How To Make Your Writing Proposal Work

November 6, 2014

The words, writing proposal, can seem intimidating to a until you consider how broadly that term can be interpreted. Everything from a multipage document, complete with table of contents, to a brief email describing how you might get some work done along with your qualifications, can fall under the rubric of a writing proposal. The [...]

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Why (Some) Freelance Writing Projects Fail

November 4, 2014

I was reminded recently that often writing projects fail not because of freelance writer doesn’t complete or otherwise screws up, but because of the client. Never getting started Here’s roughly what happened that triggered that thought: A potential client contacted me saying he wanted to write a book. After several email exchanges we set a [...]

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How Freelance Writers Should Charge – By the Hour, Word, or Flat Fee

October 30, 2014

We spend a lot of time talking about how much freelance writers should charge and how they should set their rates, but we rarely the merits and problems about how we charge – by the hour, by the word, or by the project. Not surprisingly there are advantages and disadvantages to each. A look at convention [...]

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Official Language Change – Synonymizing “More Than” and “Over”

October 28, 2014

By Allison VanNest of During the American Copy Editors Society’s annual conference in March of 2014, the Associated Press announced a change in one of the rules of the AP Stylebook by removing the distinction between “more than” and “over” (and, by extension, between “less than” and “under”) when referring to numerical quantity. The organization cited [...]

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Freelance Writing Income Forecasting

October 23, 2014

For much of my freelance writing career I figured there was no way to forecast my income. Money was either coming in or it wasn’t; it either arrived or it didn’t. Truth be told, I felt pretty helpless about money for a long time. Then I learned how to get some control without going crazy or [...]

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The Fourth Secret of Freelance Writing

October 16, 2014

For years I said there are three secrets to successful freelance writing. I was wrong. There are four secrets to being a successful freelance writer. The initial three secrets were and still are: Write Rewrite Market What I have left out all these years is the secret that I’m calling the business of freelance writing. [...]

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Inequality and Freelance Writing

October 15, 2014

This post is part of Blog Action Day 2014 – the discussion this year is about inequality. One of the things I like about freelance writing is there is no real discrimination – if I produce writing that people are willing to pay for the fact that I’m a white woman of a ‘certain age’ [...]

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5 Freelance Writing Fears & What to do About Them

October 9, 2014

I’m not sure that freelance writing fears are worse than say sales fears or CEO fears, or teacher fears. My hunch is we’re more aware of our fear than others, partly because we are freelancing. That means we’re responsible for our income in ways that are very different from having a regular paycheck. Plus, as freelance [...]

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How Freelance Writers Can Deal With “World Noise”

October 7, 2014

I’m a fan of Mark’s Daily Apple and this week he had a post called How to Deal with Health “Noise”. As I read it I realized that we freelance writers have to deal with what I’m calling “World Noise.” For example, today feels very noisy for me. I’m expecting an email from a new client. There [...]

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When a Freelance Writer’s Marketing Stops Working

October 2, 2014

A writer I’ve coached reached out to me not long ago, concerned that her plan for marketing her writing was not longer working. She has been sending emails to corporations in her speciality and following them up with a phone call. Over the last year or so, this plan has generated enough for her to [...]

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