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Do You Have Questions About Contributed Articles?

We’re fresh off the free call hosted by Carol Tice at the Freelance Writers Den, and I understand that a lot of our listeners are not yet members of the Den.

So, if you have additional questions about contributed articles, please feel free to ask them in the comments below and I’ll answer as soon as I can.

Please note, I won’t be answering too many specific questions about press releases, retainers, or public relations as these are all topics I’ll be sharing information about in the upcoming Bootcamp, which is a real steal –especially since you also get to join the den free for the first month. (And the Den is currently closed to everyone else.)





So, What can I tell you about contributed articles?  Ask away and I’ll try to help as much as I can.





4 Responses to Do You Have Questions About Contributed Articles?

  1. Natalie says:

    Hi Sharon, I really enjoyed your call with Carol the other day and am so excited about the upcoming boot camp! If only I wasn’t already a den member so I could have got the 15 minute coaching session with you 😉 I am currently a PR/Communications manager for a private company and I have some agency experience as well. So, I’ve written tons of press releases, contributed articles, case studies, etc. and I am looking to start freelancing, but I’m having a really hard time taking the plunge. Where do you think is the best place to start? Writer website? Get your first client?

  2. Hi Natalie,

    The coaching session was not for Den members but for those who signed up for the bootcamp within a certain period of time – the first 10 people, plus those that listened to the How to make $1,200 an article call live.

    It sounds like you should start with a writer website. Companies want to know who you are, what you offer and see your samples. If you don’t have one, I’d start there. Then I’d tap into your existing network to let people know you are now on your own and ready to help them.

    There is a wealth of information in the Den, particularly on how to get started and how to build a great writer website, among some 100 hours of every call and bootcamp Carol has done. And, good news is that you are now a member if you’ve purchased the bootcamp.

  3. Katie says:

    Hi Sharon, I left a comment on Carol’s blog that you two very kindly answered at length. I have some followups. I was the one paid very poorly for advertorials–$50 for a 1,000 word article with multiple sources, if I remember right. I believe the very low pay is due to my market. I live in a small Midwestern “city.” I’ve been told by my editors that I’m a very good writer so i fully believe I’m worth more than I’m getting here, so I’m hoping to break into better paying markets.

    My questions: What success have you had with writing contributing articles for non-local clients? I was thinking of doing what you suggested and writing PR firms a letter of introduction with clips, but I would be sending these letter to firms at least 90 miles away… do you see a future here for that avenue? Any strategies you might have, or tips for narrowing my focus? Finally, how did you decide your niche? Generally I write for business publications doing profiles. I also write for a sustainable agriculture blog, but I don’t see that market needing many contributing articles or using PR firms, and besides I do like the idea of keeping my journalism hat separate from my PR hat.

    Thanks very much, it’s very kind of you to offer to help other writers.

  4. Katie,

    I think many on the call were a bit confused about who the client actually is for contributed articles. The best market for contributed articles is working directly for companies, not working with public relations agencies. Public relations agencies typically handle much of the work placing contributed articles, and sometimes hire freelance writers to create them, but not pitch them or work with editors.

    I am sorry to hear your advertorial job was so low paying. Was your client an agency or were you hired by the publication? I don’t consider advertorial work contributed articles, and I haven’t taken but one advertorial job so I don’t have much experience there. Just because one pub or agency didn’t pay much doesn’t mean all are like this.

    I don’t have one niche but help a lot of companies with content marketing. I focus on B2B companies and technology firms, but take clients in a variety of industries because I like variety. I’ll be talking about how to find clients in the boot camp – will you be joining us?