5 easy ways to make more money as a freelance writer

It would be easy to read this blog and think that I’m all about money. I share my income, I talk about how to find high-paying clients and the importance of having a monthly income target. But the truth is, money doesn’t drive me. It never has. But what does drive me (and what money gives me) is time, freedom and flexibility. And that’s why I’m always going to share ways in which writers can boost their income.

How I exceeded my income target in July (without any commissions)

I barely pitched in July. I didn’t get any commissions, yet I exceeded my income target. That’s the dream for every freelance writer, right? I’d like to tell you that it was the result of a well executed plan, but the truth is, I got lucky. A high-paying corporate client who I’d written for previously got in touch and offered me a chunk of work, which pretty much made up my income target for July. It is fortuitous, but you know what else I think it is? It’s the result of building strong, genuine relationships with editors and clients.

6 more great food publications to pitch

I’m yet to meet a freelance writer who doesn’t love food. Writing about food is a heaven-match for many people because food writing is so much more than penning stories about ingredients, products or recipes. I believe there’s a food story almost everywhere you look. Food intersects with so many things: politics, waste, cultural appropriation, business, gender, travel … the list goes on. So if you’ve got a passion for food and for writing, here are 6 great paying publications to pitch.

How to get exactly what you need from interviews

Conducting interviews is a very important part of being a freelance writer. For me, the best interviews are those where you get exactly what you need in the shortest amount of time possible. These are the interviews where the interviewee feels heard and understood, and where your questions hit the mark. But not every interview goes smoothly, in fact, I’ve had some shockers. Here are my top tips for preparing for interviews and getting exactly what you need.

This is why there's never been a better time to be a travel writer

In the past couple of months I’ve spoken to a number of travel writers and editors and several of them have said a curious thing. That yes, it’s tough being in the publication game in the current climate, and yes, budgets for writers haven’t increased in years. But despite this, these high profile editors and well established writers all told me the same thing. There has never been a better time to be a travel writer. And this is why.

Meet the Aviation Queen - Benét Wilson

I’m going to call it. This is one of my favourite Q&As with a freelance writer. You know when you interview someone and they are so passionate about their work that you want to do what they do? Well, after this Q&A with Benét Wilson, I actually started wondering if I too could write about aviation. And perhaps more astonishingly, this conversation with Benét almost (almost!) had me reconsidering my anti-niche stance.

June - a month of saying no

Are you as stunned as me that June is over already? Each year I set myself goals and targets that I want to achieve and happily, I’ve started hitting lots of them, including ramping up the amount of travel writing I do. This year, almost 80 per cent of the articles I’ve written have been travel related (that may explain the big drop in income!) But this month I’ve had to say no quite a lot - especially to things I really have wanted to do.

Science writing for freelancers - 8 publications that pay well

It’s a great time to be a freelance writer who creates articles and content about science, medicine, the environment, climate change and conservation issues. I have seen so many callouts lately for writers in these areas that I thought it would be worthwhile pulling together a post for freelancers who want to jump into freelance science writing or submit articles to science magazines. If you’re looking for freelance science writing jobs or opportunities here are 8 publications that want your pitches and will pay well (one even pays $2 a word).

How to write a killer press release (and what to charge)

Lots of freelance writers I know offer press release writing as one of their services, as it is a great way of diversifying what they offer to clients. I’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of terrible releases. I’ve also received a few good ones, but those have been few and far between. I was recently chatting to a copywriting friend and web designer about what makes a good press release and she suggested I share the secrets of writing a killer press release.

"No matter how much you love your job, you’ll always need some downtime" - Meet Katie Silcox

It sounds like a dream career for a freelancer - writing for big name publications like Conde Naste Traveller, penning guidebooks, working as a photo editor for GQ, creating corporate communications for AMEX, while also fitting in time to volunteer each week. This kind of workload made me wonder how British writer and photo editor Katie Silcox does it all. I asked her in this Q&A, and I think you’ll agree, her responses are fascinating.

How to get an editor to read your pitch

There’s no doubt that pitching is an art, and if I’m honest, despite all the good advice out there, pitching is one of the things that lets so many freelance writers down. Despite what some people may profess, there’s no one single way to make sure your pitches to magazine or newspaper editors hit the mark, but there are definitely ways to increase your chances of your queries getting opened, read and responded to.

Want to write about mental health? These publications are looking for pitches

Sometimes half the battle (or more) with freelance writing is finding clients or publications to pitch. I really believe that regardless of which area you want to write about (not that I think you only need one area of expertise), there will most likely be a publication, brand or business willing to pay you for your words. Articles and blogs focusing on health and wellness are so popular at the moment, and mental health content is a huge part of that. Here are 5 publications that pay decently for mental health articles.

Boost your LinkedIn profile - do these 5 quick and easy things

Despite LinkedIn being one of the most useful platforms for freelance writers, many people are overwhelmingly ambivalent about it. Every week I hear from writers who say they don’t have a LinkedIn profile, can’t see the point of having one, think the platform is daggy or are not sure how to present themselves on it. I’m here to tell you that if you are a content marketing freelance writer (or want to be one), LinkedIn is one of the best tools around. It’s quick, free and best of all - it’s super effective.

From marketing manager to executive editor - meet Michelle Pini

With my background in social work, it probably won’t surprise you to know that I really admire publications and editors who strive to cover human rights, social justice and environmental issues. Michelle Pini is the executive editor of Independent Australia (IA), an online publication that champions investigative journalism and promotes a diversity of voices. On a personal level, Michelle is generous, funny and open, and professionally she is an incisive, supportive and meticulous editor. I love that IA mentors new writers, so let’s meet Michelle.

April - the month my income came to me

This month felt like a bit of an experiment. I barely pitched any articles, I went on two press trips and yet still somehow made my income target (just). I feel as though I’m in a liminal space, but I’m not sure what is ahead. All I know is that freelance writing allows you to be so flexible and nimble. It feels like only a few short months ago I decided to focus on travel writing, and here I am, at the end of the month, having travelled to India and writing this post from Canada.

What no one ever tells you about being a travel writer

What do you think of when someone says they are a travel writer? Jet-setting business class around the world to stay in luxurious hotels and eating feasts prepared by Michelin-stared chefs? I won’t lie; this is not unheard of, but more often than not, the life of a travel writer is much more complex than it appears. I know lots of you are travel writers or aspiring travel journalists, so I wanted to take you behind the scenes and give an insight into what it’s really like to be a travel writer and what you need to know to be successful.

Disability travel activist, editor and freelance writer - meet Julie Jones

The word ‘inspirational’ gets thrown around a lot in the disability space, but I have to say that freelance writer, blogger, editor and disability activist Julie Jones absolutely inspires me. I first met Julie on a famil in Thailand last year as part of the Australian Society of Travel Writers’ conference. We spent lots of time talking about the number of people who want to travel but can’t because of a multitude of barriers - societal, not their own. It’s not easy advocating for accessible travel in a space where travel writing is often portrayed as white sand, glimmering water and ten course degustations. But Julie’s blog and now, her new magazine, are breaking down some of those barriers.

How to find high-paying corporate writing gigs

A month or so ago when I asked what you wanted me to cover in upcoming blog posts, there was one question that kept coming up: How do I find high paying corporate writing gigs? Some of you were fed up with writing for small business (I hear you), some of you had had some interest from potential corporate clients and others just didn’t know where to begin. I am in no doubt that a lot of my financial success has come down to the fact that I have regular, high paying corporate work that comes to me. So let’s jump in.