Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Prize: $30 000 and contract as writer in residence at bard college for one semester.
Deadline: July 15th
Guidelines: Intended to encourage and further young writers career by providing money, as well as a strong intellectual environment to further your skills.
Boston Review Short Story Contest
Prize: $1500 and publication in the Boston Review
Guideline: Stories cannot exceed 4000 words.
National Writers Association Novel Writing Contest(http://www.nationalwriters.com/page/page/2734945.htm)
Prize: 1st - $500, 2nd - $250, 3rd - $150
Deadline: April 1st.
Guideline: Contest open for all who recognize their creative ability to articulate.
Orange Prize For Fiction(http://www.orangeprize.co.uk/home)
Prize: $30 000
Deadline: End of November
Guideline: Full length novel that has been written by a woman. It must have relevance to everyday lives, have imagination and a very strong and inspiring message. Cannot have been previously published in the UK, but can be published outside of the country
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
- Get to know the social bookmarking site before you start spamming it with your own articles. Become part of the community, gain friends, gain trust. Become a valued member so when you do post your own stuff it will be well regarded.
- Post interesting news articles from a variety of different sites. This will show the site that your not spamming, so that when you do submit your own it has a better chance of being promoted to the front page of the social bookmarking site.
- Only pick three or four bookmarking sites and really spend a lot a time on them. You'll have much better success if you focus your efforts on a few than trying to spam twenty different ones.
- Make sure on your profile on the site you have a link to your blog, website, or articles, so that when you do spend time in the community and are posting other items people will have the opportunity to look at your work.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
- Brainstorm a bunch of ideas. Check out magazines, newspapers for anything interesting you think may be of interest of people. The idea here is not thinking of something that no one else has – because that won’t be searched anyway – but thinking of something that you know is searched but doesn’t have a lot of information on it. This part is the hardest, and most time consuming part, but it’s pivotal to your success.
- Then take the keyword you decided was hot on the ones mentioned above and enter it in the Free Keyword Tracker. The results generated should give you what is the most searched phrase on that keyword, and all relatively close terms. This should give you a more definite idea of what topic to write about.
- This step can be ignored if needed, but if you’re really serious about making a lot of money then you should go to the Google AdSense Keyword tool. Here type in the phrase or topic that you decided on in the previous two steps. Click high estimated CPC, and go down the list to see how much your keywords ads are worth and how much other, close, keywords are also worth
Writing these kind of articles will get you the attention - it will get you in the doorway - but it has to be the writing that gets you into the rest of the house. Find a good topic, find the keywords, and then use that foundation to create an informative and intriguing article. If you do that, well, you'll be one step closer on becoming a successful freelance writer.
Monday, June 7, 2010
- Elance - a giant with thousands of projects for you to bid on.
- Guru - another giant, and the first of its kind. The most trusted freelance site on the web.
- iFreelance - Smaller than the above few, but a great place to start a career.
- Elance - about a quarter of its projects are dedicated to content writing.
- Guru - has an entire section of jobs specifically for content writing projects.
- oDesk - get paid by the hour, with a selection of clients from all over the world.
- Academia Research - the best academic and most reliable site for it.