How To Create A Successful and Sustainable Writing Career

This Course Shows You How To Find Work With Magazines Online, Write A Query Letter And How To Work With Editors
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  • Contents Video: 1 hour
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  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

This course is designed for the beginner to freelance writing. It takes you on the precise path I followed when I learned how to become a writer 16 years ago.

Now, I'm able to share that journey with you, which will allow to make some side income or become a full-time, paid writer. The choice is up to you.

This course is broken down into a few major steps, which are:

  1. Finding paying magazines online
  2. Researching the back issues for story ideas
  3. Creating a query letter that sells
  4. Working with editors
  5. Increasing your income with joint ventures.
If you follow these steps and are consistent with your marketing, you can be earning a five-figure income in one year or less.

My name is Nathan Segal and I have been working as a freelance writer for 16 years. In that time, I've published 831 articles and 7 books.

My articles been published in many popular magazines, including: CE Tips (Consumer Electronics), Computer Graphics World, Database Journal, Mac Design, Photoshop User, Rangefinder, Smart Computing, The Computer Paper, Streaming Media World, CIO, HTMLGoodies, and CreativeBloq.

I worked as an Associate Editor at WebReference for five years. I also wrote several feature columns on 3D and video tutorials.

Contrary to what people might think, I never intended to become a freelance writer.

It happened when I was fired from a job.

I had no prospects in sight and I had no idea what to do. Two weeks later my cousin came to visit. When he found out what happened, he asked me if I wanted to learn how to become a freelance writer. With no other options in sight I said: "Yes."

I followed every instruction my mentor gave me on how to succeed. Over time, I learned how to write, sell my work and get better assignments. Withing a year I was earning five figures. Several years later I had my best year when I earned over $100,000 and all of it came from freelance writing.

Now I'm able to show you what I learned. Once you know how to market yourself you will put yourself at the head of the line when looking for work. Even better, you will be able to use this skill whenever you wish.

Testimonials "Nathan Segal Was Always An Asset To my Team"

"Nathan Segal was always an asset to my team. His knowledge of the IT industry, especially the graphics, 3D and photography areas, is top notch."

"I would recommend him in a heartbeat, and enjoyed working with him over the years through many tasks, from website redesign to technical writing, to working with freelance writers."

Scott Clark Executive Editor, Jupitermedia

"As An Editor, He Was Always Able To Add That 'Special Touch' To My Articles"

"In working with Nathan over the years, I have always found him to be straight and to the point."

"His goal has always been to produce the best product possible, whether it was writing, photography or Web design."

"As an editor, he was always able to add that 'special touch' to my articles to make them better."

"Nathan is a true team player. I enjoyed the time that I worked with him and appreciated his insight and experience."

Lee Underwood Managing Editor/Site Manager, Jupitermedia

Here's what you get in this course:
  • Four fast methods which show you how to find paying magazines online
  • How to get great ideas for content using Amazon
  • How to create content fast, by interviewing experts.
  • How to write a query letter that sells your ideas to the editor
  • Want a fast way to get more work? Pitch a series of articles to the editor.
  • Get work fast by writing book reviews or profiles
  • How to get valuable software for free
  • Increase your income with list building and joint ventures. These are the fastest ways of growing your business over time.
Solid Marketing Is The Fastest Way To Build Your Career And Sustain It Over Time "5 Out Of 5 Stars: A Straightforward Nuts And Bolts Approach"

"Nathan has identified the problems facing today's aspiring professional writers. Many do not treat their writing endeavors as a business."

"Being able to string words together in a comprehensible, enlightening, and entertaining manner is not enough."

"Being able to market oneself to vendors who will pay well in exchange for creating content that will satisfy their needs and wants is the key ingredient in achieving and sustaining a successful freelancing career."

"Nathan has proven that his strategies, techniques and tools work well and should be the foundation for others to follow. I have a feeling we will see and hear more from Nathan in the future and it would be wise for all of us to look, listen, and learn."

David Hyland

"5 Out Of 5 Stars Review"

"I have been writing for some time, but most of this writing has been done personally instead of professionally."

"This course, though short, was full of of so many resources for the would-be freelance writer. I was amazed at how easy this course was to use and understand. I was also impressed at how much could be placed in one course."

"This course is a ready reference guide for all writers and it is one I will keep around to assist me as I continue to write and possibly look to writing professionally in the future as well."

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What am I going to get from this course?

  • Market their writing to magazines, small business and corporations. They will also learn how to form joint ventures which is one of the best ways of making money online.

What is the target audience?

  • This freelance writing course is designed for the student who is a good writer but has little or no experience in marketing their writing.

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Section 1: Overview of the Course and Introduction to Mind Maps for Generating Ideas

In this introduction you'll get a course overview and information on what you can expect to learn. At the end of this introduction is an exercise on how to use mind maps, which are a great way of coming up with new ideas.

Section 2: How to Find Paying Magazines Online

In this video you learn how to find paying magazines online using the Gales directories. This is an immensely useful resource and much of the work I found came from these directories. They will serve you for years to come. Once you find magazines, you can download the information for marketing use later.


In this lecture you will learn how to find paying magazines using search in Google. In this lecture we cover several different ways to search including: Broad Match, Phrase Match, Exact Match and Long Tail Keywords.


In this course I show you everything you need to know to become a paid freelance writer and even how to build a full-time career if that´s what you wish to do.

But for some of you this approach might not be fast enough.

If that´s the case I offer one-on-one coaching where I show you my fastest methods for getting published and I work side-by-side with you to make that happen.


In this lesson you will learn how to find work with writing sites. These sites give you many categories and publications that accept your work.


In this lesson you will learn how to search LinkedIn for editors and magazines. Writing is all about relationships. Get to know the right people, give them what you want in a timely matter and you will get assignments.

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In this summary we look at some highlights about finding paying magazines, such as circulation, whether the publication is free or paid and why you need to document everything you've found.

Section 3: How to Do Research and Create Content: Quickly

In this lesson you will learn how to use Amazon to create content for articles or books. This is a fast way of coming up with ideas. Using this method you won’t have to do everything yourself.


In this section you will learn how to do interviews, which is a fast way of creating content. You will also find out what sofware/hardware is necessary and you will get access to sample questions and samples of actual interviews.

1 page

In this summary we look at two great ways of producing content: Research and Interviews. We also take a look at some of tools (both software and hardware) necessary to do the job (free or inexpensive).

Section 4: How to Write a Query Letter and Work with Editors

In this lesson you get access to my number one sales tool, a query letter which you will use to get writing work. You will learn how it works and how to customize it for your own purposes.


In this lesson you will learn how editors can shape your writing and your career. The editor is the gatekeeper of the publication and if they like you, then will send more work your way. You will learn when to call an editor and why you should over deliver on your writing.


In this lecture you will learn how magazines pay for your work. This lecture includes information about submission types and payment schedules.

Section 5: Determine Your USP (Unique Selling Proposition, and Why You Need a Portfolio

Your USP defines your purpose as a writer. Once you know that it will be easier to find your target market. Determining your rates is important because it defines what types of assignments are acceptable - and which ones are not. You will also need to create contracts. These keep both you and the client on track. They also reduce communication problems.

3 pages

With an online portfolio you can upload selected articles/videos for clients to view in one location. It will help you with obtaining work.

9 pages

In this lesson you will learn how to use SnagIt to create great screen shots.. We will look at the following image formats: JPEG, GIF, PNG-8 and PNG.

Section 6: How to Earn $100,00 (and More) Per Year With List Building and Joint Ventures

In this section you will learn about common writing problems and how to avoid them. A sampling of the topics includes: The importance of touch typing, alternatives to touch typing, how to get over writer's block, and more.


List building allows you to sell to the same people over and over again. Joint ventures allow you to increase your income by selling products you create through a 3rd party.

2 pages

This lecture is the conclusion to my course. It includes contact information and a list of products and services to help you as a writer.

Section 7: Course Updates
4 pages

This is a PDF template you can use to help find work. This is something you give to potential clients before you work with them. It spells out the terms of how you work, what you do and at the end, you make them an offer. Doing this is a great way of eliminating confusion up-front, because many people do not know how a writer works.

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Instructor Biography

Nathan Segal, Writer and Marketer

My name is Nathan Segal and I have been working as a freelance writer for 16 years. In that time, I have written 700+ articles and published seven books. One of those, The Corel PHOTO‐ PAINT X3/X4 Insider was used in a joint venture and sold over 11,000 copies.

My articles been published in many popular magazines, including: CE Tips (Consumer Electronics), Computer Graphics World, Database Journal, Mac Design, Photoshop User, Rangefinder, Smart Computing, The Computer Paper, Streaming Media World and Windows Expert.

I worked as an Associate Editor at WebReference for five years. I wrote several feature columns on 3D and video tutorials and I was responsible for maintaining the website.

I was the sole columnist at Streaming Media World and wrote 111 articles over a 16 month period.

My books are: The Photoshop Companion, How to Speed up Your Computer: In 30 Minutes or Less, Professional Photographic MS Word Templates, The Corel PHOTO‐PAINT X4 Insider, Secrets of Profitable Freelance Writing and How to Position Yourself As An Expert in Any Industry.

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