Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Series on Freelance Article Writing – Part 4

Marketing your Articles by Debbie Roome
The aim of writing an article is to find a home for it in a publication. This often requires some effort – especially in the early days of working as a freelance writer. Ideally, find a few publications that suit your interests and writing style and concentrate on them to begin with. As time goes on, you can diversify and add other markets.

Believing in Yourself
Article writing can be tough to get into and the rejections often outnumber the acceptances. The important thing is to keep believing in yourself. Keep copies of work that has been published to show prospective employers and work on continually improving your skills.

Learn by Mistakes
Sometimes editors give a reason for rejecting an article. If they do, take note and be sure to work on that area of weakness. If they do not give a reason, see if you can improve it anyway and then submit it to another publication. Keep going until you have exhausted all your prospects and then file it away for future use or revision.

Promoting Online Articles
It is easier to get articles published on the internet than in print and this is often a good starting place for beginners. Once you have signed up with an article site such as Suite101 or Associated Content, submit work to them regularly. Then promote it by posting it on social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Stumbleupon and many others. I have had articles jump to 2000 reads a week through being passed on through these mediums so it really does work.

Read Part 1 here
Read Part 2 here
Read Part 3 here

Debbie Roome works as a freelance writer from her home in New Zealand. Visit her at Debbie Roome or browse through her blog. Some of her work can be found at Suite 101 , Take Root and Write and Faithwriters.

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