Ask Wendy: Your Writing and Publishing Questions Answered

October 2007 Family Fun Magazine
Q: Where do you find clients?

A: Your greatest resource for work is referrals. This means not only asking past clients if they know anyone who needs a writer/editor/copy writer/etc. but also friends, family and businesses you frequent.

Why not send an email to everyone you know telling them you have a freelance writing business and inviting them to send work your way? Consider that most people don’t know what that means exactly and don’t know what you specialize in. Give them concrete examples, like:
·    “I write ad copy, articles and press releases for start-ups and established businesses that can’t afford to hire an ad agency.”
·    “I edit term papers, brochures and book manuscripts.”
·    “I ghost write books for business people and inexperienced writers who want to be published.”
Also, hand out business cards everywhere you go. Strike up conversations with the store owner when you purchase something from her boutique, or email some graphic designers and tell them you’ll refer them to your past/present/future clients if they’ll do the same.
Freelancing is as much about selling yourself as it is about writing, so practice, practice, practice!

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Wendy Burt is a successful full-time freelance writer and editor who has more than doubled her income since leaving her job as a newspaper editor just four years ago. With two women’s humor books for McGraw-Hill and more than 1,000 published pieces, Wendy’s work has appeared in such varied publications as Family Circle, The Writer, MSNBC.com, NewYorkTimes.com, Home Cooking Magazine and American Fitness. Wendy teaches “Breaking Into Freelance Writing” and still finds ample time to spend with her beautiful children, Gracie and Ben. Visit www.BurtCreations.com to see books by Wendy and her award-winning dad.

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1 Response to “Ask Wendy: Your Writing and Publishing Questions Answered”


  1. 1 familygal September 12, 2008 at 3:31 am

    Is it appropriate to approach agents with a book idea via the internet? (ie. E-mail as opposed to snail mail). If so, do you need to limit your pitches to your own state or can you conduct business long distance?


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