, which they can then sell on to website owners as “usage” rights. This means they are able to resell each of your articles many times meaning they are not unique. I guess we all know what Google's take on duplicate content is by now.

Constant Content, on the other hand are rather different. When you submit an article to Constant Content, you specify the way you require it to be sold. It can be from a choice of either "usage" (the cheapest), "unique" or "full rights" (the most expensive).

This is so important to know. The majority of content buyers come to Constant Content looking to purchase "full rights" articles. This means they become the sole owners of that article and can put their name to it as their own work, which is the main reason why it's the most taken. It is also guaranteed as original and unique content, which further adds to its appeal.

As to earning money, for a 500 word, "full rights" article, the usual fee is around $40. Of this, the author is paid 65% ($26), while the remaining 35% is taken as commission and expenses by Constant Content.

Another difference of importance is that Constant Content do not pay you, the author for your article right away as does Associated Content. What happens is that your article remains in your own portfolio on the site and waits for a customer to pick it. That’s the chief downside and one reason why so many potentially brilliant authors drop out. People are often lacking patience and don't want to be made to hang around for their article to be sold.

However, for those writers that are prepared to wait, once an article is sold, you get paid by Constant Content at the start of each month. Logic dictates that the more articles you store in your portfolio, then the more articles you will sell. Over time, your portfolio will expand and provide you with a steady flow of income as long as you continue to keep submitting more articles in order to keep it expanding. As an author, you will begin to become known by a lot of the regular content buyers and if they like your articles in your portfolio, you may very well be asked to do private work for them, which several of the popular authors there do. This can actually become highly lucrative.

Wouldn't you like to make $26 for a 500 word article and maybe wait a while for it, than take a paltry $5-7 straight away.

I personally recommend Constant Content if you would like to make extra cash from your writing work and are fine with being patient.

Here are some timely tips.

Always continue submitting high quality articles. While you may not sell any right away, don't be impatient but submit more articles and before you know it, your first article will sell. Its a great feeling and will prompt you to submit even more. By submitting your articles regularly and often, other sales will soon follow.

To help you choose what subjects to write about, Constant Content publish a list of content requested by buyers both on the site and via email to each author. Even if they don’t buy yours, it increases your chances of selling your artucles to another buyer. Its also a good gauge as what topics are hot amongst buyers.

So the best of luck with making cash from your articles!

Click this link to visit Constant Content

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      Michael Shepherd 6 years ago from Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

      Yes, an interesting lens. But you may have the same problem I do. I like to start new projects but have a difficult time maintaining them.


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      qlcoach 9 years ago

      Bravo to all freelance writers! Thanks for sharing this lense. Feel free to get the word out about your skills at my club:

      Sincerely: Gary Eby, author and therapist