I received an email a few weeks ago from a new writer who’s absolutely terrified to begin applying for writing jobs. Her biggest fear is being turned down – which is completely normal – it happens to the best of us!
I tell ya – if I had a nickel for every writing gig I never landed…
At some point or another, we’ll all be turned down (yep, even me) for writing gigs here and there. As a new writer, you might be turned down more often then not. But don’t fret, this is completely normal! It’s just the nature of the business – don’t take it personally! After you gain some experience and hone your writing skills, you’ll have all the work you can handle, trust me!
Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve your chances. And the best part is, they’re quite easy to implement! Here are some great tips that’ll help your chances for landing more writing work…
Number One – Always try to relate to your potential client on a personal or professional level when applying for writing work.
Hi John! I saw your job posting for the articles you need for your rose gardening website – it really peaked my interest! I’m an avid gardener myself and it’s a topic I love writing about.
I’m quite sure the articles I write for you would be really appreciated by you and your reader base. I’ve had a look at your website and I quickly thought of some fantastic gardening topics that would compliment your web presence! I’d be honored if I could work with you to create some engaging and informative articles for your readers.
Let me know if you’d like to see some examples of my past work. I’m also available to start writing straight away!
I look forward to working with you, John.
All the best,
See how I personalized my application? This goes a long, long way – believe me! Start doing this, and you’ll start to get the attention of your potential clients.
Number Two – Start a personal blog on a topic that you’re interested in. I teach this in all of my courses, but not many students actually take the time to do this. The reason this is so important, is so you can prove your published writing skills to your potential clients. If you post a link to your own blog within your application, 99% of the time the client will click through and take a peek. This will improve your chances of landing work more regularly.
Plus, writing and publishing to your own blog will keep your writing skills up to snuff!
Don’t have a personal blog yet? Get going and publish one NOW! Choose one niche or several – based on whatever your interests are.
Number Three – Remember, you’re a writer – and you’re confident in your ability to deliver stuff that people want to read! As long as you write good, engaging (even amusing!) articles or blog posts, you’ll be in high demand. Not many people know how to write good stuff – if you can write in a way that keeps the reader’s attention and helps them take some sort of action or feel a certain way towards the end, you’re doing better then 99% of the other Freelance Writers out there!
Still not comfortable with your writing style? Read more. I like to read articles on Buzzfeed and editorial style articles on Huffington Post in order to keep my writing skills honed. You should do the same!
Follow these 3 tips, and you’ll see a 999% improvement in your ability to write and land new clients!
And the student I mentioned in the beginning of this article? After taking this advice, she now has all the work she can handle for the next 4 weeks – good job!
As a new writer, is there anything holding you back from applying to certain writing gigs? Need some advice? Leave a message below!