Thursday, September 08, 2005

Freelance Success Story: Profile of a Freelance Writer

Today's entry is our monthly "Freelance Success Story." This series features first-hand accounts of successful freelancers. We hope you find them useful -- and inspirational.

Profile of a Freelance Writer
by Bart Astor

Most freelancers have difficulty responding to the question of what they charge. I really like my answer. I say, “it depends.” That sounds like a cop-out, but I don’t leave it there. I say, “It depends on whether it’s a long-term or short-term project.” I explain that for short-term or one-time projects I have to charge more, and that usually goes over well.

I had been working for several years as a director of student financial aid .... A good part of that job involves writing: brochures, consumer information, memos, even research papers, and I always enjoyed that part most.

When I lost my job I used my contacts to get hired to help write materials for a federal training contract. When that project ended, I spoke with another of my contacts in financial aid who needed to revise his brochures and create better consumer information.

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Foresight Publishing, Inc.
3717 National Drive, Ste 208
Raleigh, NC 27612
Submission Guidelines:

About: Foresight Publishing offers content driven marketing tools specifically for insurance agents, providing them a simple, low cost method of growing and retaining their businesses. We are always looking for writers with experience in the markets we cover: employee benefits, commercial lines, personal lines, and personal finance. Writers must have current knowledge of at least one of these markets, and must be able to prepare client friendly articles for use in our newsletter publications.

Pay: Based on experience and the quality of your work. Articles will need to be fairly short at 400-600 words each. Offering steady monthly work.

To apply: Please send resume, writing samples, and requirements to No phone calls, please.


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Inkwell Editorial said...

Thanks, as always, we hope you find the stories useful -- and inspiring!