Getting A Freelance Story Writing Position: Hints For Beginners

If you love and enjoy writing stories and you’re a beginner looking to work freelance in that field, you can put your worries aside, because there are tons of individuals and even companies out there constantly looking for people to write/ghostwrite stories for them.

It may seem a little daunting, especially when you, as a beginner/newbie, first enter the market. You see people with more experience than you, people who own a bigger portfolio/work samples than you do, and even published authors seeking the same opportunity that you are!

You don’t have to worry. Because there are as many (or more) people looking for freelance story writers/ghostwriters to hire as there are people offering that service. So, you definitely stand a fighting chance.

But how? You’re new to this, you don’t know how to get your first freelance position, or where to start. Fret not, listed below are some handy hints to help beginners like you, land a freelance story writing position.

  • Before you get started, you need to be sure that your English and grammar skills are above par. You also need to be able to proofread effectively and edit your work by yourself, as most clients would prefer so.
  • Freelancing needs a lot of commitment, a strong self-motivation and organization skills to help get your job done smoothly, so be sure you’re equipped with those.
  • Have some useful tools accounts ready, i.e., Grammarly, Copyscape, Google/Google Drive, and PayPal. They are some very popular tools, and they check for grammar errors, plagiarism and shares files/process words respectively
  • Once you have those checked off your list, start collecting your works and compile them into your portfolio. Have them ready to show to potential clients. Make sure it’s your best works. You could even categorize your work according to genre, whatever floats your boat. Just make sure it’s clear and well organized so you and your potential clients can find them easily when it’s needed.
  • Be confident with yourself. Never sell yourself short even if you’ve just started/got no experience. Present yourself as the passionate writer that you are. It’s important that your clients KNOW you love what you do/offer.
  • As mentioned above, landing a job as a beginner in this field is not as daunting as it sounds. There are many opportunities out there. And even more clients looking to work LONG TERM with freelancers if their work is good.
  • Yes, believe it, there are people out there willing to pay others to ghostwrite a book series for them (hence, long-term position)!

Once you landed a gig or a job and completed it, don’t forget, and DON’T be shy to ask your clients to write a positive feedback regarding your service. They’re always handy for future jobs!

Good luck!


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