The Real Reason I am a Freelance Writer – Well, One of Them…

December 9, 2014

One someone asks me the reason I am a freelance writer, I usually respond “I’m a very good worker and a lousy employee.” Generally everyone chuckles and we move on to something else. There is, however, a lot of truth in that statement. I can remember jobs under florescent lights in cubicles where I’d either be working my […]

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When Should Freelance Writers Ask for Help?

December 4, 2014

I don’t know if my parents intended for me to grow up thinking I had to do everything by myself or not, but somehow I came to adulthood thinking it wasn’t okay to ask for help. I had the notion that I should already know how to do whatever it was I thought I wanted […]

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Talk Turkey To Your Freelance Writing Clients

December 2, 2014

In American English to talk turkey  to someone means to be up front, to speak your mind. It also has the sense that we’re speaking firmly – even setting a boundary. Not long ago I was working on a project through a broker. I rarely do this, but I ran into the company completely by accident. Most […]

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108 Things This Freelance Writer is Grateful for in 2014

November 27, 2014

When Rev. Guy Williams challenged a class I was in to write down 100 things we were grateful for every day I had no idea that challenge would also kick off an annual posting from me. It became 108 things to list simply because I found it much easier to count using beads than on […]

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Giving Thanks for Freelance Writers

November 26, 2014

By Allison VanNest of At Grammarly, we focus on cleaning up copy after it’s already written. Even though we’re on the opposite team, so to speak, we’re deeply for grateful for all the freelance writers out there, without whom we would have nothing to proofread. We all know that good grammar is the equivalent of wearing […]

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Freelance Writers – When Should You Approach An Editor?

November 18, 2014

Unless you have a hot news story that has to be published today or tomorrow, it can pay to think about the editor’s schedule before you submit a query or an over the transom article. This is true for both print and web editors, and includes book editors as well. Editors live and die by […]

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Freelance Writer Business Education Costs

November 11, 2014

I’ve been trying to figure out how freelance writers learn the business side of writing. I did a bunch of googling and came up with not much. Here’s what I found: According to, an online business degree could cost you between $15,000 and $60,000 depending on where you take it – but you don’t […]

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Sometimes You Simply Can’t Educate a Freelance Writing Client

November 11, 2014

You’ve heard me explain that part of our job it’s freelance writers is to educate our clients. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at how few people who hire freelancers have any idea what actually has to happen to get the right words on paper. On the other hand don’t know how to run a paper mill, […]

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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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