My Review of Carol Tice’s Freelance Writers Den Membership Site

by John Soares on September 5, 2011

Carol Tice’s Freelance Writers Den is a membership site dedicated to helping people serious about freelance writing increase their chances of success. The site opened a few weeks ago, and since I’ve been an active member since the get-go, I’ve watched closely what Carol has done — and I’m quite impressed. In this review I explain what’s inside the membership site and who would most benefit from it.

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What’s Inside The Freelance Writers Den

Live Events

There are currently 4 live events per month for members. Most feature interviews with prominent writers and experts, and there’s always plenty of time for Q & A with listeners. All den members get links to recordings of the events. (And I’m one of the people she’s already interviewed.)

Online Courses

The Learning Corner features in-depth courses on:

  • Business basics
  • Marketing basics
  • How to break in to freelance writing
  • How to move up and earn more
  • Overcoming fear and finding inspiration
  • And more…

Very Active Forums

I’ve been quite surprised at the high level of activity in the forums. Writers are asking for help in querying editors, finding new markets, time management, and much more — and they’re getting good answers.

Some current forum discussions:

  • “How to rewrite my writer resume?”
  • “How do you determine what rates your prospective target market can bear?”
  • “How Essential is a College Degree”
  • “Writing a Proposal”

How Active Is Carol Tice Inside The Freelance Writers Den?

So far — very, very active. She’s delivered on all the events and courses discussed above, and as of the writing of this blog post — September 5, 2011 — she’s posted 335 times in the forums, and the site’s only been open for about 6 weeks.

Who’s Inside The Freelance Writers Den

There’s an excellent mix of beginning writers, writers who are well on the way to launching a successful career, and quite a few successful freelance writers. Some examples of the latter category:

  • Renegade Writer Linda Formachelli
  • Urban Muse blogger Susan Johnston
  • Writer’s Market editor Robert Lee Brewer
  • Travel writer Bob Howells
  • Me

Who Should Join The Freelance Writers Den

Anyone who is truly serious about making a decent income as a freelance writer and who has an open mind and a willingness to learn — and is ready to apply that learning. And it’s not just for beginners. All freelance writers, even people like me who have been doing it for decades, can improve their marketing and writing skills. And I really appreciate having other writers to talk to and just hang out with.

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And If You Don’t Like It, It’s Easy to Leave…

It’s 25 bucks a month, month to month — no initiation fees or sign-up fees. If you ever feel you aren’t getting the value, you can easily leave.

Some Caveats

I’ve joined several membership sites over the last few years, and most were disappointing. I’ve seen site founders virtually disappear from the forums and not deliver on promised information and benefits. I don’t know Carol really well, but we have exchanged 20 or so e-mails and she interviewed me for a teleseminar podcast last July. From what I’ve seen I can say that she’s kind, energetic, hard-working, and very knowledgeable, and she’s genuinely motivated to help freelance writers succeed. I also know that she’s been very active inside the Freelance Writers Den in the forums and that she’s delivered on all her promises so far.

That said, I can’t say that a year from now that she’ll still be as active, or that the forums will continue to be humming along with lots of great questions and lots of great answers to those questions.

And I’m active in the forums, but there are times I’m hiking or traveling or busy with my own work and I don’t have the time to pop in as much as I’d like.

Finally, I’m an affiliate (rare situation for me). If you click my link and join, I make money.

More Information…

Get lots more info at the official Freelance Writers Den website.

Any Questions?

If this post and  the Freelance Writers Den website haven’t answered all your questions, then ask below and I’ll answer or get Carol to answer.

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    1 Harleena Singh September 5, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Twitter: @harleenas

    Hi John,

    Great post!

    I love the information you shared above, and am so glad someone has come out with such a site to help other freelancer writers succeed.
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    2 John Soares September 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Carol has done a spectacular job so far Harleena. As I said in the post, I’ve been disappointed in several other membership sites I’ve joined, but Carol seems to have the spark and drive to really make it work.
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    3 Harleena Singh September 5, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Twitter: @harleenas

    Would surely check it out, as I have never joined such a site, though after reading your post- I sure am tempted to do so.

    Thanks for sharing :)
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    4 Mike Carlson September 5, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Twitter: @michaelcarlson_

    I’m thinking on giving it a go. It sounds perfect for someone in my situation to learn and rub elbows with some good people in the business of writing.

    I have been reading Carols blog for quite a while and she always seems to be on the up and up. She has a great work ethic and seems to genuinely want to provide value to her readers. There are a lot of bloggers who always seem to be leading readers to buy something or benefit the blogger under the guise of befitting the reader. Not Carol.

    I’ll sign up later this evening and give it a months trial, what’s to lose?

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    5 John Soares September 5, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    I do hope you’ll give the Freelance Writers Den a try Mike. Carol does give a lot of good advice, and she’s one of the very top people I know in the freelance writing field.
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    6 Mike Carlson September 7, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Twitter: @michaelcarlson_

    All signed up. I hope more join us! I have a lot of stuff to look at tonight. Thanks for turning me on to this John.

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    7 John Soares September 7, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Glad you joined Mike — I’m looking forward to seeing you inside the Den.
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    8 Carolyn September 5, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Twitter: @CJPAustin

    I’m a member of the Freelance Writers Den and feel that it’s the best money I spend each month. As a relatively new entrant to the freelancing world, I feel both supported and encouraged by the community Carol has created. To me, the most valuable aspects of it are the webinars and teleclasses: they cover a range of practical topics in exquisite detail. The courses provide you with a great opportunity to ask established figures newbie questions. And if you don’t ask them, someone else will, so your bases are covered.

    On the downside, I do find that there is some up-selling pressure to enroll in one of Carol’s mentoring classes. However, it is a gentle pressure, and her mentees are very positive about the outcomes, so it’s worth keeping an open mind about the other membership options available to you if you think that mentoring is what you need.

    John, I hope to ‘see’ some of your readers in the den.

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    9 John Soares September 7, 2011 at 6:39 AM

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience Carolyn. There’s a lot that members will get from the site without signing up for mentoring. And a lot of mentoring actually goes on in the forums. People are asking specific questions about their marketing materials, their websites, and their overall approach, and they’re getting good answers.
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    10 Ana | Traffic Generation September 5, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Twitter: @WebTrafficCafe

    It’s definitely great to know that such freelancing communities exist, John, for bloggers like myself – you never know when you might need some extra help. LOL

    Ana
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    11 John Soares September 7, 2011 at 6:42 AM

    Ana, I’ve been a member of a handful of membership sites, and so far this definitely the best.
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    12 Ana @ how Google works September 9, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Twitter: @WebTrafficCafe

    Thanks for replying, John.

    PS Wanted to make sure you saw your blog on my new CommentLuv enabled blog list!
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    13 Ruth - The Freelance Writing Blog September 6, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Twitter: @rzive

    I’m a member of the Den, and I’ve found it really useful. The ‘library’ of resources covers a good range of topics, and Carol’s presence is DEFINITELY felt. I’m also an AListBlogger member and I enjoy both groups – don’t think it’s at all redundant to participate in both places.
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    14 John Soares September 7, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    Ruth, Freelance Writers Den and the A-List Blogger membership site are definitely complementary. The latter site focuses primarily on building and marketing a quality website, something most freelance writers should be doing.

    Thanks for your input!
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    15 jasmine @ Volkswagen Norwich September 10, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    John,

    Its great that there are people who are willing to help their fellow writers. I haven’t tried to sign up for any membership sites but I guess that would really be good to meet other writers and share ideas.

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    16 Carol Tice October 1, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Twitter: @TiceWrites

    Hi John –

    Thanks for the review!

    In terms of my future involvement, my plan is to ADD to the amount of expertise available. I’m never going to let it shrink. It may not be all from me personally, but my vision is it gets more useful. I hate those places where the founder disappears and you can’t seem to get a question answered anymore, and I’ve vowed never to let that happen in the Den!

    My intent is to add an “Other Den Mother” shortly, as we near 250 members. As membership grows from there, I plan to continue adding expert/partners in the site who would ALL be active in giving advice and helping out. So in future I’m hoping the Den will only become a MORE valuable place for writers who want fast answers to their questions on how to earn more.
    Carol Tice recently posted…Great Writing Niches: How to Get Government Contracts

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    17 John Soares October 3, 2011 at 7:32 AM

    Thanks for stopping by Carol.

    I’m very impressed by your high level of involvement inside the Freelance Writers Den, and I know it takes a lot of your time. Bringing on another high-quality Den Mother sounds like a good idea.

    And I’ve also been in membership sites where the founders essentially disappear and the members are left to try to help each other: that’s not cool.
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    18 Peggy Sweeney April 26, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    I have a question–I’m just starting out and have not published anything yet. Is it too early for me to join the Freelance Writer’s Den? Thank you!

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    19 John Soares April 27, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Peggy, if you are actively pursuing a freelance writing career, even though you haven’t yet been published, you should join the Den the next time it opens. Much of the teaching materials are slanted toward beginning writers, and you can get all your questions answered in the forum, in addition to getting query letters reviewed.
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