Q: How do I find good freelance writers on a small budget for
my magazine or web publishing efforts?
Answer: In the best of all worlds, you would
find great writers who also know something about your subject
area. Try tracking down potential writers from associations or
hobby groups in your niche and also post a listing with freelance
job sites like Craigslist.org.
One excellent reference is called, The
Writer's Market, an annual reference book from Writers Digest Books that
includes copyright and payment information.You can study the terms offered
by publications similar to yours, and then list your publication with Writers
Another place to look would be the Editorial Freelancers Assocation www.the-efa.org where
you can post freelance opportunities and let freelance workers make bids for
your job. This site also has information about hiring freelancers. And you
can find a sample freelance writers contract at the National Writers Union www.nwu.org and
post your recruiting announcements. Both of these sites also have freelance
editors, in addition to writers.
Niche publishers typically pay 5 cents to 50 cents per word for writing, and
$20 to $45 per page for copyediting or proofreading. And many publishers also
get free content from volunteers.
Remember to treat good writers very well so that you can establish a mutually
rewarding long-term relationship with the best ones.
Finally, check the content aggregation sites that offer low-cost access to
'recycled ' content from other sites, like Uclick.com and FreeSticky.com.
Our new book, Every Nonprofit's
Guide to Publishing, has a whole
chapter about finding writers, developing writers guidelines,
and getting the most out of a freelance writing team.