Get Published - 50 Online Writing Websites for New Writers
Looking for paying writing gigs? Wondering how to get your name into print? This article offers up a list of 50 websites that will help you get published and find markets for your writing.
Advice on How to Get Published
- About Freelance Writing - The About.com Guide to Freelance Writing covers the basics of freelancing and offers advice on how to find markets and get published online and in print.
- Absolute Write - With more than 1,000 pages of content, Absolute Write is a great resource for writers who want to get published. Specific site features include articles, agent listings, market newsletters and community forums.
- Agent Query - If you're looking for an agent to help you get published, look no further than Agent Query. This website offers a searchable database that is constantly updated with new information.
- Association of Author's Representatives - This non-profit organization provides a database of legitimate agents and a FAQ section that answers specific questions about the author/agent relationship.
- Copyright.gov - New writers should learn how to protect their work on this website, which contains all of the copyright information anyone could ever need.
- First Writer - This website is a great place to find writing contests, literary agents and other information that will help you get your writing published.
- Once Written - Designed for beginners, Once Written is a fantastic resource for new authors. Special site features include writing prompts, contests, publishing information and author interviews.
- Para Publishing - Dan Poynter offers a comprehensive guide to writing, producing and marketing your own book on his website. This is a great resource for anyone who is considering self-publishing.
- Poets and Writers - Poets and Writers magazine offers up a vast amount of information to take your from inspiration to publication. Site features include writing tools, publishing news and contest listings.
- Publishing Questions - This website accurately answers 175 questions about getting published and includes corresponding discussions and links.
- Query Tracker - Query Tracker provides a searchable database of literary agents and a spot to organize and track your query letters.
- The Publishing Law Center - This website offers legal advice for the publishing community--a great resource for new writers who want to learn more about contracts and publishing law.
- U.S. ISBN Agency - If you are interested in self-publishing a book, you are going to need an ISBN to get it on the shelves. This website is responsible for assigning ISBNs and providing information to book publishers.
- Writer Beware - Created by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Writer Beware is an extensive collection of warnings for writers who are looking to get published. If you are thinking about hiring an agent, you'll definitely want to take a look at the site's Thumbs Down Agency List.
- Writer's Digest - The goal of the Writer's Digest website is to teach people how to write better and get published. The site does this through informative articles, blogs and resource listings that every writer can use.
- Writers FM - Host Karl Moore conducts author interviews and shares the secrets of getting published on the world's only FM radio station for writers. You can tune-in live or download specific podcasts.
- Writer's Market - Writer's Market isn't free, but it will show you where you can sell your work. The site offers up-to-date markets for all sorts of writers, publishing advice and a submission tracker.
- WritersNet - You can find writers, agents and publishers located around the world on this website.
- Writing.com - Writers who want to get published should have an online portfolio. Writing.com provides free portfolios, email services and a number of other no-cost resources.
Where to Publish Your Work (Paying Gigs Only)
- AboutFreelanceWriting.com - This simple website is a wonderful place to find freelance writing gigs. New jobs are posted several times each week and can be sent to you via email if you desire.
- All Freelance Writing - This site displays a nice selection of freelance writing jobs and blogging gigs. You'll also want to check out the site's listing of blogs for writers.
- Associated Content - This website is a good place for new writers to get published. Associated Content accepts submissions from everyone and pays for what they receive.
- Blogger Jobs - Blogger Jobs is one of the best places on the net to find (you guessed it) blogger jobs. New listings are added daily.
- Book Reporter - If you're a new writer looking for experience and clips, Book Reporter is a fine place to start. The site doesn't pay cash, but they do pay in books, which is almost as good.
- Constant Content - This site does not list paying markets, but it does serve as a marketplace for writers to sell their work. Constant Content does all of the advertising to bring the customers in; writers, in return, give the site a percentage of any money that is made on sales.
- Copywriters Board - This forum is perfect for copywriters who are just getting started. The Copywriters Board features job listings and can't miss advice.
- Craigslist - Craigslist is a practical place to find writing gigs regardless of where you live. Most of the freelance and contract jobs listed on this site are telecommute.
- Dark Markets - If you are a horror or fantasy writer, Dark Markets is the perfect place to find a home for your work. The site features magazine markets, book markets, online markets and contests.
- Duotrope's Digest - This website features more than 2,000 paying markets for short fiction, poetry and novel writers. Registered users can access a free submission tracker and other goodies.
- Freelance Writing Gigs - Deborah Ng keeps a running list of paying writing gigs and adds new markets for freelance writers every Monday. The site also includes a special section just for bloggers.
- Freelance Writing Organization International - The goal of Freelance Writing Organization International is to become the world's largest, free, online writing resource database. With market listings, articles, workshops and much more, they seem to be well on their way to achieving that goal.
- FreelanceWriting.com - This website lets you search through thousands of jobs that you can either apply for or bid on. Other site features include writing advice, discussion forums and a reading room.
- FundsforWriters - New writers who are looking for freelance opportunities and contract jobs will definitely want to check out FundsforWriters. This website lists only the best gigs--pay is at least $350 per project or $0.20 per word.
- Indeed - The fact that this site adds nearly one million jobs each week makes it worth looking into. When you search for writing jobs, try using keywords like 'freelance,' 'writing' and 'telecommute.'
- Job-A-Matic - Most of the jobs that can be found on this board have been pulled from other sites, but it is still a good place to find markets for your work.
- Journalism Jobs - Journalism Jobs lists jobs in nearly every category imaginable, including magazines, newspapers, wire services, television, radio, online media and pr.
- Media Bistro - Media Bistro is one of the better spots for writers, editors and journalists to find paying gigs. The site also offers a place where freelance writers can showcase their work.
- Media Job Market - Post your resume, find jobs in your area and much more with this website for writers, editors and publishers.
- Online-Writing-Jobs.com - You can search through thousands of jobs to find just what you're looking for on this website. Writing categories include but are not limited to: magazines, blogs, books, columns and articles.
- Poe War - Whatever you write, Poe War has a market for you. The site lists paying gigs for freelance writers, editors, proofreaders and copywriters.
- Poynter Online - Journalists can post their resume and search for jobs on Poynter Online.
- Pro Blogger - The job board at Pro Blogger is a unique site that posts new opportunities on a daily basis. The best part about this site is that it adds notes to jobs that have already been filled.
- Publisher's Marketplace - New writers who are having a hard time getting into print might want to check out Publisher's Marketplace. This site features entry-level jobs in the publishing industry. While that may not be exactly what you are looking for, it can help you get your foot in the door.
- The Writer Gazette - This award-winning website has a weekly newsletter with paying jobs and contest listings. The newsletter is free and includes helpful articles about writing and publishing.
- Whisper Jobs - Writers and editors will find plenty of opportunities on Whisper Jobs through ed2010.com. Listings are free to view and include all of the information you need to apply for the jobs that appeal to you.
- Wow! Women on Writing - Wow! is an amazing resource for new writers. The site offers job listings, advice and tools that writers can actually use.
- Write Jobs - This specialty site lists journalism, publishing, medical writing and technical writing jobs. Users can browse jobs and sign up to be 'on call' for potential employers.
- Writerfind - Writerfind is, without a doubt, one of the best places to find writing markets on the web. The site includes listings for journalists, content writers, ghost writers, editors, technical writers and scriptwriters.
- WritersWeekly - This high-circulation freelance writing ezine features writing advice publishing news and up-to-date market listings that would benefit writers in nearly every genre.
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