Four Reasons Why Freelance Writers Should Specialize

May 6, 2014

Some may write for love, but most freelance writers write for money — and they’ll make more money when they specialize in one or more niches. Don’t misunderstand: I really enjoy my main writing specialty. Creating college textbook supplements and ancillaries that help students learn better and instructors teach better is interesting and challenging, and […]

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Two Motivating Questions I Ask Myself Every Morning

April 24, 2014

Asking yourself good motivating questions and then answering them can boost your productivity and increase your happiness according to studies conducted by psychologists in recent years. That’s why I always ask and answer… My Two Morning Motivating Questions I got the idea for asking morning questions from an audio tape I checked out of the […]

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Successful Freelance Writers Do These Small Things Early

April 21, 2014

Planning is essential in all aspects of your life, including your freelance writing. My focus here is on the little things that make a big difference when you do them early. This cuts two ways: some things done early result in a big payoff you otherwise wouldn’t have gotten, while some things done late will […]

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The Power of a Small Website for House-Sitting Writers

April 16, 2014

Freelance writing lets me travel and gives me the option of a location-independent lifestyle, which I take advantage of in winter months by house-sitting in the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere with my partner Stephanie. Why House-Sitting? Simple — we get to stay in beautiful homes and explore beautiful parts of the western United […]

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The Top 10 Twitter Rules for Writers You Better Not Break

April 14, 2014

Many freelance writers and book authors are active on Twitter. However, a lot of them don’t use the optimal techniques necessary to take full advantage of the social network. Jennifer Mattern, the creator of this infographic, is an experienced freelance writer and book author, and she’s also the brains behind the top-notch site The […]

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Six Copy Editing Tips for Freelance Writers

April 10, 2014

You need your freelance writing to be professional so that clients pay you well. This means your words read well and contain no major grammar, punctuation, or spelling errors. Freelance writers with poor copy editing skills either don’t make much money or they don’t make any money at all. First up… 1. Improve Your Writing […]

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Why Freelance Writers Often Miss Deadlines

April 2, 2014

Hey freelancers, why do your writing projects take you all the way up to the deadline to complete, and why do you sometimes miss deadlines, even when you had plenty of time to do the project? It’s because you’re making a key time management mistake: you’re letting yourself fall victim to Parkinson’s Law. Parkinson’s Law? […]

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How to Align Your Writing Income with Your Career Goals

March 27, 2014

By Laura Laing, author of Math for Writers “I know what I’m gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that. I’m shakin’ the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I’m gonna see the world.” Ah, George Bailey. He never realized the big dreams […]

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When a Freelance Writer Gets Only Silence from an Editor

March 19, 2014

One unfortunate aspect of freelance writer/editor relationships is dealing with rejection, and also dealing with silence, which sometimes means rejection but often does not. Here’s an e-mail I received recently from a purchaser of my ebook Writing College Textbook Supplements who was diligently applying my advice on how to connect with editors at textbook publishing […]

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5 Things About WordPress That Really Bug Me

March 6, 2014

I love WordPress. It allows me and millions of others to create beautiful websites that are easy to update. WordPress sites can be simple or complex, and they can do most anything that you want. That said, there is always room for improvement. Now mind you, I’m not a tech person at all, and I’m […]

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