From the monthly archives:

October 2008

Some Excellent Freelance Writing Posts

by Amanda J Evans on October 29, 2008

There are some really great freelance writing blogs out there and some excellent posts doing the rounds at the moment.  Here are a few that you might find interesting.

First off – You’re Hired! Don’t Blow It From the Freelance Writing Jobs Blog.  This is a very valuable read for anyone who freelances.

The second one I want to share is from the CopyBlogger titled Where Have All The Freelance Writing Jobs Gone? This article is written by Yuwanda Black from InkwellEditorial.com also with whom I have been interviewed.  You can also download a free PDF by reading this article.

Lastly here’s something that everyone will want to read.  It’s a list of the 50 Best Websites For Writers and it’s on the Edu Choices Website.  This post was published back in July but I just discovered it yesterday whilst I was using Stumble.  This is a great tool for finding writing information, or information on any topic really.  If you don’t have it, I definitely recommend it.

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Great Ghostwriting Article

by Amanda J Evans on October 29, 2008

Here’s a great ghostwriting article for anyone who is interested in writing books for a living.

Seven Useful Tips To Ghostwrite Books For Clients As A Freelance
Writer

by Brian Scott

Serious freelance writers know their income may come from other sources, not just writing articles for magazines or clients.  Ultimately, their freelance writing leads to writing books or e-books for themselves or as ghostwriters. If you decide to ghostwrite e-books and trade paperbacks for clients, consider the
following:

If a client hires you as a “work-for-hire” ghostwriter, then the client pays you for your work, and he owns all rights. Make sure:
1) You receive a 50% retainer before you begin the work; and 2) You receive the balance at or right before delivery. That’s it.  If the book turns out to be a great success, great! That’s wonderful! You should be extremely proud — but from a distance! To be a successful ghostwriter, you must enjoy your glory as a ghostwriter in the shadows. Many ghostwriters prefer it that way.

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English Grammar 101 – All You Need To Know

by Amanda J Evans on October 21, 2008

Daily Writing Tips

As a ghostwriter grammar is essential and with the world wide web it is important to understand both US english and UK english grammar.  I recently came across a great blog post that provides you with everything you need to know about english grammar and how to use it properly when it comes to your writing.  Now most of us will have studied grammar when we were in school, but it is so easy to forget some of the rules that I think this website is one you should have bookmarked so that you can refer to it when needed.  This website covers sentences, clauses, phases, speech, nouns, adjectives, verbs, and much more.

The website is Daily Writing Tips and the link for this particular post is http://www.dailywritingtips.com/english-grammar-101-all-you-need-to-know/ it is a definite recommendation for all writers.

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Need Help With Your Writing?

by Amanda J Evans on October 21, 2008

Creative Writing Image

I spend a lot of my time using what I think is a great application “Stumble”.  I have this featured installed in my browser and find it brilliant for discovered new writing websites.  Today I want to share a great website with everyone that will also help with your writing work.  How many times have you been writing and found yourself running out of ideas?  It happens to us all at some stage and this website that I found gives you excellent creative writing prompts.  All you have to do is point your cursor at any number and a writing prompt will appear.  I spent quite some time on this website over the weekend and was amazed by all the different prompts that were available.  One that I found quite entertaining was writing from the point of view of a clean sock that was mistakenly placed in the laundry basket.

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Freelancing And My Sat Nav

by Amanda J Evans on October 8, 2008

I just recently secured a new client that I am really thrilled about. Even better is the fact that he also lives here in Ireland making contact so much easier or so I thought. Turns out we are going to meet up for a coffee to discuss the project at hand. The problem is that he lives in a place I have never heard of. I know you probably think Ireland is small but its really not when you live here. Anyway I have the problem solved, I’ll be using my Sat Nav that great little GPS system that ensures I won’t get lost. Best of all, my SatNav even tells me how long it will take to get to my location and I can choose to avoid the motorways too if I want.

It really got me thinking, what would I have done without my trusted little companion. I could just imagine myself parked up at the side of the road trying to read a map to see where I was going, probably get lost, miss my appointment, and end up losing my client.

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To Bid Or Not To Bid On Freelance Writing Jobs

by Amanda J Evans on October 8, 2008

We all know the phrase “to be or not to be, that is the question” and so today I want to suggest a new phrase “to bid or not to bid, on freelance writing jobs”. 

In a recent discussion on the powerful intentions forum someone suggested that bidding on jobs was a waste of time.  This person has posted saying that she was interested in earning money writing but didn’t get the whole bidding thing and thought it was a waste of time.  A few of us that replied suggested websites such as Elance and Guru as we use them and find them a very good way of attracting new clients to our business.  Another person suggested that this person look for magazine work but this was again dismissed with a comment such as I don’t want to have to write query letters all the time.  It got me to wondering what it was that this person really wanted.  She said she wanted to earn money from her writing but no matter what the suggestion was, it wasn’t something that she wanted to do.

Anyway I’m getting a little off topic here, what I was really wondering, was, how many of us freelance writers actually do bid on jobs as a means of making a living from out writing.  In short what is you answer to the question “to bid or not to bid, on freelance writing jobs”. 

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by Amanda J Evans on October 1, 2008

How to find freelance writing jobs

Youtube has become my latest passion and if you use it then you know all about the great information that you can find. Today I found a great video on how to find freelance writing jobs. Check it out below and let me know what you think.

Until next time,

Amanda

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