How to Apply for a Freelance Writing Post and ACTUALLY nail it!

Nailing a freelance post is all about tact, tact and some more tact. Editors set quite some bar, and we all hate them for that, but unless you are ready to rise high and above it, you are roast goose.

Late last year, I had to hire a few extra hands to help me push some work. For that, I floated a few ads all over the place and awaited the applications. Did I receive applications? Yes I did, and in good numbers. Suffice to say, I was quite the happy man. But all that changed when I actually got down to reading the applications. Long story short, most of the applications were a real pain in the ***. So good fellas, grab yourselves pencils and some paper, this is a 101.

Tip 1: Professionalism

Yes, it is freelance and you run your own schedules and such, but freelance writing is a JOB like any other. Your application MUST reflect professionalism. No fancy fonts, no fancy styles and no fancy formatting; stick to plain old formal. No editor will hire your sorry self if you manage to sell that professionalism eludes you.

Tip 2: A story for an application counts…NOT

Editors and hiring managers are a busy lot. Short put applications that hit the nail on the head are quite attractive. Do the math.

Tip 3: Portfolio, Portfolio, Portfolio

Samples are quite IMPORTANT. In fact, an application is not complete without one or two samples. Refrain from sending in everything on your hard drive. One or two first-rate samples will reflect well on your application.

Tip 4: Grammar

Having grammatical errors and careless mistakes in an application is just SAD.

Tip 5: Not following Instructions

It speaks volumes about YOU!

Well, that’s about it, five tips to get you started. Now go and write a short interesting application, throw in two samples, check grammar, check again, make sure you are within the remits of the availed instructions, mail your application and pray.

See you around.

Cute, She Just Stood There, and She Was The One

We have been together, thro’ ups and down, together from day one,
When she visited, unannounced, a few past, a few minutes past one,
She was sexy, she was cute, she just stood there, and she was the one,
I would not have another for her; no, none, we would always be one,
Every day, every minute, every step, everywhere, put together, as one
She loves me, and me her, nobody can keep us apart, no one, none,

I romance her, I care for her, I reveal to her the treasures of my soul,
Together, she gets the ink drops to quench her thirst; I became her all,
She is my sanctuary, she is my comfort, she is my energy, she is my all,
Hands in hands, I am her Bonnie, she my Clyde, her and me, against all,
She always loves it, it when I ride a finger over her; she says give me all
I do not hold back, we play it like ball, we are perfect, it is always a go-al,

She never will leave, she promised, she points out, I got her caked, me,
I will never leave her, I promised, she is mine to keep, forever, for me,
She has many forms, she has even more styles, she is wild, even to me,
She is addictive, very addictive, she is my love; she’s Written Art to me,
I lay her on paper, with my pen, I drive her crazy, she says, go go, do me
Put me on anything, I will write, the Written Word I’ll hold onto, for me,