Meet Megan Blandford - a freelance writer embracing the unknown

Megan Blandford is one of those freelance writers whose byline you see everywhere. Her articles regularly appear in glossy magazines, newspapers, websites and blogs. Megan is versatile too - she can turn her hand to writing about almost anything; from health and business to travel, food and property. My decision to become a full time freelancer was partly inspired by Megan. She was the first person I knew whose husband looked after the kids while she made a good living from freelance writing. 

Are you ready to become a full time freelance writer?

Around this time last year I started thinking about going full time as a freelance writer. It was a scary thought – would I be able to earn enough money, would I be able to maintain the energy required to run a small business (which is effectively what you’re doing when you’re a freelance writer), was I still going to love writing if it became my full time job and was I going to be successful?

How this one template will boost your productivity

When I first started writing feature articles for magazines and newspapers, I would pitch my idea to an editor, conduct all my interviews, transcribe the interviews and then write the article. This was when writing was a side-hustle and I didn’t particularly need to think about how the number of hours I worked on each article impacted my word or hourly rate. Now I get most of my interviews transcribed, but there is one more important step that I’ve added in.

September - the month of trying new things

2017 has been a bit of an experiment. This time last year my partner and I had finally decided that I would work as a freelance writer full time and he would be the stay-at-home parent. I promised myself that at the end of each month I would review how I was going - was I pitching enough? Marketing myself enough? Writing articles on topics that fascinated me? Was I happy? Most of all I wanted to make sure that I was trying new things in the writing world and this month I definitely have.

Writing for in-flight magazines: how freelance writers can break in

One of the things I love most about flying is reading the in-flight magazine. They are often full of pithy, fascinating and topical stories – not only about particular destinations, but broader trends and happenings within the arts, business, fashion and society. It can be tricky to break into writing for in-flight publications, so I spoke to a number of writers and an editor of an airline magazine to get the scoop on what you need to know in order to see your by-line the next time you take to the skies.  

The 3 best business decisions you can make as a freelance writer

When I started freelance writing, I was doing it as a side hustle. I was working two days a week as a social worker and also completing my PhD. Feature writing for magazines and newspapers was fun and thrilling, but until the start of this year I never looked at it like it was a business. Now I’m a full time freelance writer and I am so proud of my micro-enterprise. I get such a sense of satisfaction when I see articles published with my byline and the money (eventually!) land in my bank account.

Meet Ginger Gorman - social justice freelance journalist

Ginger Gorman is utterly committed to exploring issues that many of us would shy away from. As a social justice journalist Ginger has tackled everything from parental sex abuse to gender diverse teenagers to confronting those on the Internet who troll her. Ginger injects such sensitivity and empathy into her articles that it makes it hard to lift your eyes from her pieces. Her writing is a true example of the difference that journalism can make when writers deeply care about the issues they writing about and truly collaborate with their interviewees.

How to get started as a freelance writer

This is a bit different from my regular posts – each month I’m going to be doing a post for people new to freelance writing, but with a downloadable resource for everyone. I’ve had a bit of a rush of new subscribers and visitors to my site recently (hello and thank you!) and some of these lovely readers have been in touch and asked if I could go back to the very beginning.

How freelance writers can find fantastic interview sources

If you’ve got a great idea for a feature article for a magazine or newspaper, you need the talent to back it up. But for journalists or freelance writers, finding case studies or sources can be a tricky thing. You might need experts to translate complex ideas so that a general readership can understand recent research, or you may need to find someone with first person experience to speak eloquently about the topic you are exploring. But how do you find those people who are going to bring your story to life?

July – the month of surprises

July didn’t quite go according to plan. A few days into the month I had a four-day press trip (or ‘famil’ as they are commonly called) and a few days after that I went away with my family for 10 days. If I had thought more, and prepared more, I wouldn’t have had quite the haphazard month I did have.

6 great travel publications that pay freelance writers

If you want to break into travel writing, you have endless opportunities to see your words in print and online. And even better, there are numerous publications that pay writers well. I’ve compiled a list of some well-known and less well-known freelance travel writing opportunities where you can pitch print and online travel publications. And best of all, they pay well. 

Get writing work without pitching: how to get editors to come to you with commissions

When I started out as a freelance writer it never occurred to me that editors might one day come to me with articles they wanted me to write. In the past, I’ve had the occasional editor ask me to write a specific article for them. But this year, I’ve had multiple editors come to me over and over again with commissions. In this post I share the five key factors that are crucial to getting editors to approach you with commissions.

Meet Jenny Valentish - freelance journalist, editor, author and all-round literary legend

Ever since I decided to ask Jenny Valentish some questions for my blog, I've been trying to work out what I'd say in this introduction. But the truth is, I don't think you can put Jenny or her writing into a neat 100-word summary. Jenny's writing reflects her - it's erudite, funny and often unexpected. And as you'll read - she's also incredibly generous sharing her experience and advice with other freelance writers.