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Freelance writing — or freelance anything — sounds to some like a dream job and to others like a nightmare. But what does it actually take to get it all happening? More importantly, do you have what it takes to get it all happening? George Halitzka gives it to you straight in So You Want to be a Freelancer.


This week I prepared a short story manuscript for submission to a national children’s magazine. I formatted my manuscript specifically as the submission requirements stated. I created a cover page following the guidelines to the letter. I did everything I could to primp that manuscript for submission. And then I realised there was yet one thing remaining: the dreaded cover letter.

If you, like me, find cover letters intimidating, John Floyd’s Cover Me – I’m Going In! will give you some good guidelines to work with.

In other writing news, the next issue of Words from the Heart is going through its final edits. You can look for it in your mailbox soon!

So we’re running a day late? The beautiful thing about making up your own rules is that you can change them. And this week’s Writing Wednesday post is coming to you on a Thursday!

Here’s a heads-up to Australian Christian writers under the age of thirty: the 2008 Young Australian Christian Writers Award [.pdf file]. Got a manuscript under 45,000 words that you polish up by the March 31st deadline? Go for it!

And from our archives at the old blog, two resources worth repeating:

End-of-Summer cleaning, anyone?

  • If you’re a fan of LiveJournal, you can now read the WM blog at your friends page. Simply go here and add the Whatsoever Magazine blog syndicate to your friends page. Voila! So simple.
  • A new feature coming soon to the WM blog is Writing Wednesdays, a weeklyish look at being a Christian and a writer. It will include updates from WM’s sister publication, Words from the Heart, as well as amalgamating news and resources for writers scattered around the web.
  • WM editors Danielle and Lauren launched their new home industry last week with the opening of their etsy store, Love, Janie Lou. Check out the shop and the blog for happy handmade goodness.