Finding Something Friday: About Freelance Writing


I was just checking one of my Friday sites, which just happens to be called About Freelance Writing (hence the clever title of the post!). If you check it out, you’ll find that on Friday, they (Anne Weyman and the rest of her scathingly brilliant crew) post writing jobs, from all kinds of places.

That’s where I found my Baseball Beauties writing gig. Which I’m totally loving, by the way. And here’s the latest, if you’d like to see what I’ve been up to over there.

Anyway, I like to take a look-see on Wednesdays and Fridays, to see if I can find another swell writing gig. It only takes a few minutes to scan the posts; I’m kind of like the Goldilocks of writers, looking for just the right job opportunity. But honestly, it’s not just about finding writing gigs. It’s about freelance writing.

Which just happens to be what this Finding Something Friday is all about. (Photo from stock.xchng)

Tuesday Tip: HARO (Help a Reporter Out)

Just because HARO is all about helping reporters and you’re NOT a reporter, doesn’t mean you can skip this post. HARO is awesome for reporters. But it’s an awesome way to get your sweet promotion out there, in whatever way you shine.

First, a little info. HARO was started by the awesome Peter Shankman to provide sources for reporters. You know how you need that one killer quote from an expert to make your article really swell? Or sell, for that matter. So, instead of running around everywhere, looking for experts and tracking them down for a word or two of wisdom, a freelancer can put a call out on this site, absolutely free, and soon, all kinds of responses will come shooting into your inbox.

How’s that for easy? When I pitched a horror article to WOW! Women-on-Writing, editor Annette Fix suggested I Wow! the piece with a few quotes. Use HARO to track down a few authors, she said. And before you could say, “Boo!” I had horror authors filling up my inbox. Really helped flesh out the article (no pun intended) and I learned a new thing or two. Always a good day when I learn something new.

But I also had another thought. Maybe I’ll sign up on the contact page. You never know when my extensive knowledge about all things Southern may be needed. And horror, now that I’ve finished that article. And dealing with crazy dogs…and witty writing…and well, you get the picture. And if someone quotes me, then wheee!

But read the HARO rules carefully. Mr. Shankman, I understand, wants everyone to play nicely. Considering what you get out of this fun tool box, it’s the least you can do.

Finding Something Friday on Bella Online


Oh, what I would do if time were like money in a bank. If all those days I frittered away (is that a real word-frittered? or a Southern thing?) could be withdrawn now and used in a more, uh, constructive manner.

But time isn’t like that. And I have so many projects in the pan now that I haven’t seen the light of day for weeks. I’m seriously taking on the pallor of the undead. But maybe you’re looking for a project to get you started in your writing. Maybe Bella Online would be a good fit for you.

I stumbled across Bella Online when searching for an article and noticed they were looking for editors. It’s a web-content rich site where each editor builds her section. I should say each female editor, because it’s also an estrogen-rich site. Pay is tied in with advertising. If you have time to invest, you could really reap a big payoff.

These kinds of writing opportunities are geared to new writers with a need to establish a presence and experience. The site provides templates to work with and I had the impression, all the help you need. Take a look around, find out what editors Bella Online needs, and see what this site has to offer.

Lots of opportunities if you’ve got time on your hands. I’ve got to get back to work, but I plan to fritter away my Easter weekend…(Seriously, did I make up the verb “fritter”??? And thanks to Charkrem at flickr.com for the yummy apple fritters-which are real and delicious!)