What is in the Freelance Writer’s Toolkit?


Table of Contents

Introduction… 1

Business Start-up.. 3

Owner’s Checklist for Starting a New Business.. 3

Making a Business Plan… 4

Advantages & Disadvantages of a Sole Proprietorship. 4

Organizational Plan… 5

Company Image.. 6

Accounting and Recordkeeping… 7

Payments.. 7

Online Invoicing.. 8

Accounting.. 9

Tools of the Trade.. 10

Organizational Tools.. 11

Finding Your Niche.. 11

Types of Services.. 12

Writing a Corporate History. 12

Writing  a Church History. 14

Management.. 16

Preparing your Bio.. 16

Balancing Work and Home. 16

Setting Up a Home Office. 17

Marketing Your Business.. 18

Advertising.. 20

NEWSLETTER Software.. 22

Blog Sites.. 23

Time Management for the Busy Freelancer.. 24

Time Management Tools. 26

Where Can I Find Freelance Writing Jobs?.. 27

How to Find Freelance Writing Jobs in Your Local Area.. 27

How to Find Freelance Writing Jobs Online. 27

Your Portfolio… 31

How Do I Get a Job without a Portfolio?. 31

Client Management.. 32

Working with Buyers on Guru, Elance, & Freelance Sites.. 32

Client relationships.. 34

Project Management.. 36

Project Management Tools.. 37

Contact Management Tools.. 38

How to Track Your Writing Queries.. 38

What Should I Charge?.. 40

How Much Should I Charge for Ghostwriting a Book?. 40

How Much Should I Charge for Writing an Article?. 42

Miscellaneous Articles.. 44

How to Promote Your Memoir.. 44

How to Make Money Writing Nonfiction Books.. 45

How to Copyright Your Book.. 46

How to Sell Your Book on the Internet. 47

How to Be Your Own Literary Agent. 48

How to Write a Preface for Your Book.. 50

How to Add Front Matter to Your Memoir.. 51

How to Add Back Matter to Your Memoir.. 52

How to Make a Great Newsletter.. 53

Technical Stuff.. 55

Lay Out a Book Manuscript in Microsoft Word.. 55

How to Turn a PDF into a JPEG (Quick and Painless). 57

Make 3D Ebook (CD, Boxes,etc.) Covers FREE & EASY.. 58

Marketing Plan for Books/eBooks.. 59

Sample Marketing Plan for Promoting a Book.. 59

Sample Documents.. 65


Flat Fee Contract for Services.. 69


Sample Project Agreement and Statement of Work (Very Detailed Version). 79



Sample Publisher/Author Contract. 100

Sample Project Worksheets.. 107

Project Overview and Details #1.. 108

Project Overview and Details #2.. 109


Editing Checklist for a Fictional Book.. 110

Phone Call Log Form.. 112

Press Release Template. 113

Sample Book Product Production Plan.. 114

Sample “Services Offered & Pricing Chart”. 115

Sample Query Letter to a Venue about Having a Workshop. 116

Resource Links and Publications.. 117

Organizations for Writers.. 118

Other Freelance Writing Sites of Interest. 121

Bookbinding/Printing.. 121

Copyright Fees as of 2009.. 122

About the Authors.. 126

Feedback from Clients.. 127


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Published by: Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.

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