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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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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