Freelance Writers: Are You Ready to Quit the Content Mills?

If you’re a freelance writer, you probably already know that so-called “content mills” like Textbroker and Writer Access are a quick way to make a little bit of money — in some cases, enough money to get you to Paris — but if you want to turn your freelance writing from a hustle into a career, you’re going to have to figure out how to move beyond the content mills and start picking up higher-paying clients.

Carol Tice of Make a Living Writing just released a free e-book called Quit the Content Mills: 6 Writers Reveal How They Earn More. I spent part of this morning reading through it, and there are all kinds of helpful, actionable tips for writers who are ready to use their content mill experience to land better clients.

Here’s one example (for example) that you can take action on right away:

What sort of marketing did you do to find better clients?

Jawad: I started visiting websites in my niche markets, and started looking for gaps or topics that were not covered that I have expertise in. I started crafting my query letters to address those gaps, and how my articles and columns can help their readers learn more.

I also give credit to Linda Formichelli, who in one of her blog posts mentioned that a writer must do more than just giving an article’s outline [in a pitch]. A writer must tell the editor enough details on what he or she intends to cover, so the editor can visualize the article, before the first word is even written.

Here’s how to get your own copy of Quit the Content Mills! In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that this is an affiliate link (even though the e-book is free, I’ll get a bit of money if you sign up for Carol’s Escape the Content Mills bootcamp in May) and that you’ll need to exchange your email for the e-book, as these things go.

But it’s worth it. Trust me. ❤️

In Which I Discuss Six-Figure Freelancing on Make a Living Writing

I haven’t written much about my freelance income in a while — so if you’re curious about how my year has been, writing-and-money-wise, you should check out the piece I just wrote for Carol Tice’s Make a Living Writing:

Earn Money Writing: 4 Big Lessons from a $126K+ Freelancer

2020 was actually my second six-figure year as a freelancer. The post I wrote for Carol includes at least four of the techniques I used to build my career and hit my income goals, so check it out — and if you have questions about freelancing, earning money, building clients, and so on, ask ’em in the comments.

Tomorrow I’ll get back into the Problem-Solving Series, with a few posts about the ways in which problem-solving interacts with time (and the ways in which time is also a problem to be solved). ❤️