So, you want a job freelance writing. You love to write, you're always scribbling in your spare time and you think you could maybe make this into a fruitful venture for you. After all, what's not to love about freelance writing? You get to work from home, you make money, and you get to fulfill your creative side. If you're ready to make a commitment, you too can break into this field.
Here are a few tips on getting started:
1. The first thing to do is purchase a book on the subject. My favorite is Getting Started As A Freelance Writer by Robert Bly. It's practical, chock-full of tips and is broken down into easily readable sections.
2. Peruse a website on writing articles specifically for magazines. Although you may be a great fiction writer, writing articles is an art form all by itself. It takes studying and honing to truly get it down. A good website to start with is Right Writing.
3. Visit websites like freelancewriting.com that list magazines that are looking for writers to submit unsolicited work. The website also lists writer's guidelines, deadlines and pay.
4. Don't be afraid to start small. You have more of a chance of getting published at a small trade magazine than at a major publication like Lucky or Seventeen. You can build up your portfolio and experience by writing for smaller publications first. You can even check out your local county newspaper - they often welcome articles from residents.
5. Make a plan and stick to it. Tell yourself you'll write and send out a target number of articles a week, and then get it done. Don't be deterred by rejections - if you are persistent enough, chances are, you'll get published sooner or later.
Good luck, and write on!