Humility is a virtue that shouldn’t be forgotten at any stage, in any profession — including freelance writing.
In the latest Mediabistro feature, veteran freelancers talk about mistakes they made and learned from:
Assuming you’re so brilliant that readers will just fall into your lap.
“Magnum opus to ‘filler article about diaper rash’ writing is 100 percent reader driven,” said editor and writer Suzann Ledbetter Ellingsworth. She reminds new writers that even when professionals speak about how they really only “write for themselves,” they’re usually saying it at a promotional event, with the intention of selling their writing. Truly successful writers write with their audience in mind: Their readers’ needs and wants always come first.
For more veteran tips on navigating the freelance world, read 7 Mistakes Every Freelance Writer Should Avoid.
— Sherry Yuan
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