Favorite freelance writer resources

Favorite freelance writer resources

I’m happy to share these resources with you: my affiliate-free (read: no kickback, just links to things I use and like) list of favorite tools, apps, and programs; a few downloadable guides; and the most popular blog posts.

STUFF I USE, LIKE, AND RECOMMEND FOR FREELANCE WRITERS

The tools, programs, apps, services, subscriptions, and other stuff you might like too.

CamScanner

for when you need a flat-bed scanner on the go.

 

Canva.com

for DIY graphics.

 

Calendly.com

for auto-outsourcing scheduling. Such a relief to ask people to simply choose a time available on my calendar rather than sending back-and-forth-and-forth-again emails.

 

Freelancesuccess.com

for discussing freelance writing. I recommend it primarily for the support the group offers, but a pretty amazing side benefit is the number of lucrative, long-term gigs I’ve received via market tips and referrals from FLXers.

 

Google Docs

for drafting and syncing. Be sure to enable to work offline.

 

Lastpass.com

for password security

Handwriting. Photo courtesy Morgan Trimble.

Writing longhand. Photo courtesy Morgan Trimble.

Paper and pens

for drafts, notes, and freewriting. A little longhand goes a long way.

 

Skype and Zoom

for video calls and phone calls.

 

Timescroller

widget for seeing what time it is wherever your clients, sources, family, friends, or interest is.

 

Trello

for organizing big projects.

 

Voice Recorder

on Android for recording interviews.

 

FREE GUIDES FOR FREELANCE WRITERS

Click to download these free guides for freelance writers:

5 proven steps to writing queries that sell

 

5 Proven Steps to Writing Queries that Sell
Follow the proven steps I use to sell article ideas to CNN, the New York Times, Dwell, and Ebony.com.

 

 

 

Pay Me! A freelance writer's guide to timely payments

 

Pay Me! A freelancer’s guide to timely payments

Want effective steps to protect yourself against late-paying clients?

 

 

 

Create your ultimate editorial contact list

 

Create your ultimate editorial contact list

Where and how to find markets and editors in general, followed by a list of rates databases and online writer groups.

 

 

 

AND CHECK OUT THE MOST POPULAR BACKSTORY BLOG POSTS …

Table of contents for Modern Journalist Toolkit series

MJT14: Saving and Organizing Clips

MJT1: 3 Quick Online Portfolio Solutions

MJT3: Home Office Hacks for Writers

Can I quote you on that? Download the bonus cheat sheet on how to ask for an interview when you don’t have an assignment in hand.

How to read a publication like your future editor wants you to. Look over my shoulder to see how to analyze a magazine as a freelancer.

MJT7: Three-Minute Marketing Makeover

MJT11: Freelancing in the Era of Trump with Ray Joseph

MJT12: What’s In My Bag

MJT19: A new way to answer “Why now?”

Essential books for writers

 

 

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