Learn the most effective methods for selling short nonfiction pieces (articles, essays, etc.) to magazines, newspapers, and websites from a professional freelancer.
Many writers make a living, or a portion of their living, by selling short nonfiction works on a freelance basis. The trick is to generate saleable ideas, match them perfectly to the right places, then write terrific query letters. In particular, you must know exactly which publications are appropriate for which ideas (and how to figure this out among the thousands of publications). We will show you how to execute each of these steps. We will also give you a realistic understanding of how you can begin a freelance career, move up the ladder in terms of prestige and pay, and manage your writing as a business.
Among the topics covered: overview of the market, how to generate saleable ideas, how to write great query letters, how to scope out and analyze potential targets, effective ways to make contact, how to send your materials, deciphering rejections, understanding contracts, making connections, managing the business side of writing.
This course focuses on the selling of short nonfiction pieces.