Negotiating and Renegotiating a Writing Deadline

June 2, 2016

Renegotiating a deadline is certainly possible, Sharon Hurley Hall, a beautiful persoa and wonderful writer, reminded me in our forum, in response to How to Gracefully Miss a Writing Deadline.  She’s absolutely right. Renegotiating a deadline isn’t rocket science, but it does help if you’ve got all the pieces in place. How you negotiated the deal in […]

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How to Gracefully Miss a Writing Deadline

May 31, 2016

Of course you know how to meet a writing deadline! You’ve proven that over and over again. But… Life happens. Even when we’re managing our time wisely, and have a calendar that works, Even if we’ve built a reputation of meeting a writing deadline. Sometimes it seems that life conspires to make us late. It […]

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When Should a Freelance Writer Quit Freelancing and Get a Real Job?

May 26, 2016

When should a freelance writer quit freelancing and get a real job? Any damn time they choose to! I love freelancing. Except, of course, when I don’t. The longer I freelance, the less likely I am to give up and take a job inside working at a magazine or a publishing house, or… well, you […]

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“No” Is A Complete Sentence For Freelance Writers, Part 2

May 24, 2016

Over in one of LinkedIN Ghostwriting Groups there was a lengthy and convoluted discussion as a result of someone asking if they should accept a questionable offer to write about something – I’ve forgotten the details. I did, however, comment, “No is a complete sentence.” Maggie Payment Kirkbride, a ghostwriter also in San Diego although I don’t think […]

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How to Develop Flat Rate Pricing For Freelance Writing Proposals

May 20, 2016

Recently I talked about the three ways freelance writers can charge for their work. Charging by the hour or by the word are fairly straight forward. Many find that developing a flat rate proposal is both mystifying and difficult. In Writing a Proposal For Yourself and Others I outline my approach. Judging from the comments and questions […]

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The Real Way to Find Profitable Freelance Writing Work

May 17, 2016

Rant warning! I just discovered that Upwork, formerly Elance, has raised the amount it charges their creatives. I also just read and signed a petition protesting. I’m not linking to it because I think I was wrong. Upwork is honoring existing contracts and the increases are based on a sliding scale, which I didn’t understand when […]

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How Should Freelance Writers Charge For Their Work?

May 12, 2016

Typically, there are three ways freelance writers charge for their work: By the hour, by the word, and, by a flat fee. Which is best? Like so many things in freelance writing, the real answer is ‘it depends.’ The first problem Pricing your work is full of conundrums. The first is deciding how much you […]

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Tips to Help Freelance Writers Overcome Pricing Jitters

May 10, 2016

Do all freelance writers get pricing jitters? I think so. At least I know I do even after years of successful freelance writing. Oh, it has gotten way easier. I was reminded of this the other day when I had to quote a book ghostwriting price to a new client. For some reason I remembered […]

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5 Ways to Diversify Your Freelance Writing Income

May 5, 2016

Earning income as a freelance writer is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, the feeling of making money with nothing more than your mind and your words is rewarding in a way few other things are. On the other, there are times when work seems to dry up, and the worries […]

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What Do You Mean By Your Freelance Writing Career?

May 3, 2016

What ideas or picture do you have about your freelance writing career? Are you sure you even want a freelance writing career? I was in sixth grade when I realized there were authors behind the fiction I was learning to love to read. I began developing the idea that I might someday join their ranks. […]

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