for all you freelance writers…

whatever.pngI noticed my RSS feedcount go up when I actually started talking about my writing. But as you may have noticed, I don’t often talk about my writing career on this blog. I don’t expect that will change.

If you started reading for freelance writing tips, I’ve got two suggestions. You can skim my RSS feed, and just delete entries that don’t interest you. Or you can just head over to the Whatever, the personal blog of my first writing mentor, John Scalzi. Unlike me, Scalzi is a fulltime freelancer, and he writes about his job all the time. His site is full of great tips for writers. He comes personally recommended by me as a good advice-giver, a talented and seasoned writer, and a very funny blogger. I think you’ll like his site and his writing.

I doubt he’s open to be your personal mentor. He wasn’t really mine, he just gave a shit about my questions and is my (very, very distant) cousin.

Anyway. If you’re here for knitting, science, student life, feminism or math — stick around.

2 responses to “for all you freelance writers…

  1. Naaah… “Whatever” is entertaining but too complicated for the purpose of getting a bit of insight of the career of a freelance writer. I like your clear though thoughtful description on “What I Write About”

  2. Hi Jennifer!

    You go girl! You can add to your freelance earnings also by joining (for free) Helium is a writer’s website which offers a variety of ways to add to your income and writing portfolio:

    1. Our Marketplace program: . Publishers contract with Helium to pay for content they are looking for. They submit titles to which our writers contribute articles. Some choose one, and others choose many articles. It varies widely. If you are not selected you will receive a kill fee, related to the next opportunity. There are no limits to your submissions here. Some of our writers have earned as much as $1,000 a month.

    2. Our knowledge site at is a wide open portal for you to share knowledge in areas which interest you. You can build up your portfolio while earning ad revenue shares per page views if you remain minimally active on the site. The amount paid per article varies widely, depending on the ad revenue value per channel. For example, articles in business, personal finance, health, computers, technology and science pay higher than others. In addition to ad revenue shares we offer upfront payments for most channels. You can find out more information in our User Guide:

    3. Contests are offered weekly. Take a peek: In addition to those contests we offer citizen journalism prizes with organizations like the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and Yahoo One World. You can see more of the earnings and award opportunities among our partners here: . We also have an exclusive arrangement with the National Press Club. They offer membership opportunities to our best writers.

    4. Stock content. For articles you submit here, publishers may buy one use, non-exclusive rights to an article of yours. Most members earn $20-$25 per article if selected.

    As you can see there are tons of opportunities at Helium! We complement these many opportunities with a supportive writing community, unmatched on the web. If you’d like help from one of our community site stewards, to figure out where to share your content, find titles or even create custom titles for you, let me know!

    Barbara Whitlock
    Community Development Manager

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