Maximizing The Effect Of Your Freelancer's Bio

Written by Angela Booth

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Summary: If you want to be a successful freelancer, you need to learnrepparttar 129299 art ofrepparttar 129300 bio.

Category: Writing, Small Business

Words: 1100

Maximizing The Effect Of Your Freelancer's Bio

Copyright (c) 2003 by Angela Booth

Your freelancer's bio is a vital job-hunting tool.

While traditional job hunters have CVs and resumes, independent writers and other independent professionals have biographies, because as an independent, you're working *with* your clients as a consultant, rather than working *for* them as an employee.

Yes, bios, plural. You need at least four bios of various lengths: 200 words, 100, 50 and 25. Over time, you'll create dozens of bios, as you emphasize your various strengths to suit a situation.

Many writers find it excruciating to write about themselves. If you feel this way, don't despair. You will get over this shyness in time. Until you do, force yourself to write at least three bios. I promise, after you've created your fourth and fifth, writing a bio will be a breeze.

=>It's not about you, it's about them

Self-interest rules. So before you write a word, ask yourself aboutrepparttar 129301 client andrepparttar 129302 client's needs. You must approach your bio from your client's perspective.

If you're answering a job ad, this is easy. You know whatrepparttar 129303 client wants, because she's told you. Make sure that you slant your bio towardsrepparttar 129304 requirements expressed inrepparttar 129305 ad.

Usually you'll introduce yourself to businesses without a job ad to guide you. The most effective way to do this is with a mini- proposal. You send a mini-proposal, because you should never, ever send out a naked bio; you must have a reason, other than self-interest, for contacting a business. (More on naked bios below.)

A mini-proposal is a single page, with:

* a description of a problem (or need) you perceiverepparttar 129306 business has;

* an outline ofrepparttar 129307 solution;

* why you'rerepparttar 129308 person to solve this problem --- what skills you have (your bio).

Mini-proposals are easy to write, and once you've written a few, you should be able to write two an hour.

And because your mini-proposal is focused on your prospect, it will be kept byrepparttar 129309 business you send it to. I often receive calls from companies I sent a mini-proposal to three or more years ago.

Did you notice howrepparttar 129310 mini-proposal focused onrepparttar 129311 client andrepparttar 129312 client's needs? After saying who you are, you talk aboutrepparttar 129313 client, not about you.

That said, you should start your letter or email message with a very quick statement of who you are. Like this:

Dear Mr Jones

I'm Cindy Cooper, of Cooper Copywriting. I write for business. I found your Web site, and ... (here's where you describerepparttar 129314 problem or need you think Mr Jones has that you could solve).

After this super-fast introduction,repparttar 129315 bulk ofrepparttar 129316 letter/ email message will be taken up with your outlines ofrepparttar 129317 needrepparttar 129318 business has, and your proposed solution. KEEP THE FOCUS ON THE CLIENT.

Finally, after presenting this information, comes your bio, and your bio should be no longer than a quarter ofrepparttar 129319 length ofrepparttar 129320 entire letter. So let's say that your need/ solution outline takes 200 words; in this case your bio will be no longer than 50 words.

*Your letter MUST focus onrepparttar 129321 client andrepparttar 129322 client's needs. Your bio needs to be short in comparison.*

Writer's Rip-Offs

Written by Angela Booth

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Summary: Writers are prime targets for scammers. Here's how to avoidrepparttar 129297 most common scams.

Category: Writing

Words: 1200

Writer's Rip-Offs

Copyright (c) 2003 by Angela Booth

People who want to write form a huge market. According to Writer's Digest magazine, ten per cent ofrepparttar 129298 US population want to be writers, and I assume thatrepparttar 129299 numbers are similar in other countries.

And where there's a market, there are scams. All overrepparttar 129300 world, you can see vultures' eyeballs light up with dollar signs, can't you?

If you're an aspiring writer, you can avoid becoming fodder for vultures very easily. All you need to remember is: *writers get paid to write*.

Let's look at some ofrepparttar 129301 most common scams.

=> The "We're Looking For New Writers" Scam

Professional hard-working agents and editors don't need to look for new writers. Ever. They don't haverepparttar 129302 time, because as soon as they hang out their shingle, writers find them. This applies to book and screenplay agents, and magazine, book, and Web site editors. Once writers find them, there aren't enough hours inrepparttar 129303 day to read, advise, and make deals forrepparttar 129304 writers on their lists.

So when you read "we're looking for new writers" a big warning light should go for you. This is your signal to run as fast as you can inrepparttar 129305 opposite direction.

Ifrepparttar 129306 person displaying "we're looking for new writers" purports to be agent, it means that there's a rip-off involved. Usuallyrepparttar 129307 so-called agent will ask you for money. Perhaps to edit your book, or to send your manuscript to editors, or some other silly reason. Remember Writers Get Paid To Write.

A legitimate agent may ask you to cover out of pocket expenses, like photocopying and messenger fees before she signs a deal for you. I don't approve, to be honest. Fees like this are justrepparttar 129308 cost of doing business, and ifrepparttar 129309 agent wants to represent you, she should cover them. (Ask yourself whether you really want an agent who can't cover her own office fees.) However, some legit agents do ask new clients who aren't earning to cover these charges. I'd recommend that if you're asked, you tellrepparttar 129310 agent to take them out ofrepparttar 129311 first deal she makes for you. Up to $100 in expenses is reasonable.

If a magazine or a Web site displays "we're looking for new writers", come on. This isrepparttar 129312 publication's way of getting free content. If you're an established, published writer, and you're using this venue to promote yourself, then you may want to userepparttar 129313 venue in a quid quo pro fashion. I send out free articles almost daily to Web sites so that I get a higher profile onrepparttar 129314 Web, and to promote Digital-e.

But if you're a new writer what "we're looking for new writers" means at a magazine or Web site is: "we don't pay money". Of course you need clips, but write for venues which pay. Your clips will mean more. If you're a new writer, you can't afford to write for free --- you won't learn anything. And you can't afford to write for promotion, because you have nothing to promote.

=> The "Contest Entry Free" Scam

Stay away from contests run by people and organizations you've never heard of.

Not all contests are scams. Some writer's organizations run contest for their members, and charge a small entry fee, and these are legitimate. If you're a member of a large writer's organization, or buy a writer's magazine, and they're running a contest, relax, enter, have fun with it, and good luck.

One proviso: make sure that you get something out of your entry. Will an editor from a large publishing house request a submission from you if you win? Will you win money? (Remember: *writers get paid to write*.)

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