Of the many writing jobs out there, only some are gigs you actually want. When applying for jobs, make it your policy to never apply for jobs you wouldn’t love. You have so many options that it really does not make any sense to take on work that will make you dread heading to the computer every morning. Research companies before applying and even once you land a gig, keep in mind that you can say “no.” Sometimes a company will seem very legitimate before you apply but once your application is accepted you might find that all your projects are due ASAP – with no extra compensation for the rush jobs.

Part of getting a great jobs means working out expectations early on. Determine your hourly or by-word fee as well as deadlines and be wary of that “extra bit of work” assigned to you from time to time. You should be compensated for even the “little extra bit” you have to do. The last thing you want is a client devaluing your work by slowly and steadily assigning more work for the same pay. Make your rules clear up front – when do you need to be paid? How will you be paid? Do you wish to impose late fees on late payments? How much lead time do you need on assignments? Are there rules business calls you want to make? If so, you better make them now, before a client gets too used to calling you late at night and on Sunday mornings.

Take a few minutes to draw up your perfect work circumstance and when you take on an assignment, consider sharing these rules – gently and kindly – with your new employer. It’s not so scary – start with “To better create content that makes my clients happy, I have the following rules. Can we agree to abide by them?” If your rules are reasonable the only clients you will alienate are those you don’t want to be working with anyway.

As a writer, you set your own working conditions, so set them consciously.

Here are today’s job leads:

1) http://bloodletters.com/goblin/?viewall=true – Markets for prose and poetry, mostly SF, horror, and fantasy.

2) http://www.writingtoheal.com/pew/markets.html — This site lists markets accepting personal essays. Read writer guidelines – not all markets listed are paying ones.

3) http://www.publication.com/aylad/paying.htm — A list of paying markets (mostly magazines).

4) http://womenst.library.wisc.edu/mags.htm — Lots of markets. Almost all are women’s publications.

5) http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com/basic/employment.jsp — Basic Books sometimes has editor positions open and they are always accepting resumes.

6) http://www.battelle.org/careers/index.aspx — Battelle publishes science and tech books and are sometimes in need of editors.

7) http://www.beacon.org/client/client_pages/about_openings.cfm — Beacon Press often has jobs and internships of interest to writers.