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Of course, just as with anything else, you'll find some of these resources more helpful than others, but don't let that stop you. Though I sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of e-mails (since I'm often too busy to open them right away and click through to check out the latest info), overall I've found this site to be well worth signing up for, since I'm rarely inclined to delete their e-mails before checking out the resources they contain -- even though they may sometimes sit in my inbox for a little while before I get to them!

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Happy Writing!


Writing Market: The Sun Magazine

March 18th 2013 20:01

Good Pay for Your Work

I just came across a well-paying venue for writers the other day and thought I'd share it: The Sun Magazine. The magazine pays $300 to $2,000 for essays and interviews, $300 to $1,500 for fiction, and $100 to $500 for poetry. The actual payment amount is determined by the length and quality of the work. Very short works may may pay less. Payment also includes a complimentary one-year subscription to The Sun. The publisher purchases one-time rights, with all other rights reverting to the author after publication. This publisher is willing to consider previously published works, so this is a great opportunity to earn extra money for your already published writing. Compensation for reprints is one-half the usual fee.

The company also purchases photographs and photo essays and pays well for these, too. For details, visit the link above and click the "Photography" tab. If you happen to be a photographer as well as a writer, this market will give you more opportunities to earn by using your creative talents.

The only negative aspect of the above venue, which might hold some writers back, is the fact that submissions must be made the old-fashioned way: by mail, complete with the traditional SASE (stamped, self-addressed envelope) for the return of your manuscript. But, if you can rise above that minor inconvenience, you'll be paid well for quality work. So, it may just prove worthwhile to go to the extra trouble. If your manuscript is accepted, you'll be glad you did!

Response time can be a bit long with this market: three to six months. Since the company discourages simultaneous submissions, the wait could be tough. But, with previously published material at least, what have you got to lose? In fact, even new material would be well worth submitting, despite the time frame, purely because of the amount of compensation offered. This would likely not be the market for newsy or otherwise time-sensitive work, however.

Only you can determine the viability of this market for you, weighing the pros and cons and deciding whether or not they warrant your involvement.

Whatever you do, have a look at this market. It may just turn out to be a lucrative venue for your work!

Good luck!


A Print Market Worth Pursuing

Glimmer Train is an attractive quarterly print literary magazine, each issue of which consists of over 200 pages of “emotionally significant” short literary fiction. The publishers of Glimmer Train describe themselves as “two sisters who love reading.” Not insignificantly, they also boast backgrounds in language and linguistics (Susan) and psychology (Linda).

Magazine and Contest Submissions

Glimmer Train offers various monthly opportunities for writers of short fiction – opportunities which consist of a mixture of "standard" short story submissions (for which they charge no reading fee and currently pay $700 per story, plus 10 copies of the applicable issue – on acceptance) and a variety of writing contests (with reading fees ranging from $15 to $19 and generous prizes of a few hundred to a few thousand dollars).

A Solid Market for Emerging Authors

While the sisters do publish some works written by established authors, Linda explains that she and Susan “(k)eep a keen eye out for new voices, favoring pieces by emerging writers” – good news for those seeking to break into the short fiction market. Both are proud not only that every story they publish is unsolicited, but also that 86% of the stories published in Glimmer Train last year came directly from writers – more good news for freelancers working hard to break into this competitive market.

Convenient Online Submission

One factor that makes submitting work to Glimmer Train so convenient is the publication’s simple online submission process. After filling out the site’s free registration form, setting up a username and password, and reading the guidelines for the specific submission category, authors may instantly submit their work for consideration.

A Magazine Recognized for Quality

Glimmer Train is a prestigious publication – one that, happily, combines a welcome appreciation for fresh new voices with a balanced respect for seasoned literary luminaries. While not merely encouraging, but actually favoring, the work of emerging writers, the publishers have demonstrated their keen eye for talent, having seen six of their published stories listed as “Notables” in the 2010 Best American Short Stories,* coming in right behind The New Yorker. In fact, two of the six Glimmer Train writers who made the list were first-time published authors who made their debuts in the pages of Glimmer Train.

Isn't it Time You Received a Little Recognition?

If you write short fiction, this is a market I’d recommend that you look into. While it is a literary magazine and therefore would likely not publish most genre fiction, it would definitely be well worth your while to do a little research and find out whether something you've already written – or something you might be inclined to write – might turn out to be a good fit for this lucrative writing market.

Best of luck to you!

*The 2011 edition of Best American Short Stories featured one Glimmer Train tale.


Articles on Writing by Young (and Young at Heart) Writers

Hope, at Funds for Writers is currently seeking young writers 8-21 years old to submit 500-word articles for WritingKid. “Adults who understand kids who write” are also welcome to submit.

Here’s what Hope has to say about this opportunity in an issue of the young writers’ e-zine:

We need guest articles. Have you considered writing a guest article for WritingKid? Are you a student, a parent, a teacher? All are eligible. Just make sure the topic touches upon writing and runs no more than 500-550 words. Those under 16 receive the book of their choice. Those over 16 receive $10-$20, depending on the quality of the piece, the amount of editing required and the obvious amount of research.*

Here’s a link to the latest issue of WritingKid.

Article Topics

According to the job ad, which I found a little over a week ago at but which represents an ongoing opportunity, here’s what Hope is looking for:

The subject may be about anything to do with being a writer, learning how to write or the importance of writing. Talk about what you like about writing or someone who impacted your writing. Who is your favorite writer and why? What do you plan to do with your writing? What experiences have you had that molded you as a writer?

The WritingKid E-Zine

Young writers will want to check out WritingKid regularly – not just for the insightful articles it contains, which can help inform, inspire, and jump-start their own creative process – but also for the great list of writing markets and contests specifically targeting young people that Hope lists in every issue. WritingKid is published bi-weekly at FFW.

Here’s a link to the WritingKid Archives to give you even greater inspiration and more numerous writing resources.

Give WritingKid a Try

If you’re a young writer who enjoys writing on any of the above topics, or an adult who possesses considerable insight into what it’s like to be a “writing kid,” give this market a try. It might just prove a most rewarding venue for your work!

Best of Luck,

*The ad itself says that payment per article is $10-25 for writers 16 and over.

If you are a young writer – or an adult with a young writer’s heart – what are your thoughts on this venue? Anything you especially like about it? Any snags you’ve encountered? Do you know of any other markets where young writers can submit their work and earn money doing it?

Note: If the above job ad should be unavailable by the time you read this post, use this link to the FFW Submissions page to access the site's writer's guidelines and submission details. This is an ongoing market.


500-600 Word Articles About Earning Money Writing

Hope at Funds for Writers is looking for short articles for the FundsforWriters newsletter. (Found this ad at a few days ago, but I imagine it will be an ongoing market.) Wanted to share this ad because it sounds like a great opportunity to sell a few articles -- either new ones or reprints that you may have lying around waiting for a home.

I was a bit disappointed when I realized that the reprints I'd hoped to sell to FFW were much longer than the ones Hope is looking for, but if I can manage to find the time to write a few new ones (which shouldn't take too long at the length she's seeking), I definitely plan to keep this great market in mind.

A Few Important Details

Hope is offering $45 for unpublished pieces and $15 for reprints, and is happy to let you reuse the piece 30 days after she publishes it. Payment is timely (within one week of submission for accepted articles). However, do be sure to visit the link above and carefully read what she's looking for (and what she isn't) so you can properly target the piece to this market. One reason I say to carefully read what she's looking for is because FFW doesn't focus on writing technique as many other writing-related sites do but rather on the various ways that writers can earn funds writing, the markets that buy their work, their success stories, their tips for winning contests -- or, as she puts it, "anything to help a writer make a dollar penning words."

Submission-Related Matters

Another reason to read her info carefully is because she includes some very specific details about how to submit your work for the best chance of gettng it read and seriously considered for publication in FFW.

Hope accepts either queries or manuscripts (via e-mail -- no attachments). And, though I've linked to the job ad in this post (an ad which was posted to a third-party site), this is a direct-contact writing gig. You will be able to e-mail Hope directly with your article or query, rather than releasing it into the great black hole of a Craigslist mailbox, never to be heard of again.

So, take a good look at Hope's ad. If you enjoy writing about the business end of writing, this market may just prove to be one that's perfect for you -- one that will help you earn some extra funds for your writing by helping other writers earn some extra funds for theirs.

Happy submitting!

What sort of writing do you prefer to focus on? Would this be a market that might appeal to you?

Note: If the above job ad should be unavailable by the time you read this post, use this link to the FFW Submissions page to access the site's writer's guidelines and submission details.


Hero World Media Blogging Gig

Came across this direct-contact blogging job working for Hero World Media on the ProBlogger Job Board today. Thought it might interest some of you more business-oriented bloggers:

The Gig

Online Marketing and Business Bloggers Needed


We are looking for some positive and enthusiastic bloggers / entrepreneurs to write for our site which is a how-to guide for building a successful online business, achieving your goals and changing the world.

The articles on our site are on the longer side 800 words and should be similar in quality to How to Create Your First iPhone Application (not our site, just an example, and we will handle all of the images etc..)

Job Requirements:

1. Must be very passionate about online marketing, business and the internet in general.

2. Must live in the USA or Canada

3. Must be able to write 3 -5 800 word articles per week.

How to apply

To apply please email kevin(at) with examples of your previous work and your price for an 800 word article.

You'll have to contact the advertiser to find out how much this gig pays. It looks like a job that will require quite a bit of research and work, as well as consistent production of moderately lengthy content on a regular basis. If this is your niche, though, and you don't mind diving right in and producing consistently authoritative and in-depth posts three to five days a week, this may just be the gig for you!

Good luck!


A Solid Writing Opp for a Prestigious Website

I came across the following freelance writing opportunity on several different job boards today and wanted to share it with you for several reasons:

1. It's not your average, run-of-the-mill writing opp. It's interesting and different.

2. If this type of writing interests you (or you happen to be especially good at it), you can earn quite a decent return for your efforts.

3. You'll be writing for a prestigious university website, which can only enhance your writing portfolio.

4. Writing on this topic for this website will help you establish yourself as a credible authority on serious Internet-related topics.

5. This is a direct-contact job opportunity, rather than one that provides a Craigslist e-mail address or some such temporary contact info that often expires before you've even had a chance to inquire about the position.

6. It appears likely that a writer who is competent in writing about this topic will find ongoing work in this market.

The Gig

Stories and essays on Digital Ethics

The Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago is looking for pieces on digital ethics. The length of the piece should be 1,000-2,000 words. The material must be original, not published in other forms or in other forums. We will pay $250 for a completed piece. Pieces will be published on the center’s web site,

To begin send a short pitch; including the topic, a brief outline of main points, and sources you will use, include also a paragraph on your background and experience. We will review the proposal and proceed from there.

Send your ideas to

Good luck!


A Few Direct Contact Writing Jobs

September 5th 2010 04:32

A Few Writing Opps that Might Interest You

I recently came across a few writing opportunities that could prove to be lucrative ongoing assignments if they happen to be in your area of interest or expertise. Since they are direct contact jobs, you may send your communications directly to the client, rather than taking a chance that a Craigslist mailbox will be closed by the time you respond, which is why I've decided to post them. In fact, these appear to be ongoing opportunities, meaning you'll most likely be able to respond even if this post is outdated by the time you read it.

The Jobs

1. TPI Freelance is seeking freelance writers to join its team. The company seeks writers to work on a contract basis, providing various types of content for its clients. Compensation varies based on project, work quality, and speed of production, with no specific amounts mentioned. Visit the site for further information and follow the instructions to apply.

2. MetaEfficient.Com is seeking writers to pen product reviews for its website. Reviews can cover just about any efficient product or technique you know of or can research. For sample articles visit the website. The company pays $25-100 per post via PayPal. To apply, contact Justin Thomas at

3. Blue Mountain Press, the book division of Blue Mountain Arts, is accepting manuscripts in the following categories: gift books, personal growth, teens/tweens, family, relationships, motivational, and inspirational. Mail manuscripts to: Blue Mountain Press, P.O. Box 4219, Boulder, CO 80306. Request writer’s guidelines or e-mail queries to Please note: The company is not accepting works of fiction, rhyming poetry, children’s books, chapbooks, or memoirs. For examples of the kind of books they sell, visit the books page of their website at the above link.

Just a Few More Options for the Freelance Writer

Hopefully these writing job leads will add a few more viable options to your current lineup of clients, making it possible for you to bring in a little more money doing what you love!

Keep on writing!


Hippie Magazine Seeks Green Content

January 27th 2010 19:31

Put Your Environmental Savvy to Work

If you enjoy writing about ecology and the environment--or simply reporting on various innovations that help make our world and our lives safer, healthier, and more sustainable--you might find Hippie Magazine a great venue for your work. This online magazine is currently seeking "individual eco-rockstars" to contribute posts to its website.

A Few Details

Hippie Magazine pays $5-50 per post (for all rights) based on quality and length of post. You'll also receive a byline and an author page with a link to your website. Each post must be original and (of course) previously unpublished and requires at least one image. While compensation from this particular market isn't substantial, the posts I've looked at don't appear to have required a great deal of time or research to write. (Of course, a certain amount of research would be involved in simply finding innovative green applications, products, or methods--unless you happen to come across one in the course of your other work and decide to do a quick write-up for this mag.)

Mainstay or Supplemental Market?

Whether you're interested in this type of writing as a mainstay or prefer using it to supplement your other writing projects, Hippie Magazine could just prove to be a viable market for your work. Take a look at some of the posts the site has published in the past to get a better idea of the sort of content the publisher is seeking. Categories listed on the site include Business, Energy, Gadgets, Lists, Opinion, Politics, Products, Reducing, and Tech. These should provide a wide variety of opportunities to find a topic you'd be interested in writing about--even if environmental issues aren't your main writing focus. (My thought has always been that the more versatile a writer is, the more writing opportunities he or she will find. So, even if you've never written a "green" article before, why not give it a try. Today is always a great time to branch out and try something new.)

Pertinent Links

Here's a link to the Hippie Magazine "Write for Us" page. To give credit where credit is due, I found this market via this link.

Hope you'll find this market helpful!

Have you written about the environment before? What do you like/not like about tackling this topic? Know any other viable green markets your fellow writers can tap?


Call for Submissions

As I was perusing Craigslist this morning, I came across a call for submissions for a teen grief book and thought this would be a great writing opportunity to mention on my blog. While I've personally had more than my share of grief experiences, my losses didn't occur during my teens--though I know that for many others, they did. That's why I'd like to share this opportunity with my readers.

If you've lost a parent or other loved one during your teen years (whether you're still a teen or an adult who experienced grief while in your teens), this might be a good opportunity for you to share your story, experience some healing, and in the process possibly help someone else who is battling grief right now.

Grief Relief Book in Planning Stages

After I found the ad, I shot an e-mail off to the Craigslist mailbox, telling the advertiser that I'd be willing to post info about the opportunity to my blog if I had a direct contact e-mail address. To my surprise, I received an almost immediate reply (from the advertiser and not an automatic notification from Craigslist about a closed mailbox)--a very refreshing occurrence from Craigslist!

Fran Hall responded, telling me a little more about her project:

My friend and I both went through this as teens and now volunteer working with other kids who have experienced the death of a parent/parents. We especially would love to hear from teens themselves, as well as from people who are now adults who lost someone close when they were adolescents. Finding teens I think is going to be the most challenging part of doing this so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

In a later e-mail, Fran elaborated further on her project:

Also it's probably worth mentioning in the post that this is not intended to be a cliche, uplifting type of book even though I'm sure some stories will be which of course is great. However, some people may have had horrific experiences like being left with an abusive surviving parent for instance, or maybe their surviving parent neglected them. (Horrible I know, but it happens!) We want to hear the good, bad and the ugly because we need kids in every circumstance to know that they are not alone. That is the main goal.

The Original Ad

Just so you have all the info, here's the original Craigslist ad:

Did you experience the death of a parent or other close loved-one when you were a teenager or young adult? Do you remember the isolation and the feeling that you were different from everyone else you knew? We're editing a collection of non-fiction stories about death and grieving that will act as a support group for teens/young adults that feel that they have no one to relate to. The book will be geared for adolescents and we want to hear your stories.

We are looking for the following types of contributers:
1)adults who experienced a major death when they were teens/young adults
2)teens/young adults who experienced a major loss

We hope to create a resource that will help normalize the feelings that a grieving adolescent experiences. Stories can be uplifting, funny, devastating, or whatever... just as long as it's from a place of honesty. The goal is to help teens through their grieving process, in whatever that means to them, so we are not looking for contributors to give advice or share tired cliches like 'time heals all wounds' or ' I know they're in a better place'. We merely want honest and heartfelt stories that reflect personal experiences.

Contact Info

If you think you might be interested in contributing to this book project--as either a writer or an interviewee--contact Fran at the following e-mail address:

Since the project is still in the planning stages, Fran is currently collecting info from all those who are interested in contributing and plans to contact and interview each one at a later date. Contributors will likely receive compensation for their stories, though the amount hasn't been determined yet, since it's so early in the process. If this sounds like a project you might be interested in, drop Fran a line.

Here's to getting your story out there!

Good luck!


9 Writing Markets That Accept Reprints

September 29th 2009 20:02

I recently wrote a post about increasing your writing income by selling reprints. To help you get started doing that, I'd like to point you to a few of the many publications that accept previously published work. You'll find many more on such websites as Duotrope's Digest (which is where I found these).

Some Points to Consider Before Submitting Your Work

Compensation varies with each of these markets from "token" to "semi-pro" payments (to use Duotrope's payment categories). Most of these publishers provide sample issues that can be read online. I highly recommend that you study these to get an idea of the style and tone of each publication. That way, you won't waste your time—and theirs—sending work that doesn't fit the market.

Some of these publications follow specified themes for each issue, and others are open to various topics. Some have limits on how many stories, poems, etc., you may submit at one time. Most have specific formatting and/or submission requirements you'll need to follow when offering your work to them for publication. At least one refuses to open attachments, while another requires them. That's why it's so important to check each publication's submission guidelines carefully. Otherwise you might be out of the running before you even leave the starting gate.

The Reprint Markets

Note: Where a separate link to the market's guidelines has been provided below, I've done so because a Submissions link was not immediately apparent on the site's home page. All the remaining sites' Submissions links are prominently displayed on the pages linked to below. (At least they were at the time this post was published.)

The Houston Literary Review
This market accepts poetry, prose, and visual arts. It doesn't appear to offer payment, other than "an editor's choice award of $100 (which) will be paid to the poet whose published poem is selected as the best for that quarter." The site also states that "(a) similar award will be given to visual artists as well (pending quarterly budget requirements)."

This publication "focuses on works of flash fiction, flash nonfiction (memoirs, essays, creative nonfiction, humor) and short poetry."

Joyful! (Submissions page)
This is a market for "new AND experienced storytellers, poets, artists and photographers."

The Shine Journal
Described as "a home for some of the best, most exceptional flash fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and photography in the world!"

THEMA Literary Journal
Accepts "short stories, essays, poems, and art."

GlassFire Magazine
This "non-genre literary e-magazine, is looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry."

Ancient Paths (online and print magazine)
This publication seeks "poetry, prose, or art" with Christian or "universal religious" themes.

Fear and Trembling: Stories from the Shadowscape
This market is open to "Christian-friendly horror" fiction and poetry.

Crime and Suspense Magazine *
This publication is "interested in nearly any sort of crime and suspense fiction. Mystery, detective, noir, horror, action/adventure, and thrillers are all acceptable." They also "consider both short and feature-length films for online distribution."

Best of luck selling your reprints!

* Note: There's some question whether this market actually accepts reprints. At Duotrope's Digest, they have checked the "Reprints OK" box in their listing, but their submission guidelines seem to indicate a strong desire for first rights. Perhaps this is a new development, since their site has recently undergone reconstruction. You may either want to seek clarification from this publisher before submitting reprints or simply submit new material instead.

Know any other great reprint markets? We'd love it if you'd share them!


NOTE: Here's the information I promised in my last post. I'm sorry that it's taken me so long to get back into the swing of posting after my time away. Since losing Mom, life has been a challenge, to say the least.

I've decided that it's better to do my best to post a little something--even if it's short--than to wait until I can manage a longer, more meaty post. After all, a good resource is still a good resource--even if it isn't surrounded by a massive amount of brilliant prose.

So, without further ado, here's the freelancer's job resource info that I promised:

The latest addition to the freelance job cyberscape is

Freelance Job Openings provides free job leads for writers and other freelancers, including bloggers, web designers, artists, editors, researchers, and others. Job listings can be read in order by date (most recent listings first). They can also be displayed by category or searched by job title/keyword.

Peruse the site, bookmark it, and consider adding it to your list of job sites that you check on a regular basis for the latest job leads. It will add one more valuable weapon to your arsenal of job-search resources.

And, who knows, you just might end up finding your next paying gig there.

Happy hunting!

P.S. Don't forget to check out the related posts listed below. They provide links to other helpful freelance writing and blogging websites.


Familia Books Launches Book Project

Famila Books is seeking submissions of up to 3,000 words for its upcoming anthology, tentatively titled "Wisdom of Our Mothers," which is slated for publication in late January, 2009. Tentative submission deadline is November 30, 2008.

According to's Introduction page,

This website's aim is to gather stories about what we have learned from our mothers, how we feel about it, and how it affects the way we live our lives.

Further details on precisely the kind of work they're looking for are also included in their Introduction, as well as on their Send Stories and FAQs pages.

Purpose of Project

The "Wisdom of Our Mothers" project not only offers decent compensation to writers (more on this below), but is also intended to benefit victims of domestic violence. The site's Intro page states the following:

50% of the book's profits will be donated to shelters for mothers and their children escaping from abusive relationships.

Compensation Options and Amounts

Authors will be paid a minimum of $100 per story accepted for publication in "Wisdom of Our Mothers," though, in lieu of payment, a writer may opt to donate his or her compensation in full to a domestic violence shelter. Other payment options include the following:

$200 payment, made one year after publication, or

Share of profits earned by the book during its first two years of publication, maximum $500, minimum $100 (details and payment schedule may be found on FAQs page)

Sample Stories

Sample Stories are available on the website, to give you a better idea of the kind of stories they're looking for. These stories provide the perfect opportunity for you to see firsthand what elements the pieces they favor contain. This will help you incorporate those same elements into your own work to give it a better chance of acceptance.

Table of Contents

You'll also find a link to the book's Table of Contents on the Sample Stories page. This will allow you to look over each chapter title and theme and may spark ideas on a specific focus for your story.

Best of luck on your submission!

Did you enjoy this post? What are your thoughts on this project? Are you more likely to submit because of the benefit element of the project? Or would you submit a story anyway? What do you think of Familia's numerous payment options? Which sound good to you? Does this writing project seem to be one that would bring you a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment? How so? Do you think you'll submit?

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Blogging Job Sites

August 31st 2008 03:21

A Variety of Blogging Job Resources

Here's the list of blogging job sites I promised in my last post: Blogging Gigs: Are They For You? Some of these sites are job boards or forums which focus on blogging gigs, others are blog networks that offer varying amounts of compensation for posts and/or blogs, and one is actually a virtual agency that finds business blogging gigs for subscribers.

Blogging Job Boards

ProBlogger Job Board


Performancing Blogger Job Board


Blogging Job Forums

Blogging Tips' Looking to Hire Room

AuthorityBlogger’s Want, Need, and Offer Forum

BlogHer (Women’s Blogging--and Writing--Opps)

Blog Networks




Weblogs, Inc.

Blogging Job Agency

Onward Search Blogging Jobs (Business Blogging Jobs)

Other Sources of Blogging Gigs

Blogging gigs are also regularly featured, along with other types of literary jobs, on the writing (and other) job boards linked to in my two recent posts: Job Listing Sites for Writers and Most Popular Writing Job Sites. If you know of other websites that focus on blogging gigs--or offer a considerable number of them--I hope you'll consider sharing the links with us in comments. I'm sure all your fellow bloggers will thank you!

Happy hunting!


Did you enjoy this post? Have any great blogging job resources to share? Any tips that have worked for you in landing--or keeping--blogging gigs? Any cautions that others seeking such gigs should be aware of? We'd be honored to receive the benefit of your experience!

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Blogging Gigs: Are They For You?

August 28th 2008 20:19

What's Your Pleasure: A Blogging Career or a Little Moonlighting?

Do you love blogging so much that you'd like to make a career of it? Perhaps you'd rather simply find a blogging gig or two that would allow you to express yourself in a more personal setting while picking up a few extra bucks to supplement your other freelance writing income. You might even hope to use your new-found blogging gig to underwrite or help promote your current AdSense-revenue-only blog. These are all great reasons for seeking work as a blogger.

Blogging Gigs: Regular--But Not Always Substantial--Income

One nice thing about blogging gigs is that they can provide a writer with regular income--a handy commodity in the uncertain, feast-or-famine world of freelance writing. But, though regular, often blogging income isn't very substantial. This is one of the realities of the Internet culture in which we ply our writing craft. Blogs are everywhere! Yet, there are companies that understand and want to capitalize on the booming popularity of blogs and are therefore willing to pay fairly decent to quite lucrative compensation amounts for regular blog posts on virtually unlimited topics--particularly from seasoned and/or popluar bloggers.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Paid Blogger?

If you enjoy blogging and have a fair amount of knowledge about one or more topics (or an area of personal interest, coupled with some great research skills), if you can express yourself clearly and explain your topic well, and if you have the ability to make your topic come alive via an engaging writing style, these elements can add up to opportunity for you. Every company requires a different level of expertise of its bloggers. In fact, some don't require anything more than the "gift of gab," a real interest in your topic, the ability to write about it in an engaging manner, and some proof that you have the ability to post consistently on your topic (i.e., a regularly-updated past or current blog).

Blogging Gigs: What Are You Looking For?

Every blogger is looking for something different in a blogging gig, and available opportunities vary widely. Some offer only a share of advertising revenues, some "pay" you by providing a forum whereby you can promote and link to your current website or blog, others pay token amounts, and still others offer reasonable to excellent compensation for your posts. You'll need to assess your own needs, wants, talents, experience, availability, temperament, and current financial situation and weigh these against the opportunities available if you hope to make professional blogging a realistic part of your writing business.

Caution: Blogging Gigs Can Raise Your Blood Pressure!

Before considering a blogging gig, be sure you're prepared to face the sometimes stressful requirement of providing fresh, new, interesting content on a recurring basis. Some companies require 3-5 posts a week, others, daily posting, and still others, multiple posts per day. Be sure you'll be up to the task and able to think clearly under the incessant pressure of daily or weekly blogging quotas and deadlines. If you have a tendency to experience a disproportionate amount of stress under deadline pressure or become excessively anxious over impending projects, paid blogging may not be the gig for you.

(Now and then, you'll actually find companies that require less-frequent posting--e.g., once per week. Periodically, you'll even run across ads seeking individual blog posts as contributions to already-existing blogs. This is a great way to take the pressure off and might prove the ideal answer for those who enjoy blogging yet prefer to avoid the stress of assuming the entire responsibility for administering a blog.)

Always Remember That a Blog Is a Community

Another factor to consider where blogging gigs are concerned is that, whereas most freelance writing simply requires writing an article or other type of copy and submitting/selling it to a publisher or website, a successful blog requires interaction with its readers. Be sure you're prepared to spend the time it takes to reply to comments and build a rapport with your readers before you accept a blogging gig. Figure in the time you'll inevitably spend in this activity when considering whether or not the compensation you'll receive will be sufficient for the time, energy, and effort expended.

Follow-Up Post: Blogging Job Sites

Stay tuned for my next post, in which I'll provide links to some websites that list blogging gigs. In the meantime, give a little thought to the question of whether these are the kinds of writing gigs you should focus on, whether you should simply consider them as an adjunct to other types of writing, or whether you should, perhaps, avoid them completely--except, possibly, for submitting an occasional post to an already active blog. Only you can answer that question--though it might take you a bit more time and experience to figure it out!

Happy blogging!

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Most Popular Writing Job Sites

August 18th 2008 17:41

Staple Sites Most Writers Visit for Job Leads

Earlier today, in my post, Job Listing Sites for Writers, I offered a few of the less-widely known websites that list writing jobs, assuming that most of you already know about the sites that are the mainstay of the freelance writing community. However, on considering it further, I realized that many writers--particularly those new to the craft (or new to the profession)--may not be aware of all these goldmines of paid writing opportunities. So I've decided to provide links to the sites most writers visit first when seeking writing jobs.

Four Favorite Freelance Job Sites

Freelance Writing Jobs at About Freelance Writing

Freelance Writing Jobs, Deb Ng

Writer’s Resource Center (Poewar) Writing Jobs

WritersWeekly Paying Markets and Jobs

A Super-Simple Job-Search Strategy

You can, in fact, check all four of the above sites with a minimum of hassle by visiting About Freelance Writing's job page first, since it provides links to all three of the other sites. This is the way I generally do it for the most convenient and productive job-search session. You can, of course, bookmark each of the above sites individually (along with those listed in my previous post)--which might be a good idea in case you should ever want to divide your job-hunting into more than one session. That way, you'd be able to go directly to the individual site you want to check at the time. About Freelance Writing has made it super-easy for you, though; so, in most cases, that's the only one of the four sites you'll need to visit via your bookmarks.

Many of the jobs listed on the above sites will, of course, be duplicates, since nearly all are gleaned from the same major job boards, such as Craigslist. The only exception here is Writer's Resource Center. (More on this below.) Such duplicate postings are generally fairly easy to spot, though; and I do recommend checking all these sites, anyway, if you have the time, because you'll always find at least a few jobs that are "exclusive" to one site or the other.

Writer's Resource Center: A Great Place for Technical Writing Jobs

The jobs at Writer's Resource Center come from, which collects them from virtually everywhere. The technical writer, in particular, will find a wealth of job leads at WRC, though many other writing-related jobs are represented there, as well.

Other Popular Job-Listing Sites

In addition to those above, several other sites are widely used by freelancers and other writing professionals to find gigs. A few follow:

Online Writing Jobs

Media Bistro

Freelance Writing: A Comprehensive Job-Search Site

Another site--one which provides links to jobs from each of the major job boards/bidding sites separately--serves as a convenient hub for a wide variety of writing job sites:

Freelance Writing.

For those who prefer to check each listing service individually, this site would be the way to go. Most other sites combine jobs from all the major job boards into a single listing, whereas Freelance Writing divides these listings into separate sections, such as Craigslist, oDesk, Online Writing Jobs, etc. It also provides a helpful Magazine Guidelines Database.

Job-Search Sites Offer Multi-Talented Writers A Variety of Opportunities

The above website links, along with those provided in my previous post, should arm you well for the task of finding suitable writing jobs, regardless of your writing specialty. If you also happen to have editing, proofreading, or other similar experience, you'll find ample work on these sites, as well. For those who have additional, non-writing/publishing skills, such as art, graphic- or web-design, computer programming, sales, transcription, or virtual clerical skills, the above sites have numerous job leads to offer you, also (as do the sites mentioned in my Job Listing Sites for Writers post.)

So, what are you waiting for? Instead of pounding the pavement for job leads, as you may have had to in the past, you can now enjoy the unprecedented privilege of simply pounding your keyboard and opening a whole world of career possibilities. And the variety of available opportunities is "virtually" endless! So, why not take advantage of it?

Happy--and fruitful--job-hunting!

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Job Listing Sites for Writers

August 18th 2008 01:08

Websites that List Writing Gigs

In my internet travels, I've run across various writing job sites (or sites that also list writing jobs), other than the more commonly used ones, and thought I'd share them. You've likely heard of some (or most); but there may just be a few here that you haven't seen before. Hopefully, they'll help make it a little easier for you to find your next paid writing gig!

Less-Common Writing Job Sites
You'll need to register for this site, so I'll provide a direct link to the jobs page in case you'd like to check it out first. The site lists all kinds of jobs, but provides a search option to narrow your search.
This site lists all types of telecommute jobs. There's a one-time charge for joining--one which seems a bit steep to me for simply enjoying the privilege of perusing job ads--but it's definitely worth browsing their job listings, anyway, because often you'll find website or other contact info for clients in their ads.
This site provides a "Search Jobs" capability. From what I can see, it doesn't appear to provide an option for browsing job listings without performing a search first.
This site offers listings for all types of tech jobs, so you'll need to search specifically for writing jobs, which will bring up a variety of technical writing opportunities. It is, however, also a fantastic site for those who have additional technological skills (beyond technical writing) and might be interested in moonlighting--or even specializing--in "hands-on" tech work.

Sunoasis Jobs
This site focuses on writing and writing-related jobs, such as editing, proofreading, etc.

Best of luck finding your next gig!

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Do You Have a HandPrints On My Heart Story?

Are you (or do you know) a female author with a story to tell about a special individual whose influence has been life-changing? If so, Marlene Moore Gordon would like to see your story and consider it for possible inclusion in her upcoming book, HandPrints On My Heart.

Marlene is seeking "personal real-life short stories written to acknowledge someone who has made a significant difference in the writer’s life," and her hope is that the "universal emotions" expressed in these stories "will touch the hearts of people worldwide who read, hear and see (them)."

My Own HandPrints Submission and Experience

A short time back, I contacted Marlene about her project, after discovering her call for submissions at LifeWriter's Market Watch. (You'll find other writing markets on this site, as well. Be aware that, as new projects are added, older ones move toward the bottom of the webpage. So, you may need to scroll down quite a bit to locate the HandPrints announcement.) I submitted an inspirational story I'd written about my paternal grandmother but had never published. She accepted my piece and we then went through a few rounds of editing to improve the piece and make it more suitable to the tone she had in mind for the stories. (I found her very pleasant to work with and quite receptive to my editorial input, which is always a plus for a writer whose work is undergoing the editing process.)

The HandPrints On My Heart Website and Guidelines

You'll find more information about this fascinating project at the HandPrints On My Heart website. Marlene's Submission Guidelines will give you all the information you'll need to submit your own story.

A Few HandPrints Business Details

While Marlene is still seeking a publisher for HandPrints On My Heart, she already has a literary agent. Monetary compensation for the project is still undetermined and will be presented to all accepted authors in writing for their approval once a publisher has been signed. Marlene expects compensation to be comparable to that offered by other similar anthologies, such as A Cup of Comfort and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rights purchased will be non-exclusive, one-time rights.

Will You Help Spread the Word?

Marlene is interested in spreading the word about the HandPrints On My Heart book project. So, if you're a blogger whose niche is writing and/or publishing, you might want to consider writing a post about her project. Check out the details at her website and/or drop her a line -- and maybe a submission, too, while you're at it -- at the following e-mail address: (Even if you aren't a blogger, you can still spread the word to other writers you know -- and send in your own submission, as well.)

Know Any Celebrities Who Can Endorse the Project?

And, if you happen to know any celebrities who might be willing to contribute a story, along with an endorsement of the book, by all means, let them know about the project (and let Marlene know about them.) It's simply a fact of life that more publishers will sit up and take notice of a manuscript that has a celebrity's name attached.

Hope to see your story in HandPrints!

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An Invaluable Resource Clearinghouse for Writers

If you're a writer and you haven't yet visited John Hewitt's Writer's Resource Center, you don't know what you're missing! And if you've been there before but haven't stopped by lately, it's high time you made a return visit! John's blog is a veritable treasure trove of information helpful to writers--both in improving their craft and promoting/marketing their work.

John Does Your Research for You

By scouring the internet for valuable resources--and thereby saving the busy writer an incredible amount of time--John is able to provide writers with links to writing jobs and a plethora of websites and blog posts that offer tools, wisdom, insight, and practical advice on every conceivable aspect of writing and/or blogging.

One example of the huge amount of writing info John gathers into one place for the writer's convenience is his 3/2/08 Sunday Link Love post. Why not stop by, check out the fantastic information he's offered in this post, and then give it a Stumble. (If you're reading this much later than that date, visit John's blog anyway via the main link above to find his most recent resource lists--and don't forget to give them a Stumble to show John how much you appreciate all his hard work!)

A Great Place to Find Writing Jobs

Here's another example of just how much John has to offer his readers: This Week's Writing Jobs. You'll also love the Writer's Resource Center - Job Roll feature, which provides web-based search results for writing jobs, broken down into categories, and accessed via convenient links in John's sidebar. Here's a sample of what you'll find when you click his Freelance Writing link: freelance writer jobs. Other categories include General Writing, Copywriting, Editing, Online/Web, and Proofreading. John also offers writing job lists broken down by state. (To access the links to these and other writing job categories, visit John's main website, linked to in the first paragraph of this post, and click the appropriate link in his sidebar.)

A Site Worth Bookmarking

Whether or not you've ever been to Writer's Resource Center before, do yourself a big favor and take a few minutes to drop by. And why not bookmark the site while you're at it. I'm sure it's a link you'll be using again and again.

Happy resource-gathering!

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A Wealth of Writing Resources

Do you enjoy reading—or writing—about writing? If so, there are a number of writer’s e-zines and newsletters that offer helpful writing advice and themselves provide a handy market for your writing-related work. Many of these e-publications also list other markets for various styles and genres of writing, with some even conveniently linking to the submission guidelines for those markets. Others provide info on current or upcoming writing contests.

While each publication differs slightly in the exact resources it offers, all have one thing in common: they all contain helpful articles on the craft and business of writing. So, dig in, get your literary hands dirty, and reap the benefits of the collective experience of a wide variety of writers from many different disciplines and genres. And don't forget to check—and bookmark—each publication's own submission guidelines while you're there.

E-zines and Newsletters by Writers for Writers

Here’s the list, in no particular order:

Coffee Break for Writers E-zine

Write from Home E-zine *

Absolute Write Newsletter

Writing for Dollars Newsletter

The Writer Within Newsletter E-zine

WritersWeekly E-zine

Writing World Newsletter

FundsforWriters Newsletter

Women on Writing E-zine

T-zero Expandizine, The Writer’s E-Zine

Hopefully, these e-zines and newsletters for writers will help advance your writing career both creatively and financially!

Best wishes,

*UPDATE: Amy Derby has decided to make certain changes at Write-from-home for 2008, which include merging the main website with the Write from Home Blog. This effectively means that no new e-zine articles will be posted, though the article archives will continue to be available. Read about Amy's changes in this post: 2008.

This is not a sponsored post.

Did you enjoy this post? Know of any other e-zines or newsletters for writers? Please feel free to share them with us in comments!


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