Starting a Freelance Writing Career (or How I Sifted Through the Muck and Found My Way)

Written by Michele R. Acosta

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Although my early attempts to find writing markets were clearly filled with concern, caution, and a certain degree of paranoia, my experiences thus far have been mainly positive. I found several sites that posted seemingly genuine paying markets. Even ifrepparttar information does not lead to publication, many of these listings sparked ideas which I can pitch to other markets. Even more important,repparttar 151142 generation of ideas has lifted my spirits by making writing for a living seem more realistic.

My biggest morale booster is no secret to most writers. Before purchasing Writer's Market, I knew that it contained market listings and informative articles. I did not know that it contained lists of contests and awards, some of which are designed to assist writers financially while they are writing. I may never win such an award, but somehow, knowing that such a thing exists makes my goals seem more attainable.

Finally, I am almost ready to start submitting queries. The queries are written and effectively targetrepparttar 151143 appropriate markets, but I am still confused about copyright. I'm beginning to fear that my grasp of copyright law is going to become something like my grasp ofrepparttar 151144 offside rule in soccer. My oldest son has just completed his second year playing travel soccer and each time I think I understand offside, something happens that makes me question my understanding. The same holds true for copyright. I understandrepparttar 151145 concept of first rights and I understand what it means to submit simultaneously. But when a market indicates that it buys first rights and also accepts simultaneous submissions, who gets first rights if two markets opt to purchaserepparttar 151146 same manuscript? If they both printrepparttar 151147 story, they can't both have first rights. Can they? Since I do not haverepparttar 151148 answer, I do not plan to submit queries simultaneously - yet.

The most important lesson I have learned during this journey is thatrepparttar 151149 faith I have in myself and in my aspirations must rise aboverepparttar 151150 confusion and chaos created byrepparttar 151151 pursuit ofrepparttar 151152 dream.

Michele R. Acosta is a writer, a former English teacher, and the mother of three boys. She spends her time writing and teaching others to write. Visit for writing & educational resources for young authors, teachers, & parents. Copyright (c) 2004-2005 The Writing Tutor & Michele R. Acosta. All rights reserved.

Your Writing Anxiety - 10 Ways to Bring Relief

Written by Lynda Blake

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6. Write inrepparttar way that you speak. It's friendlier to read and it's an easier and more natural way for you to write.

7. Don't worry about perfection too soon. Spell checking, indenting paragraphs, changing font size - this isrepparttar 151060 icing onrepparttar 151061 cake. Just let your writing flow and, just for once, forgetrepparttar 151062 grammar. Perfection can come later - atrepparttar 151063 redrafting stage.

8. Think about your readers in a different way. You may be anxious that your article is not "good enough" to be read by your peers. Remember, even if your audience are "experts", they don't know what you think about your subject. Nor does it mean that they know everything there is to know about a subject area. Target your writing towards an intelligent, enthusiastic, but non-expert, reader and your writing confidence will grow.

9. You've completed your writing. This is your first draft. The secret, now, is to redraft and redraft again. You'd be surprised at just how many things you'll want to say differently whenrepparttar 151064 sun rises tomorrow! Read your article once a day, make changes then put it aside untilrepparttar 151065 next day. In a few days, you'll read your article and find nothing to change. That's when you're ready to publish!

10. Believe in yourself. The first articles you write may not be perfect butrepparttar 151066 more you write,repparttar 151067 better your style will become. It's like learning to walk - all it takes is a little time and lots of practice.

(c) 2005 Lynda Blake

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