Author: Jennifer Mattern
Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.
She owns 3 Beat Media -- a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.
Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.
By Jennifer Mattern on March 8, 2014In Part One of my post series on WordPress for Writers, I covered some of the most basic steps you should take and settings you should change right after installing the WordPress platform. In Part Two of this series, I'll share some WordPress plugins that I consider must-haves -- ones you might want to set up well before launching your […]
By Jennifer Mattern on March 6, 2014From working on my own WordPress issues to seeing a minor WordPress rant from John Soares, from talking WordPress security with Lori Widmer and Cathy Miller to recommending an SEO plugin on the forums to Alicia Rades, WordPress has been the talk of the day. And it's clear that writers are all over this blog / do-just-about-anything-you-want platform. That's a […]
By Jennifer Mattern on March 5, 2014Today Yo Prinzel was kind enough to host a guest post of mine on her new blog, The Profitable Freelancer. Please stop by and check it out. Why You'll Fail at Freelancing if You Suck at Math In the post I go over three areas where math can make or break your freelance writing business, along with a few tips […]
By Jennifer Mattern on March 4, 2014Are you interested in starting a freelance writing career? Trying to figure out where to start can be one of the biggest challenges aspiring freelance writers face. To help point you in the right direction, I've put together a list of resources for freelance writers -- tools to help you get started, build a network, learn from freelance writing colleagues, […]
By Jennifer Mattern on March 3, 2014Have you considered taking part in a virtual book tour to promote your book or e-book? Have you put it off because you're worried a virtual publicity tour might take too much time? It's true. There are a lot of ways these promotional events can waste time. But the biggest waste of time is to go through one and not […]
By Jennifer Mattern on March 2, 2014Today I'd like to share some reader questions from a reader who preferred to remain anonymous. His questions revolve around getting started as a new freelance writer on a part-time basis. We'll call him Matt for the sake of this post. Jen Grant, whom I answered in our last reader Q&A post, asked for something similar during a Twitter conversation […]
By Jennifer Mattern on March 2, 2014This feels about right on a working weekend (preparing just in case we lose power in tomorrow's big snow storm). This is from Yo Prinzel at ProfitableFreelancer.com. Visit her post if you'd like to share it with your readers. Credit: Profitable Freelancer--Freelancing is out--profitlancing is in
By Jennifer Mattern on March 1, 2014How would you like to earn your living as a professional blogger? If that sounds like an ideal career to you, there are three basic paths you can choose from: Get a full-time job as a blogger. Become a freelance blogger and blog for clients. Make money with your own blogs. Let's focus on that last option -- blogging as […]
By Jennifer Mattern on February 28, 2014In my post "4 Elements of Effective Freelance Writing Websites," I suggested creating a custom 404 error page to help misdirected prospects find what they're looking for. A 404 error is a "page not found" error message someone sees if they try to visit an address on your site that doesn't exist. No one likes seeing an error message. So […]
By Jennifer Mattern on February 27, 2014What are your goals for your freelance writing website? To be clear, we're talking about your professional site -- the one designed to attract clients, not your site or blog targeting other writers. Chances are that you're hoping to attract not only clients, but the right clients. You know, they're the ones who have a need in your specialty area and an […]
From the Blogs
- WordPress for Writers: Tips, Tricks, Plugins, and Hacks – Part 2
- WordPress for Writers: Tips, Tricks, Plugins, and Hacks – Part 1
- Math for Freelance Writers: Why Numbers Matter in Your Writing Career
- 101 Resources for Freelance Writers
- How to Organize a Virtual Book Tour Without Breaking the Time Bank