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Question: I am able to write articles, pamphlets, and short stories on Islamic topics. How to move forward?

 

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  1. As-salamu Alaykum, and thank you for your question.

    When I initially received it, I was not sure if you meant you wanted to write for this site (The Muslim Writers Club), or if you were asking how to interest others in your skills. Also, it is not clear from your question whether you want to sell your services or donate them to interested parties.

    Each scenario requires its own approach, so it would be great if you could offer more details about your intentions. This type of clarity is extremely important when making contact with prospective clients.

    Regarding the Muslim Writers Club, I would, before anything else, like to clarify for readers that we are no longer accepting personal essays or Islamic articles on this website.

    I once envisioned publishing the creative work of Muslim writers on this site and thank you if you are one the many dedicated writers who submitted an essay or article for publication. I ended up only posting one essay of this type but enjoyed reading them all.

    For many reasons, however, I found that it was not practical for me to post much of the material I received, and I am currently thinking of other (better) ways that we might be able to share our writing (creative, Islamic, and otherwise) on this site. Please bear with me while I continue to figure out how to make this site a valuable tool for writers everywhere.

    If you would still like to submit an article to this site, I have changed the guidelines to specify what types of articles we would prefer to publish. Basically, we are looking for topics that are relevant to writers, and reprints are accepted. So, if you’ve published something relevant on your blog or website, we don’t mind cross-posting it here.

    Articles that would work for us include Muslim-authored posts like the following:

    An Open Letter to Muslimah Bloggers, by Bouchra Rebiai

    How to Cold-Pitch Freelance Writing Clients, by Amina Oke

    Black Muslim Authors and 30+ of their Books To Read, by Umm Juwayriyah

    The Value of Journaling, by Neymat Raboobee

    A True Account of the Emotional Struggles of a Writer, by Alwia Al-Hassan

    So You Think You Can Write? The Secret No One Will Dare Share!, by

    We also publish one post each week dedicated to promoting a Muslim-authored book. If you’ve written a book of your own, you may submit it for consideration on this page.

    If, on the other hand, you are a freelancer who wants to promote your services to interested clients, you are welcome to create a freelance profile on this site. Since I created my own profile back in March, I have been contacted by numerous businesses and individuals in need of writers.

    You may also be interested in writing freelance articles for websites, magazines, and businesses. We have listed more than 50 paying freelance opportunities of interest to Muslim writers on this page and also maintain a regularly updated job board. For mainstream markets paying a minimum of ten cents per word, visit our sister-site (http://www.freelancemarketguides.com).

    Getting your first clients can be a challenge, and you can’t always wait for them to come to you. Sister Amina Oke’s article above provides some tips on cold-pitching that may be useful to you. In order to do this type of pitching, you should prepare a list of potential businesses in need of the services you are offering and then decide how you will approach them. Fortunately, almost all businesses need writers, even if just to manage their social media accounts. Be prepared to offer samples of your writing and make very specific suggestions regarding what you can do to help a business thrive.

    Amel – MWC Admin
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