Are You Getting Paid What Your Words Are Worth

By: Marlene Affeld

computer-1583432__180Although the economy seems to be improving, there are still a lot of people unemployed or under-employed. Are you one of the many that are attempting to supplement your income as a freelance writer? Are you looking for fair compensation for your efforts? Are you tired of working for peanuts?

When first getting started as a freelance writer, it is easy to become discouraged. It seems that most of the assignments available offer a pittance rather than a real income. To establish one’s self as a successful freelance writer does require patience and persistence. Although the completion is fierce, a diverse array of companies offer fair compensation and steady work for talented writers.

Whole Life Magazine relies on freelance material to fill its pages. They are currently seeking writers to submit articles on natural healing, green living, alternative healing, social responsibility, sustainable food, personal growth, spirituality and the environment. Compensation for an 800 to 1200-word article varies from $150 to $200 dependent on the topic and the author’s expertise and experience. Additionally, Whole Life Magazine has many regular departments that pay from $75 to $150 depending on the research required and the writer’s experience. The City of Angels section features 200 to 400-word articles and pays $35 to $35 depending on length and subject. The BackWords section features 750-word personal essays, highlighting milestone events or life-changing moments in the life of a writer and pays $100. Send a query via e-mail to abigail@wholelifemagazine.com.

If you work or play in Honolulu, Hawaii, Honolulu Magazine hires writers to provide material about the city and surrounding island. Honolulu Magazine publishes stories about local history, sports, lifestyle trends and personality profiles. The pay scale is impressive. They pay $600 to $1,800 for featured articles and $100 to $600 for short stories. Submit a query letter, resume and writing samples to A. Kam Napier akamn@honolulumagazine.com, or contact Honolulu Magazine managing editor Michael Keany mike@honolulumagazine.com.

WritersWeekly.com purchases articles for two separate publications: The Write Markets Report and WritersWeekly.com. They seek passionate writers to contribute articles on how to find markets and increase writing income. They are also looking for articles about home-based businesses and self employment opportunities for writers including ghost writing, self-publishing, resume writing, technical, scientific or corporate writing. They pay $60 for a 600-word article.

Fresh Healthy Vending pays $15 to $25 for articles or blog posts. The company is currently seeking writers to craft feature articles for their family of websites. At Fresh Healthy Vending, your writing efforts are appreciated. Writers are given their own author-credited column and produce insightful articles about the company’s healthy vending machines. If you need a reputable site to build your portfolio, develop your writing skills and earn substantial money at the same time, visit their site and submit a resume and cover letter.

ReliableWriters.com pays .025 per word or $10 for a 400-word article. To apply, send an e-mail to info@reliablewriters.com along with your resume and writing samples. All writers must speak English as their native language.

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Freelance Writers Needed

By: Marlene Affeld

Have you lost your job or just need a bit of extra money to supplement your income? One of the most productive routes is getting paid for writing online content. “Content is the lifeblood of the Internet.” “Content Is King.”

images-4I know, you have heard that all before, but it is true! Freelance writers are in high demand. This trend indicates that the demand will continue for the foreseeable future.

Write about that with which you are familiar. Write for pleasure; without pressure. Pick any subject, share your knowledge and experience with the world and reap the rewards.

Although magazines, newspapers, and other print communications require writers, the competitions are stiffer and work more demanding.

The majority of online editors demand past publishing experience, impeccable grammar, attention to detail and a commitment to meeting deadline. For writer’s just getting started, the quality of online writing does not necessarily have to meet the rigid expectations of print publications. However, remember that your words are a reflection of you and always do your best.

Due to the ever-increasing demand for fresh content on the Internet, a person does not have to be a published perfectionist to make a living online. Webmasters, advertising agencies, and individual clients seek quality writers who can fluidly express the customer’s message using research of the topic and a polished vocabulary. As a writer, it’s your job to research the subject matter and craft an informative and thought provoking article.

There are countless opportunities to generate income writing online content. Opportunities are broken down into two categories: writing for others or writing for yourself.

Writing for yourself may include creating a blog focused on your favorite music, weight loss goals or travels. Find your niche. You will glean income from sales products via affiliate marketing) or through advertising revenue generated by Goggle Adsense or similar online advertising programs.

Have you considered writing an informational e-book and selling your words for a profit? Many new writers find this to be a good source of revenue. However, dependent on the topic and how aggressively your e-book moves, it may take time before you earn a significant income from your word weaving effort.

The quickest way to earn a decent income as a freelance writer is creating engaging copy for others. Website owners rely on freelance writers to provide fresh marketing copy, press releases, product reviews, and blog contributions. The list of potential online employment opportunities is endless.

As you review potential assignments from various employers, you will find that each has a different writing guideline, business policies, and compensation plans. Many sites pay upfront for articles upon acceptance. Others pay upon publication.

In the freelance marketplace, freelance writer pay rate is dependent on the word count, research required and the subject matter of the article.

Clients of freelance writers have diverse policies, style guidelines and compensation plans. Many sites pay an up-front fee upon publication. Pay rate is dependent on the subject and word count. Other websites share the revenue from advertising displayed with your published articles. Some sites pay both.

Check out this handy research and writing tool. You will love it. It is a great way to research thousands of pages to gather information for creating new articles. 

Words Of Worth

If you have a strong command of the English language and are motivated to make money from the comfort of your home, there are a diverse number of websites that pay for submissions. If you live in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia, work for Words of Worth. The standards are high. Words Of Worth is an excellent place to show off your talents. A writing sample is required.

Writers Domain

Writers Domain, an online marking company, hires writers and editors to produce high-quality content on a wide range of subjects. Work at home writers in the United States, Canada, France and Australia and are encouraged to apply. Follow the guidelines on the website to submit a writing sample.

Rank Pay

Rank Pay Rank Pay advises that if you are a gifted writer with a flair for creative, upbeat copy that can deliver content within defined deadlines, they would like to review your submissions. Writing work is done remotely, and samples are required. Rank Pay pay writers $100 for a 1500 word article that meets their criteria. Go to the website and be sure to follow designated guidelines.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Editors at Wine Enthusiast Magazine advise, “Wine Enthusiast Magazine welcomes proposals from freelance writers on subjects that pertain to wine, fine food, and travel. You may also pitch story ideas for Wine Enthusiast Online. Subject matter for the magazine and the website includes global wine region news, particularly controversies and innovations; short profiles and QA; creative food and drink recipes; cool merchandise related to wine, food or travel; etc. Payment: $750-$2,500 for assigned articles; $750-$2,000 for unsolicited articles; and 50 cents per word for website articles.

Wine Frog

Wine Frog is looking for wine experts who work in the field and know how to tell a good story. If you think you have a good idea, send a pitch. Pieces on the site are typically 600-to-1200 words. Pay is based on quality and determined before publication.

Wise Bread

If you have a flair for writing snappy commentary about frugal living or personal finance, Wise Bread is a fine site to showcase your writing talents. Apply as a staff writer or guest blogger.

Writers Weekly

If you have experiences and tips for making a living by writing, Writers Weekly purchases well-crafted articles all year long. Visit the site and review the guidelines.

Our Homes

OurHomes.ca pays $.25 per word for home improvement articles. Visit the site and review previous articles and style before submitting your article.

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