December 17, 2012

50+ Writing Websites and Resources For Freelance Writers Serious About Making a Professional Income While Still Having a Life

by Carol Wiley UPDATED JUNE 26, 2014
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money."
- Samuel Johnson (Essayist, Biographer, Poet)
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The first thing you need to know as a freelance writer serious about making a professional income is that you have to go out and find your own writing gigs. Rarely will you find high-paying writing opportunities on Craigslist and other job boards.

Among all the noise on the web are some writing websites that support writers in earning a good living. The ones listed here are the ones I know about and think are the best.

The Business of Writing

All Freelance Writing
This site positions itself as "Just serious advice for serious freelance writers." The site is managed by Jennifer Mattern, a freelance business & PR writer, professional blogger, e-book author, and web developer.

About Freelance Writing
Anne Wayman has been a freelance writer for over thirty years. On her site, she shares how she became successful, how she remains successful, and how she continues to increase her income. Anne, along with Lori Widmer of Words on the Page, also runs the 5 Buck Forum for writers.

Be a Freelance Blogger
Sophie Lizard shows you what it takes to make a living as a freelance blogger.

Dollars and Deadlines
Kelly James-Enger is author of Ready, Aim, Specialize!: Create Your Own Writing Specialty and Make More Money!

Freelance Folder (for all types of freelancing, not just writing)

Freelance Writers Online
Kirsty Stuart offers freelance writing advice and How To Earn a Living as a Full-Time Freelance Writer Online.

Freelance Writing
Brian Scott posts articles about writing, writer's guidelines for magazine, writing contests, and more.

International Freelancer Academy
This site offers lots of good information, including a free 9-video course that shows you how to increase and stabilize your freelance income. It's run by the people who wrote The Wealthy Freelancer.

Make a Living Writing
This site, run by Carol Tice, is probably my favorite. It has lots of practical advice. She's highly vocal about the responsibility of writers to go out and find their own clients and outspoken against low-paying clients. She also runs the Freelance Writer's Den and has an ebook, How to Be a Well-Paid Freelance Blogger.

Media Bistro
This site focuses on journalistic writing for magazines, newspapers, and similar outlets.

Men With Pens
James Chartrand's writing advice.

Productive Writers
John Soares offers tips on freelance writing, productivity, and time management.

The Business of Freelance Writing for Periodicals and for Corporate Markets
Paul Lima, a Canadian freelance writer, offers a lot of good information.

The Content Marketing Writer
Jennifer Gregory offers practical advice about finding work as a content marketing writer and working with clients.

The Urban Muse
Susan Johnston offers tips on writing, working with clients, marketing a freelance business, and more

The Renegade Writer
Linda Formichelli says that her site is "all about how to develop a querying style that works for you, overcome freelancing fear, get motivated, figure out your own systems for getting and doing work, earn more money as a freelancer, and basically boost your freelance writing career and reach your writing dreams."

The Well-Fed Writer
Peter Bowerman is a freelance business writer and the author of the book The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Commercial Freelancer in Six Months or Less.

The Write Life covers the writing spectrum, from fiction to nonfiction, from to productivity to promotion.

Your Writer Platform
Kimberly Grabas writes about how to build an author platform before you publish your book.

Setting Freelance Writing Rates

Editorial Rates from the Editorial Freelancers Association

How Much Should I Charge? from NJ Creatives Network

How Much Should I Charge? from Writer's Digest

How Much to Charge for Web Copy Projects at Wealthy Web Writer

Support for Writing Well

American Writers & Artists Inc. (AWAI) offers home-study courses in direct-response copywriting, travel writing, photography, and graphic design and also has a lot of free articles on the website.

Daily Writing Tips
Daily articles on grammar, spelling, misused words, punctuation, fiction writing, freelance writing, and more.

SEO Copywriting
Heather Lloyd-Martin provides advice on good copywriting for the web. She also offers an SEO copywriting course.

Write to Done
Mary Jaksch, Chief Editor, brings you a variety of information on improving your writing and your writing life.

Writing Tips Handbook
The Writers' Workshop at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign provides advice on the writing process.

Writer's Digest and Poets and Writers
THE writer's magazines from long before the Internet.

Writer's Helper
Writing tips from a professional editor.

Women on Writing

Specific Articles for Freelance Writers

Here are some specific articles at other websites not already mentioned:

Nick Daws Course
10 Ways to Make a 6-Figure Income as a Freelance Writer at Freelance Writing Success

How to Create Multiple Income Streams at TUTS

Tips for Freelance Contracts at Ink Thinker

Content Marketing for Freelance Writers

Content marketing is all the buzz these days. And content needs writers. Not sure what content marketing is? See Content Marketing Defined by Heidi Cohen. Also, see the Content Marketing Institute.

For information about specific types of content other than website pages and blog posts, see: Stories That Sell, Casey Hibbard's case study blog, and Writing White Papers from Michael Stelzner.

For marketing writing in general, see the Marketing Words Copywriting Blog.

For blogging advice and marketing, see Kikolani and Copyblogger and Boost Blog Traffic.

Use the Research Resources that Your Tax Dollars Support

Research is important for writers, and the United States government is the largest publisher of information in the world. The information is free, amd all information prodeuced by the Federal government is in the public domain.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a treasure trove of information for health and medical writers! NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and conducts and supports medical research. Find the complete NIH list of more than 15 institutes here.

The NIH, in conjunction with the U.S. National Library of Medicine, also publishes the encyclopedia-like Medline Plus The entries usually contain basic information about a topic with links to lots of other reputable sites for more detailed information.

Other useful research websites include:

CIA World Factbook: Information about the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

U.S. Census Bureau: Demographic and economic information about people, business, geography, and more. Check out the "Facts for Features & Special Editions" page, which provides collections of statistics for anniversaries or observances, such as Grandparent's Day and Women's History Month.

U.S. Small Business Administration: Information on starting, managing, and growing a small business.

To find even more government information sources, see the U.S. government's official web portal.

Do you have any recommended writing websites for professional writers?

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