>Rad resources for freelancers

>Feeling a little blogged out, I thought I’d just offer you information on three resources I have found very helpful.

First, there’s the book I’m currently reading, The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing, published by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. It’s like somebody opened the door and let you into the room where the big moneymaking writers share their secrets. ASJA is a wonderful organization for freelancers, but definitely not for beginners. You need to have published in major national markets or have a book published to qualify, and the dues are $195.00 a year. But anybody can buy this book for $15.95–or less if you catch a deal. ASJA also opens part of its newletter to nonmembers. At the ASJA website, you can read the back issues and sign up to be notified when the new ones come out.

The Renegade Writer by Linda Formicelli and Diana Burrell, Marion Street Press, 2005, is another great book for writers. It’s easy to read, full of the real skinny, and it will help you move out of the world of tiny checks and stalled careers onto the road to the big time. The book lists all the rules writers are taught and then explains why, how and when we should break them. Chapters include developing ideas, “no-fear querying,” contracts, research, interviews, writing, getting paid, developing a renegade attitude and “thriving, not just surviving”. For more from these authors, check the Renegade Writer blog.

Finally, there’s “The ‘Yes’ Checklist,” published by Paul Lima on his Six-Figure Freelancer’s Blog. It lists all the questions you should ask when an editor says yes to your article query. Too often we get so excited about an acceptance we forget to ask these questions. Use this list and you’ll have all the info you need. Lima’s site offers lots of other useful tips.

Go forth and publish.

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4 Comments on “>Rad resources for freelancers”

  1. Sugar says:

    >The Renegade Writer is a fantastic read!As the winner of your book a few months back, I just wanted to tell you that I met with a local community newspaper publisher. She loved my article about outdoor photography and is going to run it with my pro shots! YEAH!

  2. Suelick says:

    >Go, Sugar! Keep sharing that good news.Sue

  3. parousia says:

    >This is a great site. I have been writing for a local newspaper that is rated No. 1 in the community. I started writing a monthly column “for free” just for exposure…that was 9 months ago. Now I’d like to ask for payment. The column has averaged 3000 words per issue. Topic: single parenting crisis. What do you think I should ask for in salary? I’d appreciate your insight.”Parousia”

  4. Suelick says:

    >Parousia,It would certainly seem fair to be paid after all this work. But before you talk numbers, I think you need to agree on the issue of getting paid at all. Talk to your editor and tell him/her you feel as if you have earned the right to get paid, then ask what the paper usually pays for this type of article. Once you find out the general range of pay, you might be able to negotiate. The risk in this is that you have to be willing to accept that they might never pay you and keep writing for them anyway or be willing to walk away. As for actual numbers, they vary tremendously. For a small rural paper, you might get a whopping $25. A metropolitan weekly might start at $75. Five cents a word is not uncommon, although it is pretty stingy. The big papers go up into the hundreds of dollars.Anyway, start the conversation. Once you have enough clips, it’s time to write for money.I wish you luck.Sue

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