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Cracking the $1 Word Market
by Marla Hardee Milling

Most freelance writers aspire to writing for markets that pay $1/word or more. As I've struggled to build my freelance writing career, there have been many times when I thought I would never gain entrance into the $1/word club. With persistence and savvy Web marketing, I proved myself wrong. I just sold my first $1/word article and then clinched two more $1/word assignments all in one month.

I have enough rejection slips from the big National newsstand glossies to wallpaper my house. I'm still trying to break in there. The market I've cracked is the $1/word online market. I search daily for freelance opportunities on the Web on sites like Avalanche of Jobs for Writers ( http://www.sunoasis.com) and Freelance Online (http://www.freelanceonline.com ), and I share marketing information while networking with other writers in online writing groups.

I've found that editors who have immediate needs will often post a message on the Web for freelance writers. I've had success by tailoring my query letters to the specific needs listed in the posting. I've become a regular writer for Event Essentials (http://www.event-essentials.com) after reading about a need for writers there. I'm working on my third feature article for Web Guide Monthly. I originally answered a listing for site reviewers, and after building rapport with the editors, I have successfully clinched three major assignments.

Earlier this month, I came across a posting seeking freelance writers from the editor of the Armchair Millionaire. I responded with a shotgun e-query. For those not familiar, a shotgun query lists multiple ideas in one letter. He promptly responded saying he liked all three ideas, but wanted me to start with the one I thought I could turn the quickest. I picked "And Baby Makes Three," (http://www.armchairmillionaire.com/features/baby_1005.html) a 500-word first person account about how to keep your savings plan going even with a new baby in the house.

I submitted the article two days before deadline and he immediately posted it on the site. I shot back an e-mail asking about the other two ideas, and within a short time he replied with assignments for both.

Online magazines are appearing almost daily. Will they replace regular print magazines? Probably, we just don't know how long it will take. In the meantime, I have my sights set on the Web classifieds... for writers wanted.

© Copyright 1999, Marla Hardee Milling

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