Thursday, October 13, 2005

A freelance success story!

Today's entry is a preview of our upcoming entry in the "Freelance Success Story" series. This series features first-hand accounts of what it's like to really make it as an editorial freelancer. We hope you find the information useful -- and inspiring!

EXCERPT (full account will be published on 10/20)

I am a fulltime freelance writer who works from home. I have published over three dozen books and perhaps 2,000 magazine articles and short stories--most of this since I left my last job in March, 1983. Much of my work involves the history of technology, biography, how-to (writing and computing), or making technical topics understandable to the lay person. Over the years I’ve also written science fiction (three novels and 20 short stories published), books on hobbies, catalog and brochure copy, book cover copy, and print advertising.

I wrote on the side for 11 years before going full-time. (I was 21 when I began writing with intent to be published.) At first I had no particular area of expertise. I wrote science fiction short stories and articles about people and places I found interesting -- basic human-interest material. I had no goal in mind other than to make some extra money and enjoy the ego-boost of getting published.

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I have spent the last six months or so compiling a list of freelance writing guidelines. I had hoped to build the list to 1,000, but due to other pressing demands, will not be able to devote the time to it. To date, I have compiled and verified a list 180 contacts.

This list is free to anyone who orders an Inkwell Editorial e-book during the month of October. It will be sent to you as an attached MS Word file (for ease of opening) after your order has been received. With thanks,Y. Black, Proprietor, Inkwell Editorial

SAMPLE LISTING: Please note, listings vary, eg, there are guidelines for e-zines, magazines, websites, etc. In short, something for everyone.

COMPANY: Foresight Publishing, Inc.3717 National Drive, Ste 208Raleigh, 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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