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Earn $1 A Word And Up At This Health-Conscious Pub

EatingWell

EatingWell‘s editorial mission is to “deliver the information and inspiration people need to make healthy eating a way of life.” This popular pub features plenty of healthy recipes, science news and food writing that’s bound to get you hungry.

Nutrition pieces are always in demand, as are travel stories (as long as they have a clear health tie-in). New writers who manage to break into the book often establish fruitful relationships with the editors there:

The best place to break in is the front-of-book “FRESH” department, which focuses on trends in health, sustainability, foods and farming, with stories about people who are revolutionizing how we enjoy food. The editors would like to see more pitches for investigative pieces on nutrition, as well as stronger, science-based queries on food and sustainability. Rather than merely outline the latest study, writers should be able to make the data relevant through storytelling.

For editors contact info and more on what they’re looking for, read: How To Pitch: EatingWell.

– Aneya Fernando

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Freelancers: When Should You Leave A Client?

LifeAsAFreelancer

Becoming a freelancer after working full time at a more traditional job can be a daunting transition. You are suddenly forced to be your own boss, create your own schedule and hunt for clients yourself.

Although there are plenty of benefits to becoming a freelancer, one of the major downfalls is the lack of financial stability. And nowadays, there seems to be a constant battle between what you should be paid and what you’re actually getting:

The “I can get it cheaper mindset” seems more prevalent since the Internet boom. Clients see numerous listings for blog posts at “5 cents a word” or “$6 a page” or “$10 an hour.” So often they don’t realize how unrealistic these rates are once issues like research, interviews, deadlines — plus overall skill — are factored in. Graphic designer Lucy A. Clark feels you have to hold your ground. “Unless you can educate [potential clients] about what’s really involved, walk away,” she said.

To get more tips on freelancing, read: Pros and Cons of Life as a Freelancer.

– Aneya Fernando

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Your Guide to Publishing Personal Essays

CraftPersonalEssays

Personal essay writing is all the rage right now. Every major publication online seems to have a “Life” or “Relationships” section. Some sites are entirely dedicated to narrative, first person stories (I’m looking at you, xoJane.com).

Writing about your own experiences can be a valuable exercise in turning observations into something meaningful. But everyone knows that sharing anything personal (let alone controversial) on the Internet can result in some ugly feedback:

If you publish your essay online, especially in a vociferous blogging community, be prepared for anything. I have been called irresponsible, a bully, mean-spirited, lazy and more. I have also been praised for my candor, my writing style and my sense of humor. Any time you publish your work, you open yourself up to criticism, but with the personal essay, criticism can cut deeper because it’s in response to your personal life. Learning how to cope with negative feedback is a constant practice, says Carinn Jade, blogger at Welcome To Motherhood. “I think 97 percent of my comments have been negative. If I’ve written a piece that’s a real trigger for me, I’ll really try not to read the comments.”

To get more tips on writing a great personal essay, read: You Life in 1,000 Words: The Craft Of Personal Essays.

– Aneya Fernando

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How to Find the Right Market for Your Work

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There are so many outlets for freelancers to write for. From glossies to blogs to literary reviews, the choices are endless. So how can a writer decide who to pitch to?

In the end, it comes down to your style of writing and where you are in your career. In the latest Mediabistro feature, veteran scribes gave their advice on how writers can find the best readers and keep the assignments coming:

Successful freelancers, like any entrepreneurs, will tell you that repeat business is essential to furthering your career. Once you’ve established a connection with an editor, it’s much easier to pitch a new idea to that editor than to break into a new market. Koa Beck, EIC of Mommyish.com, gives an editor’s perspective: “Keep pitching and follow up. I receive so many pitches from good writers that aren’t a good fit for us, but that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in anything else you might come up with.” Personally, I often send two or three ideas in my follow-up pitch letters to demonstrate my expertise and willingness to write more on a topic. However, when I’m first contacting an editor, I typically only submit one very fleshed-out idea to make a good first impression.

For more advice on pitching, read: Finding The Right Market for Your Work.

– Aneya Fernando

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Land Up to $2 Per Word at Glamour

Glamour

Editors at Glamour know that any woman’s life is a series of multiple moving parts; that’s why the mag aims to cover everything from fashion and beauty to music and real life stories.

Writers deliver content that counts, like the latest skin cancer risks and tips for asking for a raise at work, but executive editor Mikki Halpin notes that they also infuse fun and humor into the pages. Reading an issue of Glamour is like “that conversation that you have with your girlfriends who are all really well-informed and stylish and kind,” she said, “and you’re getting this information, not in a dictatorial, PhD sort of way, but from this really smart, cool person who’s your peer.”

Got the latest scoop? For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Glamour.

Sherry Yuan

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Writing Advice from Producer of The Tudors, History Channel’s Vikings

Just in time for the upcoming premier of Vikings on the History Channel, Michael Hirst, the show’s writer and producer, talks about his writing process in the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? series.

“The key for me with historical characters is they’re interesting because they’re human beings,” he said. “A little bit of Hemingway goes a long way here, but journalists and writers should honestly look at their material and have a real interest, a real passion in what they want to write, and they should also have a lot of knowledge, as well. You don’t write police procedural stuff unless you really know that beat, but it’s ultimately not the procedure that makes the show work — it’s the people. The more real they are, the better.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, Michael Hirst, Creator of The Tudors and Vikings?

NYT Veteran Gives Tips for Journos Who Want to Write a Book

It’s a pretty big accomplishment for a first-time author to land on the New York Times bestsellers list, but Isabel Wilkerson definitely deserves it. The Pulitzer-prize winning journalist spent 15 years researching and conducted over 1,200 interviews for The Warmth of Other Suns, an account of the men and women who lived through the Great Migration, when 6 million African-Americans moved to the North.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, she talks about her writing process and gives tips to fellow journos who want to write a book. Below, an excerpt:

You interviewed more than 1,200 individuals. What skills do you possess that made people feel comfortable sharing their stories and information?

I always go into interviews with a great sense of gratitude for the courage it takes to share one’s story, particularly one so painful and heartbreaking, things that they had deep within themselves and had just gotten to the point of being able to share. So I think being an empathic listener, someone who was truly wanting to understand what they had endured — those are things I think they could pick up and sense in me. I also think they felt I had a sense of connection with them.

For more, read Hey, How’d You Write a New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller, Isabel Wilkerson? [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

FishbowlDC Advice Column

I’m terrible at giving advice. But, that doesn’t stop hordes of people from taking it upon themselves to give their advice on a range of issues. So, I’m going to take various advice columns from around the internet and answer it with my own fishy advice. It can’t be much worse than the professionals.

Today, I’m taking on WaPo’s @Work column and one sensitive word that seems to be causing a lot of headaches these days… Read more