I always say that what I love about being a freelance writer is I get to learn all the time. And some of that learning is about the craft of freelance writing. That’s why I subscribe to Writer’s Digest.
I’m sure every freelance writer has his or her favorite magazine; Writer’s Digest is one of three magazines I subscribe to.
Each issue includes articles and features for freelancers, although the bulk of the magazine is devoted to writers of books, poetry and short stories. Yet even the features devoted to these areas, such as author profiles give freelancers like me insight and something to learn. For example, the profile of Julia Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way, notes she began by writing feature articles and freelancing.
Here are just a few of the departments and articles I’ve found especially helpful:
Standout Markets – a list of various markets, it always includes markets for freelance work.
Conference Scene by Linda Formichelli offers a view of places where writers can gather for networking and learning. Each installation of Conference Scene has a theme, such as Writing Without Borders, writing conference throughout the world, or Finding Your Niche, which listed conferences for screenwriters and pet writers.
“The Wired Writer,” in the July/August 2011 edition of the magazine outlined various apps writers would find useful.
Write a How-To Article in Six Easy Steps, by Christina Katz, also in the July/August 2011 broke down a formula article into six easy steps.
The Not-So-Fantastic Four. This article in the July/August 2011 issue outlined four freelancers’ biggest problems, with tips on how to solve them. The examples in the article included an AWOL editor, vague assignments, late-paying clients. The article was by Kelly James-Enger, author of Six-Figure Freelancing. I enjoyed reading this article because it told me that I’m not the only freelance for face these obstacles.
The fact-check checklist, May/June 2011
101 Best Website for Writers, May/June 2011
Getting Started in Ghostwriting by Kelly James-Enger, with a box on markets, March/April 2011.
Best Online Markets by Vanessa Wieland & Jennifer Benner, Nov/Dec 2010.