Review: The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets


When Susan Johnston offered me a review copy of The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets, I got pretty excited. Part of the reason was that Susan is a phenomenal freelancer, with bylines all over the place. But there’s another reason — she was writing specifically about online markets. I like print markets as well as the next freelancer, but more and more, I’ve found that the opportunities I find online are proving to be far more helpful than those that are offline. In the past, the problem has been, though, that every guide to landing gigs or writing query letters focuses primarily on print markets. Few show tips for getting more work online.

In The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets, Susan breaks down not only the benefits of writing for the web — faster turn around, shorter pieces, different writing styles — but also the tools that a freelance writer will need to land web only gigs. She even dips into her own files and pulls out queries that she used to land her own writing gigs. In case you’re wondering about the success of the query emails Susan has included, she also links to the articles they lead to, live on clients’ sites. In this ebook, you can get an inside look that just isn’t possible elsewhere.

Just as it can be intimidating to try to break into writing for print publications without know the jargon, it can be tough to translate from editor to English. Susan has broken down a glossary that can help you through the emails you’ll be swapping with editors as you query them.

There’s a true gold mine hidden in the second half of The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets. Not only does Susan tell you how to go about landing online writing opportunities, but she gives you pages of markets you can query and, quite likely, write for. I even saw a few markets that I regularly write for in there — they’re good folks. Susan even breaks down those markets by pay rates, so you can start at the top.

If you’d like to increase the number of good online writing gigs — and we’re not talking about writing for pennies here — The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets is an excellent resource that I thoroughly recommend. You can pick up a copy of The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets for $15.99, and that includes emailed updates to the markets directory.