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  • 1. How to Write Stories People Will Read And pay you to write
  • 2. Are your experiences enough?
  • 3. How I spent my morning isn’t interesting?
  • 4. Real Information Where do you find that? • The Internet, but … • News releases, but ... • Government websites, but ... • Organization websites, but ... • Experts, but … • News websites, but … Real reporting is a lot of work, but it makes the difference between a story people will want to read and just another throwaway piece on the Internet.
  • 5. If your mother says she loves you, check it out.
  • 6. How to vet information • Verify with multiple sources. • Consider the source. Is he in a position to know? • Look for hard data. Analyze the statistics. • Call and talk to real people on the telephone. • Snopes.com
  • 7. How to write with authority Use details, drawn from both your experience and from factual material. Compare: • Home ownership is down since the recession came. • Home ownership has declined from a high of 69.2% in 2004 to 65% today and is expected to fall to 64% in the next year.
  • 8. Find the source Use primary sources, not other blogs and other media. Compare: • According to USA Today, 90% of homes can expect higher utility bills this winter. • According to the U.S. Energy Department's annual outlook for heating costs, 90% of homes can expect higher utility bills this winter.
  • 9. You can’t just paint some writing on as a veneer. -- Roy Peter Clark, writing coach or some SEO
  • 10. Who pays for good content?
  • 11. Where can you sell your work? • • • • • • Blogs Websites Corporations Newspapers Magazines Individuals
  • 12. How much can you earn? 0 to $100,000-plus a year
  • 13. Where can you learn more? • Freelance Success: Newsletter and forum for professional freelance writers, $99 a year. http://freelancesuccess.com • Media Bistro. Market reports, classified, some free and some paid. http://mediabistro.com • WordCount: Freelancing in the Digital Age blog. http://www.michellerafter.com. • “Six-Figure Freelancing” and other books by Kelly James-Enger. • Mridu Khuller Relph, International Freelance blog: http://www.mridukhullar.com/2013/10/first-year-of-freelancing/ • “The Renegade Writer” by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell. Book and blog, http://www.therenegadewriter.com/ • Local classes and writers’ groups
  • 14. Questions? • • • • Teresa Mears Living on the Cheap http://livingonthecheap.com tam801@gmail.com