All who have ever tried to break into the freelance writing business know how difficult it is. To attract readers and editors, we must consistently perform at the top of our writing ability. The content must be meaningful, the structure engaging, and every word must convey the right meaning, feeling, and connotation. But this is not enough. We can’t rely on just being good writers. Hell, not even word-magicians like Tim Neville or Paul Salopek can type their pieces out, put it in a drawer, and call it a day. There is an immense amount of work around it as well.
As freelance writers, we need to wear many hats. We must know how to run a company, including everything which it entails: client communication, paying taxes, and managing invoices. We also need to be competent at marketing ourselves, selling our brand, and understand how to network successfully with readers, editors, and potential clients. Additionally, if we want to target online publications, we must hook readers quicker and have a sound knowledge of search engine optimization (SEO).
For the aspiring writer, all of this may seem daunting and intimidating. How do you learn all of these things? What do you learn first? And where do you find the information you need?
I have, like anybody already in the business, asked myself these same questions. And as I am still relatively new in the game, the struggle is still fresh. To learn what I needed to know, I have spent weeks combing the internet, scoured book stores (okay, actually only the Kindle store), and raked through hours of video lessons. To be fair, it is not easy to come by quality information. There is an abundance of “do this today, and you’ll earn six figures next week.” Thus, to save you the hassle, here follows a compilation of all sources of information you need to start a career as a freelance writer.
Skillshare is one of many online learning platforms out there. It offers people a place to publish video lessons, teaching you their skills. Whether you want to learn cooking…