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You Don't Need A Degree In Journalism To Be Freelance Writer!

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You Don't Need A Degree In Journalism To Be Freelance Writer! by Akinjidetayo(m) : 1:52 am On Mar 26

But a lot of people still think going back to school and getting more education is the only way to be successful in this and other freelance businesses. And frankly, it’s not true!
So if you’ve been wondering, “Do I need a journalism degree to be a successful freelance writer?” Think again.
Steps 1
Gear your natural talent and creativity. If you don't have these traits naturally, take a short course even online tutorials are enough, so don't fret.
2 Gathet old copies of magazines of all different styles from secondhand stores and read through the different writing styles. Make notes on style techniques.
3
Find your niche. Through the previous step you should be able to determine your favorite type of publication you are interested in. Is it fashion, food, cars or art?
4 Make sure you focus on your favorites, it's easiest to write about things you actually have an interest in.
5 Gather database of magazines and their publishers. You can gather this information through researching online.
6 Prepare samples. Majority of editors are going to want to see sample pieces. Since you are starting from scratch, you will need to create up to three brilliant articles that you don't intend to publish. These will serve simply as a reference of what you are capable of.
7. Contact the editors. From the information you've gathered from mastheads, mail or email editors with your details. Make sure to address them directly by name to show that you are familiar with their publication. Politely ask them for "Submission Guidelines" and include the sample work you concocted earlier. Make sure you spell well and use perfect grammar.
8. Don't stop approaching magazines/editors while waiting for responses. Provided you have the talent, and never give up, someone will be interested in your work.
9. Don't expect to be paid for your first few pieces and be sure to communicate that with the people you are contacting. The pieces you publish will begin your clip book that will help you acquire paid assignments in the future.
Hope this helps?
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