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Since the first of the year, I've been thinking about this blog and the direction I wish for it to take. For two years, I have focused mainly on sharing information about online writing sites and my experiences with many of them. However, over this time period, I have seen online writing change, sites close down, others expand and many cutting back on hiring writers. Frankly, I believe this trend will continue and we will see the market for online freelance writers narrow down over the next few years or pay gradually become lower and lower. For this reason, I think it is important for every freelance writer to explore multiple ways of increasing their income instead of focusing only on one or two income sources.
Finding Different Freelance Writing Opportunities
Over this next year, I plan on adding more information about other freelance writing opportunities that, for many people, have become lost in the shuffle because everyone is focusing on online writing. Recently, I added a page to this blog giving information and resources on regional parenting magazines that are in need of freelance writers and that pay fairly well per article. Yesterday, I completed this list (unless I come upon other opportunities) and I hope you will all take a serious look at these magazines as another way to add to your writing income. In the next few weeks, I will create another page that will give information about writing for health publications (see Health Magazine page here) around the country. Health topics are hot and new information is always needed for the many publications out there today.
Another way I hope to help freelance writers is to add blog posts which explain important topics like how to write a query letter/e-mail to a magazine, how to format articles for magazines and how to set pay rates if you are working on acquiring new clients. As the year goes on, I hope to find topics of interest for all writers and opportunities that will help you all expand on your experience so you can increase your writing income.
As for me, I plan on writing less for many of the online sites and focusing more on returning to tried-and-true sites like Constant-Content and Suite101. I also have a few writing commitments that I plan on continuing with. I also plan on focusing on this blog and working more on my Health News blog, to try to grow an income from it rather than grow income for someone else.
My hope is that Write Moms will eventually provide a multitude of freelance writing opportunities and information so that everyone will be able to find the right freelance opportunities for their needs and increase their income as well.