We have a very happy announcement to make…
Freelance-Zone.com was chosen by Writer’s Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers and we are featured in the May/June issue! We’d like to take a minute to thank all of the loyal readers who voted for us–we really appreciate it!
And thanks to Writer’s Digest for including us.
Be sure to check out the issue of WD for many great resources for writers, including FZ faves such as Grammar Girl, Absolute Write, MediaBistro, The Renegade Writer and Funds for Writers, among others.
(Every year I go through the list and take a peek at everything…it’s a great way to connect with all the great stuff out there on the web! – Catherine)
Although it is by no means mandatory, joining up with a group of writers can have advantages. Whether it is an online forum, such as Absolute Write or a regional group, such as the Chicago Writers Association, you can find other writers to talk to, bounce ideas off of or just plain hang out with. I am a member of the CWA, and they offer things such as an e-group and networking opportunities. The e-group is a great way to keep up with what is going on “out there”.
Whether you join a group or not is up to you. Some people don’t find them useful, but I think joining a couple that are hand-picked can be a good idea. I’m not particularly social by nature, but it is nice to know I can go and vent if I have a difficult assignment or see what other people are up to in the writing game.
Here is a list of associations to browse. There are also plenty of groups on Yahoo as well as writing forums to choose from. If you have found one that you think is particularly useful, please share!
Make A Real Living As A Freelance Writer comes highly recommended. Authored by the “writer’s writer,” Jenna Glatzer, this is a must read for any new freelancer out there. Jenna offers some advice you won’t find elsewhere, and she delivers it in a very smart, funny way in this book. A super read that is worth the investment.
Absolute Write is one of my favorite writing resources–I post regularly on their forums and I have had many a question answered there. I began going there when I was a newbie and it was like finding a great secret! The atmosphere is friendly and there are places for all different kinds of writers, as well as a mound of posts that those new to the field can sift through to begin learning the business. A highly recommended site, the “AW” has all different levels covered, and is a perfect spot to vent, post a grammar question or just hang out with fellow writers. Look for me on the boards–I’m “Cate.”