Sunday, September 13, 2015

Insights Into Earning Steady Paychecks Doing Magazine Content Writing

Successful content writer, founder of The Conservative Fiction Project, and Senior Editor, Liberty Island Media, Jamie Wilson, shares her expertise on today’s content writing opportunities.

“One of the biggest changes that content writing has afforded freelancers is the luxury of a reasonably steady paycheck. My current favorite gig, CrowdSource, provides consistent multiple projects which are lower paid compared to many freelance jobs - but they don't require much in the line of research, and writers can skip the hard speculative work of queries." 

She recently started a new gig at PJ Media.

"A freelancer just getting started can support himself or herself on jobs like this while querying for better-paid and higher-profile work. It's been a game-changer. 

Content marketing is all advertising if and only if you consider everything broadcast on network television, including your favorite shows, to be advertising. It is designed to be clickbait, drawing readers - but in order to do that properly, it also has to be engaging content in and of itself, not just content that says "click the ads." Just like any newspaper or magazine content, web content needs to a) provide something of value to the reader and b) make money. The key to not being a hack is understanding the balance between the two - and sites that balance these two things properly are the ones that are most successful at both.

Journalism is indeed about information provided to an audience - but more and more, that audience is unwilling to pay directly for that information as they find more ways to acquire it for free. For that reason, journalism has been borrowing more heavily from content marketing techniques as the years go on, just in order to remain viable. 
Examples would include USA Today's very large content program and the San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate website, which is primarily what you might term content marketing. I know that's about clear as mud, but so is the demarcation between content marketing and journalism today.

Freelancers make good money doing content writing and editing - but they aren't hacks.

Just like any other writing segment, there are tiers of expertise, and I've been fortunate enough to meet some of the best,” Jamie says.
 A Navy wife and the mother of five children, she is also the sister of a war hero.

“I am the founder of The Conservative Fiction Project, which helps conservative writers find one another and a wider audience. I work with Liberty Island Media, the first overtly conservative fiction publisher. I have always read stories and told stories, and I will always be a storyteller," Jamie says.
Read Jamie Wilson’s stories, The Biscuit Boy and The Enforcement of Happiness, at Liberty Island.

Read her website and blogs, Conserative Fiction, and Conservative Feminism.


Monday, September 7, 2015

Answers to Those Baffling Punctuation Marks and Writing Questions

Once again, members of Internet Writing Workshop shared the following valuable information with fellow members of this excellent writing list.

If punctuation baffles you sometimes, Punctuation Made Simple  can rescue you.

Take the em dash for example.
Or Quotation marks .

You'll find answers to many punctuation questions, and other writing questions, so Punctuation Made Simple is an excellent website to bookmark.
However, a word of warning ~ the three examples given for em dash were published in 1876, 1873, and 1719. The second one was originally written in French, and English translations may have carried over French punctuation.

21st century punctuation backed only by examples from the 18th and 19th centuries may have changed. Therefore, I suggest using Chicago Manual of Style for the current usage of punctuation in publishing.

You'll find it at Chicago Manual of Style Online , and at Amazon.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Will Your Books Still Be Read 100 Years From Now?

In the left panel on this website, when you scroll the list of writers I admire, you'll see Kristine Kathryn Rusch. She's the author who spells out what to do if you want to be read 100 years from now. I don't recommend these writers lightly.

Each has something worthwhile to impart. Please visit them.

Recently I revisited Kristine's website and scrolled, stopping randomly to re-read an article here and there.

Because Do Want to be Read 100 Years From Now?
is a subject I soapbox about I've included the link to her good advice.

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Let Your Wordprocessor Be Your Dependable Editor

Advice From The Pros contains a chapter titled, Expedient Wordprocessor Functions. It describes tasks no writer who plans to succeed should ignore.

For example: Appropriate grade-level language, submission word limits, redundancy, misspelled words, spacing, grammar, e-mail submissions.

Boost your earning power with the help of your wordproccesor's built-in abilities.

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"A Letter From The Rainmakers Daughter" ~ Another Internet Writing Workshop Member's Success

Chioma iwunze-Ibiam, a member of Internet Writing Workshop, announced another success, Chioma says the achievement was due in large part to help of fellow IWW members.
"I am delighted to announce that my short story, A Letter From The Rainmaker's Daughter has been accepted for the September issue of the new print and online versions of A Long Story Short,This story started as a flash piece in the Practice group about two years ago. Months and months of rewrites, after crits from the Prose List, saw it grow into a short story. I hope you enjoy reading it"
Best Regards, Chioma Iwunze Ibiam. Ankara Press Author: Finding Love Again.
Creatuve Writing News

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