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Ten Radical Tips For Freelance Writers

Updated on March 13, 2013

THE REALITIES OF FREELANCE WRITING

Goodness gracious, how many freelance writers are there in the world? My only contact with them is through a writing site called HubPages, but even on that one website there are over 100,000 writers. Can there be over a million freelancers? Five million? I have no doubt that there are, and they are all looking for that pot of gold at the end of the literary rainbow.

That last sentence should be a little depressing for many of you, because that means there is a great deal of competition in the field of freelancing, and let’s face it, that rainbow is limited in size. There are only so many pieces to that literary pie and far too many people with forks and a serious hunger.

So what should you do if you are a freelancer? Well, one avenue is to go the way of the content mills. You can write SEO articles until the cows come home, and there will always be someone willing to pay you five bucks for 500 words. At that pay rate you just might earn enough to retire by the time you are eighty.

Or….

You can break free of the SEO frenzy and write some quality articles for sites that will actually pay enough for you to enjoy a dinner out from time to time. The choice is yours!

If you feel like SEO is robbing your brain of oxygen, then continue reading and you just might find the path to your own personal rainbow.

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FEEL FREE TO SAY NO

I know, this sounds like a sacrilege, but bear with me for a moment while I tell you a story. I agreed to write a content article awhile back on oil well drilling. It was offered by a business contact that I had done considerable work for, and I figured I’d do a little research and whip out a quick article and pocket the twelve bucks.

It turns out that oil drilling is a complicated business that uses a language that sounded very much like Ancient Greek to me, and when I was finished my article was stilted and embarrassing. In other words, for twelve bucks I almost ruined a good working relationship.

I now pick and choose rather carefully any jobs I apply for. I do not randomly apply for anything being offered and I set a dollar amount that I am not willing to go below. My time is valuable and I won’t waste it making pennies when there are dollars to be made.

WRITE ABOUT THINGS YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT

This would appear to be the exact opposite of the last tip, but it has a qualification that goes along with it. Many advisors in the writing game will say to only write about things you know and quite frankly that is far too limiting. I have a pretty good educational background with three college degrees, and the amount of things I know nothing about far outweighs the things I know something about.

I am not willing to limit my opportunities to just those fields in which I am knowledgeable, but I also am not willing to write about things that will forever be a mystery to me no matter how much research I do. For instance, I will never write an article about the pains of childbirth, but I have written numerous articles about automobiles, and I wouldn’t know a torque converter if I tripped over one.

SEND QUERIES TO MULTIPLE PUBLICATIONS

Back in the good old days, editors wanted first crack at material and they would request that you only submit to one editor at a time. That was all well and good when refusal occurred in a matter of days. Now, though, there are so many submissions that editors can only promise to get back to you in weeks or months. If your article is time-sensitive then that system will not work.

I submit to as many editors as I can find, and I let them know that I am doing that. For a time-sensitive article, like the coming Olympics, I tell them that the first editor to buy the story gets the story. Editors are not stupid and I believe that they appreciate the honesty. Besides, they know what the competition is like out there just as you do.

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SCREW EXPOSURE AND NARROW YOUR FOCUS

There once was a day, not so very long ago, when writers would jump at the chance to have their work published for no fee. They were after exposure and the thinking went that if they didn’t get paid for a particular piece they were still getting their name out there for others to see and that was invaluable.

Hogwash! My time is valuable and it takes time to write an article. There are millions of websites out there and thousands of online magazines and print magazines and journals, and they all pay real money for real articles. The days of this boy writing for free are long gone and they should be for you as well.

SMALLER IS BETTER

Everyone wants to write for Better Home & Gardens or Good Housekeeping. The thinking is that these are huge, established magazines and they will look fantastic on your resume. Well, that may be true, but remember that everybody and their mother wants to write for those mags, so the competition is beyond stiff. I have also found that national magazines can be a bit oppressive in their demands.

My suggestion is to go small and build relationships with editors of low-key, low-hassle online magazines. The requirements are usually much more lax and you can earn a steady income without the migraine headaches.

PAYING YOUR DUES IS EXHAUSTING

You have all heard the saying that you have to pay your dues. Again, hogwash! Yes, you must have writing skills and yes, you need to improve those skills, but that is all the due paying you need to do.

If you tell yourself that you are a newbie and you must accept anything anyone is willing to throw at you, then you will be working for pauper’s wages for decades. Learn your writing craft and then shoot for the moon. Why not? What do you have to lose, a crummy five bucks for 500 words?

ACCEPT THE FACT THAT YOU MAY NOT BE THE BEST FOR THE JOB

Never, and I repeat never, tell an editor that you are the best person for the job. Chances are excellent that there is someone out there who is better than you, so why open that can of worms?

Show an editor that you have game. Show an editor that you are trustworthy and that you meet deadlines. Show an editor that you are willing to do the research and do a more-than-credible job. Do not claim to be the best because chances are good that you are not.

TAKE A ROAD LESS TRAVELED

There are millions of freelance writers in the world. There is only one you. Start acting like it.

The big thing these days is blogging. I would venture to guess that there are millions of blogs online. That is one hell of a lot of competition. How are you going to make yourself and your blog stand out? The same question can be asked about your freelance business. How are you going to make that business unique and not one of the current herd? If you can answer that question then you are well on your way to success.

STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND ENJOY THE SCENERY

Do you remember the days when it was mandatory that you live in Los Angeles or New York if you wanted a career in writing? Well forget about it! The internet blew that theory right out of the water. You don’t have to move anywhere; all you have to do is learn how to be a good writer and your talent will take you places no airplane ever could.

STOP USING THE SHOTGUN APPROACH IN PROMOTION

I know, everyone says that you have to get your product out there any way that you can, and social networks like Facebook and Twitter allow you to do that for free….but….the same is true for everyone else, too. Have you logged onto Facebook lately? I just did in a random experiment and in the span of five minutes I read twelve postings about a product of some sort, or the latest appearance by some guy’s band, or the latest writing by someone and on and on we do and where it stops nobody knows.

Now guess how many of those postings I read…..ZERO!

There is too much of it and in the end it is all meaningless. Instead of flooding the market in hopes of finding someone who cares about your writing, try building a network or people who can actually do you some good? Start with fellow writers. Add agents or publishers you may have had contact with. Toss in anyone you have met that may be involved in business. Now expand those networks and meet new people. I submit to you that you can use your time much more wisely on a site like Linkedin than you can on Facebook, and you most definitely will do better networking by attending writing conferences than you would hanging posters on telephone poles. Just sayin’.

Stop Making Excuses

NOW GET OUT THERE AND DO YOUR THING

The writing scene is changing rapidly. There are millions of freelance writers out there trying to accomplish the same things you are trying to accomplish, and for the most part they are all using the same techniques to advance their careers. How can you tell one from another? How can anyone stand out from the crowd if everyone is doing the same things?

I say to you that it is time to break the mode and find your own path. Just because everyone else is doing it does not make it right. Think outside the box and find a method of advancing your career that nobody else is trying. It just might mean the difference between success and mediocrity.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Good advice again!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      a really good review of this freelance writing business. I remember I started writing for ezines...and happy to have my work published. THey got a lot free writing and made money. I did get sent a mug and that was awesome. HAHA. I like to get paid for what I do as most people. HubPages is a long haul and I often think about... Anyway I do write for a site where I get paid well for the work and I appreciate that. You have some really good ideas here to help meet the competition. Most of us do get hung up on SEO...However I am convinced if you write what people are looking for it is going to work. I have only 1 hub that performs daily...and trying to figure out why. Well I guess I rambled a bit today..VOting up and sharing.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      As usual, you have put out some very good advice.

      It is amazing at how many writers our out there now. That is a lot of competition!

      I am not writing to make money right now, but I am still embracing your tips. Someday I may want to branch out my writing.

      Thank you for sharing this article with us.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sheri! Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I haven't seen anything new from you in awhile. Maybe I missed something? I'll check. Anyway, thank you for the visit. Yes, there is a lot of competition, but once you get established there is steady work to be had.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Great tips and advice as always Bill. I seriously thank you for sharing your wealth of information and knowledge here on this and do appreciate it!! Have of course voted up and tweeted, too!! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I write SEO just enough to pay bills. I could make more on it but it sucks the life out of me, so now I turn down more jobs than I take.

      I have given up making money on HP. I write hubs like this one to help other writers and I write hubs for my enjoyment. All the while I am building my portfolio and submitting articles to magazines that actually pay money for good work. So I am happy. Sometimes impatient but happy nonetheless.

      Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, it is my pleasure. If anyone finds something they can use in all of this then fantastic!

      Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Bill, I haven't posted anything new in 9 days. I have had a lot going on, although I have been drafting two different pieces at the same time. My next one will be up soon.

      Can you believe it is still snowing? It has been since yesterday morning. For once the storm was under-hyped for this area. We were supposed to get 3 inches, and 1 1/2 hours ago it accumulated to 8 inches.

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      Marie Alana 4 years ago from Ohio

      There is some great and wonderful advice in this hub! There is some very important things in this hub. I would have really liked to watch it in a bigger screen view though. Make no regrets.

      "The past is history.

      The future is a mystery.

      Here and now is a gift,

      that's why it's called present."

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      This is another great article Bill. It reminds me to be myself.

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      Laura Tykarski 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Someone said to me the other day "Why are you wasting your time doing this Hubpages.com thing?" This hub is the reason. I entered into this community because the best way I have always found to improve your craft is learning first-hand from those who are already doing it well. If I want to learn how to build a book-case I am going to want to learn from a "skilled carpenter"this is going to increase my chances of constructing a well-made bookcase.The insert on regret was a dash of cold water in the face but as you also stated it is a double-edged sword there are always going to be people that are able to write better than me or just as well. I was in a position (financially and personally)that I could embrace the concept "Nothing ventured-Nothing gained."Over the past year+I have learned much and from some of the best writer's publishing work on the internet to date. Those writers that I have interacted with here have been constructively critical but not abrasive.When I have asked for help or clarification on some web-based lingo etc. someone has always stepped up and offered an assist.I know writing is never going to make me a millionaire but at my age satisfaction in a well-written piece of work is enough. Making enough to take my husband out to dinner occasionally can be sufficent it is a doable goal if I continue to improve on my skills.Writing just "does" it for me-so I'll continue to write. Thank-you for a hub that made my week-end.

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      Joan Whetzel 4 years ago from Katy, Texas

      excellent advice. love your writing style, btw.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I've got an old Xp computer ....and a dream! LOL!

      I need daily motivation to "just do it."

      The more one writes....the better they ought to get.

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      Tina Truelove 4 years ago

      Another great hub filled with great information about freelance writing from billybuc. I started writing for content sites such as HubPages and a few others so that I could quit my current job, homeschool my youngest daughter and travel with my husband. That was two years ago and I am just now getting to the point where I might start getting monthly payouts, the minimum monthly payout. I am still working my old job. My daughter still attends public school and I still kiss my husband good-by at the door and go days at a time without seeing him. I am learning tons of information in the apprenticeship program but I am still frustrated because I am spending so much time for so little return. I have no idea whatsoever how to submit queries (sp) to publishers. I don't even know what that is. You, by far, have provided me with more information than anyone else on this site. I enjoy writing and I would love to do it full time. I don't need a $100,000 annual salary. I just need a few thousand a month. I need to sit down for a few hours and read all of your hubs! I will do just that . . . once I find a chair . . . underneath all this work.

      Voting up, useful and sharing.

      Oh, and the video adds a nice touch too. It gives your readers a little glimpse into your personality. :)

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Another great hub! I am listening and storing it for the future. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Fun advice, as always.

      You're right - working for free isn't good exposure. I've done a couple of crafting giveaways. One was kind of meh and didn't do me much good, the other one really did get me lots of new followers and some actual sales. Giving stuff away isn't the sure route to success everyone seems to think it is!

      I think a big part of of it is working hard even when the odds seem against you. If you can't run to the mail box checking for a letter of acceptance every day for a month and then deal with it when a letter of rejection, it's probably not the thing for you! You know the saying about someone being an overnight success after 20 years of hard work - it really is true. You've got to keep at it and keep at it!

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Solid stuff Bill. I too hate SEO, but i can't dispute the logic. People look for info by searching the web and the way to let them fin you is to play the SEO game, which sucks. I love to write a compelling title for an article, but when I put it through Google keyword tool I often find my compelling prose won't lead people to me.

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      carozy 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Great advice billybuc. I learned a few things from this article.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy my friend, I have literally 'thunk' until my brain hurts! Try as I might I still cannot come up with that next 'new thing' ; that 'see a need, fill a need' thingey. I guess I must be blind!

      Anyway, I am bookmarking this and taking your advice to heart. I trust you completely to never steer me wrong. And I will still keep one eye peeled for my 'out-of-the-box' revelation. Sure hope it comes along soon!

      ;) Pearl

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Sound advice from a writing veteran. Yes, I learned very quickly after trying to write for a photography magazine that when I thought they'd be out of my comfort zone, I should have listened. 7 hours later and a test article submitted, I told the guy 'forget it.' I published that test article here on HP and now, the jobs I might take on are few and far between, but they make me happier. :)

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      Sneha Sunny 4 years ago from India

      This is an awesome hub! The information is very much useful for anybody who wishes to be a successful and a happy career in freelancing. I'm not a writer and I don't have much of idea about how career in writing works but this hub gave me the basic idea about it. This was a fun and informative read!

      Voted up, rated and shared! :)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      The writing I made the most on was "Camouflage Wedding Dresses". Go figure.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Believe it or not this gives me hope to try. I've been hesitant due to lack of "exposure" but I know I can write to a theme or subject. Now, thanks to this Bill, I may try by looking around to see what's available. You never know till you try. Thanks for the encouraging and insprational hubs.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      Another great piece of motivation - love these hubs :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, you guys have gotten more than your share in the past three weeks. I just read your new hub; great job on it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marie, I'm glad you found something useful in this hub. Thank you for stopping by and for the quotation.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go Barbara Kay....great summary!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Laura, it sounds to me like you have the right attitude for HubPages. I have been around awhile now, and I have written many hubs, but I make very little money and I really don't care. I am building my portfolio, and I use this place to perfect my writing craft and meet some wonderful writers around the world. I love it here, and now I have a new friend in you so that's a bonus.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joan, thank you and I'm happy that you love my style. It's the only one I have so it's a good thing, huh? :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wesman, I happen to believe that my friend. There will be days when it feels like we haven't grown at all, but I think we do get better with practice.

      Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tina, you are very kind, and if I have helped you then I am happy. I understand your frustration but I admire your determination. If you feel like it, email me at holland1145@yahoo.com and I can talk you through a query letter and discuss the magazine approach.

      Thank you and I will try to keep giving your useful information. Good luck finding that chair and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Insightful, it is my pleasure, and I hope you will be able to use some of this in the future. Enjoy your weekend my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, I love that saying and thanks for the reminder. Writing is a very tough gig, and instant success is a myth. Anyone who thinks they are going to take the world by storm in a couple weeks is smoking too much of that Columbian Gold. :)

      Thank you my young, talented friend and have a great weekend.

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      jellygator 4 years ago from USA

      Awesome as always, Billy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Russ, as much as I do it I still barely understand SEO and in truth I'm not sure I want to work hard enough at it to understand it. :) It is the devil we are all stuck with, but we don't have to like him.

      Thanks buddy and have a wonderful weekend in snowy? New York.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carozy, then it was worth writing. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, maybe that 's the problem...you have thunk too hard. :) Give it a break...relax and do something else for a day....go for a walk and let your imagination run free. A lot of times I think we can over-think something.

      Have a great weekend my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, I have done the same thing twice now. I have taken on jobs that would have paid pretty well, only to find out I was way over my head and I was floundering. Never again; I don't need the money so bad that I'm willing to embarrass myself.

      Thanks lil' Sis. I hope you go for a drive and get tons of great pictures this weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Sneha, I am happy then. That was the kind of comment that feeds a writer's soul. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Eric, there is no figuring. Thanks for the laugh.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I love hearing that. You are a damn good writer, and I don't say that because we are friends. You are fully capable of making a decent living by writing....you just need to start doing it. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Judi! You may not know this, but you have always been one of my favorite Hubbers, and it saddens me a bit that we have lost touch with each other. I will try to correct that from my end. Thank you for the visit and have a great weekend in the UK.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jelly...have a great weekend!

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      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      Oh Bill, your kind comment has certainly started my weekend off well :) You have a good weekend too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Judi! I'll do better about visiting you...I promise.

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Brother William (billybuc) -

      The best of good advice is only good if you understand it and use it. Let's hope that folks take to the good advice you offer here to HubPages writers.

      Gus :-)))

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      *sigh*

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      Jessica Marello 4 years ago from United States

      I love this hub, and think your advice is very sound. It's made me feel very happy and motivated. Thanks for sharing it, and voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gus, you nailed that baby right on the head. It's all talk until you throw in some action. Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I think we just say a miracle....one word from you. LOL Come on, Dynamo, what's the sigh about?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dreamhowl, if my advice made you happy and motivated then I have done my job as a writer. Thank you!

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      Stephanie Launiu 4 years ago from Hawai'i

      Great hub as usual! I'm finally understanding the part about not going after every writing job just because I need the money. Everyone needs to get to that realization point on their own, and I'm glad I'm there. Allowing myself to write for myself makes all the difference in the world. Voted up, interesting, useful, tweeting and pinning. Aloha, Stephanie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aloha, Stephanie, and thank you! When we first start out we try to grab hold of anything that pays money....but it really is very self-defeating. I'm glad you came to that realization. Thank you for that comment, which I'm sure others can relate to.

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      Excellent hub, Bill! I especially like that you added qualifications for "writing what you know." You made the exact point that I was thinking and I based previous comments on. Someone can write about what they know, but still learn something new somtimes. Something of interest that you may know a little about, but learn more. It does not have to be something completely foreign to you. I just think with the "write what you know" there are only so many ways to present a hub on basket weaving or whatever it happens to be. Plus, basket weaving may have changed since you learned it. My views may also differ because I'm not trying to make a living writing online. It just seems as if the more you learn, the more you realize you don't know. I always want to be learning. Voted up and awesome.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billybuc, did you take a sneaky peep at my halfhearted linkedin profile? :). Just kidding!!... can't decide what to do with the darn thing. I'm ready for something new, but have not yet decided which way to go, what ever I finally decide to do, I'll continue to scale down my presence here on HP. However, this is very helpful information, GREAT stuff.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Another great hub Bill. A lot of really good tips for anyone trying to make a go of it as a freelance writer. Talk about competition? You make some excellent points here, it's the quality of your contacts not the quantity that you have.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great advice, as always. I appreciate the fact that you urge people to NOT work for free. It drives me crazy when people want my hard work for nothing. Writers, and all people, need to have the guts to stand up and say they and their time are valuable. Voted up :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, great comment and obviously I agree with you. It is really limiting ourselves to write only what we know. I would barely be making any money if I did that with my business. :) Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, this really applies to life after HP....about all HP does for me is give me a community of writers to learn from and allows me a place where I can build my portfolio.....but make money? I do that elsewhere. :) Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Bill, for that last line...it is the quality of contacts. I have no idea which of my contacts will help my business, but I would rather have a limited number who I know fairly well and who I relate to, rather than thousands who are complete strangers.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Donnah and I agree totally. I have counseled people just starting out as freelancers, and they continually are willing to work for $5 per article, or give it away, and I refuse to do that. My time is valuable and I need to be paid for it.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I really feel that i do not belong here because i am not a writer for pay, but i think you do a marvelous job of helping other writers. Thank you..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, you probably don't belong here, but I am always grateful when you stop by, and there will always be a warm cup of tea waiting for your next visit. :) Have a great weekend my dear friend.

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for sharing these tips. The smaller is better advice is good, especially for new freelancers. As you stated, the competition is much less, and the chances of developing a "relationship" with an editor is greater.

      The other tip I liked was writing about things you know nothing about. That does sound counter-intuitive, but if a writer has good research skills and is interested in a new topic it can be quite invigorating to go down the path of the unknown.

      Am voting this up across the board except for funny.

      Hub Hugs,

      Gail

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Thanks, Bill. You always give great advice.

      Have a super weekend.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, thank you my friend and you have a great weekend as well.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail my friend, how are you? It's so nice to hear from you. I hope you know how much I appreciate you because I do.

      I'm just tossing out ideas. If any of them stick on someone then that is great. We can all use new ideas from time to time, so hopefully these will help someone.

      Have a great weekend! I hope you didn't get too much snow. Spring is right around the corner, right? LOL

      bill

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Great suggestions Bill, all good reminders that there are lots of writers out there but also lots of opportunities...This is a little off topic, but I was curious if you have an agent for any of your writing projects? I would think that it might not be useful for some projects but maybe things like books it might be worth the commission they potentially could earn. Please keep in mind I've never actually tried to get an agent (you have to write the book first!), so I have no idea how difficult it is to actually GET an agent...

      Again, great article! Melissa

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Melissa, great to see you again! As for the agent, I'm trying to get one but it is a difficult process. Lots of writers and too few agents. They pick and choose carefully and so far none have been too excited with my work. I won't give up, though; it only takes the right person at the right time. For sure agents are a good thing to have. They can cut through the red tape, they have the contacts among publishers, and they can negotiate contracts. All good things.

      Thanks for the suggestion and have a great weekend! Any sign of spring there yet? :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      There is such wonderful calm in this Bill--so often, I feel like the social media tools that we all use, feel frenetic --and that bleeds over into the writing--every writer should read this--so I think I will share as such--

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, thank you very much. That was actually a very lovely comment. I want to think my writing is calming and at the same time helpful, so you have validated my work and for that I am grateful.

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Voted up and Awesome!

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      David Warren 4 years ago from Nevada

      Great information here. I recently gave up content writing because it was so monotonous that I was losing interest in writing period. For now I'm back to short fiction and enjoying every moment. I have never written a single querie to a publisher; like Tina I might be e-mailing you about that. I have been considering contacting editors in person regarding local article writing with inclusive related photography.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Billy,

      This is another awesome hub and your ten tips really make a lot of sense. One of the biggest things in speaking and in writing is self-confidence. This would be especially important for someone who is trying to write about something that is not in their niche. If a person is filled with self-confidence, has no regrets about past failures, and has a good plan of action, he or she should be successful with a little good luck thrown in along the way. I especially enjoyed your Youtube monologue and the quote by the author. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Aslo Pinning.

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Fantastic article! I love the advice you give about writing what you don't know too. From what I have noticed, people researching a topic are often producing fresher advice than people who received education in the same subject years ago...then never touched it again. Your articles always do so much to encourage me to try harder. Voting this wayup!

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      It's tough being a freelance writer. You are right... our time is valuable. I no longer publish anything for free. I also don't help friends by writing articles for their marketing companies anymore.... some people think it is cool to never pay their friends. Sigh. At any rate, this is a very helpful hub. Voted up and helpful and interesting!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you LK! Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      David, I think that's a great idea and it's thinking out of the box which I really like. Drop me a line if I can be of any assistance my friend.

      Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

      I enjoyed reading this hub. Very good perspective on freelance writing and I liked your points on several topics. I am a big believer in expanding your comfort zone as well when it comes to writing online as it has forced me to learn more about a topic that I had some basic interest in, but was by no means an expert in before I started writing. I have had the privilege to write for a few different individuals about topics that I am passionate about and actually make decent money per article and will take advantage of gigs when they come, but do not put myself out there in the fray and compete with the masses that are willing to write random articles for pennies.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paul, thank you so much. Writing content for money has taken me out of my comfort zone, but that is a good thing. If I only wrote about what I know I would bore myself to tears. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharkye, what a nice thing to say. Thank you! I agree with your excellent comment. Writing about something we don't know gives a new perspective to the subject matter. Writers need to branch out and grow in the process.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeannie, I hear you. I give very little away for free now. I make enough money to get buy on, but my time is valuable and I'm not willing to give my time away. I will help friends with advice, but I won't write for them. :) Thanks, Jeannie.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      czczcz, I know quite a few writers who write content articles for pennies and I think it is a huge waste of time and effort. I don't have enough time left on this planet to be wasting it. :) Thanks for a great comment.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Thanks for the sage advice and your encouragement to freelancers, Bill. I'm still slugging away at "real" work, but have just been having some fun for the past few days.

      A writer friend sent me a link to a mystery story contest, and one of the judges also happens to be one of my favorite mystery novel authors. I rarely enter writing contests, but this one I couldn't resist, so I've finished a new mystery story just under 3500 words (the limit) that's ready to enter. Sure, I'd like to win or place, but it was so much fun developing the story that I've already won in my own mind. (It may end up on HubPages some day...)

      In addition to that story, I wrote another while I had mystery-writing momentum. It's my first foray into the young adult mystery genre. I asked a 13-year-old girl of my acquaintance to read it and determine if this ol' lady can, indeed, think like a 12-year-old girl sleuth and write believable dialogue for this age group. If not...I'll try again.

      I'm all for making money writing non-fiction articles, but writing short fiction is so much fun, I must have my "fix" now and then!

      Voted Up++ and shared

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravo, Jaye! You are an inspiration to me whether you know it or not. I love your drive and your passion for writing. You are the epitome of the old-style writer, plugging along, doing what you love doing, and heading in the right direction constantly.

      Thank you for sharing your "successes" with all of us.

      bill

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      Shell Vera 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Love it! SEO has ruined some otherwise great writing. I am attempting a new format for my blog starting in April that will put me out of the SEO game but will put me back where I like to be! I realize now, after a little more than a year, that I would rather have a few engaged readers than thousands who never come back again! Thank you for being honest as always and reminding us all why we should be writing.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Some very good and serious advice here Bill. Thanks for this useful hub.

      Voted up and useful, my friend.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Thanks, Bill. You're great for my ego! I do love writing, both non-fiction and fiction, but feel I'm just finding my stride in the latter. I keep telling myself I may become the "Grandma Moses" of the literary world if I just keep writing....Jaye

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      Eyes, you are very welcome! I agree that we have lost some very good writes to SEO and I think that is a shame. Writing should come from the heart and engage all of the emotions. Good for you regarding your plans.

      Thank you and best of luck

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      Rajan, thank you as always my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, I love it...the Grandma Moses of literature.....who says it can't happen? Certainly not me!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill,

      This is such a superb write that all writers should read! Your frankness here is most appreciated and your valued insight into this field is so refreshingly honest. I would never expect less from you. Thank you so very much for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us all in this area. You have a very generous heart ----this is evident!

      Have a lovely weekend dearest friend.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for yet another very useful and motivating hub, Bill!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Well, that another hub for the collection. Thanks, Bill.

      Enjoy your weekend.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Interesting. Thank you for this.

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      KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      I agree with you whole heartedly, I remember when you wrote an article on hubpages, you could see it on the page for at least a couple of days, now, it's gone in a matter of minutes. SEO writing, even that has changed. Writing blogs for businesses - that's kinda boring too. I too will walk off in a different direction, and know that perseverence, persistance, and the pursuit of publish-ment (that's a stretch) is key in our success. Upvoted/useful/follow. Peace. Kawi.

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      Dennis L. Page 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us here on HP. I too am familiar with how daunting the task can be in finding who a freelancer wants to write for and on what topics. The process can and often is somewhat overwhelming. It is a trial and error road we travel with many baby steps in the process. Thank you again for your thoughts on this subject.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub and I love your tips. I should do the best here and also for my blog. I learn much from you. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Your article was both helpful and honest. Thankyou for the good advice and also for making it so interesting to read, it was compelling.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant share as always Billy and here's to so many more to follow.

      I vote up and share. Have a wonderful weekend .

      Eddy.

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      Dennis L. Page 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Oops...did I forget to say "voted up and shared?" Whew, I'm glad I caught the errors of my ways.

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      JamesPoppell 4 years ago

      Hello billybuc. Thank you for an excellent hub and video. I enjoyed the quote you shared in your video from Katheryn Mansfield on the subject of regret. This lesson took many years for me, to see regret for what it is, which is wasted energy on things we cannot change. Like you said, it is done. It is over with. Move on and don't waste energy wallowing in regret. I finally saw it for what it is and I have been both physically and mentally healthy ever since. I made my amends to the best of my ability. Thank you for being here on HubPages and sharing your wisdom and life lessons with everyone. You truly have a gift. Have a great weekend.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I'm just getting to the point where I want to branch out from HubPages. You have great advice here that I plan on following. Voted up, useful and sharing.

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      Lifelike 4 years ago

      You've got too many comments to get down to mine, but if you do, thanks. I've always wanted to write, but this forum, which brings the breath of the audience you hope for right to the nape of your neck, is the only thing that has got me doing it. I'm going to be presumptuous enough to say that there is some resonance between our voices--at least between this article and one or two I've written, so if you are ever a mind to check any of my stuff out, I'd be honored and ready to listen to your opinion.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Thank you Bill for your sage advice, I too would like to earn but have a long way to go. I will heed your advice. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I'm just trying to give back to a community of writers who have given me so much. Thank you my dear and may you have a blessed and happy weekend.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, it is my pleasure to give back. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Phoenix, and I hope your weekend is wonderful as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Martin! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kawi, I love the new word...publishment....you have coined a new word for the English language and that is just one thing that writers do. Thank you for a great comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pagesvoice, great comment. It is trial and error for sure, just like any other endeavor in life. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Prasetio, thank you my friend. I learn from many writers on HP, including you. That's what makes this site so wonderful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, that was a very nice thing for you to write. Thank you! You will always get honesty from me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, thank you my friend. A wonderful weekend we shall have. I wish the same for you.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pagesvoice....LOL...you got it that time. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      James, thank you for those kind words. Regret is just so much wasted baggage, and I refuse to carry it around any longer. Been there, done that, wrote the book, and now it is time to move forward. Best of luck to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mperrottet, you are a very good writer and I hope you do branch out. HubPages is fine as it is, but there is a big world out there waiting for writers such as yourself. Thank you once again for the visit and kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lifelike, I will for certain check yours out. Thank you and best wishes in your writing career. Believe in yourself and never back down from a challenge.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyber, you have talent. HubPages is fine for what it is, but I think we are limited here, and a writer should never be limited. :) Thank you!

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      Dr Penny Pincher 4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Thanks for the insight- I'll bet there really are millions of freelance writers out there. Competing for search engine traffic certainly seems like an extremely competitive environment- interesting to think about other possibilities.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Gosh, you are so right. i am working on my own way every day.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Boy these are great tips and I am going to reread this hub again. I can't imagine ever trying to write about something scientific or oil well drilling. Thanks for this. Promoted even though I shouldn't. ;-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drpennypincher, that is a dead end game, fighting for pennies in the SEO market. I had to learn that one the hard way, so I'm hoping someone will learn from this hub and not make the mistakes I have made.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you definitely are and I say "bravo" to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I can tell you from experience that only scientists should write about oil drilling, and I'll never make that mistake again. :) At least I learned from it.

      Thank you as always and I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on social networking sites.

      Both of the topics of this hub article – freelance writing career strategies and (in the video remarks) reasons why harboring feelings of regret is a waste – have given me lots to think about. I will comment on the latter first and the former later.

      I think that regret is good, healthy, and beneficial, for a minute or two when the feeling comes. The feeling of regret is a shock of recognition. It's like, that act I did that one time for fun and excitement or in hopes of an advantage hurt someone. It was immature, thoughtless, irresponsible, inexcusable. Lesson: Don't act like that.

      Or it might have been a moment of inattention, of adventurism, or of impulsive anger. Or it might have been a continuing or repeated act, such as living a lie or treating someone unkindly. Regret is the insight that a behavior caused another or others or oneself harm both unwanted (at least in hindsight) and avoidable and that one's rationalizations for it are less substantial than vapors.

      Such insights of regret are part of the life-long growing up process. Once experienced, a regret does not need to be incessantly regurgitated. Feel it. Understand. Learn. Decide what amends to make. Then let the feeling naturally diminish. Emotions -- anger, regret, fear, etc. -- if not rekindled by circumstances or imagination, quickly dissipate. (In 90 seconds, I read somewhere.) Experience that 90 seconds, learn, grow, take responsibility for consequences, do what is right re others affected, and say good-bye to that emotion of regret, keeping only the lesson.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy,

      we may write SEO contents and still enjoy writing. If we chose to write on the topics we have experience and expertise, it will not only be fun but also earn us money.

      I loved your radical tips especially writing on the topics we don't have any idea.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, there is a place in the world for regret, and I utilize it often. However, unlike the old days when I fed off of it, today it is only used as a reminder of a life I never want to return to. It is a stimulus for me to keep doing what I am doing. If I keep doing what I am doing I will keep getting what I am getting, and that is happiness and contentment.

      Thank you for an excellent comment my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vinana! I write SEO for a living and I find satisfaction in it in doing a good job and being as creative as I possibly can be within the confines of SEO.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I found your article on FB shared by B. Leekley and I'm glad I did! I like you Billy Buc and your advise is well taken. I've been think'n about joining Linkedin and your article kinda pushed me over the edge. I just finished my first book and am so exited. Have ordered a proof to make sure everything is formatted correct.

      Your video is right on . . . You offer people freedom and that's a generous gift to which I thank you for! Kathi :O)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathi (Fossillady).....thank you so much! I have to ask where your Hub name came from. :) Anyway, congratulations on finishing your first book. That is a huge accomplishment and one to be proud of. I know when I finished mine I was like a first-time parent. Well done and thank you for the visit.

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      Amanda Littlejohn 4 years ago

      Well I'm really just doing this for pleasure - although if I make some money too, I won't turn it down!

      But that sounds like great advice and clearly from the voice of experience. At the moment, I'm happy just to keep writing whatever comes into my head or I feel like researching. I do want to try and help build a resource of useful articles that other home-schoolers can use with their kids but for me it's all still just a big crazy experiment!

      Your advice to think outside the box is clearly advice you take yourself - and seems to have brought you success. The proof of the pudding is in the tasting they say, so there you are.

      Thanks for the inspiration. Bless you :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      stuff4kids, I love your idea of building a resource for home-schoolers, and I hope you decide to do that in the near future. As a former teacher I believe there is a great need for the type of thing you are suggesting.

      Thank you for your compliments and bless you as well my friend.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      My little comment will get lost in the crowd here but I love this advice. My motto in life comes from Emerson who said "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail". I can't wait for the day when I am free to do nothing but write all day and can explore some real options for expressing myself. Wonderful hub Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, the world will be a better place when you are free to pursue writing full-time, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I love this series, Bill. You offer advice and leads selflessly, as I can attest first hand.

      You are so right about saying 'no'. I'm now to the point where I have a dollar limit set because I'm getting it. I've quit working for one of my favorite clients because he just can't pay, although for quite a while he kept me very busy and still would if I was open to his fee schedule.

      I also agree with 'write about what you don't know'. I have learned so much by doing just that!

      I'm not into blogging, nor do I read them, with the execption of H.O.W. Therefore, I don't think that is a market I will ever pursue. But there too, is one of the choices we are free to make as writers.

      The first step is to trust your dream and take the leap or it will never happen. Without risks, none of us would not have achieved anything in life. Why should this be any different?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you go girl! I know you understand the spirit of this hub. Trust your dream....yes, and trust in yourself. Look at how far you have come in less than a year. Bravo my friend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, you are my greatest supporter and I owe my rapid progression to you. That's the truth. I took a leap and you did everything you could to keep me treading water. Now the river is not so deep and it's all thanks to you believing in me! (Excuse the bad grammer in the next to last sentence in my first comment. I edited when I should have trusted my first instincts!)

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Continuing with the second part of my comment begun yesterday, this hub has gotten me rethinking my strategy of making a frugal living writing hubs. Success at that has eluded me. After a year and a half of writing hubs at least half-time, not counting hubtivity, I am still making $2 or $3 a month and have yet to get my first payout. I have been chasing the carrot, thinking that if I can get a little more productive, write even better, grow my followers and follows and interact much with them, learn more about SEO, slip in more keywords, work at getting my hubs just right in size and format, and wait just a little longer, the money will come and will multiply. Now I know that the carrot only stays within reach of occasional nibbles. Your writing is consistently superb. You write as much as a hub a day, to my hub a month, plus you actively blog, write magazine articles, and more. You are a pro at using SEO. You interact with over 1000 enthused hubber fans. And you say that even you have given up all hope of achieving more than insignificant income from hubbing and only continue hubbing for the writing practice and the community. No hope, then, for me. I was attracted to HubPages because there are no worries about deadlines. This hub has shown me that if I am to advance from amateur to professional writer, as a fiction writer and/or a freelance nonfiction writer, I need to submit work to paying print and online publications. Like you, I will continue to write hubs and do hubtivity to hone my craft, express myself, and get and give peer encouragement, but I need also to break through my Enneagram 9 sloth and write for editors, with deadlines in mind. Are the publications you had in mind listed in Writers Market and in Literary Marketplace?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I find when I am writing comments or I'm on Facebook that my grammar is horrible. :) No apology needed....I understood the meaning.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Brian!

      I hate to think something I wrote will discourage you from seeking a payout on HP, but the truth is that neither of us writes in a style that will make money here. I have found peace in that fact of life. As for the publications, they are found in Writer's Market for sure. That is my Bible for writing and submissions. I am not familiar with Literary Marketplace.

      Best of luck to you my friend. I think you are a fine writer and there is a market for what you write. It's all about being in the right place at the right time.

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      KrystalD 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks for this billybuc. This really lifted my spirits as a writer. It's an art and gift. When we focus on the process and the the results, we get our freedom (the freedom to express).

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Krystal, you summarized it perfectly. SEO was nothing ten years ago. Lately people are too fond of keywords and less fond of writing, and I have a problem with that. :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Excellent tips Bill.

      I will pass along to my friends as I only write on HP and am not in the market to pursue other avenues. However, the advisc is important for those I know that are free lancers.

      Voted up ++++

      Angels are on the way ....ps :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the share PS! You are an angel here on HP, but I thank you for the extras. :)

      A hug and blessings winging their way to you.

      bill

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      rdsparrowriter 4 years ago

      Great advice :) Thanks .. voted up and shared :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rd, I'm glad if any of this helped you. Thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am so ready to do this, Bill. Thanks for the jumpstart from your series on this topic.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I hope you can do it soon and best of luck to you. Thank you!

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      Ive never made a dime from my writing Billy (if you don't count the one being held hostage until I hit the 10$ mark.... in about 5 years that will be all mine.) I would love to write for a living, you give good advice here. Ill try to keep it all in mind. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      beth, thanks for dropping by. I love your honesty....it goes a long way with me. It is a quality I respect greatly, so that means I respect you. Keep writing and keep believing in your abilities.

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      You've done it again! Excellent information and sharing. I esp like the advice to choose free lance work that is right for me rather than accept an assignment just because it's a paid one. I am using HP to shore up my writing skills and have just taken on a free lance writing job. It's great to have such a community of talented and wonderful individuals. Thanks!

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      You've done it again! Excellent information and sharing. I esp like the advice to choose free lance work that is right for me rather than accept an assignment just because it's a paid one. I am using HP to shore up my writing skills and have just taken on a free lance writing job. It's great to have such a community of talented and wonderful individuals. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ladydeonne, congratulations on the freelance job. There are many out there to choose from and hopefully this will be the start of something big for you. Blessings to you and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and thank you again, ladydeonne!

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      Genna 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Another excellent hub. Thank you so much for the advice!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you genna! It's my pleasure to help other writers. :)

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