You have dreamed of the freedom of being a freelance writer for

some time. Being able to set your own schedule, choose your own

jobs and write the material that you want to write – yes, it

certainly has its perks. I love being a freelancer writer, and I

wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. Well, I would

change some things, but, I digress.

As I search the freelance writing job boards for someone to help

me pick up some extra writing assignments, I notice that there

are a lot of novice freelance writers trying to break into the

market. I was there once, and I didn’t like it much. I started

doing this back when the whole search engine article craze and

the e-books weren’t around – to be a freelance writer you had to

do it the old fashioned way – query. This wasn’t so bad, and I

learned a tremendous amount along the way. And still, if you

want to freelance write for most major (and minor) publications,

they still require a query letter. But, we aren’t going to get

into that yet.

One of the biggest roadblocks facing a freelance writer who is

trying to break into the market are credits – or as many in

the business would call them – bylines. Many of you out there

just wanted to be a freelance writer but you have never been

published anywhere except your community newsletter. Well, funny

as it sounds, that’s not a bad place to start. And that is where

I come to my first tip: To get a start, write for anyone. Of

course, exercise good judgement in deciding what you write, but

if you are serious about being a freelance writer, then it

almost doesn’t really matter.

You can write for your church newsletter, the high school paper,

even a well written letter to the editor of your local newspaper

is a good clip to keep. When clips are hard to come by as a

novice freelance writer, then each one of these counts. Not only

that, but each time you write, you learn and you get better at

your craft.

As an example, I have been writing since I was 16-years-old. I

have written short stories, plays, essays, and even couple of

notebooks full of poetry. I never really tried to submit any of

it anywhere – always the fear of rejection to stop me (every

freelance writer has to deal with it, so get used to it early).

But, I learned how to write, and I kept on writing more. When I

got my first job as a reporter for a local newspaper, I did it

using my short stories and a couple of editorial pieces as my

portfolio, along with one magazine credit. I had no degree and I

had no post-secondary education whatsoever to fall back on. I

was as green as they get. But, I got the job. I had clips that

proved to publisher and editor that I could produce quality


I eventually made it to editor of that paper, and penned over

1,000 articles in two years. Now I have all of the clips that I

want. Not only that, but it was the springboard for me to make

the successful jump into freelance writing. As far as freelance

writing goes, I would have to say that I took the long way. But,

I wouldn’t change anything. Earlier I eluded to the freelance

writing market for search engine articles, e-books, and there

are also web articles. In my freelance experience, these types

of assignments are two things: 1.) A dime a dozen, and 2.) Not

from major publications. You can find hundreds of people looking

for freelance writers, just because they can’t write these

articles or e-books themselves. So, how can these assignments

help you break into the freelance writing market? Again it boils

down to credits. Sure, once you write one e-book you aren’t

going to turn many heads. But, once you have written over 50

e-books like I have, people start to notice that you are a

capable freelance writer. The point here is, you can build your portfolio and you skills by doing work that isn’t necessarily glamorous. The only downside is that these jobs typically don’t

pay great wages.

For a freelance writer to make it today is a tad easier than it

was a decade ago. Anyone who does keyword assignments, web copy,

and short e-books calls themselves a freelance writer. And that

is perfectly OK – it gets you the freelance writing credits you

need to land the bigger assignments. Hopefully, they endeavor to

be more than a keyword lackey for the rest of their lives,

though. And most good freelance writers will rise above that in

their career. Keep writing!

Source by Darren Krause