Examples of Writing
Examples of Writing
The following examples will provide a preview of the writings of Deb Dooley taken as excerpts from various assignments. Larger examples are available upon request.
"Writings can be categorized as either fiction or non-fiction.
Fiction is works created from the writer's creative mind such as romantic mysteries, crime thrillers, or fairy tales, and is a market difficult to enter. Though a story may be crafted around a true event, the story itself is an imaginative creation. It requires the use of an agent to pursue projects for the writer and is typically not a lucrative choice.
By contrast, non-fiction writing, which includes business writings and biographies, relates factual events and reports the truth."
"As a freelance writer just beginning a writing career, you should be prepared to quote your going rate. Here are a few suggestions to help:
1. Determine your hourly rate of pay by deciding what your goal is for the year, how many hours you want to work each week, then calculate an hourly rate for your works.
2. Another method would be to simply utilize the industry standard of $50 per hour, and negotiate from there. This rate isn't set in stone so you will have the flexibility to start up or decrease it from there.
3. Establish a per-project rate by determining the estimated or known time to complete the project. Using your goal rate per hour you can easily calculate the cost of a completed project for a client.
Again, you may have to negotiate this cost with your prospect, but now you have a starting point."
"One of the challenges a freelance writer encounters when embarking on their new career is where to find work. Once you've decided which writing niche(s) to follow, your next target is to locate markets to sell your talents.
Numerous freelancers turn to guideline directories, i.e., Writers Market, to give them quick resources. Be careful not to rely solely on these directories, as they're limited in what they offer, and other avenues are out there.
Take for instance online research. Put your creative skills to good use by using various search engines for publications, jobs, etc. in your genre. Surprisingly, there'll be hundreds of results from which to choose.
Last, but certainly not least, is the old-fashioned cold call. Send postcards announcing your services or create a marketing letter promoting your services.
Good research and hard work will yield a multitude of markets open to you; they're just waiting for you to make the first move!"
"In order to find a buyer for your written works, a writer must approach literary agents, publishers or editors with either a proposal or a query letter.
If the work you want to sell is an article for a magazine, newspaper, or similar publications, then the route to take is a query. This is the writer's opportunity to present their idea for an article to an editor, and why they're the best writer for the subject. It should always include a brief bio of the writer's background supporting their experience and/or expertise in the topic suggested, and why this article will be different from the many others of its kind.
On the other hand, if you're writing a non-fiction work, you'll want to submit a proposal to the buyer. These works typically are business-related topics and work much like a sales letter to the business. Unlike the unsolicited sales letter, the proposal is usually a response to a request for a proposal from a business. The proposal should always include your rate or project cost, what services you'll include, and anticipated time until delivery or a target date.
Both the query and proposal give the literary agent or businessperson an overview of your proposed project, and what services you include. The difference, though, is that a query will not address the pricing of the project."