Writing is a versatile art form. In this series of “types of writing,” I’ll not only identify and define different types and styles of writing, I’ll help you find resources right here in Long Beach.
Freelance writing defined
A freelance writer is someone who writes for hire. They write for publications, corporations, small businesses, etc. — anyone who pays for their words.
Sometimes the writer keeps the copyright to the work, such as when they write for publications, and other times the work is strictly for hire and they don’t keep the rights to the work, such as when writing for businesses.
Examples of freelance writing
Open any magazine on the newsstand and the vast majority of the featured stories, and sometimes a good percentage of the small columns and support stories are written by freelancers. For example, I once got paid to write a feature article for Inside Supply Management, a trade magazine. I got a by-line and a nice check.
Often businesses will hire freelance writers to write the copy for their marketing collateral, newsletters and web content. When I worked at KidsGrowth.com, I hired freelance writers to write some of the content for the website. I’ve also been hired to write brochures, newsletter articles and web content as a freelance writer myself.
Resources for freelance writing
- The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Commercial Freelancer in Six Months or Less by Peter Bowerman
- Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: How to Win Top Writing Assignments by Jenna Glatzer
- Secrets of a Freelance Writer, Third Edition: How to Make $100,000 a Year or More by Robert W. Bly
- The Freelance Writer’s Bible: Your Guide to a Profitable Writing Career Within One Year by David Trottier
- Writer’s Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing by Writers Digest
Freelance writing in Long Beach
Many freelance writers make Long Beach their home, myself included. Here are some I found with a simple Google search.
Writes print ads, brochures, direct response, press releases and more
Uses her background in marketing communications and songwriting to tell product stories succinctly
Writes about a variety of topics, but specializes in science writing. Also offers ghostwriting and substantive editing services.
There are also markets for freelance writers here in Long Beach. Many of the companies here hire freelance writers, as well as the following publications, including:
Long Beach Magazine
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