Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Internet: A Freelance Sports Writer's Assistant Coach

J. Chad Barnett, Contributing Writer

Having the power to find almost anything you want with the click of a button, the Internet is an invaluable tool for the freelance sports writer. The problem is that with so much information out there, finding the right information can be a daunting task. Building a network of like-minded individuals is paramount to success as a writer of any genre.

So, to make it a little less stressful, I have a list of sites to help you develop the skills and build the social network needed to make it as a freelance sports writer.

  • Like the site above, there is no pay involved here. They make up for that with over 1200 topics and a great social media. Participation in discussions and site maintenance is required. Good learning tool for new writers.

  • When you are more content with your work, joining a discussion list here will gain you valuable business contacts. Get listed as a member, and look for jobs on the wanted list.

  • Get a subscription to newsletters such as these: 1 and 2

Registering at a site like is another quick and easy way to network.

As I mentioned earlier, there is a far greater amount of resources on the Net. Hopefully, this will help get you started or improve an already established business.

You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you've got something to say.”--F. Scott Fitzgerald

1 comment:

  1. Writers need can also apply to, another great way to get your name in front of lots of people. Use of other article submission sites, like, will help to get you noticed.

    Discussion lists and forums are also invaluable, as Chad said.

    My personal favorite is I've been a writer there for a couple of years. Good name recognition, search engine rankings, and they pay, a little to begin with, but the more you write the more you earn (if you write good stuff). Ad revenue based.

    Great post!