5 Common mistakes most new freelance writers make emerging into a market they dont know much about?
writing is best experienced by examining what you should do and do well rather
then worrying about mistakes you will make along the way. The more you
concentrate on not making mistakes, the more hesitant your pen will be. It may
come as no shock... read more
One is that I think they underestimate the number of others who all have similar ideas and how densely packed the market place is for the number of jobs there are available.
1. Not reading the articles where you submit a query or article. You have to read the magazine or online publisher's style before submitting a query. You want success and a "yes, we will take your article or story." You get that by reading the magazine and getting a feel for what they want.
2. Revise your article. When you write anything you should let it sit for a little while after you complete the article. That was a feat! You just wrote something. Before you send it in, re-read over it out loud. Make sure that it makes sense and sentences flow for easy reading. The one mistake many writers make is not revising the article before sending it out.
3. Grammar check. This is not Microsoft Word grammar check. You should read the article or story out loud. Notice where you get stuck or lose focus. Those areas need cleaning up with your tone of voice or grammar. You can use a grammar check software to help you with this area. I do. I use Grammarly and Editor. They work great but still do not substitute for reading the article out loud.
4. Aiming too high. When you want to get into publishing, do not go for "Oprah" or "Good Housekeeping" right out of the gate. Aim for lower paying publications first. Get a copy of Writers Market and select some with one dollar sign next to them to start. This helps build your clip file and portfolio. After having a few publishing credits, then aim high and submit a query to a higher paying magazine.
5. Not determining the market for the article. In a recent class I took for journalism there was one guy who loved writing about history. He wanted to submit to a high paying magazine. The teacher nudged him to look for lower paying ones first. History seemed to only have a place in certain magazines that you aimed at readers in the particular state.
While writing history has its place, there are so many writing ideas that are more marketable. Read through magazines to see what new spins you could give to an old idea. If they publish the topics then these are marketable. If you want a marketable idea, you can look at what sells in magazines. Get a feeling for your readers by reading the advertisements on a website or in a magazine. If it is listed, it sells. Come up with a query based on that information.
Let me know if you have any other questions and hope I answered yours!
by Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago
I would like to find out from other Freelance Writers - what their average day for writing looks like as a matter of interest. What time do you start writing? How many breaks do you take? How many articles / blogs / chapters do you write on average per day? When do you finish writing...
by Christin Sander 4 years ago
What information should a course for beginning freelance writers include?If you were signing up for a beginner's course to freelance writing, what type of information would you want that class to include? What questions would you have that needed to be answered in a class that was supposed to teach...
by Leland Johnson 7 weeks ago
Are any of you freelance writers? If so how did you break into the industry and how's it going for you?
by Stacey M Hollis 7 years ago
How many hubbers out there are freelance writers and make a living as such?I aspire to living the life of a freelance writer and I want to see how many people are able to live solely off their craft.
by yecall 13 months ago
What are some good websites for Freelance Writers to make money with?
by Kenna McHugh 10 months ago
Freelance Writers, which online job board to you find the best writing gigs?
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|