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Nine Ways to Make More Money--Instantly
By Mridu Khullar
While writing isn't, and shouldn't be, solely about the
income, money does play a large life in a freelancer's
life, mostly because of the lack of high-paying markets
and the fluctuating pace at which checks arrive.
If you're looking for some quick ways to increase your
cash flow, here are some tips.
1. Always negotiate for more. It's pretty simple. They say,
"We can give you $500," you reply with, "How about $600?"
and you agree on $550. An extra $50. If you're feeling even
braver, you might ask for $700, they bring it down to $600,
and you earn an extra $100. Regardless of how high you go
and how low they try to bring it down, it's more money. For
no extra work.
2. Sell reprints. Go through your files, make a list of
the articles and essays to which you still own rights, and
make a focused effort to sell them to new markets. Reprints
are an incredibly easy way of earning more money, and
successful writers earn thousands of dollars each year from
this tiny effort. Build your inventory of new articles,
but don't discount the marketing potential of the old ones.
3. Revisit old research and interviews. Speaking of digging
up old files, do you have extensive research and interviews
on subjects you've been writing about? Any new stories or
ideas to be found there that could be quickly written and
4. One idea to many target audiences. I'm a big believer in
milking an idea for all it's got and pitching it to non-
competing publications. If I happened to come across new
research that linked creativity to motivation, for instance,
I wouldn't just pitch the idea to a writer's magazine and be
done with it. I'd find a way to use it in stories for
work-at-home moms, college students, even senior citizens.
5. Market ideas that never got off the ground. Look through
your sent e-mails folder for pitches that you sent years
ago when you were just beginning and not as talented or savvy
as you are now. See if you can find new research or developments
on these stories or if you could rewrite the pitches and try
selling them again.
6. Get in touch with old contacts. Remember that marketing
manager you worked with in your old job? The communications
consultant you once had lunch with? That editor who came to
stay in the hotel where you worked as a receptionist? Call
them. Ask if they might need a writer.
7. Make one marketing effort a day. Even when you already
have assignments, keep sending out those queries and letters
of introduction. Soon enough, those assignments will be
finished and you may be out of work. Fill the well before
8. Follow-up on your correspondence. E-mails get lost in
cyberspace, editors forget, things get busy and your
submission may be deleted without being looked at. It happens.
Follow-up on work you've sent out. It holds the potential
to bring good news.
9. Ask for help from sources. When you've finished interviewing
your sources, check out their websites, other books, and make
a note of their specialties. Better yet, ask if they might
have any other potential ideas to discuss with you. I've often
interviewed people for one thing and ended up getting ideas
for a whole different subject.
Mridu Khullar, 26, is a freelance journalist currently
working in Accra, Ghana. She writes for Time, Marie Claire,
Elle, Ms., Parade.com, Women's eNews, and Writer's Digest,
among others. Visit her at http://www.mridukhullar.com.
EARTH VISION NATURE WRITING CONTEST http://www.evbooks.net/contest.htm
$12 ENTRY FEE
The EV nature writing contest is held to support the cause of
expression on the subject of nature and deep ecology. Any
outstanding proceeds will support the EV project.
First prize: $500.
Second and third prizes: $100 each.
Two honorable mentions.
This contest is open to any writer in English producing an
original short piece of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetic
prose, or poetry on a theme of nature, deep ecology, spiritual
ecology, or any work that has some element of nature woven into
it. Submissions can be published or unpublished material, length
to range between 500 and 2,500 words per entry. One title per
entry, you can enter as many times as you like, new entry fee
to accompany each entry. Winners will retain all rights, and
will be invited to post their entries on the Earth Vision
website. Deadline October 15, 2008.
POETRY LONDON COMPETITION http://www.poetrylondon.co.uk/
£3 - £4 ENTRY FEE
First prize £1,000, second prize £500, third prize £200,
four commendation prizes £75. Deadline June 2, 2008. Entries
must be in English. Limit 80 lines.
THE HAYEK ESSAY CONTEST http://www.montpelerin.org/essay.cfm
NO ENTRY FEE
First prize: $2,500 cash award + travel grant
Second prize: $1,500 cash award + travel grant
Third prize: $1,000 cash award + travel grant
The Hayek Essay Contest is open to all individuals 35 years
old or younger. Entrants should write a 5,000 word (maximum)
essay. Essays are due on April 30, 2008 and winners will be
announced on June 15, 2008. Topic:
In The Constitution of Liberty Hayek says that "we are
probably only at the threshold of an age in which the
technological possibilities of mind control are likely to
grow rapidly and what may appear at first as innocuous or
beneficial powers over the personality of the individual
will be at the disposal of government. The greatest threats
to human freedom probably still lie in the future."
Has Hayek's gloomy warning been borne out by events, or has
technology become more a force for liberating people from
NEW HAMPSHIRE ARTIST ENTREPRENEURIAL GRANTS http://www.nh.gov/nharts/grants/artists/artistentrepren.htm
July 1, 2008 for projects beginning on or after October 1, 2008
October 1, 2008 for projects beginning on or after January 1, 2009
January 2, 2009 for projects beginning on or after April 1, 2009.
Requests may be made for $250 - $750.
Registration fees, tuition costs, travel and per diem for
attendance at conferences, workshops, and/or artist showcases
that will increase their business and/or artistic skills or
increase the marketing potential of their work. Enrollment in
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conference for performing arts presenters. An artist contracts
with a consultant to develop a business plan. Artist(s) need to
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their work in a new direction (consultant costs only). A master
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professional artist and is reimbursed for related expenses (i.e.
supplies, travel, stipend, use of studio). An artist or
professional company contracts with a website or graphic
designer to improve their marketing efforts.
CITY TV CULTURAL DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP http://www.praxisfilm.com/en/competitions/citytvculturaldivers/default.aspx
CKVU 13, a CityTV channel, proudly joins Praxis in establishing
the CityTV Cultural Diversity Fellowship. In an effort to
develop new Canadian storytelling talent, and expand the pool
of quality screenplays available to broadcasters, CityTV will
support either an aboriginal or a visible minority British
Columbia-based screenwriter living in the lower mainland in
the Praxis script development workshops. Applicants interested
in the CityTV Cultural Diversity Fellowship must indicate their
eligibility when filling out the application form. The
application fees are waived for applicants eligible for the
cultural diversity fellowship.
HAROLD AND MIMI STEINBERG CHARITABLE TRUST
919 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10022-3903
This Trust, based in New York City, has announced the creation
of two awards for American playwrights in different stages of
their careers. The Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award
will honor a mid-career playwright whose body of work has
already been recognized. With a cash prize of $200,000, it is
believed be the largest award to honor American playwriting.
The first award recipient will be announced this Fall, and
the prize will be awarded on a biennial basis thereafter.
Beginning in 2009, the Steinberg Emerging Playwrights Award,
also to be awarded biennially, will honor two early career
playwrights whose professional work shows great promise. Each
recipient will receive a cash prize of $50,000.
NATIVE PEOPLES MAGAZINE http://www.nativepeoples.com/about/editorial.php
Native Peoples strives to offer a sensitive portrayal of the
arts and lifeways of the Native peoples of the Americas. We
seek writers and photographers--Native and non-Native--who
have a unique expertise about their subject. Standard rate
is 25 cents /published word, payable upon publication.
The magazine seeks stories reflecting Native life throughout
the Americas, from the Arctic Circle to the southern tip of
Chile, though our prime focus is on subjects in the United
ORION MAGAZINE http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/mag/submission_guidelines
The magazine distinguishes itself from the din of common
culture through its depth of inquiry, commitment to
interdisciplinary thought, and focus on the soulful qualities
that inform our daily lives. Insight and imagination are
qualities we encourage, alongside a big-picture approach to
problem-solving. Currently, Orion considers unsolicited essays,
narrative nonfiction, interviews, profiles, short stories,
photoessays, and portfolios of fine art. We also consider
submissions for our Point of View, Making Other Arrangements,
Sacred & Mundane, Reviews, and Coda departments. No unsolicited
Feature articles range from 1,500 to 5,000 words, departments
from 350 to 1,200 words. Our lead time is typically six to
nine months. We pay $400 to $1,000 for feature pieces, $50 to
$450 for shorter texts. We purchase first North American
serial rights, as well as exclusive worldwide electronic
rights for sixty days and nonexclusive permanent web rights
for our electronic archive.
Wish is the new style bible Canadian women aged 29 to 49 reach
for first. It covers fashion, beauty, food, home décor and
family for the master juggler--the woman who has to stylishly
and efficiently balance career, family and home. Wish readers
are primarily urban Canadian women between the ages of 25
and 49. They have to balance home, family and career and do
it all with a limited amount of time and limited funds.
Our base rate is $1/word and payment is upon acceptance.
Location Edmond, OK https://jobs.ucok.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1208619171518
Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate
poetry-writing courses. The successful candidate will teach
two courses per semester, supervise M.A. and M.F.A. theses
in Creative Writing, and participate in events benefiting
the Creative Writing program. Depending on qualifications,
the successful candidate may also work with the department's
student literary journal. M.A. in Creative Writing and strong
publication record required; Ph.D. or M.F.A. in Creative Writing
or related field and higher education teaching experience preferred.
$30,000 per year plus benefits & on-campus housing.
Location London - WOMAN'S OWN MAGAZINE http://www.ipcmedia.com/jobs/job.php?id=1089
We're looking for someone with the ability to think laterally,
who has an inexhaustible fund of fresh features ideas and who
can combine this with sparkling prose and the interviewing
ability to get the kind of details that make features write
themselves. At least two years experience on a national publication.
Location Greenville, SC http://www.icliffs.com/php/pub/viewListing.php?listingID=689
The Sr. Copywriter works in a creative partnership with the Sr.
Art Director to conceive, develop and produce effective
advertisements for The Cliffs Communities. The Sr. Copywriter
provides the verbal or written aspect for advertising. This
involves writing copy, (originating catchphrases, slogans,
messages and straplines) as well as writing the wording for
all types of advertising: posters, press, leaflets, brochures,
and/or radio or television scripts. In addition, the Sr.
Copywriter is involved in the production process working closely
with typographers, designers and printers. BA/BS required in a
related field plus 8 years progressive experience working as
a Sr. Copywriter for an advertising firm and in-house
(combination) is required. Prior experience working with
clients in the real estate/land development industry or luxury
resorts. Must have a talent for persuasion, a vivid imagination,
and a fluency with language.
ANVIL PRESS http://anvilpress.net/Submit/
Anvil Press is a literary publisher interested in contemporary,
progressive literature in all genres. We must stress that we
are a small publisher, publishing 8 to 10 titles per year. In
general, we are planning at least 12 months in advance and, at
present, are only considering work by Canadian authors. We are
not interested in seeing formulaic genre novels: Sci-Fi, Horror,
ELDER SIGNS PRESS http://www.eldersignspress.com/
Publisher of quality science fiction, dark fiction, fantasy
and horror. A publisher of quality genre fiction. It publishes
8-10 books a year. Overstocked on short story collections.
Needs novellas and novels. 80,000-90,000 words is a good average.
HIS WORK PUBLISHING http://www.hisworkpub.com/submissions.html
Only accepts Christian material or material that does not go
against Christian principles and standards. Seeking YA fiction,
adult fiction, adult nonfiction, self-help, Bible study,
health and fitness, and spiritual fitness.
This online course offers interactive writing exercises that
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Curriculum is tailored to meet the unique needs of each student.
Work at your own pace and finish with concrete parts of an
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and a past contributor to FundsforWriters.
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