How to Handle Criticism of Your Writing

October 27, 2016

Complaints about your writing can be one of the toughest things in the world. Learning to handle criticism well, let alone with any grace and elan, takes some thought, confidence and even planning. If someone says something awful, or otherwise indicates they don’t like what you’ve written, the first thing to do is take a […]

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Am I done yet? A Follow-Through Question for Freelance Writers

October 25, 2016

How’s your follow-through? Think about that question for a moment. How would you rate yourself when it comes to follow-through? Until recently I thought I was pretty good at it. If you’d asked I’d have probably given myself a 7 or 8 with 10 being the highest possible. I was wrong. I took a personality […]

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Start a Profitable Freelance Writing Career Without Contacts

October 20, 2016

You can start a profitable freelance writing career without contacts. I recently met a writer who had pretty decent writing skills and was making a miserable $12 per blog posts of 300-400 words. I asked him why he wasn’t earning more and he responded with something like, “I don’t have the contacts.” “Huh,” I thought. […]

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Your Freelance Writing Career? Fishing or Farming

October 18, 2016

How do you think about your freelance writing career? What are your dreams for your writing business? Are you fishing or farming? When you go fishing you by and large grab a pole and head for the nearest body of water. Your plan is to catch a fish for dinner or maybe for dinner and lunch […]

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Race and the Freelance Writer

October 13, 2016

Recently, I published a piece on race titled Why This Man’s Daughter is Scared to Visit America. In passing, I happened to mention that I’d come across examples of discrimination in my writing career. Anne asked about those and this piece is the result. I don’t spend a lot of time agonizing over the hand […]

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What Kinds of Freelance Writing Jobs Will You Take?

October 11, 2016

Do you know what kinds of freelance writing jobs you will take? I ask for two reasons: If you’re not careful you may agree to a gig that turns out badly. If you’re not familiar with the various kinds of freelance writing jobs available you are likely to miss something that you’d love and pays […]

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Find Good Paying Freelance Writing Gigs With These 12 Methods

September 29, 2016

The desire to find freelance writing gigs that pay well is the perennial quest of every freelance writer. Here are 12 ways you can find the kind of work you want. Answer ads Answering writer wanted ads makes sense if you pick and choose your ads well. I list my favorites here. Note there’s also a […]

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There is a Way to Plan for Time Eating Disasters

September 22, 2016

How often does some disaster interrupt you’re carefully planned writing day? In my case it’s a tech disaster of some sort that throws a monkey wrench into my plans about once a month. An example happened yesterday. A special newsletter email mailing went out after testing, and on schedule. I was feeling smart and loving […]

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Freelance Writers – Act Like the CEO You Are!

September 20, 2016

A writer friend of mine was hesitating to call, again, the CEO of a company who had said he wanted to hire her to write for him. She was afraid of interrupting him, bugging him too much, etc. Yet she knew the deadline for the needed writing was fast approaching. In other words, she’d slipped […]

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Cover Letter Pointers for Freelance Writers

September 15, 2016

Cover letters are used for responding to job ads, introducing yourself to prospective clients, when sending over-the-transom articles on spec and for proposing a book to a publisher or agent. Sometimes the cover letter stands alone, but more often is part of a proposal package. It’s a sales document, designed to get the attention of the […]

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