Freelance Article Writing on the Net

Written by Jill Black

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The internet has made it easier to build a successful freelance career as a independent professional.

To find markets onrepparttar internet visit yahoogroups, topica etc and join writing job newsletters and job boards.

Some newsletters/groups I have found very informative are - (fee $5.00 per year - well worthrepparttar 129693 money to receive) - (

There are many sites that bring people together... some offer a free service, others you will need to register with and/or supply your resume before you can get started.  (international) (international) (click onrepparttar 129694 freelance job and non-fiction writing link) (for travel writers)

The government isrepparttar 129695 largest source of freelance contract work in most countries. One USA based web site set up to bring yourepparttar 129696 latest news inrepparttar 129697 market today, whatever your area of expertise, can be found at:    For other countries try your local government web site for information.

Another option is to do some detective work to source work. Look for new web sites to send a congratulatory email.

Explain your services and how your work canrepparttar 129698 improve  chances of survival onrepparttar 129699 net while politely enquiring if  they have any current or future needs forrepparttar 129700 services you can offer and how they may contact you.

Newly launched web sites can by found via press release  sites-

Sign up to receiverepparttar 129701 daily releases if you are serious about earning money as a freelancer.

Invest in Writers Market and digest books (both local and international). These list thousands of markets, niches and industries that requirerepparttar 129702 needs of freelance writers.

Put together a portfolio with a selection of your best  articles. 

If you enjoy for example, travel writing, include a  selection of your best photos if sending queries to offline editors as many will ask if you will be supplying photos  along with your story. If you can send photos to accompany your article your chances of having your article accepted  increases as it saves themrepparttar 129703 trouble of sourcing photos to complimentrepparttar 129704 article.

Atrepparttar 129705 bottom ofrepparttar 129706 article include your resource box. For example: Joe Bloggs is a freelance writer and webmaster at your and whatever ties your web site intorepparttar 129707 article...

Producing free content articles are a great way to build up your business and reputation. They can also be used as publishing credits if they have been placed on another's web site -mention where samples of your published work can be viewed.

Writing freelance articles increases exposure for your business to another market segment of interested individuals. If you had not considered freelancing as a possibility...  give it a try. 

Jill Black is a professional freelance writer and photographer and member of the New Zealand freelance writers association (NZFWA). For writing and epublishingresources and ideas visit

Is Censorship a Dirty Word?

Written by Nikki Tate-Stratton

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Instead of an outright ban, try a compromise: "For every two books from Objectionable Series A, why don't you try one of these." Then, make sure you have a few appropriate alternatives around. Offer to help build your child's personal collection by buying one book each week (and indicate which, if any, titles are not onrepparttar purchasing list. Suggest your child borrowrepparttar 129691 less desirable titles fromrepparttar 129692 library.) Draw onrepparttar 129693 knowledge of teachers, librarians, and children's booksellers when looking for suggestions. There are also several reading guides that list dozens of titles by age, subject, and reading level (100 Books for Girls to Grow On, Shireen Dodson, Great Books for Boys: More than 600 Books for Boys 2 to 14, Kathleen Odean, or Canadian Children's Books: A Critical Guide to Authors and Illustrators, Raymond E. Jones and Jon C. Stott are a few such handbooks).

One constructive way to encourage kids to try books outside their reading comfort zones is to reinstate family reading time. Sometimes, when children reachrepparttar 129694 end of their interest in picture books we stop reading to them, but even teenagers enjoy a good novel shared in installments. With older children, take turns reading to each other and also alternate who choosesrepparttar 129695 selections. This is a great way to introduce your kids to some authors they may not be willing to try on their own.

Recognize that children do not grow up in a strictly linear, well-organized way. When your 12 year-old digs out his collection of Berenstain Bear books, this is a perfectly normal way of returning to a secure, pleasant and familiar place. There's no need to censor here, either, by making a disparaging remark about 'reading something a little more appropriate' or, even worse, donatingrepparttar 129696 collection torepparttar 129697 local daycare when your son is at school.

Taken collectively, it isrepparttar 129698 vast array of subjects and approaches that makesrepparttar 129699 world of books (likerepparttar 129700 wider world those books represent) so exciting. Teaching your child that it is quite acceptable to read a book and dislike it, or read a book and completely disagree withrepparttar 129701 author helps create a critical reader capable of forming carefully considered opinions. Opening doors to new reading material is one ofrepparttar 129702 best ways to expose our children torepparttar 129703 vast complexity ofrepparttar 129704 world around us. Closing doors withrepparttar 129705 heavy hand of censorship doesn't providerepparttar 129706 same opportunities for growth, discussion, andrepparttar 129707 development of critical thinking skills. And is that not what reading is all about?

Censorship Mini-Quiz 1.Which ofrepparttar 129708 following authors made it torepparttar 129709 1999 Most Challenged Authors list (compiled byrepparttar 129710 Office for Intellectual Freedom inrepparttar 129711 USA)? a.Judy Blume b.Robert Cormier c.Stephen King d.Lois Lowry e.Christopher Pike f.Phyllis Reynolds Naylor g.J.K. Rowling 2.What wasrepparttar 129712 first recorded incident of censorship in Western history? 3.Which ofrepparttar 129713 following titles have been banned? a.Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert) b.Onrepparttar 129714 Origin ofrepparttar 129715 Species (Charles Darwin) c.Les Miserables (Victor Hugo) d.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain) e.Ulysses (James Joyce) f.A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemmingway) g.Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) h.The Merchant of Venice (William Shakespeare) i.Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) j.As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner) k.Little Red Riding Hood 4.What two books did Plato feel were inappropriate for immature readers? 5.What wasrepparttar 129716 first printed book to be banned in England?

Answers. 1. All of them. 2. The condemnation of Socrates for blasphemy and corruption. His death sentence was handed down in 399 B.C. byrepparttar 129717 Athenian Assembly. 3. All of them. 4. The Iliad and The Odyssey 5. The New Testament. For more information on censorship and book banning, visit Or

Nikki Tate is a writer and storyteller from British Columbia. She is the author of the Tarragon Island juvenile novels, the Estorian Chronicles (a YA fantasy trilogy), Jo's Triumph (historical fiction for young readers), and the StableMates series of horse novels.

Tate also works as a freelance writer, writing on subjects from tattoos to compost. Her articles, reviews, and opinion pieces have appeared in publications in Canada, Japan and the USA.

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