Just before National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), two aspiring authors met in a bookstore. One had written a full-length manuscript and was busy submitting to publishers. The other was focused on a steady diet of website blogs, magazine articles, and small presses. But what was most surprising was how little the aspiring author knew about all the other opportunities available to her. She simply didn’t know where to go. So, if you’re like our aspiring author, here are nine writing resources to get you started.
Do You know where to Look?
Literary presses, magazines, websites, grants, residencies, and contests focused on marginalized and unrepresented voices called for submissions. Video games, RPGLit, and fantasy zines threw their shouts into the ring and from the author…Crickets.
Do you know where to turn when you want to make writing a career? Did you know communication skills (read: writing) are one of the most in demand skills of employers in 2020? Wondering how to make a living with your writing or simply get your writing in view of the right reader for you?
9 Resources to Get You Started
Below is a short list of where we look for opportunities on a daily or weekly basis.
- Freelance Writing Gigs – daily writing gigs Monday – Friday from blogging and content to Journalism
- Freelance Writing – advice, prompts, and writing opportunities around the country.
- LinkedIn – write an article or post and get your writing out to the world of business, if that’s your niche.
- Make a Living Writing – for a well-rounded go-to website for writing jobs, marketing and business advice, and forums to connect with other writers, Carol Tice’s Freelance Writer’s Den is a one-stop shop for all things writing.
- Poets & Writers Magazine – contests, grants, residencies, MFA programs, and more. Poets & Writers offers feature length articles about writers, upcoming book festivals, workshops, and is available both online or in print.
- Medium – this is a great open platform with a variety of interests looking for writers. While articles are the majority of content, there is also ample opportunity for short stories, poetry, novel excerpts, or flash fiction.
- Morning Coffee Newsletter – writing opportunities in bite-sized newsletter format.
- The Write Life – writing and freelance advice, writing jobs, and more.
- Writer’s Digest – writing prompts, advice, feature articles, how to articles to find a literary agent, publisher, bootcamps and writing workshops to level up your writing skills from newbie to advanced.
One Final Thought….
These are just a few of the sites we’ve turned to over the years. We’re on Medium and LinkedIn, if you’re interested in more information. If you’re interested in up-to-date information regarding freelance business/writing resources, check out our website or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!
Disclaimer: These are resources we like and use. We do not receive any compensation from these sites for sharing them here.