Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Want To Make a Full-time income...

with freelance writing? Then Elance would be my suggested source. I have been working as a freelance writer for 4 years and have found most of my current employers throught this site. They do require that you sign up for a subscription and there is a monthly payment of around $12 per month, but when you are actively working through Elance that is a very small fee. They usually have around 750 jobs posted, so there is ample opportunity to find a job that fits your expertise.

Elance works on a bidding system somewhat similar to ebay, except you are bidding on a job. My biggest suggestion for being successful in winning jobs is that you should customize every single submission you make for a job. Some people have one submission blurb that they use for every job they are bidding on, and it is very obvious to a buyer when someone is doing this. Also, always submit a couple of samples of your work, whether it is asked for or not.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Terms Every Freelance Writer Should Know

This is when a writer sells writes something but then sells their rights to the work to another person who places their name on the work as their writing. This is done often with online content. Often though the rights owner doesn't really place their name on the work, they simply post it on their website.

This stands for Search Engine Optimized. It is a form of online content writing which boosts search engine ratings because it is written in such a way to attract search engine spiders.

This is a grouping of some of your best work from different areas. It is often used to show a potential employer your abilities and work performance.

Copy Editor
An editor who prepares text for publication

To read (copy or proof) in order to find errors and mark corrections.

Something written, especially copied from one medium to another, as a typewritten version of dictation. This type of work is often included on Freelance writing job sites. It most often includes writing down a speech or some other information from an audio format.

Press Release
An announcement of an event, performance, or other newsworthy item that is issued to the press.

White Papers
An authoritative report on a major issue, as by a team of journalists.