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Top Freelance Writers Share Their Secrets

Veteran freelancers share the key on how to get to the top -- and stay there

By Marcus Vanderberg - December 6, 2011
Ever flip through your favorite magazines and notice the same bylines in every issue? Like, a writer who penned a Brett Favre profile for GQ also has a feature in Vanity Fair the same month, or that A-list writer who seems to get every cover story for Esquire, Essence and O.

Well, while it might appear that top editors and writers have a secret club where they'll only work with each other, the truth is no one starts his career writing for Rolling Stone or New York. The five veteran scribes we spoke with say it takes years to build up a reputation and the trust of mega magazines and once they got to the top, there are several key things they did to stay there. ...

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