If you have great writing skills and want to go into business for yourself, this course will tell you everything you need to know about freelance writing. It covers every major aspect of becoming a freelancer, starting from the benefits of the practice, the opportunities available and the attributes you need to possess to achieve success. You’ll also learn how to set up your home-based office, make time for writing, search for clients and determine fees for services. Lessons on copyright and ownership and various writing services you can provide to clients and suggestions on how you can do them effectively are also tackled within the course.
The primary objectives of the Freelance Writer Course are to: (a) help you understand what freelance writing is and the pros and cons of such practice; (b) guide you in further improving your writing skills to make it more marketable; (c) enable you to identify lucrative writing opportunities; and (d) aid you in setting up your own freelance practice, marketing your services and offer you support as you go through with your writing business.
Is freelance writing for you? You can never really tell unless you know more about it. Before jumping into the bandwagon, start familiarising yourself with the discipline by learning what it is and what its pros and cons are. This unit will also help you know if you possess the key attributes of a freelance writer and identify various freelance writing opportunities
Just as with any freelancing work, becoming a freelance writer requires that you work at home. This unit will provide you information on how to set up your own home-based office, including where it should be placed and the resources you will need to work effectively. Guidelines on the placement and usage of your office resources will also be outlined in this unit.
As a freelance writer, you will likely experience working on several projects for different clients. To avoid crunch time and delay in the delivery of output, this unit will teach you how to make time for work. You’ll learn various time management and task prioritisation techniques as well as effective methods to get rid of time wasters.
To thrive and continuously earn as a freelance writer it is a must to get your work published, have a steady flow of clients and never run out of ideas. In this unit, you’ll learn how and where to find publications to work for. You’ll also find out the options available for you when seeking for potential clients. Steps and factors to generating writing ideas will also be covered in this unit
Just how much should you charge for a writing service? This is a common question (and problem) among freelance writers. This unit will give you an insight on the factors you need to consider when setting rates for your work or services. You’ll also know when it is appropriate to ask for higher rates and how to make a fee agreement based on the samples provided within.
Apart from fees, the right to ownership is another area that you will have to negotiate as a freelance writer. Who doesn’t want to get credit for an excellent piece of writing? For this unit you’ll understand the definition of copyright and learn about copyright law and how it applies to you as a writer. You will also find out about different rights related to writing and publication.
If you have the intent to work for a publication, a query letter could be your ticket to a lucrative writing job. This unit will introduce you to query letter, including what it is and why it is valuable. This part of the course will also show you the sections of a query letter and how to create and format one that will effectively showcase your ability and style of writing.
Once you’ve booked a writing deal, you can’t do a victory dance just yet because there’s still a hurdle that you need to clear—the contract. In this unit, you’ll gain an understanding of the value of contract in freelance writing and its fundamental contents and illegality. You’ll also get an inkling of how to create a contract and negotiate one.
No matter how short or long your manuscript is you need to ensure it is properly formatted so it won’t find its way in the trash bin. For this unit, you’ll be introduced to the basics of manuscript formatting, including what constitutes an acceptable manuscript and guidelines for formatting. You will also know how to format a manuscript for electronic submission.
Every day, thousands of readers head on straight to a certain page in their newspaper of choice to read the piece of their favourite columnists. From this alone, you can tell that column writing is a big thing. In this unit, you’ll get to about columns and the publications they usually appear in. You’ll also learn how to select topics for a column and how to make your proposal and pitch to a publication, which should help you get started with column writing.
Many freelance writers went on to become published authors. And if you want to join their league, you at least need to have the basics covered. For unit, you’ll find out the difference between book writing and article writing. You’ll also gain an insight on how choose a topic for book and create a proposal to publishing houses, and explore the publishing process from contract signing to distribution and payment.
Know that writing can increase sales for a business. No wonder commercial writing is a popular option for many freelance writers. This part of the course will let you in on how commercial writing works and the various opportunities for commercial writers. You’ll also learn about different methods and tools for self-establishment and promotion as a freelance commercial writer.
The Internet makes freelance writing a popular career option for writers of all types. And the opportunities available are endless. As with any other type of writing, though, writing for the Internet, especially if you are a freelancer, is bound by rules. You will learn about such rules in detail through this unit.
If you don’t have any issue writing for different people and not getting credit for the materials that you do, ghost writing is an excellent freelancing choice that can give you steady and immediate income. For this unit, you’ll learn in detail what ghost writing is all about. You’ll also find out about the career path for ghost writers and learn how to search for clients, promote your service and set out contracts.