Writing For Online Markets – 5 Tips From A Professional Writer | Online Marketing

When I first started out in writing for online markets, there was very little information about approaching clients, managing projects, choosing the right payment processors, calculating a good writing fee, deciding how many drafts or reworking requests to take on before submitting a final copy and matters related to actually getting byline credit and payments released.That was over 8 years ago and things in the online writing world have changed considerably since then. However, I write this article about 5 tips for the online market in the hope that the mistakes I made can be avoided by new writers and freelance writing success can be a constant for new authors!So, here goes:Tip # 1 – Research Writer GuidelinesWhen applying for an online writer’s job in any ezine, blog or website copywriting job, such as a guide or contributing writer, be sure to conduct some basic online research for the writer’s guidelines that most sites have so you know what the site owners expect from their writer. Sometimes, there may be other niches you could really shine in, which you may overlook applying for in your haste of sending off a general writer’s application so do make it a point to find out the various fields of expertise the online markets you want to write for are currently advertising for.Tip # 2 – Subscribe to top ezines and newsletters in your areas of interestIf you like camping, parenting, relationships or health subjects, it makes sense to subscribe to the top online magazines or newsletters from popular ezines or websites specializing in areas of your interest so you can pick up tips, latest news, expert views and possibly writing advice based on the content you find featured here.Most are free and easy to sign up for requiring you to give only your name and email address in order to receive lots of interesting articles, information and industry updates about your choice of online markets. Once you have good knowledge of your hot favorite online markets, writing for similar websites, blogs or ezines will be a breeze because you will already be familiar with the acceptable styles and favored topics by being an avid reader!!Tip # 3 – Target smaller ezines and always send more than one story pitchMost online writing markets prefer receiving more than one story pitch from a writer since 2, 3 or more article ideas with a brief overview of what the article will offer readers helps editors determine the range and variety of thought a good writer can bring to the magazine.Besides, smaller ezines are likely to have lesser competition because of lower circulation and modest writing fees offered. Therefore it makes sense to target smaller ezines when starting out in your writing career. Also apply for copy editing, proofing and volunteer writing gigs to get some bylines to your credit so you have a decent portfolio to show for better writing jobs when they come along, thanks to the exposure and confidence you will have gained due to these.Tip # 4 – Get popular with editors Most new authors and freelance writers find landing the first gig with popular online publications the most difficult of tasks, even after receiving a favorable response from the editor, like when the editor wants to see a story they’ve pitched ‘on a speculative basis’ because they are not sure it won’t be misused.But, stop and think for a moment, editors are constantly looking out for good writers who they can depend on for delivering quality content and are not likely to steal a newbie’s introductory writing piece for padding their nest egg. Chances are, your first piece won’t be all that polished to warrant an established editor eyeing it for their own byline anyway. So shoot off that ‘sample article’ anyway, wait at least two weeks, get a copyscape account and verify it hasn’t been published anywhere on the web so far and post it under your name to secure your copyrights!Tip # 5 – Join good writing communitiesOnline writing communities and forums are the best resource for new writers. These places can alert fresher entrants in the online writing world to writers markets, publishers to avoid, the good and bad paymasters, reliable payment processing systems and loads of other useful information such as free writing tools, writing software, editing tools and even reprint advice that can help a good writers earn extra income from one piece of good writing and also earn good exposure at the same time.

Desert Garden Preparation: Tips on Starting a Vegetable Garden in the Desert

So you need some information on desert garden preparation. You moved to the Sun Belt and bought some land in the desert and now you’re ready to garden. You stand near your new home and look over your potential garden and, in your mind’s eye, you see fruit trees, rows of beans and carrots, and green plants teeming with ripe tomatoes instead of the mesquite, creosote, and cactus that are waiting to be removed.As a gardener, you know that most of the work in starting a new garden is getting the soil conditioned and ready for planting. For desert garden preparation, this will generally include digging out deep-rooted mesquites and creosotes as well as cacti with spines that would make a porcupine jealous and then amending your desert soil with organic material.We began our desert vegetable garden with some mechanical help in the form of a small used backhoe, a Terramite TC5. Using this machine, getting rid of the mesquites and other firmly entrenched natives was accomplished in a good day’s digging for a 20′ x 40′ (about 6m x 12m) garden. There are a variety of great machines available and many can be rented by the day or tachometer hour.While uprooting the unwanted plant life, we dug the entire garden down about 2′ (0.6m), deep enough to dislodge the large rocks carried down from the nearby mountains to our alluvial bajada. Moving these rocks with the machine saved a lot of pain in old backs. We removed all the rocks larger than an orange at this time, either with the backhoe or by hand. This ended the first step of our desert garden preparation.Our silt and sand soil is fine for mesquites, but for garden vegetables we needed amended soil. Fortunately, our neighbors have three equine manure factories. Again cranking up the garden tractor, this time using the front bucket, we hauled enough manure to cover the entire surface of the garden to the depth of about 6″ (about 16 cm). We took the manure from the old end of the pile which had been composting for about two years.Once the manure layer was evenly spread with garden rakes, we started tilling. Using a front tine rototiller worked fine for us, although a self-propelled rear-tined model is much easier on a gardener’s shoulders. We machine-tilled the newly amended soil three times using a cross hatched tilling pattern. That is, each tilled row was 90 degrees out from the previous direction. This ensured no untilled spots in the new garden.Machine-tilling brought another batch of rocks, smaller this time, to the surface of our new garden. With a garden rake, we piled these and deposited them in our trusty wheelbarrow. Then we proceeded to lay out our garden beds and garden aisles. We use drip irrigation, so we make a berm around the perimeter of the bed. Our beds are about 15′ x 4′ (about 4.6m x 1.2m) to the outside of the berms and are designed to accommodate our screened “plant protector” boxes.The final stage of our desert garden preparation before installing the irrigation lines is hand digging and final enrichment of the garden soil. We hauled over a few more loads of aged manure and strained it into a pile at the edge of our garden. We then put a screen of 1/2 ” (about 1.3cm) hardware cloth on a wooden frame over the wheelbarrow and shoveled the soil from the new garden beds onto the screen. Shaking the screen allowed the rock-free soil to fall into the wheel barrow. The rocks were piled outside the garden and the manure and screened soil were replaced in the bed.We were now ready to install the drip irrigation system and put up our perimeter fence. Our garden preparation was complete.