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How to Become a Freelance Writer. If you have a knack for telling stories, you may want
to consider a freelance writing career. Here are some tips to get you started. You will
need List of magazine publishers Publishing professional contacts Conferences and conventions
Networking skills Online job boards Writing courses (optional) and entry-level writing
or editing jobs (optional). Step 1. Write as much and as often as you can. Take writing-intensive
courses in journalism and English in college. If your major is in a non-writing-intensive
field, consider gaining additional writing experience by taking writing courses or a
job as a copywriter or editor in a field related to your major after you graduate. Step 2.
Contact print and online magazine publishers about freelance opportunities. Libraries usually
have books that list publishers' addresses. You will have the most success pitching ideas
about subjects that you have some familiarity with. Step 3. Get to know publishing professionals
in your field of interest by attending conferences and conventions. Step 4. Network with other
freelancers. Other writers may come across opportunities more suited to you and pass
your information along to their editors. Step 5. Check online job boards for writing opportunities.
Job boards frequently list opportunities for paid columnists, bloggers, and web-content
creators. Did you know The first patent for a typewriter was filed in the early 1700s,
but the first practical typewriter wasn't marketed until the 1870s.