The Missouri Writers’ Guild Conference

The Missouri Writer’s Guild 2016 Conference starts this Friday. Visit the website to see who’s coming! Bring a friend and get in for the half the price!

Missouri Writers’ Guild 2016 Conference

2016 Conference

Missouri Writers’ Guild
101st Annual Conference
April 29 – May 1, 2016
Hilton Hotel at the Kansas City Airport
Click Picture or link below to go to the Hilton room reservation page.

If you are a writer looking to improve your work the Missouri Writers Guild his having a conference featuring well known authors who are willing to help you hone in on your craft. Click on the links below to sign up and learn more.

2016 Conference

Missouri Writers’ Guild
101st Annual Conference
April 29 – May 1, 2016
Hilton Hotel at the Kansas City Airport
Click Picture or link below to go to the Hilton room reservation page.

Are You Getting Paid To Write?

Navigating the internet to find paid freelance opportunities can be very overwhelming. Over at Make A Living Writing, Jennifer Roland shares a list of popular sites that pay writers for their work.

 

 

140 Websites That Pay Writers in 2014


By Jennifer Roland

Way back in 2010, Carol decided to bust a move here on the blog.

As an advocate for writers seeking out good-paying work rather than writing for “exposure” or pennies, she decided it was time to start paying the writers who guest posted here.

Then, something really cool happened. Other bloggers started paying their guest posters, too. Some were inspired directly by Carol, and some blog owners just decided on their own that great content was worth paying for. So Carol gathered a list of those blogs as a resource for her readers.

But things on the Internet change fast. Fourteen months later, it’s time to post an updated list. Read more here!

Some Naked Truths About Freelance Writing

I’ve done some freelance writing in my lifetime and it’s always exciting to see my words come to life. Although my writing has been more  ghostwriting, especially since the companies I’ve worked for kept the technical pieces and called them their own, there is still a great deal of satisfaction in knowing that I did it. Freelancing is what I’ve been wanting to do for some of my favorite magazines and web sites, but I am too chicken to put my toe in the water. Some of the reasons are the hard work that may not pay off, the rejection and the burden of burn out.

I came across a very interesting article written by Robbie Blair at Litreactor.com, here he expresses the ups and downs of freelance writing and what writers should do when they decide to jump into the pool. He provides insight on his own experiences and as a result has a lot of advice that will help newbies stay ahead of the game. Happy writing!

The Right Way to Write for a Living

COLUMN BY ROBBIE BLAIR

I’d been working as a full-time freelance writer for eight months when I made a startling realization: I had come to hate writing. The craft that I identified with and the ambition I’d had since Jr. High—to make money as a writer—had backfired. I didn’t like the work. I didn’t like my life. I didn’t even like myself.

It’s easy to romanticize the life of a professional writer, but as I quickly discovered, there’s a right way and a wrong way to write for a living. In my four years of full-time freelance work (and three years of part-time gig-seeking), I went through a lot of misery. I also learned a great deal. This article is my attempt to distil those lessons for those among you who are pursuing or have been curious about the the freelance lifestyle. So, to start….

Adjust Your Expectations of the Work

Without experience in the field, it’s natural to find yourself behind the curve.

When looking at the freelance field, writers tend to sugar-coat the truth: You know that some writers have to take low-paying gigs when they start out, but surely you are above the cut!

Alas, not only are you average, you’re below average. Without experience in the field, it’s natural to find yourself behind the curve. That won’t last forever, but the success rate of your pitches and the types of opportunities available to you will be limited.

There’s plenty of work for those willing to be word monkeys, but that work will often pay you about a penny per word. Read more here.