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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
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
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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