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Getting Started: A Step-by-Step Guide to Launching Your Writing Career

See also:
Handling Your Writing Business · Understanding Rights & Copyright · Secrets of Successful Freelancing · The Writing Life

Begin at the Beginning...
What Is a Writer? - Moira Allen
A Beginner's Guide to Writing Terminology - Dawn Copeman
Not for Beginners Only... ("It's Not Just About You") - Moira Allen
Planning Your Writing Career - Dawn Copeman
Should You Specialize or Generalize? - Moira Allen
Should one specialize in a particular area of writing, or "generalize" by targeting many different subjects and markets? The answer depends on many factors.
Take Your Specialty for a Spin - Moira Allen
Setting Effective Writing Goals - Moira Allen
Goals Are Worthless If... - Brian Jud
Getting the Most from Online Writing Classes - Moira Allen
How to Read 'How To Write' Books, by Sean McLachlan
Learning the Craft - Dawn Copeman
Is an MFA Program Right for You? - Amy White
Should You Write for Free? - Moira Allen
What Kind of Writer Do You Want to Be? - Terje Johansen
When Procrastination is a Good Thing - Barbara Florio Graham

Finding Ideas
Five Unusual Places to Look for Article Ideas - Chryselle D'Silva Dias
Where Oh Where Are All the Good Article Ideas? - Patricia Fry

Finding Markets
Bread and Butter Markets - Moira Allen
Exploring New Markets - Moira Allen
Filling in on Fillers - Moira Allen
Finding Sample Magazines - Without Breaking the Bank - Moira Allen
How to Study a Magazine You've Never Seen - Mridu Khullar
Organizing and Maintaining Your Market Notes - Hasmita Chander
Researching Markets: Looking Beyond the Obvious - Karen Luna Ray
A Smorgasbord of Markets - Penny Ehrenkranz
Targeting the Wrong Markets: The New Writer's Most Common Mistake - Moira Allen

Queries and Submissions
Queries vs. Articles: Which is Best? - Moira Allen
How to Write a Successful Query - Moira Allen
E-mail Queries and Submissions: How to Keep Editors Happy - Moira Allen
What to Do if You Don't Have Clips - Moira Allen
A Quick Guide to Manuscript Format - Moira Allen
Cover Letters: When, How and Why to Use Them - Moira Allen
Cover Me - I'm Going In! - John Floyd
Pros and Cons of Simultaneous Submissions - Moira Allen
Who Are You? How to Write a Good Bio - Devyani Borade
Who's In Your Corner? (Tips on Making a Good First Impression) - Moira Allen
Who's Who on the Magazine Masthead - Moira Allen
Writing Your Bio - Terje Johansen

Conducting Research and Interviews
A Beginner's Guide to Interviewing - Dawn Copeman
Conducting Interviews - Moira Allen
Conducting E-mail Surveys and Interviews - Moira Allen
Creating an Expert File - Kathryn Lay
Expert-Finding Strategies Every Writer Needs to Know - Mridu Khullar
Don't Reach for Any Old Quote - John Rains
It's Interesting -- But Is It Accurate? (The Perils of Online Information) - Moira Allen
Searching the Web - Moira Allen
Why Libraries Still Matter - Ellen Metter

For additional information on researching specific topic areas, see our Romance and Mystery sections.

Crafting Your Article
Becoming Your Own Editor - Moira Allen
Death by Revision - Kristin Camiolo
Facing the First Draft - Moira Allen
Five Fatal Flaws that Can Lead to Rejection - Moira Allen
How to Craft a Great Article, Part I: Structure, Focus, Unity and Flow - Dawn Copeman
How to Craft a Great Article, Part II: Hooks, Leads, and Endings - Dawn Copeman
How to Outgrow "Write What You Know" - Jenna Glatzer
How to Repurpose Your Rejection - Isabella E.C. Akinseye
How to "Show Don't Tell" - Dawn Copeman
How to Sit Down and Write an Article - Dawn Copeman
How to Write Like an Expert - Moira Allen
The Outline Demystified - Moira Allen
What Every Writer Needs to Know About Article Titles - Julie K. Cohen
When "First Person" Is the Last Person You Need - Moira Allen

For more tips on grammar, structure, and polishing your prose, visit the Grammar & Writing Skills section!

Networking
Being There (editorial) - Audrey Henderson
The Benefits of Critique Groups - Michele Acker
The Buddy System - Carol Sjostrom Miller
How Online Critiquing Can Help Your Writing - Moira Allen
How to Give and Receive Critiques - Dawn Copeman
Processing Feedback - Joni B. Cole
Ten Great Reasons (Plus One) to Attend a Writers' Conference - by Susan Denney
Using Informational Interviews to Advance Your Career - Terri Mrosko

Should You Quit Your Day Job?
Balancing Act: Ten Reasons to Keep Your Day Job - Denene Brox
Making the Leap from a "Real Job" to Freelancing - Kathy Sena
To Plunge or Not to Plunge? - Moira Allen
Fifty Tips on Taking the Plunge - Moira Allen
Ready to Quit Your Day Job? - Hasmita Chander
To Job or Not To Job: A Writer's Question - Antonio Graceffo

For more information, check our links to:
More Writing Sites · Classes · Critique Groups · Business Resources · Market Guides & Guideline Databases · Magazine & Newspaper Directories · Publications for Writers ·


Recommended Reading


Writer's Market


Writer's Market Deluxe Online Edition


Freelancing for Newspapers


On Writing (Stephen King)


Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer


Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals


Writer's Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing


Writing to Win: The Colossal Guide to Writing Contests

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