Writer makes $805 - with clips 'to go'

Written by Cheryl Paquin

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So, to streamlinerepparttar process, I set up an email template with a text-only resume, which I used ****** and ------- to separate sections. I pasted in three clips, withrepparttar 129907 headline in caps, andrepparttar 129908 date it was published. Because I had online clips, I addedrepparttar 129909 URL usingrepparttar 129910 http:// format, so even in text-only emailrepparttar 129911 link could by clicked. Then, for each job, I openrepparttar 129912 template, write a brief 'cover letter' atrepparttar 129913 top; remembering to includerepparttar 129914 job reference inrepparttar 129915 subject line andrepparttar 129916 body, and VOILA, press SEND.

Oops, I omitted a crucial step here. I didn't SPELL CHECK. Please, please never overlook this, because I have, and spottedrepparttar 129917 glaringly obvious faux pas AFTERWARDS. It's not pretty, and it's not professional.

Not only do I keep my sent queries in a separate folder for easy reference, I also keeprepparttar 129918 job description. I've learned to do this, because one day, after I'd applied for five jobs, someone called about my application and I couldn't remember what particular job they referred to. So I have a simple text file, into which, I copy and paste straight fromrepparttar 129919 job-site page. I really hate applying for jobs. I'd much rather sit and think about it than do it. But putting in some time with my resume and clips made it a quick, easy and PROFITABLE process.

You can, too.

Cheryl Paquin mailto:editor@writerslounge.com C.S. Paquin is a nationally published writer in both the business and humor markets. Cheryl has a Master Of Arts in Journalism and has been writing freelance for over five years. She contributes regularly to regional publications in Minnesota. She is the owner and editor of www.WritersLounge.com, a site for creative nonfiction and essay writers.


Written by Craig Lock

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* Also keep a record of your writing expenses - forrepparttar tax man. Any expenditure you incur in producing income from your writing is usually deductible from your taxable income. I'm sounding like an accountant now - sorry! More on this subject in a later lesson.

* Have a clippings file of things that interest you . . . because those arerepparttar 129906 things you are likely to write about some day inrepparttar 129907 future. I keep them on about ten different subjects, from stress torepparttar 129908 South African economy (which leads to more stress!).

* Handy! Keep a note book handy by your bed. We often get our most creative ideas whilst sleeping when repparttar 129909 mind is relaxed. I used to wake up with a great idea inrepparttar 129910 middle ofrepparttar 129911 night. EUREKA! ... but by morning it was forgotten. You can even use a small tape recorder. I have resorted to taking my dictaphone. I get lots of funny looks, but at least it stops me having to turn back before I forget my inspirational thought forrepparttar 129912 day. GETTING STARTED Now we have allrepparttar 129913 tools, time to get started. I believe repparttar 129914 best training for new writers is to write as often and as much as you can. So write about ANYTHING that tickles your fancy.It doesn't matter, as long as you WRITE. It is practice and experience (and life experiences) that counts. Asrepparttar 129915 tourist in New York asked : "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?" andrepparttar 129916 cabbie replied: "Practice, mate (orrepparttar 129917 Yankee equivalent of this New Zealand and Australian expression), practice, practice." When I look at my first manuscripts, I can clearly see how much my writing has improved inrepparttar 129918 last six years. At least I think so! What else can you write about? (Can I end a sentence with a "preppie"?) * Write letters. This is becoming a forgotten art. * You could also keep a daily diary, or journal. Write about your thoughts, your feelings, your daily experiences, your hopes your fears, your dreams. Doing this regularly hones your writing skills. * You can take courses at universities, colleges, polytechnics, or this one. As well asrepparttar 129919 course content, I think that writing courses have a definite social function; because they keep you in touch with other like-minded people... and always remember writing is such a solitary occupation. Hope I'm still a little bit sane then, after all these years writing in solitary 'confinement'! Happy writing and stay sane Craig Lock

Craig Lock Creative Writing Course http://www.nzenterprise.com/writer/creative.html The various books* that I "felt inspired to write" are available at: http://www.novelty-gift.com/ and http://www.bridgeniche.com

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