Author: Jennifer Mattern

  • Pen Names and Gender Anonymity (Podcast)

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 9, 2016
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    This week on the All Indie Writers Podcast, I tackle a question from Jeremy Tarrier. He was curious about how a writer might protect gender anonymity when writing under a pen name (or if it's really even a problem). Listen now. This was an interesting topic for me because I actually have the opposite problem: I write under an ambiguous […]
  • Edward Beaman on Choosing His Freelance Writing Specialty

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 6, 2016
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    If there's one point I've tried to drive home with newer freelance writers over the years, it's that specialization is one of the best things you can do to increase your freelance writing income. That might mean specializing in a niche, an industry, or even a type of writing. Rather than go on about the benefits of specialization yet again […]
  • Get Advanced Marketing Tips for Experienced Freelance Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 4, 2016
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    If you caught my recent podcast episode featuring Yolander Prinzel (on critiquing friends' writing), or if you read my guest post (on common guest posting mistakes freelance writers make) for Writers Worth Month at Lori Widmer's blog, you might already know this. If not, I have a quick announcement. Lori and I have been quietly working behind-the-scenes on a new […]
  • Should You Critique a Friend’s Writing? (Podcast)

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 30, 2016
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      This week's podcast episode is now up. If you aren't subscribed yet, you can listen from the show notes page (or directly via SoundCloud).   Listen now.   This week's episode features guest co-host, Yolander Prinzel (find her on Twitter). Yolander and I chat about serving as a critique partner, beta reader, or editor for friends and other writers you know […]
  • Freelance Writer Survey: State of Content Marketing 2016

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 29, 2016
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    Are you a U.S.-based freelance writer? If so, I have a quick favor to ask. Would you be so kind as to take the State of Content Marketing 2016 survey from CopyPress? It doesn't take very long. I promise. (Disclosure: CopyPress is a client; I was brought in to consult on some changes made to this survey.) Take the survey. […]
  • A Writer’s Guide to Pulling a Successful All-Nighter

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 27, 2016
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    Ah, the dreaded all-nighter. They're gobs of fun, aren't they? When you work as a freelance writer, they're occasionally a necessary evil if you get behind on a project and you're on a deadline. Thankfully I haven't had one of those kinds of all-nighters in quite some time. In my case it's usually somewhere between insomnia (due to stress or […]
  • Personal Branding for Freelance Writers: Social Media Dos and Don’ts (Podcast)

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 25, 2016
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    Last week's podcast is now up. If you aren't subscribed yet, you can listen from the show notes page (or directly via SoundCloud). In this episode I pick up on my conversation with Dann Alexander, having answered another of his questions in Episode 18. This time Dann wanted some social media dos and don'ts when it comes to building your […]
  • Dreams, Ambitions, and Finding Balance in Your Business

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 19, 2016
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    Do you ever feel like you aren't living the life you really want to live? That your dreams and ambitions are going unfulfilled? That you've lost sight of things you're passionate about, and you're not quite sure when you got off-track? I do sometimes. Actually, these days, make that a lot. Maybe your dreams involve publishing your first novel. Maybe […]
  • Media Kits for Writers: A Beginner’s Guide

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 18, 2016
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    One of my current projects is assembling a new media kit. As you might know, I have a background in public relations. So I'm keenly aware of the importance of earned media, and have been securing coverage for my clients for quite some time. While I've also secured my fair share of coverage for myself, with changing professional ambitions in […]
  • Fear, Confidence, Lying, and Using What You’ve Got (Podcast)

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 17, 2016
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    Princess Jones is back at it again, co-hosting the All Indie Writers Podcast. OK. She pretty much ran the show. But that's why we had so much fun with this one. We chatted about fear and confidence issues writers often deal with. Listen now. (Extended cut) *Note: This episode contains explicit language. Also, if you prefer the shorter version you can […]