101 Resources for Freelance Writers

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101 Resources for Freelance Writers

Are you interested in starting a freelance writing career? Trying to figure out where to start can be one of the biggest challenges aspiring freelance writers face. To help point you in the right direction, I've put together a list of resources for freelance writers -- tools to help you get started, build a network, learn from freelance writing colleagues, find freelance writing jobs, and more.

Here are 101 resources for freelance writers, whether you're just starting out or you're looking to find new freelance writing opportunities to grow your business.

While most of the writing resources listed below are free, I did include a few paid options that I felt were well worth the cost, including some freelance writing books.

Disclaimer: Several of my resources here at All Indie Writers have been included. Obviously I'm affiliated with those resources wherever you see this site's name mentioned.

Freelance Writing Blogs

Here are 20 freelance writing blogs that I'd recommend you start with (although some don't cover freelance writing exclusively). They provide a wealth of articles and advice on various aspects of building and managing a freelance writing career.

Writing Forums


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Joining writing forums can be a great way to meet new people. After all, freelance writing can be a solitary line of work. Consider these writing forums to build your network and ask questions of your colleagues.

Writer's Markets

If you want to start querying magazines and other freelance writing markets right away, your best bet might be to sift through some writer's market directories. Here are some examples to get you started.

Job Boards and Freelance Marketplaces

Here are some job boards and freelance marketplaces that might help you land some early gigs. Note: This does not include bidding marketplaces due to their "race to the bottom" approach to freelance writing jobs.

Books for Freelance Writers

If you're looking for some deeper reading before you jump into a freelance writing career, these books can each serve as a great starting place.

Social Media Tools for Freelance Writers

One of the best ways to get your name out there professionally these days to is to effectively harness the power of social media to build your network. Here are some social media tools that can help you get started -- from social networks to online collaboration tools.

Writing and Editing Tools

If you want to improve your writing and self-editing, here are some tools that might help. For example, you'll find free word processors and online editing tools.

Apps for Freelance Writers

Here are some Android and iPhone apps for freelance writers which make it even easier to work on-the-go.

Android Apps for Writers

iPhone Apps for Writers

Research Tools for Writers

Not sure where to find credible information for your next story? Need to find an expert source for an interview? Then check out these research tools and other resources for writers.

Website Development Tools

It's a good idea for any freelance writer to have a professional website. If you aren't sure where to start, give these resources a try.

Online Tools and Calculators

Here are some of my own free online templates, worksheets, and calculators that you can use when starting (or growing) your freelance writing business.

Design Tools for Writers

Whether you're looking for design resources to assist you with a client project or software to simplify design elements of your writing work, give these resources a try.

  • Canva -- This is my new favorite image creation tool for my own, and clients', blog posts.
  • Flickr -- A good source for free photos to illustrate your articles. Just remember to review each photo's license
  • GIMP -- Free image editing software
  • GraphicRiver -- Templates for business and client projects (like brochures, newsletters, and your business cards)
  • Scribus -- Open source desktop publishing software

This certainly isn't an all-encompassing list. If you can think of a category I didn't cover here that you'd like resources for, please let me know and I'll consider putting them together for you in another post.

Note: This post was originally published on November 20, 2012. The list was updated and nearly doubled in size on its currently-listed publication date.

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.

She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.

Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.


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29 Comments

  1. Sharon Hurley Hall November 20, 2012 Reply

    Awesome list, Jenn. I will be bookmarking this. I’m familiar with many of these, but there are a couple of new ones and it’s sooo nice to have this all in one place.
    Sharon Hurley Hall recently posted…Why Finding a Specialty as a Freelance Writer is a Good IdeaMy Profile

  2. Peter Bowerman November 21, 2012 Reply

    Thanks Jenn, for the double “Well-Fed Writer” plug (book and blog)! Sincerely appreciate it.

    And just a reminder as well about my complimentary monthly ezine focused on commercial writing, “The Well-Fed E-PUB,” 10 years old this past May. Folks can subscribe on any page of The Well-Fed Writer site.

    Thanks for a great list with a lot of solid resources.

    Have a great Thanksgiving! I know I’m thankful to be a freelancer (19 years this January). ;)

    PB

    • Jennifer Mattern November 21, 2012 Reply

      That certainly is something we can all be thankful for. :)

      And no problem on the mentions. I know I don’t get to the blog as often as I’d like, but it’s one of the few I try to go out of my way to take a peek at when I have the time. Always features great info. And I consider your book second to none in the niche.

  3. Kari Baxter November 21, 2012 Reply

    This is an AWESOME list of resources! I was just looking for forums and I love a recommended list of books. Write on! :)
    Kari

    • Jennifer Mattern November 26, 2012 Reply

      I’m glad you liked it Kari. Definitely check out some of those books. They’re great, and most are ones I repeatedly go back to. :)

  4. Cathy Miller November 22, 2012 Reply

    A real jeeper – thanks, Jenn!
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  5. Cathy Miller November 22, 2012 Reply

    uh…make that keeper-typos are faster than the fingers :-)
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  6. Samar @ The Writing Base November 23, 2012 Reply

    Jenn, excellent resource of resources!

    The research resources are especially helpful. Thanks!
    Samar @ The Writing Base recently posted…5 Things to Consider When Negotiating a Deadline With Your ClientMy Profile

    • Jennifer Mattern November 26, 2012 Reply

      Thanks Samar! :) There were several more categories I thought about adding, but I just didn’t have the time that day. So maybe I’ll do some separate lists later on with even more — including some additional research resources. :)

  7. Lori December 3, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for including me, Jenn! Great list all the way around. There are some favorites on it as well as some new ones.
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  8. Steve January 4, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the info: Another good book to check out: The Moonlighter’s Guide To Online Writing For Immediate Income by Connie
    ss

  9. Kristen Gomez February 12, 2014 Reply

    Thank you, Jennifer! It’s so nice to have all of this information in one handy place!

  10. Alicia Rades March 5, 2014 Reply

    Wow! Thanks for including my blog on this list, Jenn. That’s really exciting for me!

    A few other resources I personally recommend:
    -Be a Freelance Blogger community forums
    -Write Your Way Out of the Rat Race…And Step Into a Career You Love (an eBook for people looking to quit their jobs and start freelance writing)
    -Make a Living Writing blog (I’m really surprised you didn’t include this one)

    This is a great list of resources! I love that you’ve included things like apps and freelance rate calculators.
    Alicia Rades recently posted…Freelance Writers Don’t Understand What They’re WorthMy Profile

  11. Anne Wayman March 5, 2014 Reply

    love being included… twice ;)
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      Jennifer Mattern March 5, 2014 Reply

      Two good resources. You know I’m a big fan of the community. :)

  12. Ashley March 5, 2014 Reply

    What a great list! I’m hanging on to this one. I signed up for Canva a while back, but I haven’t used it yet. With your seal of approval, it’s worth looking into more closely :)
    Ashley recently posted…5 Easy Editing Tips to Instantly Improve Your WritingMy Profile

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      Jennifer Mattern March 6, 2014 Reply

      I love it. I’ve always been a Photoshop fan. But if you just want simple blog graphics, there’s no need to pay for that each month. Canva makes that process faster anyway, with all of their built-in design elements, templates, and drag-and-drop interface. :)

  13. Grace Amante April 10, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for this goldmine of information, Jen!

    This list is Godsend! More power!!

  14. Twin April 30, 2014 Reply

    Awesome Post! Would like to add another tool for online collaboration & project management is www.proofhub.com. Simple & feature rich.

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