How to Build a Freelance Writing Career


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Are you a new and struggling freelance writer, who is looking for a way to make a living with your creative talent? Do you have a computer with a word processing program, a smart phone, and access to the internet? Have you already created a portfolio online and offline, in order to send to or show potential clients? Make sure that your portfolio has a current picture of you, a biography, and all the links or copies of the articles that has been published.

Include your best writing samples, in order to showcase your freelance work that has not been published online or offline. One way, to build your portfolio is to submit or pitch your articles to blog owners or website owners. You can also build a personal blog and publish your writing on your very own blogging platforms like WordPress, Weebly, or Blogger. There are websites that will allow you to join their website community and you may be able to find clients that need your freelance services.

Next, start searching the internet for freelance job listings or databases, which will allow you to register and apply for freelance work. Here are a couple websites to get you started on your freelancing journey, so check out www.upwork.com and www.freelancer.com. However, be sure to check out each new website that offers writing for cash with the Better Business Bureau first. This way, you can avoid being scammed by companies that charge you a monthly fee and never find you any work.

So, look into the community or database that you plan to join and avoid the frustration, which most young writers endure. But, you also visit the library or local bookstore, in order to find books that list the current freelance markets that are available. Additionally, there are blogs and websites that are devoted to listing information about magazines and blogs that are looking for current submissions. Before submitting anything, read each listing carefully and follow the websites guidelines or special needs of each editor.

Finally, submit an article to the local newspaper office or submit it online with a copy of your resume and several different writing samples. Submit articles that will capture an editor’s eye and his interest, so you will have a better chance of being selected for future assignments. Remember to connect with other writers and ask them ask about their favorite writing sites, in order to keep up with the growing profession of freelance writing.

Copyrighted by, Crystal S. Kauffman, 2018

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Afraid to Love Again


By, Lilly Maxwell, Guest Blogger

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Love left my heart,

I hated being alone and torn apart.

I cried each night and people didn’t know,

Then, I saw him.

Love was slowly creeping back in,

I’m afraid to let it in.

I’m afraid of getting left behind again.

I’ve been hurt so much.

I’m afraid to love again,

He’s my best friend .

I want to let him in.

But I’m afraid,

I’ll get left again.

©Lilly Maxwell, 2016

THERA TEARS-A Dry Eye Drops That Really Works!


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At the end of last year, I had to have an eye test, because I noticed changes in my vision. I got an adjustment in my prescription and a new pair of glasses from Designer Eyewear on Normandy Ave., which is in my hometown of Jacksonville, FL. My eye doctor discussed a few things with me after the eye exam was over. First of all, he assured me that I had no diabetic bleeds in my eyes. I was worried, because I have diabetes type 2 and I’m a working hard to find a happy medium. Second, we discussed my itchy, yet dry eyes that irritate me and have made me slow down in writing.

He suggested that I use another brand of lubricant eye drops, but the bottle was very expensive. After reading the ingredients on each brand I looked at, I finally settled on THERA TEARS-Lubricant Eye Drops. Immediately, I started using this brand of eye drops over two months now. I was instructed to use it four times a day. Now, my eyes feel really good and I don’t have issues with dry eyes or itchy eyes. I love this product and if you have dry eyes like me. Check it out for yourself and see if this product can help you too.

My Reflections and Goals


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As a young girl, I always dreamed of writing novels or writing for my city’s local paper. Every day, I told my friends that someday, they would see my name in the newspaper on the front page. They would generally laugh or make comments about my head being in the clouds. After hitting a hurdle in high school, I thought I would never be an author, columnist, or journalist. I am so thankful for the opportunity to chase my educational goals while I was down, due to my cancer treatment and aftermath.

My Education Goals

However, I returned to high school and graduated in 2006. Next, I signed up to take a course with the Institute of Children’s Literature. I earned my certificate for Writing for Teenagers and Children in late 2006. Now, I have earned an Associate’s Degree in Arts of Business in 2008, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in 2011. For the past 15 years, I have been writing short stories, poems, and have written several novels that I am working on now. I am also writing stories and articles for different magazines and books like Guideposts.

It is a Way of Life 

Journalism and columnist jobs require that the employee to be available on a moment’s notice, especially when news is breaking around town. However, I am a twelve year cervical cancer stage 2B survivor, who had aggressive treatment to become cancer free. I am disabled, so I cannot chase stories to become a major journalist. So, I have two blogs that I am using as a column and publishing several articles and stories on different subject matter.

Writing is My Passion

I love writing, so now I write articles for my blogs or I write for magazines as well. Additionally, I am writing an articles and novels now full time. I am a new author when it comes to novels, but I am determined to continue writing. Thankfully, I am very versatile in my writing, so I have three novels coming out which are different genres. I have already publish two small books, a poetry collection and a short stories book for children.

It is a Career

I love meeting new readers and fans, especially as my writing grows and I continue writing things about this I love writing about. I love knowing that my fans and readers enjoy my work, so if you stop by my blogs. Take a moment to leave a comment or even just say HI. Each day is a new day to bring my readers new ideas, stories, and more. Thank you for supporting me in my career choice and I hope you enjoy my future writings.

Respectfully Yours,

Crystal S. Kauffman

XOXOXO

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Viola Liuzzo: The Unknown Martyr


Viola LiuzzoIf you look in a history book, you will never find the name Viola Liuzzo as a martyr for civil rights. However, in 1965, she became an unknown martyr in the hearts of many civil rights activists. She was shot by self-proclaimed KKK members in Selma, Mississippi, during a civil rights march on March 25, 1965. Now, there a memorial on the spot that she died, yet no one mentions her name in the history books. According to Mr. Simkin (1997), she was 36 year old mother of five kids, who wanted to make a difference in the fight for civil rights.

She was married to a man named Anthony J. Liuzzo, who was very supportive of his wife’s ambitions. Viola graduated from “Wayne State University” and was pursuing a career as a “medical lab technician” (Simkin, 1997). After she watched “Bloody Sunday” unfold on television in Selma, Alabama. She empathized with the pain and torment of those who fought for the right to vote.

So she decided to stand up and become a civil rights activist, who helped out with driving people to the marches. They followed Martin Luther King Jr. and 25, 000 others in a march from Selma to Montgomery. Once getting involved, she witnessed the brutality of African Americans and supporters in the south.

As a white woman, she could have decided that it was too dangerous to go, but she was also a trained nurse who felt she may be able help. Then, on the night of March 25, 1965, she was shot in the head twice by three KKK members from Birmingham. Viola was brutally killed, while driving some of the protesters home. However, according the FBI (2006), a man named Leroy Moton was driving and became an eye witness to her murder. Before long, three men were arrested and charged with violating Viola Liuzzo civil rights. According to the FBI (2006), an undercover agent named Carl Rowe was also riding with the KKK members that night.

These self-proclaimed KKK members were “Collie Wilkins”, “William Eaton”, and “Eugene Thomas” (FBI, 2006). They were found guilty and sentenced to ten years in prison. Fortunately, the undercover FBI agent Carl Rowe was compelled “testified against them” (Simkin. 1997) in court. In an attempt to discredit Viola, some vicious rumors alleged that she had abandoned her children and husband for a black man’s affection.

According to Simkin (19970 these damaging rumors, were believed to have been started by the FBI. Sadly, she tried to stand up for the civil rights of others, but was ultimately was denied her own civil rights. How come Americans are not taught about her courageous decision to stand up, which ultimately cost her own life? Why did the undercover FBI agent choose not to protect her and her companions? What made them spread this vicious rumor about a woman, who chose to stand up for others and their right to be a free American?

References:

Simkin, John (1997) Spartacus Educational: Viola Liuzzo

Retrieved on the World Wide Web on June 13, 2007

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAliuzzo.htm

Federal Bureau of Investigations (2006) Viola Liuzzo Murder

Retrieved on the World Wide Web on June 13, 2007

http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/liuzzo.htm

Viola Liuzzo Monument

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Copyright 2007, Crystal S. Kauffman

Rachel Rae: Pieces of Me


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NO ONE SAID THE GAME OF LOVE WAS FAIR

Reese Farris thought she had it all as a happily married woman until she discovered her husband’s recent infidelity. Bryce Farris naively believed that the grass was greener on the other side until he found out otherwise. Follow the story of Reese and Bryce as one tries to put together the pieces of a broken heart while the other tries to keep their life from falling apart. Pain. Deceit. Betrayal. No one said the game of love was fair.

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Introducing Author Rachel Rae


Author Rachel Rae

Rachel Rae is a new up and coming author with two freshly released books. Within 5 months both novels have been on the Amazon’s Top 100 best sellers list.

She still resides in Houston Texas. She plans on continuing to be a hard worker, as well as a great mother. Rachel will also be writing more fantastic urban fiction novels.

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