For writers and editors

The following articles include tools, resources, and insights that are specific to the freelance writing and editing profession.

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Writing for magazines is not what it used to be

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Dan Carlinsky argues that journalists must profit appropriately from their work, and be sure not to sign away rights as the distinctions between content for print and web become more blurred in contract negotiations.

Grammar resources on the web

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Tips on where to find good resources for editing style and grammar rules online.

Make the time to write

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You want to write, you’ve got a great idea for a story, you’ve made a few notes – but your life is just too busy to find the time to get behind your computer. Ginny Swart tells you how to focus on the task at hand.

6 Great resources for online writing work


Safrean Sian Ferguson shares her favourite freelance online writing resources.

‘This is my job,’ by a journalist

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The next PR or marketing person who asks me if they can approve/proofread a story before it goes to print is going to get the kind of reaction from me that makes a nuclear explosion look calm, controlled and harmless. Thereafter I will take a dictionary, and hit them repeatedly over the head with it, until they beg me to let them look up editorial integrity, and press freedom.

How to manage book writing, editing and ghost writing

Ghostwriting projects are increasingly popular, and here you will find six top priorities to ensure you have a well-managed and funded project, keeping freelancer and client happy.

Internet defamation: UK ruling

The English courts have held that a newspaper will be liable for defamation if it continues to make a defamatory story available via its website after the person defamed in the story was cleared of wrongdoing.

Special skills required to report on children

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What special skills do journalists need to report on children? According to Media Monitoring, there are specific guidelines that should be followed to ensure fair and sensitive coverage of youngsters.  

2 of the best writing jobs sites (and 1 to avoid)

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With hundreds of jobs sites to choose from, where do you even begin? In this article, Safrean Bronwynne Powell points freelancers in the 'write' direction.


Editing quotes

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Having worked in journalism since 1984 as both a reporter and a sub-editor, Renee Moodie gives advice on the ethics of editing quotes.

Writing style guide

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The most comprehensive writing style guide you could ever need, according to Safrean Gwen Watkins. This goldmine for writers is a SAFREA exclusive! 

Writer and client collaboration for ghostwriting

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Ancient Greek writers called on muses for guidance and inspiration. Comparing life then and now, it seems logical for people, who do not have the time or the talent to write, to call - not on muses - but on ghostwriters to help them tell their story.

Shedding light on ghostwriting

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Miriam Mannak shares a breakdown of considerations, particularly fees, for writers who have taken on or are considering a job ghostwriting a book. 

What does a copywriter do anyway?

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The ABCs of copywriting, according to Safrean Tiffany Markman. 

Fact-checking policy for difficult interviewees

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A discussion on the SAFREA members-only Google group revealed that many journalists struggle with interviewees who want to make unreasonable changes to articles before they go to print. There is a fine line between accepting factual changes and being persuaded to rewrite an article into an advertorial by a forceful interviewee.

Cover yourself for surprise success

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Advice given by an agent when writing a book for a flat fee.

3 powerful tips for pitching to online editors

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Nail your next pitch with these top tips from Safrean Sian Ferguson. 

The drama of quiet in writing

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Don't underestimate the value of silence when you write, says Safrean Silke Heiss. 

Why you should tweet for work

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Safrean Sian Ferguson shares fives ways freelancers can use Twitter to get more writing work.



How to avoid the imperfect pitch

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Safrean Bruce Cooper outlines the 5 steps you need to follow to achieve the perfect pitch. 

Write to entertain

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A guideline on how to write well from an editor at Good Taste Magazine.

Check, check and double-check

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How do you ensure that you never look stupid in your haste to get messages out? If you're operating inside the corporate arena and you're writing stuff (no matter how short, informal or irregular) that other people read, perfect accuracy is part of your job.

Book publishing insight

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Notes from a talk by two Safreans at a SAFREA branch meeting in Cape Town, on the different ways to go about publishing books.

How to get published in magazines

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So you’ve always wanted to write articles for magazines. You dream about seeing your name in the byline, but every time your first big article is ready for your outbox, your enthusiasm and resolve fizzle out before you can hit the send button. Here are seven trade secrets to getting that article published.

Why you shouldn't do your own editing

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Tiffany Markman takes you through what she terms 'neuro autocorrect' – when your brain fixes your mistakes so you don't see them. Here's how it happens, why it happens, and most importantly, what you can do about it.

20 Tips to make your travel stories sing

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There’s nothing quite as enticing for the armchair traveler than sinking into a comfy couch to read about places you’ve never seen or been to. And it’s a travel writer's job to immerse you in that world. Caroline Hurry, editor-in-chief of Travelwrite, offers 20 tips to travel writers on how to make their copy sing, and keep readers engaged with their travel tales.

Point of view: a dance of sympathy

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Safrean Silke Heiss writes on perspective - and its influence on every writer.

Advice on book publishing

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Ann Donald, former Fairlady, Woman’s Value and Longevity editor, is now the owner of Kalk Bay Books and a judge in the Alan Paton literary awards. In an exclusive presentation for SAFREA members, many of whom are published or would-be authors, she offered numerous personal insights into the tough world of publishing. 

Want to be a journalist? 7 things you need to know

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If you have a passion for people, a natural curiosity about how things work and why stuff happens, plus you love writing and have a desire to see your name in print, then a career in journalism could be for you. Here is a fast-fact tour of the deadline-driven world of hard news journalism.

12 Top tips to get travel pitches published

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Tired of struggling to get your byline published? Caroline Hurry, editor-in-chief of Travelwrite and SAFREA member, offers 12 tips when pitching travel stories to editors.

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