From the monthly archives:

April 2009

As you know, this week I am working on a series of articles relating to the freelance jobs bidding website Elance. I mentioned this on Twitter a couple of days ago and I was approached by Maryan Pelland of the Chicago Freelance Writing Examiner who wanted to interview me about my experience with Elance and how I use it. I am delighted to report that the interview is now live and you can read it over at the Chicago Freelance Writing Examiner.

Let me know what you think and be sure to keep an eye out for the next in my Elance series which focuses on Elance membership fees and what are connects.

Until next time,

Keep writing.

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Do You Have An Elance Account?

by Amanda J Evans on April 28, 2009

This week my series of articles focus on Elance.  Elance is a website where you can bid on freelance writing jobs.  It is a paid membership website and this week I want to give you the ins and outs of using Elance, why it’s a good idea to have an Elance account, and how to place bids on Elance.  There is a lot of information to cover so be sure to check in daily to read more.

First off let me say I joined Elance back in 2004 and have been a member ever since.  Is it something I regret, definitely not.  Elance was my starting point as a freelancer and I have gained a lot of knowledge and great clients through Elance.

Do I recommend people join Elance?

Yes.

If you don’t have an Elance account then maybe you should get one.  If you are just starting out you might think that you can’t afford to pay a monthly membership but I do believe that $9.95 per month is justifiable.

Like most people you have probably heard that bidding websites should be avoided because they pay peanuts and some of this is correct.  Elance however have been around long before these peanut paying jobs started infiltrating the markets and my guess is that they will be around for a lot longer too.  With Elance the minimum bid you can place on any job is $50 and the majority of people who place jobs on Elance do so in the knowledge that they will have to pay for this work.

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What’s Happening On The Hidden Writer This Week

by Amanda J Evans on April 27, 2009

This week is set to be an exciting week here on the Hidden Writer. For starters I will be adding a series of articles on the bidding website Elance. This is a series of 4 articles which will include.

Why You Should Have An Elance Account
Connects and Subscription Fees Explained
How To Choose A Writing Job To Bid On
How To Word Your Bid For Better Success

Also this week I am working on a review for Get A Freelancer which as you know is a free freelance writing jobs website where again you have to bid. My research for this post started yesterday and each day I will be checking out the jobs, placing bids, and reporting my results after 7 days. So keep an eye out for the post next week.

I am also busily preparing for the launch of my new e-book which focuses on multiple streams of income for writers. Currently I am interviewing a number of top freelance writers to get their views and opinions on some of the topics I will be covering in the e-book. If you are interested in taking part in this email interview just head over to my main website Ghostwriting Uncovered and send me a note via the contact page.

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Some Sunday Freelance Writing Jobs

by Amanda J Evans on April 26, 2009

Twitter is so great.  I use Tweetdeck and I have a freelance writing job search set up too.  It gives me 100 of the latest jobs posted and updates every couple of minutes.  I thought I would just let you know of a couple of jobs that looked promising.

Ok the first one is a writing competition but I said I would include it because it sounds promising.
Next is a job titled Writers Wanted Great Pay
Looking To Hire Writers with a compensation of $50 per hour
Female Writers For Publication.  This is for a Men’s lifestyle publication and again sounds promising.

All these jobs are listed on Craigslist.  If you have a Twitter account and use tweetdeck it might be worth setting up the job search feature.  You can do this by clicking on the Twitter search icon on the top of the screen.

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Finding Freelance Writing Jobs

by Amanda J Evans on April 26, 2009

As freelance writers we are always on the look out for new jobs so here’s a great post that will help you out.  It’s a post that you will definitely want to read if you have a twitter account.  It’s called 15 people and places to follow on Twitter to find freelance writing jobs.  It’s definitely worth checking out so be sure to take a look.  You never know where you next writing job will come from so why not make your job search as easy as possible.

Until next time,

Keep writing.

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Writers You Should Follow On Twitter

by Amanda J Evans on April 17, 2009

There is a great post over on Get Paid To Write Online called the 39 Writers You should follow on Twitter.  If you want to know what other writers are up to, want to make friends with some new writers, then I suggest that you take a look at the list and get following.  I can’t tell you the amount of great writer friends I have made on Twitter.  Enough said, check this list out and if you don’t have a twitter account, sign up now.  Don’t forget to follow me too @amandajevans.

Until next time,

Keep writing.

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Great List Of Free Press Release Websites

by Amanda J Evans on April 16, 2009

If you are considering writing press releases for clients why not add something extra and include submission to a number of press release websites in your price.  There is an excellent list of free press release websites over at My Easy Online Pay that you should check out and bookmark.  Adding submission in with your press release writing services can help to get your more clients and of course the great news is that you can track these press releases and keep an account of their success and the number of backlinks they get which can also be used when looking for new clients.  Potential clients always want to know how successful you are and if you have detailed statistics and results it making getting the jobs easier.

Check out the list at http://myeasyonlinepay.com/press-releases

Until next time,

Keep writing.

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High Paying Writers Markets For Freelance Writers

by Amanda J Evans on April 15, 2009

If you have ever thought about writing for magazines instead of just website content then below is a list of some magazines and what they pay.  Yes it’s a lot more than your standard 500 word web article and there is more work involved too.  For most of this type of freelance writing work you need to get to grips with the query letter.  The reason I opted for ghostwriting instead was that dreaded query letter.  Now though after many years of experience it is an area that I am beginning to look at again.  Do you write for magazines?  If so why not share your stories good or bad, I’d love to hear them, it might even give me the boost I need to get started.

Here’s the list of writers markets.

CHICAGO READER, USA
Greatest need is for magazine-style feature stories of varying
lengths on Chicago topics.  More than 50% freelance. Pays $25 (the
shortest items) to $1,000 (the longest cover features). Short
features usually run $150-$300, and reviews pay set rates of $150
or $250, depending on length.
http://www.chicagoreader.com/readerinc/freelance.html

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New Home Study Course For Copywriters

by Amanda J Evans on April 14, 2009

I have been meaning to tell everyone about this course for a while now but I have been ill and away from my computer and just remembered it today.  I’m glad I did too because the special offer on this course is only available until the 23rd April.  This home study course is one that I was hoping to do but unfortunately at this time I can’t.  I am not affiliated with it at all and just wanted to pass on the information in case anyone is interested in completing it.

The course is by Chris Marlow who is an excellent coach.  I get her e-mail newsletter which are always packed with great content and I have no doubt that this course will be amazing too and very worth while for anyone who is looking to branch out and specialize in their writing career this year.  I won’t go on by giving you details of what the sales page says, instead why not check it out for yourself and if anyone has already signed up for this course be sure to let me know what it’s like. Here’s the link, http://marlowmarketingmethod.com/home_study_course.html

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