Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success

This is a new series we’re starting here on InkwellEditorial.com. What is it? Very simply, you answer one question, ie:

What one piece of advice can you share that’s helped you the most in your career as a freelance writer?

The goal with this series is to dispense advice to new/aspiring freelancers, and/or to those who may be struggling. So if you don’t have time to submit a guest post or become a regular guest poster, this is a great way to still help others and get your name out there.

Submission Guidelines

Length: 100-250 Words

Bio: 25-50 words; a link to your freelance writing website/blog and a link to one of your social media profiles.

How to Submit: Send in the body of an email (info*at*InkwellEditorial*dot*com). Put “Freelance Quick Tip” in Subject Line.

You’ll be sent a link when/if it’s published.

Here’s the first installment . . .

My “Quick Tip” for Freelance Writing Success

Market consistently — even when you’re crazy busy, and especially when times are slow.

Years ago, I owned an editorial staffing agency in New York City. I had a business mentor who had owned one too. He was retired; he’d sold his business for a few million dollars and spent part of his time volunteering; helping new/struggling entrepreneurs.

One of the many great pieces of advice he gave me over the year and a half or so he acted as my mentor was to make marketing a habit. I never forgot this. It can be particularly discouraging when you’re marketing your butt off but no writing jobs are materializing. But, think what’ll happen if you don’t market.

I promise you (if all other things are in place like your writing skill, pricing, etc.), if you make it a habit to make a certain number of touches per day, week and/or month, you WILL land freelancing writing jobs.

I advise doing so daily or weekly. If you’re slow, double what you may normally be doing, eg, if you normally send out 5 marketing emails per day, double it or triple it, ie, contact 10 or 15 (or 20 or 30) prospects per day. If you’re busy, don’t slack off (which is a bad habit many freelancers get into); still reach out to new prospects and/or stay in touch with existing clients — something many freelancers forget to do. Don’t!

Good luck out there.


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I’ve been blessed with the “mind of a marketer,” so to speak. It’s what’s accounted for my freelance writing success over the years. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told somebody about a marketing technique I use and I’ll get a response like, “I never would have thought to do that.”

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    1. The one piece of advice that helped me (and is still helping me) is to stay persistent and to learn something new everyday.

      Persistence is the biggest challenge for new freelancers that expect instant success after months of writing. I’ve learned that in the end, persistence perpetually pays off!

      Also, learning new things everyday will help burgeoning freelance writers develop new writing material, ideas for story pitches, and help them stay on their intellectual tip-toes. Developing the desire to learn also melts into the freelancer’s everyday life, enabling them to participate in challenges that they never would have before.

      These two pieces of advice have helped me, and will hopefully help others.