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Writing is a passion, and, like most passions, regular practice and care are the keys to success. If you have always wanted to pursue a career in writing, or just want to improve the general quality of your work, it is highly recommended for you to follow some of these writing tips and see how they can help you.

To begin, one of the best tips for writers is to read as often as possible. Not only should you be reading frequently, but you should be reading work that is worth reading. While it may seem harsh, the only way for you to improve is to read good prose and see what defines it as good. If you take example from poor material, then your work will reflect it.

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Be sure to write a lot as well. This may be another obvious piece of advice, but reading and writing as often as you can will help your skills take root. Once you begin to write regularly, you will be able to look into your work on a larger level, picking out problems and seeing how you can refine your own technique.

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Write down your ideas as they appear in your head. Write down pieces of conversations that you hear and write down things that you visualize. Making narratives on the spot is a great piece of exercise that you can use to further your own personal talents. Get out and explore, as some of the best inspiration that you can find may be just around the corner.

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Try to write as frequently as possible, creating a little ritual if necessary. This is an important part in making sure that your skills grow solid. Take a certain amount of time every day to dedicate to your writing, or write a certain number of words every day to see how your skills are coming along.

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When it comes to making it as a freelance writer, knowing how to market yourself might be the single most important skill in a successful long-term career. There are many great writers who are broke and many average writers who bring in six figures. Learning how to get yourself more writing jobs, and the right type of writing jobs, can make all the difference.

The first thing you want to do is hit up people in niches you’re familiar with. Everyone needs a website to have an online presence, and every website needs good content. Do you knit? Are you a wilderness survival specialist? What hobbies or passions do you have more than a beginner’s knowledge in? Check out the Google results for search terms related to these areas and then ignore the first two pages and look for sites and blogs on page four, five, or even further back. Pitch to them how your new content can help boost their rankings and their authority. You’ll be amazed how many answer!

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The next place to find more writing jobs is by creating a great website that is locally SEO friendly (think Google+ and claiming your Google places listing for your freelancing business) and advertises your services. This can go on business cards, you can advertise on Facebook, and just making your site SEO friendly will help local businesses in need of a writer to find you.

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Finally, consider looking for local marketing and SEO agencies. Content marketing is a major part of any online marketing plan, and SEO requires new high-quality content on a frequent basis. Making direct contact gives you an opportunity not only to find more clients who will need consistent freelance writing work but to also to have more control over setting your prices. Have a great portfolio ready and you will be able to ask for a quality rate for your quality content.

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If you use the advice given in this article, you will see your client list growing in no time. Keep up with Your Digital Publishing Cheatsheet for all the tips and advice you need to land more freelance writing jobs!

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As you prepare your artwork, keep in mind the results you would like to get. The final output of your print job will depend on the artwork you send. Here are some tips to remember when sending artwork to the printers.

Image Resolution

Computer screens usually output images at 72dpi. However, printing requires larger image resolution, usually above 300dpi for an artwork to be printed on an A3 size paper. If you use low resolution, the images will appear pixelated when printed. Changing the resolution does not require you to change any elements in your artwork. In Photoshop, simply select Image > Image Size and then choose the resolution you prefer.

Convert Fonts to Outlines

Before sending artwork to the printers, convert the fonts to outlines. Doing so will change the editable font type into a shape layer, which will prevent any font issues when the artwork is taken to the printer. If you don’t change the fonts to outlines, they may be replaced with a different one during printing if the printer does not have the specific font you used. To convert a font to outlines in Adobe Illustrator, simple select the text you want and then click Type > Create Outlines.

CYMK

Computers and smartphone screens output images in RGB color while printers use CMYK. Before sending your artwork to the printers, convert them to CYMK to see how they will appear in the final output. In most cases, the artworks will appear duller after conversion. Therefore, you may need to brighten them up or play with the saturation before sending them for printing.

Bleed and Crop Marks

If the artwork reaches the edges of the page, it will need a bleed. Printers usually print artworks on oversized sheets and then trim them down to the right size. Bleed marks allow for trimming of the edges of the artworks. You can also indicate crop marks in your artworks to guide the printer on where to cut.

The above are four things to remember when sending your artwork to the printers.

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Whether you are planning on publishing a book or starting an online journal, you might want to think about starting a writing journal. If you have never done this before, you might find yourself wondering just how a writing journal can help you in your future writing ventures. The nice thing about your writing journal is that it can be anything that you want it to be. You might think that there are not many things that you can do with such a journal, but that is hardly the case.

You have the chance to use it for just about anything you want. For example, you can use it solely as your idea journal. This is where you will scratch down ideas that would work for the current project that you are working on or even an entirely new project that you might want to start in the near future. You might not know if you will ever use all of the ideas that you jot down in that journal, but they will always be there for you if and when you want them.

You could also use your writing journal as a dream journal. As soon as you wake up, you can write everything from your dreams that you remember. Not only is this a great exercise in self expression, but it helps you learn the craft of describing unique scenarios. You could also refer back to that journal when it is time to do some creative writing.

As you can imagine, it might take a little getting used to when it comes to writing in a journal. Whether you use your journal for your published works now, in the future, or never, it will never be something that you will end you will end up feeling as though you wasted your time.

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There is a lot still left for your to learn when it comes to your writing, no matter how long you have been writing. Follow us at Digital Publishing Cheat Sheet for more tips, hints, and helpful tricks for writing your best works.