- Title: The Fluff-Free Freelance Writing Master Course Workbook (Goodreads)
- Author: Alina Bradford
- Publication: Bradford Content (March 22, 2017)
- Genre: Writing/General Non-Fiction
- Pages: 87
- Format: eBook
- Source: Purchased
- Rating: 4.5/5 stars
“For the love of God, don’t write for free!” – Alina Bradford, author of The Fluff-Free Freelance Writer Master Course Workbook
One thing I loved about The Fluff-Free Freelance Writing Master Course Workbook is its brutal honesty. This book is not going to tell you a million dollars will fall into your lap for writing one measly article for “exposure.” Don’t settle for exposure articles as a full-time freelance writer.
Seriously, you have bills to pay. Exposure won’t pay for your groceries or rent!
Alina Bradford has been a freelance writer for over 20 years. She knows what’s up and has plenty to offer to get you on the right path. Throughout her book, Bradford lays out assignments to step up your writing game. You’ll learn how to build your portfolio, SEO, establish your brand, and more. This book is not too thin or too in-depth with information. Additionally, the author clearly states the dangers encountered in freelance writing.
BEWARE OF CONTENT MILLS
Some freelance writers began their careers with content mills and are okay with it. Others avoid them like the plague. According to Bradford, content mills are the dark places Mufasa warned you about.
Content mills are writing agencies where writers exchange their time pumping out articles for small pay. It can range from five cents a word to five dollars an article. Imagine being paid $11 for a heavily researched 1000+ word article. Doesn’t sound too sexy, does it? Content mills will only run you into the ground.
PITCH YOUR HEART OUT!
Okay, you have little freelance writing experience, and content mills are the devil. What are you supposed to do? Bradford recommends daily gig searches on sites like Freelance Writing Gigs and Writers Weekly to pitch to potential clients. You send an e-mail with an enticing headline and a short summary describing your article.
Pitching may be intimidating, but it gets easier the more you repeat the process. Yes, you’ll face rejection, but don’t let it stop you from your long-term writing goals! Here’s Bradford’s advice on the matter:
“Apply for 20 solid gigs per week until you start bringing in the clients you need to pay the bills. Once you get clients, don’t stop. You’re never done searching when you’re a freelance writer.”
I’ve pitched to a couple of freelance writing gigs. Some have kindly rejected me and others I didn’t receive any response at all. I kept pitching, and companies finally hit me up with acceptance notifications. I received one accepted pitch in August when I originally pitched to the company way back in January. Patience and repeated action truly work!
Sick of the broke writer’s life? The Fluff-Free Freelance Writing Master Course Workbook will relieve you from that position. Check out the book now and follow Alina Bradford on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
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