Starting out it is easy to idolize anyone who claims to have found success- going from rags to riches- using only a pen. Even though I am providing you with tips, advice, and examples of what it takes to get the ball rolling, I am no Guru. I consider Gurus (of freelance writing) those who have not just made freelancing their prime source of income, but made it a point to spread knowledge from careers they’ve built on their very names.
Freelance Writers that overcame the Writing Mills and charity work; surpassing the underlying stereotype that most people working from home live like couch potatoes and hermits! This was suppose to be a list of Top 20 Freelance Writers but I wanted to go into detail as to why I chose these specific writers. So, consider this the first installment of a short segment called Freelance Writing Gurus!
A Freelance Writers biggest problem when first starting is getting clientele. Most of us roam the web forums that dangle all of our “Dream jobs” in our faces but offer us pennies and often a shiny nickel or two, often called Writing Mills. Of course, this is a way for us to get immediate, even permanent work. Unfortunately, it’s hard to boost your price once you’ve established a usual routine with certain clients.
Carol personally coached me out of the content mills back in the day, and I can personally thank her for the encouragement I needed to get the leap in income and job satisfaction that came with it.”
–Angela Atkinson of Online Writing Pro, friend and fellow blogger following Carol Tices lead.
Carol Tice is a Freelance Writer who started out like many, with little experience and no college degree. Carol Tice went from similar Writing Mills looking for work until she made the revelation that she was worth more. She put on a brave face and went venturing into Freelance government jobs- a realm most don’t feel qualified for but is found to be the most lucrative field for Freelance Writers. Freelance Writer since 2005, She founded her Make a Living Writing blog, which was named a Top 10 Blog for Writers in 2010 and 2012, helping other freelance writers avoid waisting so much time. Contributing to other resource sites for Freelance Writers, like Tuts Plus and explaining why it’s important to seek out your ideal client (instead of waiting to win bidding projects for them) is why Carol Tice is a Freelance Writing Genius. The Writers Den was later started by Tice as a discussion forum for writers and a resource center for serious Freelance Writers. Productive Writers reviews The Writers Den and breaks down what the memberships offers and who could benefit from it. I consider her not just a Guru, but my GOAT (Greatest Of All Time). Any well established freelancer passing on tips of the trade for free is good by me and Carol Tices’ advice has been proven useful by the testimonies of fellow freelancers and even personal companions.
”Kristi is an honest individual who has a sincere desire to help you succeed. If you’re looking for quality service and advice from a competent internet professional, look no further than Kristi.”
– Andrew Rondeau of his experience with Kristi Hines as WordPress Blogging/Website Consultant (found among her many Linked in Reviews).
Helping other freelance writers nab the jobs they want, Kristi Hines is definitely someone you want to listen to. Known for being a blogging enthusiast, she has contributed to many well known marketing blogs including Social Media Examiner, Search Engine Watch, Search Engine Journal, and Maximize Social Business. Focusing on gaining awareness through social platforms and maximizing your social marketing strategies is her forte. Kristi Hines outlook of using multiple social platforms to boost awareness may have seemed common sense but it is actually tricky to “post curated content across all of your social networks” consistently. She makes it a thing of ease.
“About 11 years ago, I bought a book called, The Well Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman. I read the book from beginning to end–excited about all the possibilities that awaited me in the commercial writing world.”
–Wendy Komanchecks a WordPress Blogger and Freelance Copy Writer
Inspiring others to take a closer look at freelance writing Peter Bowerman, a veteran in the field, began in 1994. Peter became known for his open, personal style of writing which played a role in his (and his clients) success in the profitable freelance commercial world. He later started The Well-Fed Writer (2010) to help other writers get a grasp on “income-boosting resources for commercial writers.” The site is pretty straight forward, offer great guest post from writers with real life experiences, and isn’t so much about format but information!
These are just a few Freelance Writers that every new freelancer should get to know. Of course, there are many more writers and a lot of ground (or fields of interest) to cover but these are at least my top Go-To Gurus. Explore other well known Freelance Writers and let me know who your mentor is and why. I can’t wait hear from you! Let’s hear your feedback on Facebook. Make sure to use hashtag #GabBrand- Can’t wait for you to share your gift of gab!