3 Things Writers Need to Find Freelance Success

I’ll probably always remember 2016 as the year I started podcasting with Brian A. Klems. If you haven’t checked them out yet, the Writer’s Market Podcast series is free to all. And each episode includes a “Three Things” segment.

The first one was focused on the three things writers need to find freelance success with their writing, regardless of genre. (Click here to check out the podcast episode that includes these three things.)

Good Writing

While great writing would be even better, good writing will get the job done for most writers. Good writing doesn’t include typos or horrible grammar, though a bending of the rules here and there is fine. So it’s important to learn the craft of writing.


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Knowledge of the Writing Markets

The second thing writers need to find long-term success is a knowledge of the writing markets. After more than a decade of working on the Writer’s Market books and WritersMarket.com website, I can vouch for market directories as a great resource for finding markets, but writers also need to read the magazines and websites to which they wish to submit their writing. Follow them on social media, and get a deep understanding of their editorial slant and expectations of their readership.


Third, writers who want long-term success need to be professional. Professionalism includes writing concise query letters and well-researched book proposals, sure. But professionalism also includes negotiating better rates, asking questions, and following up on submissions and manuscripts. Professionals are organized and dependable, and editors love working with such writers.

Bonus Tip: Persistence

So that’s three things, but I’m a poet, and a bit of a rule bender. So here’s a bonus fourth key for writers to find long-term success: persistence. It’s often said that “rejection is the name of the game” when writers are submitting their work, and that’s often true, especially for writers just starting off. Successful writers learn to shrug off rejection and keep moving forward. If they’re rejected 100 times, they submit 101, because it’s persistence that often wins out in publishing.

Master these four things, and writing success is sure to follow—or spread like wildfire.

Until next time, keep writing and marketing what you write.


robert-lee-brewer-featuredRobert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community. He edits the Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market books, writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine, maintains the Poetic Asides blog, co-hosts a podcast for writers with Brian A. Klems, speaks at conferences, leads online webinars and tutorials, and so much more.

Robert is also the author of Solving the World’s Problems, a poetry collection published by Press 53. A former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, he’s been a featured poet across the country at poetry events in Austin, Houston, Cleveland, Atlanta, and more.

Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


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