The Online Writer's Companion: A Complete Guide to Earning Your Living as a Freelancer

The Online Writer's Companion: A Complete Guide to Earning Your Living as a Freelancer

by P. J. Aitken


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Every year, millions of writers struggle to find work, and most make little more than spare change from the assignments they land. With the expansion of the online freelance marketplace, anyone with the right skills can learn to thrive and build a full-time career as a freelance writer. Author P. J. Aitken shares with readers what those skills are—the same skills that have earned him high levels of success on Upwork and other online freelance platforms. His tips include:

Creating the perfect profile
Writing winning proposals when bidding on writing jobs
Garnering the rating system that will bring recognition and new clients
Establishing long-term clients
Outsourcing for the most efficient results
Blogging—for pay!
Navigating the best sites and avoiding pitfalls many writers fall into

The Online Writer’s Companion is an unprecedented and indispensable guide for aspiring writers and authors of various materials and backgrounds, from bloggers to professional writers, students to retirees. It can even touch freelancers in other trades who want to hone their skills. By learning to make the most of a myriad of websites for freelance writers, readers will finally have the knowledge to succeed!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621535287
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Paul Aitken is a novelist by trade, but following eighteen months of freelance writing he achieved a top twelve ranking on a freelance website with over 300,000 writers. He was also chosen for the “Top Rated” and “Pro” programs on Upwork, reserved for prolific freelancers with impeccable feedback. He went from being just a novelist to being a writer whose credits include computer games, website content, plays, films, and more. Paul has also worked as a publishing consultant and a marketing expert. He lives in the northeast of England.

Table of Contents

Introduction v

Part 1 The Basics

Chapter 1 The Platforms 3

Chapter 2 Setting Up Your Profile 23

Chapter 3 Applying for Jobs 43

Chapter 4 The Right Price 73

Part 2 Your First Steps as a Professional

Chapter 5 Your First Jobs 93

Chapter 6 Deadlines, Dead Proposals, and Mistakes 113

Chapter 7 Feedback 125

Chapter 8 Clients: Perspective and Attitude 139

Chapter 9 Suspensions, Rules, and Disputes 149

Part 3 Problem Solving

Chapter 10 Odd Jobs 161

Chapter 11 Outsourcing 175

Chapter 12 Productivity and Organization 187

Chapter 13 Troubleshooting (Issues That Might Arise) 199

Chapter 14 Horror Stories 221

Part 4 Options

Chapter 15 Websites and Blogging 239

Chapter 16 Tips for Long Term 249

Chapter 17 Branching Out and Other Options 267

Chapter 18 Investing 281

Chapter 19 Resources and References 291

Chapter 20 Taxes 303

Chapter 21 And Finally… 313

Acknowledgments 319

Index 321

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