Showing posts with label freelance writing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label freelance writing. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


From Blue Pencil Editing

Lauren questions Wendy Burt-Thomas, editor, writer, mentor and teacher.

I excerpted a small part of her interview here because she speaks to a matter I have harped on for two years.

Lauren: You've been a mentor, coach, or editor for many writers. What do you think is the most common reason that good writers don’t get published?

Wendy Burt-Thomas replies:
Poor marketing skills. I see so many writers that are either too afraid, too uninformed, or frankly, too lazy, to market their work. They think their job is done when they write "the end" but writing is only half of the process. I've always told people who took my class that there are tons of great writers in the world who will never get published.

I'd rather be a good writer who eats lobster than a great writer who eats hot dogs. I make a living as a writer because I spend as much time marketing as I do writing.

Freelance writer/editor Wendy Burt-Thomas's third book is The Writer's Digest Guide to Query Letters.

Visit Wendy's site to learn more about her. If you have a writing-related question, you can post it to

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Smoky Mountain Living is looking for freelance writers, especially from the far corner of the state and north Ga.
The magazine's website is
You will find guidelines there for submitting stories. Please send sample stories of your work and a cover letter to...

Scott McLeod, editor-in-chief
Smoky Mountain Living
P.O. Box 629
Waynesville, NC 28786

Payment ranges from $150-$450 per story (depending on the length of the story) and comes after publication. Contributing writers get a free copy of the magazine. The publication goes all over the country, but is mainly found in NC, SC, GA and FL. Currently, they publish four issues a year, but next year, they're planning to come out every other month.