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Creating a Successful Freelance Writing Career
If you’re serious about making a living as a freelance writer, the first thing you need to do is forget about all of the success stories you’ve heard about and focus on your own journey. One of the biggest mistakes aspiring writers make is fantasizing about someone else’s end result, and not taking the time out to consider how they got there. Well here’s how. The most successful freelance writers are good at what they do, they work long hours, they are dedicated and motivated, they’re consistent, and they have certain skills that help attract and keep clients.
As an aspiring writer, you must realize that there is no easy path to success and remember that the overnight success stories are the exception, not the rule. So now that the lecture is out of the way, let’s get down to business. After shifting your focus, you should think about what type of writer you would like to be, keeping in mind that the type of writer you would like to be and the type of writing you’re good at might be two different things. If you feel like you’re an excellent fiction writer and you would like to sell your stories, this next section is for you.
How to Become a Freelance Writer (Fiction)
If you have a story or stories to tell, enter your excerpts and short stories into as many contests as you can. You should also try publishing your short stories or excerpts in short story magazines and other publications that accept short stories. You can find out exactly where to market your work by picking up a copy of the most recent Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market by Writer’s Digest Books (Editor, Alice Pope).
This resource will tell you which publications are open to your genre or subject matter and the guidelines for each. Just about every publication has specific guidelines for submissions. If you don’t follow the guidelines to the letter, even if your story is fantastic, it won’t get past the front door. It can take several months to years to get your first story published, so be patient and know that once you have even one credit under your belt, getting past the front door will get easier.
Most large book publishers, and many small ones, do not accept unsolicited manuscripts, so after collecting a sizable number of credits such as honorable mentions, published stories or contest wins, consider hiring an agent. You can try to hire an agent without any credits, but having them will give agents more confidence in your skills, dedication and marketability. An agent will evaluate your manuscript and let you know if he or she is willing to take you on as a client. If they do, you’re still only about halfway there.
Even after an agent signs you, there’s still much work to be done. Starting out, you will have to play an active role in marketing your idea, and once your book is published, you will have to do even more. This means that it takes more than being a good writer to be a successful writer. You have to get to know marketing and business in o...