Query Now for End of Year Holiday Freelance Stories

July 8, 2014

Remember that wonderful idea you had for a freelance story about making costumes for Halloween last year? Or was it the year before? How about the recipe for Christmas cookies you thought would go well in a regional magazine? Or that year-end trip you took to an almost secret hide-away? Then there are the spectacular [...]

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Getting Answers To Your Freelance Writing Business Questions

July 3, 2014

One of the tricks to success is getting answers to your freelance writing business questions. No, you’re not supposed to know it all when you start, or later on either. Focusing on your writing and developing that is, quite naturally, your first priority. But you’ve also got to handle the ‘business side’ reasonably well which [...]

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The Writer’s Resume – It’s About Getting an Interview

July 1, 2014

You know you need a writer’s resume, but do you really know why? Sure, the writer’s resume puts a list of your writing credits in the hands of someone who may be in a position to hire you as a writer. What’s rarely understood, however, is that your writing resume also acts as reassurance. It’s like [...]

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10 – Freelance Writer Business Problems – Do You Need A Writing Niche?

June 30, 2014

On writing websites, even this one, there’s often discussion of the need to find a freelance writing niche and how, if you want, to find one - the right one. And there are lots of opinions. Some of us, including me, hold several opinions. For example I’ve written: You Don’t Need A Niche To Start A Successful Freelance [...]

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Is Your Writing Stuck? Ease the Pain. Just Start Writing!

June 26, 2014

I agreed to write about Buddhism and the environment for a new site over at EdenKeeper.org. It’s a topic that cuts to the bone for me. Which has meant I had trouble getting started with the writing. Stuck would be the proper term. Not because I lack something to say, but because it’s damn painful to [...]

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09 – Freelance Writer Business Problems – Why Will They Hire You?

June 24, 2014

You want to get hired to write, which is natural enough. But you know, from experience, that landing a freelance writing job isn’t easy. Chances are you’ve applied for at least a few. Maybe you found them on Craigslist or through the job list here. You sent off an email describing your skills and they dropped [...]

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Bear Arms or Bare Arms? Homophones Writers Need to Watch Out For

June 24, 2014

By Allison VanNest of Grammarly.com The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants citizens the write to keep and bare arms. No, wait, that’s the rite to keep and bear arms. Crumbs—I meant right! English is loaded with homophones, those pesky words that are spelled differently but pronounced the same. In spoken language, we can usually tell [...]

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The Only Secret to Marketing Your Freelance Writing You’ll Ever Need

June 19, 2014

When you think about marketing your freelance writing do you cringe? If someone suggests you need a plan for marketing your freelance writing do you want to go back to bed and eat cookies? You are not alone! I don’t know how many times I’ve heard freelance writers say something like “I hate marketing.” In [...]

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08 – How Freelance Writers Can Receive Payments

June 16, 2014

It used to be so simple to receive payments! I’d do a piece of writing, mail it to the person who hired me and a week or two later a check would wander in. Of course, then I’d have to deposit it or cash it, and back in the day banks weren’t happy if the [...]

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Freelance Writing Fees – Ignore The Going Rate

June 12, 2014

Freelance writing fees are a constant source of uncertainty for many writers. I often get questions like: “How much should I charge for writing X?” This is what I call a how long is a piece of string question. In fact, it’s largely unanswerable, at least in exact terms. Another form of the question is “What’s the [...]

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