3 Top Reasons You Don’t Even Get a Call When You Apply for a Writing Job

April 18, 2017

When you apply for a writing job or several and you feel like you’re never getting any interviews, keep in mind that roughly a gillion people are probably applying for the same gig. The trick is to stand out. These three tips will help. You didn’t follow instructions to the letter The quickest way to […]

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Let’s Talk About Competition in Freelance Writing

April 13, 2017

Fear of competition can make you crazy! Or that’s how it’s worked for me. It can breed suspicion among people who really should be friends or at least pleasant to each other. It can lead to butting heads to no avail resulting in a waste of energy. Here’s what I mean – if you worry […]

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Of Frogs, Princess and Freelance Writing Leads and Follow-up

April 11, 2017

Follow-up is, of course, a must when it comes to landing freelance writing clients, unless, of course, it isn’t. Carol Tice published a provocative article called The Secret of My Proven Freelance Follow-Up System. There she says, “I never follow up. Yes, really. I just don’t.” Which is an approach she’s made work for her. If, however, you […]

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A Day Late and More Than a Dollar Short for Equal Pay – a Rant

April 5, 2017

Yesterday was Equal Pay Day. We’ve been having a discussion of sexism over in the forum. Several writers have experienced it, many not so much. One of our male members posted ‘It f***ing sucked’: Man switches email signatures with his female coworker for a week – and the dramatic change in the way he’s treated leaves […]

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More Money Saving Tax Deductions for Freelance Writers: A 2017 Update

April 4, 2017

Tax time stirs up a plethora of emotions for me. From the anxieties of tax preparation to the joys of possible returns, I used to scramble to align everything in time. Last year at the cusp of tax season, I wrote a piece for About Freelance Writing titled Tax Deductions That Every Freelance Writer Should […]

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4 Secrets to Successful Freelance Writing

March 30, 2017

I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked about the secrets to successful freelance writing! I wouldn’t be rich, but if I added those ebooks, gurus, webinars, books and blog posts that promised to reveal the secrets to successful freelance writing (including this one) I might be. No secrets to successful freelance […]

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Lost Projects, Todoist, and Tech Problems

March 28, 2017

Have you ever realized you have a few lost projects? Last year(!) I set out to edit, and revise my ebook, How To Write a Non-Fiction Book Proposal That Sells, Yes, I went all the way through it, including updating links and snippets of information about over 200 book publishers. I even created a small marketing […]

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What Can You Do When A Freelance Writing Client Stops Responding?

March 23, 2017

When a freelance writing client stops responding, it can be the most puzzling and frustrating things that can happen. It’s particularly galling when it’s someone you’ve had a good relationship with for many months or even years. If the client stops responding about money owed you it’s even worse. Consider what’s really going on Before you […]

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When Editing Ruins Your Freelance Article

March 16, 2017

When you submit an article to a magazine or a blog or other publication, you are also implicitly agreeing to any editing they might do. Usually this works out well. Good editors want to make their writers look good. Good editing adds a final polish to your piece. Once in a while, however, the editing will […]

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Evernote: A Research Tool for Freelance Writers

March 14, 2017

Freelance writing and conducting research go hand-in-hand. For freelance workers, who are expected to make up 40% of the workforce by 2020,  the need for reliable and accurate information is certainly only getting greater. With a dense sea of information out there, the most challenging part of researching and writing can be ‘navigating the waters’ […]

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