Are you serious about your freelance writing career? I'm going to assume you said "yes." Good! Whether you are a beginner or a relatively successful writer, there are always a few more clever ways to bring in more clients without putting in a great deal of effort. These are my favourite pain-free ways to find new clients and valuable contacts:
Publish Your Own Writer's Website
Mostly, this is about getting your name out there, but it also gives you the chance to solidify your fees and services and prepare a general portfolio. Now, whenever you send queries or letters of introduction, you can easily link to your portfolio and bio without having to rewrite it every time. Easy!
Use an Email Signature
Not only do I regularly share my portfolio page via social media networks, but I also have included it in my email signature. This makes it easy for people to find info on me and my work, and gives them constant opportunities to consider my services and get in touch. Including a link to your website or portfolio with each sent email gives those messages a certain touch of professionalism that is missing otherwise.
Scope Out Twitter
Twitter is a huge hangout for writers, editors and publishers - and they enjoy a good virtual chin-wag or contest. If you aren't already hooked up on Twitter, check it out! Start here to follow us, and then have a look around. Follow your favourite publishers for insight on future queries, and chat with other writers via #amwriting, #amediting, #pubtip and #querytip.