6 Great resources for online writing work
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Writing for online publications is a great way to supplement your income. If you’re new to freelance writing, online publications are a great way to get your foot in the door, so to speak. Safrean Sian Ferguson has some great advice for freelancers ready to give online writing a try.
Online publications seldom pay as well as print media or content writing, but online writing often involves less work and it’s easier to get into it.
If you want to write for online publications, pitching continuously is your best bet. Sometimes, though, it’s useful to narrow down your search and look for specific publications that want the content you’re creating.
These are my go-to resources for those looking for online freelance writing opportunities.
There’s nothing worse than submitting an essay or article to a website and later discovering that they take six months to pay freelancers. Who Pays Writers? is a crowd-sourced directory that tells you how much publications pay writers, how easy it is to be paid, and how long it takes to get paid. Add your own entries or use the website to figure out whether a publication is worth pitching.
Like Who Pays Writers?, Where To Pitch is a directory for freelance writers. If you have an excellent pitch idea but you’re not sure which publications to approach, this website can provide you with some stellar ideas. Type in a topic like ‘health’ or ‘technology’ to find publications that cover those issues, or type in a publication name to find websites that cover similar content.
I can’t emphasise how much I love this website.
Started by an award-winning India-born journalist currently living in the UK, The International Freelancer offers genuinely useful writing advice for those who are interested in online writing work. It specifically encourages writers to write for overseas publications. Using the advice I’ve read on this website, I’ve increased my income by over $1000 per month.
I often feel overwhelmed by the number of newsletters I’ve signed up for. I seldom get a chance to read them all. But, I can totally assure you that it’s worth signing up for The International Freelancer’s newsletter and joining their Facebook community. When you do, you get access to free advice and resources, as well as invitations to free webinars.
One of my favourite websites for writers, The Write Life is a great source of inspiration. Much like The International Freelancer, the articles offer great advice for finding work as well as running your freelance business.
While the entire Freelance Writing website is useful, their newsletter is particularly awesome. They deliver a number of useful leads on jobs straight into your inbox every day. I managed to find quite a few well-paying jobs through their posts.
I continuously use Twitter to look for work.
Editors frequently post calls for pitches on Twitter. I regularly search the terms ‘call for pitches’, ‘pitch me’, ‘writers pitch’ and ‘pitch ideas’ to find pitch opportunities.
If I’m looking for an editor’s email address, searching Twitter is often more effective than searching through Google. Some editors put their email address in their bio. If I’m not sure of the editor’s name, I search the publication name plus the word ‘editor’ or ‘pitch’. From there, I try to find the editor and their email address.
Following editors on Twitter and conversing with them occasionally is also a great way to build relationships with people in your industry.
About the author
Sian Ferguson is a freelance writer and journalist who mostly covers social justice and health stories. Her work has appeared in numerous online publications, including Teen Vogue, Washington Post, Everyday Feminism, HealthyWay, The Tempest and more. She also works as a content writer and editor. Visit her website and connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.