I'm applying for writing gigs now and they're scaring the crap out of me. I email myself these want-ads, then stare at them until they expire. Does anyone have advice on submitting for writing gigs be they copyrighting, blogging/print articles, or ficton/poetry? I'd like to get my foot in the door and build my skills as well as a nice portfolio. Any crappy job is fine as long as it's legit and pays.

Thanks!