Technology and the Freelance Writer

May 14, 2015

I sometimes forget how daunting technology can be – at least until I try to do something new on my computer. For example, for sales letters I’m now using a program from Thrive Themes. It makes much prettier pages than I can do on my own and I’ll eventually convert the whole site to one […]

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25 Ways Freelance Writers Can Make Money Writing

May 12, 2015

Freelance writers and those wondering about becoming freelance writers want to know how they can make money writing. There are a surprising number of ways you can make money writing. Here are 25, each with a brief description, and in no particular order: Professional website This is the website about you as a writer where […]

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How Freelance Writers Can Establish a Peer Relationship With Clients

May 7, 2015

More than 30 years ago now, I had no idea how valuable my writing actually was, and is. Although I knew I wanted to write for a living it was hard to imagine that anyone would be willing to pay me to write, let alone be willing to pay me well. In those days the person […]

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5 Proofreading Tips for Freelance Writers

May 5, 2015

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you’re probably aware that proofreading is not one of my strengths. It was only last week, for example, that I totally missed Dragon NaturallySpeaking had substituted the word “electronic” for “ergonomic.” Thankfully Matthew Stibbe, who writes a great blog about writing, pointed out the […]

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5 Signs Perfectionism Is Killing Your Writing

April 23, 2015

Someone who wants to write a book hired me as a writing coach because she couldn’t seem to get the writing done. We talked for a while and I suggested we set up a series of writing assignments and see if during that process we couldn’t surface what was going wrong. She agreed and we […]

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Ergonomics and the Freelance Writer – I Should Know Better

April 21, 2015

I started writing professionally in my early 30s. I acquired my first computer before I was 35. I’m guessing I was around 45 years old when I first discovered how important ergonomics could be to a freelance writer. I was working for Hewlett-Packard in Silicon Valley as contractor writer when I actually got fitted ergonomically at my […]

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Yes, You Can Earn Money Writing Poetry

April 14, 2015

By Allison VanNest of Poets, you’ve probably been told your whole lives that there’s no money in poetry. (Robert Graves, the English author of I, Claudius, famously quipped that there’s no poetry in money, either.) But if your brain is hardwired for verse, there’s hope. You can, in fact, earn money writing poetry.Here are seven ways […]

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When Writing Clients Run Out Of Money

April 7, 2015

Over in our forum one of our members told story about how a writing client hinted that they might be running out of money to pay him. “What should I do?” He asked. “Do I stop writing for them? Do I limit my deliverables to what I’ve already been paid for? How can I avoid […]

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The 3 Secrets For The Successful Marketing Of Your Writing

April 2, 2015

If you Google marketing for freelance writers you’ll discover the search engine counts 3.5  million pages that fall under that key word phrase. You’ll find everything from how to write a marketing plan for freelance writers to simple and esoteric information about branding. There are an amazing number of numbered lists aimed at helping freelance […]

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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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