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Business of Freelance Writing:
How to Develop Article Ideas and
Sell Them to Newspapers and Magazines, Conduct Interviews and Write Article Leads

"I just sold my third feature to a national magazine this year, using your guidelines." - Judy Scott

Do you want to earn a living as a freelance writer? Can you imagine yourself working from home, selling your articles to newspapers, magazines, trade publications, and Web sites? If so, Business of Freelance Writing, by Paul Lima, is for you.

Business of Freelance Writing shows you how to develop article ideas, write query letters, pitch your ideas to the right editor at the right publications, and follow up on your queries.
It outlines everything you need to know to negotiate the sale of your work with editors who say "yes" to your ideas.

It also reveals how to conduct effective interviews and shows you a variety of ways to write article leads. 

Step-by-step approach, the book  shows you how to:

  • Turn desire, dedication, discipline into a successful freelance business
  • Understand how the freelance writing business works 
  • Develop article ideas
  • Write effective query letters 
  • Sell your ideas to newspapers and magazines 
  • Negotiate writing assignment details and fees
  • Conduct background research
  • Conduct effective interviews 
  • Write strong article leads 
  • Set up and organize your freelance business
  • Continually generate repeat business 

Business of Freelance Writing chapters include:

  • Part One: Getting Started:
  • Chapter 1: What Freelance Writers Do
  • Chapter 2: Reality Check & Getting Started
  • Chapter 3: Time Management
  • Chapter 4: The Twin Fears
  • Part Two: How to Develop Article Ideas and Sell Them to Newspapers and Magazines
  • Chapter 5: Know Your Editor and Audience
  • Chapter 6: Do the Math
  • Chapter 7: Clustering Introduction
  • Chapter 8: Article Ideas: Developing Your Own
  • Chapter 9: Discovering More Article Ideas
  • Chapter 10: Building Your Portfolio
  • Chapter 11: Querying Editors: Overview
  • Chapter 12: Sample Query Letters
  • Chapter 13: More Sample Query Letters
  • Chapter 14: 20 Rules for Writing Query Letters
  • Chapter 15: Multiple Submissions/Follow Up
  • Chapter 16: Writing Article Leads
  • Chapter 17: Soft and Feature Article Leads
  • Chapter 18: Finding Markets
  • Chapter 19: Idea Acceptance: Now What?
  • Chapter 20: Research and Interviews
  • Chapter 21: Copyright and Business Issues
  • Chapter 22: Additional Query Letters

Paul Lima - Freelance Writer, Copywriter, Media Interview Training, Writing Coach

If you want to develop article ideas and  sell them to newspapers and magazines, then this is is the place to start! 

The wisdom in Paul Lima's books made my dream of being a 'mompreneur' come true. His practical freelancing tips helped me build a business around my passion for writing and editing. I feel exhilarated! - Lisa Goller

I have had great success with queries, much to my surprise. Editors respond and I have sold a few pieces. My biggest coup so far has been selling a 1500 word piece to Canadian Living for $1200.
- Bill Templeman

"Paul's book is straightforward, concise and easy to comprehend. I used it in the preparation of the pitch and I immediately landed an assignment for the Toronto Star. Business of Freelance Writing is a worthy publication and should be part of any budding writer's resources." - Tricia Chapman  

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