15 Guilty Pleasures For Freelance Writers

March 31, 2015

Freelance writing can be pretty demanding. Most of us tend to work hard at our chosen career. Because we aren’t distracted by folks in the office, office politics and office gossip, we often put in more concentrated hours that folks with typical jobs. In fact, we tend to be the kind of boss that demands […]

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Secrets About Freelance Writing Samples, Tearsheets and Clips

March 26, 2015

Often ads and market listings for magazines and other publications will call for writing samples. These are also known as ‘clips’ and as ‘tear sheets’ which is spelled both as one word and two. No matter what you call it, the writing sample is just that – a sample of your writing. Ideally it’s a sample […]

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Attitude Is Key To Successful Marketing For Freelance Writers

March 24, 2015

When I look at my own writing career, and when I talk to other freelance writers, it becomes apparent that there really is a single secret to successful marketing. It’s not the deathless prose of your marketing materials, nor the cleverness of their design. Nor is it that your writing must equal or exceed, oh […]

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How Successful Writers Follow Up With Clients & Editors

March 19, 2015

In comments, I got this question: An editor gets back to you, sounding interested and suggesting tweaks to your idea. Within 24 hours you get back to them with more research and a fresh outline, incorporating their feedback. Then you don’t hear from them for over a week. Is it worth following up at this […]

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Finding Freelance Writing Work: Luck or Strategy?

March 17, 2015

By Allison VanNest, of Grammarly.com The luck of the freelancer is a fickle thing. Before you throw in the towel and start filling out job applications, try changing your freelance strategy instead. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are six ways to make your own luck when it comes to finding freelance writing work! […]

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5 Ways To Sell Your Writing Without Selling Out

March 12, 2015

Freelance writers often worry that if they market their writing and themselves they may be selling out. When I hear this, I’m always quick to ask what they actually mean by selling out and I get answers like this: When I pitch my writing I feel like I’m compromising. My samples should be enough – why do […]

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How To Answer A Freelance Writing Wanted Ad And Get The Gig

March 10, 2015

Ever wonder why there are so many freelance writing jobs posted? It’s simply because companies of all sizes need freelance writers and don’t know any other way to find them. Not only that, if you follow any of the better freelance writing job lists, over time you’ll see the same companies advertising again and again […]

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How Perfectionism Stops Some Freelance Writers Cold

March 5, 2015

I was talking with another writer several days ago and they told me in a somewhat confessional manner that they had not finished their website yet. The problem seem to be they didn’t know how to do a good About Me page. There’s something about writing about ourselves that is difficult. But I’ve heard the […]

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Are You Embarrassed to Market Yourself and Your Writing?

March 3, 2015

I was talking with a colleagues the other day and we started exchanging tales of how we were had both been embarrassed to market our writing. I was glad to be reminded because I’m not embarrassed any longer. Apparently being embarrassed to step out there is something we can all get over. I suspect you know […]

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Author Platforms and Authority Sites – Writer’s Jargon or Necessity?

February 26, 2015

There are two terms bandied about in the freelance writing game that are fairly recent and subject to all hype and confusion. They are author platforms and authority sites. Author platform The term, author platform, most often refers to people who are writing books – both fiction and nonfiction. The author platform is a recent creation […]

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