Author: Jennifer Mattern

  • Quick Tip: Look Beyond Your Bubble for Freelance Writing Advice

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 28, 2015
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    Last week Paula Hendrickson wrote a great guest post for Lori Widmer's blog on vetting writing experts. This topic is near and dear to my heart because I've had more new writers come to me looking for help after taking horrible advice from pseudo experts than I can count. I feel for those writers. It's easy to get sucked in because some […]
  • Review of The Freelancer Planner

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 15, 2015
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    Not long ago I was contacted by Michelle Nickolaisen, asking if I'd like to review The Freelancer Planner. Of course I said "yes." Planners? Organization? Schedules? She clearly knew the way to this freelancer's heart. Total organization junkie over here. Michelle sent over a review copy of the downloadable version of her planner. This is a six-page .pdf planner (minus the cover […]
  • Quick Tip: Determine Your “Perfect Day”

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 14, 2015
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    Do you know what your "perfect day" looks like? Those are the days when you achieve far more than you might normally expect, where you feel good and rested but still productive. They're the days that don't leave you feeling drained. They're the days that leave you wanting more. I know what my "perfect day" looks like because I've lived […]
  • Is Grammarly a Good Tool for Professional Writers?

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 8, 2015
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    Not long ago I published a review of AutoCrit, a self-editing tool designed for authors of fiction. I also found it helpful for nonfiction work such as blog posts. Shortly after reviewing AutoCrit, I was contacted by a rep for Grammarly, another online editing tool for writers which serves as both a spelling and grammar checker. The kind folks at […]
  • Quick Tip: Keep Blog Post Ideas Coming by Writing a Series

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 7, 2015
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    Recently we looked at eight blog post ideas you can fall back on if you suddenly aren't sure what to write about on your blog. Today I have another tip along those lines -- something you can do on a regular basis to make idea generation a bit easier. This week's quick tip for bloggers is to write post series […]
  • The All Indie Writers Podcast Q&A Special

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 6, 2015
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    Apologies for the delay in this episode of the All Indie Writers Podcast. I ran into some recording difficulties last week. But that will not affect the schedule for our next episode, which will go out Friday of next week. This week's episode is a Q&A special -- the first general writers' Q&A special, although I've done one specific to […]
  • Quick Tip: Sort and Filter for Easier Email Management

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 30, 2015
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    A frequent productivity complaint of writers is that social media can become a big distraction from their writing. That hasn't been an issue for me recently. But something else has: email. Today is my first day back to work after about a week off. It wasn't planned time off. I simply decided to take some personal time, after clearing up […]
  • Quick Tip: Keep Your Book Marketing as Creative as Your Writing

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 23, 2015
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    I've been ranting for the last week or two about atrocious examples of marketing from companies like Upwork, Freshbooks, and Canva. So it feels like a good time to change gears and get back to the things writers should focus on rather than avoid. This week's quick tip for writers is a bit of a lead-in to Friday's podcast episode. There, […]
  • 7 Ways to Speed Up Your Website (Infographic)

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 20, 2015
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    Whether you're a freelance writer with a professional site, an author with a site to promote your books, or a blogger, website speed and stability matters. So for this week's "short share" feature, let's look at some tips for speeding up your WordPress websites. This infographic comes from MadLemmings.com. Courtesy of: Mad Lemmings How many of these tips have you […]
  • More Unique Content for Newsletter Subscribers and a New Blog Post Schedule

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 18, 2015
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    For most of this year I've stuck with a five-posts-per-week schedule here on the All Indie Writers blog. While there have been a few exceptions due to personal days and extra time off required to take care of our cancer kitty during a couple of rough weeks, that schedule has been pretty consistent. I've decided that it's time to change […]