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PostPosted: January 27th, 2011, 3:18 pm 
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Hi!
I am just starting out with freelance writing, and am trying to figure out what I'm doing. I would like to start out with one-off types of jobs. I've been looking at a few blogs that list freelance jobs, but all the jobs I'm seeing listed are more of long-term types of jobs. From looking at the Whispers and Warnings forum, I'm seeing that some people there have done one-offs for companies like S2, then moved along, but I certainly don't want to jump to a company that I learned about from Whispers and Warnings.

So, how do you find the jobs? Do you just pick a topic that interests you, read magazines related to the topic, then write an article and submit it, or are there reputable companies that advertise someplace for one-offs?

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PostPosted: January 28th, 2011, 8:25 pm 
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There are enough books written to answer your question to fill a library. The best I can do is point you to a few places.

Check these out:
http://www.freelancewriting.com/
http://www.wellfedwriter.com/
http://www.longridgewritersgroup.com/
http://freelancejobsnews.com/
http://www.writerswrite.com/writersguidelines/
http://www.worldwidefreelance.com/

This should get you started. Good luck.

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PostPosted: January 29th, 2011, 10:36 pm 
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I found a few writing gigs on sites like Associated Content. I would also enter writing contests (when I could, which became rarer as I got more into freelancing). Running your own blog and getting people to visit it can also help in freelancing too.

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PostPosted: February 1st, 2011, 11:43 pm 
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Another thing you can try is to write simple things and get them published on sites like Etsy or Fiver. It won't pay much, but it gets your name out there.

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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2011, 8:27 am 
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Definitely pick up a copy of the 2011 Writer's Market. It is essentially the bible of writing markets. Choose topics that you are interested in writing about, think of unique article ideas for those topics, and research the targeted publications that would be most interested in your ideas. Some accept completed article submissions, some accept query letters and then decide whether they will assign you the article or not.

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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2011, 12:15 pm 
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I will look into those ideas. I have written one article for AC, but wasn't sure if that was a good way forward.


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PostPosted: February 3rd, 2011, 1:36 am 
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It takes time to collect a relevant amount of clips in order to pitch to the higher-end magazines, but the process is very rewarding. Good luck with your writing goals, and be sure to keep in touch if you need anything. :)

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PostPosted: June 4th, 2011, 5:27 am 
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AdamC wrote:
I found a few writing gigs on sites like Associated Content. I would also enter writing contests (when I could, which became rarer as I got more into freelancing). Running your own blog and getting people to visit it can also help in freelancing too.



Don't know much about Associated Content but how did you find writing gigs? Did you just write to them with an article? Is it more like a guest blogging setup?

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