Write and Get Paid

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How to Find Great Writing Clients that Value Your Skills!

Yes, these people are out there– but you will not find them by scouring Freelancer; many people there are looking for writers to put together masterpiece articles for a dollar or two apiece. There are some great clients, but it takes a lot of weeding through junk offers to find good ones. I should qualify these statements by saying that if you do happen to luck upon a good client on a site like Freelancer, ODesk, or ELance, they are likely to be quite loyal if you write great content for them!

Remember: Writing and online marketing skills are in extreme demand , and there is no reason to settle for pennies.

mighty mouseYou have to get outside your comfort zone and go after the work and the clients you want! The alternative to online sites  is to get busy marketing your business.  I can hear the groans now, and I know the comments I will get. “I’m a writer! I don’t do marketing!”  Really, what you are is a business owner– and you must wear a number of different hats.  The good news is, as writers we make great marketing professionals because we already have such awesome super writing powers!

Here are a few good places to look for awesome clients: Read the rest of this entry »


Weekly Roundup of Great Articles

cowgirlI know that I have been slacking  (A LOT) lately on this blog and I am determined to change that— starting right now! My goal is to post at least three times a week, even if some of the posts are simply short blurbs about something interesting I have found that I think would be helpful for some of you.

Have had a crazy few months, but it is time to kick all that craziness to the curb and get back to business. So, here is a roundup of some good articles I have found this week that are helpful for writers.  Let me know what you think about them….what would you like to know more about? That will help guide me in the information I bring you.

4 Things That Could Guarantee Your Failure In Blogging

This post talks about what NOT to do if you want to make money with your blog….and consequently points out what you should be doing instead.

Tools for Freelance Writers

This article will introduce you to some writer’s tools that you might not know about.  In fact, even though I spend a lot of time every week writing, there are several in this article I was not aware of, and will be trying myself.

5 Lessons from a Failed Business 

Yes, you can learn something from a business that does not make it, and you must remember that failure is not permanent. It teaches you what does not work and guides you toward what will.

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
― Winston Churchill

Kickstarting Your Self-Publishing Efforts: Setting Reward Tiers that Work

This Style Matters article delves into using the crowdfunding platform called Kickstarter to raise the funds for your self-publishing efforts. People pledge money for your project because they want to see it completed, and often the rewards that you set up for donors make the difference between success and failure of funding your project.

Tips for Success on Freelance Websites 

This is an article with some common sense tips about working on Freelance Websites like Freelancer and ODesk. They can be frustrating for beginning writers, but there are so many projects there– and you will meet some great people on these sites as well.

7 Secrets for Creating Content that Sells 

This is a good article about creating content that for affiliate marketing purposes. Affiliate marketing is writing a post to help a third party sell that product or service; in return they pay you when they make a sale due to your help. This is something that I really have not done to this point; it is on my “To Do” list for the rest of the year– I just need to find some services/products that I believe in so that I can sell them!  (Wonder if New Balance needs help selling their athletic shoes??!!)

Well, those are some of the interesting articles I have read this week about writing and making money. How about you? Have you seen an amazing article that I may have missed? If so, please do share so that we can all be more successful!


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Make Money with Writing Contests

This is a guest post about Writing Contests. Though this is something that I have not addressed here on the blog before, and actually something I have not done much of myself, there are literally thousands of writing contests going on all the time. The prizes are often pretty good, so I need to stop ignoring them… for the same amount of effort, I could walk away with a much bigger reward than writing a blog post or online articles. I guess I have to this point taken the “for sure” money, and not attempted to grasp the bigger bucks….Time to change all that! A great source of income if you are a good writer and follow all the rules; this is actually now on my goal list for the remainder of this year (this last three months) I am going to enter two contests a month….who wants to join me and see what we can do? I will post about my contest entries and my progress here, and I will try to keep adding new contests that I find here and on Facebook. 

Writing contest awardWe all have something to tell the world. We are all unique and each of us has their own purpose. Yet, the purpose many consider theirs is not a true one. In most cases, it is a template of a purpose that gets adopted from the masses. Consider a template that’s very popular today – to become rich and buy everything. It is the virtue of time we live in that restricts many of us from understanding the multidimensionality and the endless capabilities of each and everyone.

Same as we are highly original individuals, we all have our own means of expressing ourselves. Some do it through making music, some – through drawing, some – through philosophy, and some – through writing. In fact, every person’s take on a certain mean is unique, as there is no limit to the number of ways each mean of expression can be approached from. What’s common in all the forms of self-expression? They are all a form of art, which is something that speaks. It is something which message goes far beyond its material texture. This far-reaching essence is what transcends the endlessness of the material world we are so used to living in. It is through art, in whatever form it may be, that one achieves immortality.

Regardless of whether you are finding expression of your creativity in something fundamentally vague like day-to-day behavior (which is also possible) or in some defined form of art, we would like to present you with some of the best writing opportunities there are. These opportunities will hopefully help you earn recognition and further your art of self-expression in a new way, if you are not a professional writer already.

Writers of The Future Competition (quarterly)

ENTRY FEE: Free of charge

PRIZES: $1,000.00 for the first, $750.00 for the second, and $500.00 for the third places; publication in one of the Writers of The Future publications

COMMENT: This is a perfect opportunity for writers with no experience who feel that they are good at writing short fiction stories. Only prose is accepted. The style of the submission should be horror, science-fiction, fantasy or dark fantasy. The submission should not exceed 17,000 words. If you are lucky (or skillful) enough to get published in one of the issues of the Writers of The Future, you can be sure that your piece is going to become no less than 5,000 copies. If you do get published in one of the issues, you will maintain all the rights for the work. The prizes are awarded every three months. There is also an annual prize of $5,000.00.

Open City Magazine Short Story Contest (annual)

ENTRY FEE: Free of charge

DEADLINE: 12-31-2012
PRIZES: $500.00 cash prize and publication on anderbo.com
COMMENT: There is a limit of one submission per author. There are also strict guidelines on the format of the text body and the submission method. If you have been previously published by the Open City Magazine or on Anderbo, you can’t join the competition, as it was designed to find new talents.


ENTRY FEE: Free of charge

DEADLINE: 11-01-2012
PRIZES: $1 000.00 cash prize
COMMENT: We are happy to announce the first writing competition organized by Writerbay.com. We are looking for experienced writers, as well as people who are looking to get started as a writer. If you want to show your talent to the world and start making money with your writing skills, our contest is the one you have been waiting for.

The Consequence Magazine Prize in Poetry (annual)

ENTRY FEE: Free of charge

DEADLINE: 10-01-2012
PRIZES: $200.00 cash prize and publication
COMMENT: The submission must address or in some way touch on the consequences of war. No more than three pieces of work can be submitted at the same time. Any length is acceptable. A cover letter should be included.The winner and the three to make it to the final will have their works published in the Spring issue of the Magazine.

Web of Life Essay Competition (annual)

ENTRY FEE: Free of charge

DEADLINE: 09-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,500.00 for the first and $500.00 for the second places
COMMENT: The Web of Life Foundation is now taking essays for its annual competition. The prize money amounts $2,000.00. The winner receives a cash-prize of $1,500.00. The person to take the second place will receive $500.00, also cash. If you can’t make it this year, make sure you put this opportunity on your list.

Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program (annual)  Radliffe College Writing Fellowship

ENTRY FEE: Free of charge

DEADLINE: 12-31-2012
PRIZES: $500.00 cash prize and publication on anderbo.com
COMMENT: If you are an established writer, this is for you. The fellowship is given on an annual basis to creative nonfiction writers, poets and fiction writers. If you receive the fellowship, you get a personal office space at Radcliffe Institute, access to Harvard University libraries and, of course, the $70,000.00 fellowship itself. There are strict entry requirements for those applying.

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Here are some others I like: 

Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship

An award of approximately $52,000 is given annually to a U.S. poet for a year of travel and study abroad. Publication is not required, but recent winners have been published poets. Submit two copies of…

$0 Poetry $52,000 10/15/12

Definitely entering this one! Did somebody say travel?

 February 5
Web site: www.createspace.com/abnaThe Breakthrough Novel Award is offered annually for general fiction and young adult fiction. Each winner receives a publishing deal from Penguin with a $15,000 advance. Amazon Encore will publish close to a dozen other entrants.

Pretty cool–I have a novel bubbling, but not sure if I’ll make the Feb. deadline.

Writer’s Digest Romance Competition

We are now accepting entries in the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Romance Category. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest.

Deadline:  September 14

Extended Deadline:  October 31

Learn more about the Romance competition

Wondering what’s in it for you?

  • A chance to win the Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize including $2,500 and a trip to the 2013 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City.
  • A chance to win the $500 Category First Prize
  • Get your romance story promoted in Writer’s Digest and on WritersDigest.com
  • Win $100 off a purchase at www.writersdigestshop.com
  • Receive a copy of the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market

Hmmm….maybe a mushy short story under my pen name so Mark does not die of embarrassment.