Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Getting Started as a Freelance Writer

I've blogged about this before, but it totally deserves another mention. My friend, fellow FaithWriters member and all-around great guy, Glenn Hascall, is a major freelance success story. Currently, Glenn writes the Weekly Writing Articles available to FaithWriters 500 members. Here are just a few of Glenn's many credentials:

*He has successfully been published every month since 1995.
*His writing can be found in more than 50 books and many magazines.
*As a ghostwriter Glenn has had work published by the Wall Street Journal.
*He's received payment for more than 3,000 articles, stories or books.
*His creative writing has been dramatized and is heard on radio stations across the U.S.
*There has not been a day in over 5 years when Glenn did not have a writing assignment to complete for a client.

Glenn has written an ebook on how to get started as a freelance writer. I have had the privilege of reading (and editing) this book and can tell you, first-hand, that it provides excellent advice and for climbing the ladder as a freelancer. Glenn shares from his own experience and offers suggestions on how to avoid making the same mistakes he did. The style is easy-to-read, insightful, practical, and laced with humor and fun illustrations.

Here are the topics covered in this guide:

How to get started in freelancing.
Where to look for jobs.
What rights are available to writers?
How to plan for taxes.
How much to charge a client.
Ways to avoid making common mistakes.
How to determine if you are ready to move into the world of freelance writing.
How to write a comprehensive contract.
How to determine if a copyright is important.
How to craft a cover letter.
Why submission guidelines really are important.
What jobs are best avoided.
When to jump ship on a project.
What are some terms of the trade.
Why freelancing must be considered work.
Where to go for encouragement.
Why family members and friends aren't always encouraging.
Knowing when to say no to new work.
How to develop a good approach to writing freelance articles.
Why a nondisclosure agreement may be important.

There are also links provided to places you can find actual work.

This guide comes with bonus ebooks when you order and I highly recommend it, particularly those just starting out. If you would like more information on this fabulous guide that will help you jumpstart your freelance writing career, click here:


Maria I. Morgan said...

Hi Lynda! Thanks for the great resource. I'll definitely be checking it out. Something published every month since 1995 - now that's incredible!!Appreciate the post!

Phee Paradise said...

Hi Lynda,
Is it possible to buy Glenn's book for someone else? How would that work since it's an e-book?

Catrina Bradley... said...

I've been hemming and hawing about buying Glenn's book, and you may have just convinced me. Thank you Lynda!

Coleene VanTilburg said...

Thanks again Lynda for all your great info. I already have a wish list going of just books from your blog. Coleene