• Quick Tip: Think Like a Boss for a More Successful Freelance Writing Career

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 30, 2014
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    As a freelance writer, you don't have a boss to answer to every day. There is no one to give you crap if you show up late or spend half the day playing around on Facebook instead of doing something productive. At the same time, there's no one around every day that you're trying to impress. Yes, you might try […]
  • How Two Simple Words Will Change Your Life as a Freelance Writer

    By Alicia Rades on September 25, 2014
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    Fill in the blanks describing yourself. “I am a ___ ___.” You said “freelance writer,” didn’t you? A year ago I would have said the same thing. However, I’ve adopted a new outlook on my career that has transformed my life as a freelance writer. The two simple words that changed everything: business owner. Say it once with me. I […]
  • Free HTML Cheat Sheet for Writers and Bloggers

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 24, 2014
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    For this week's resource for writers, I've updated and re-released an oldie but goodie -- my HTML cheat sheet for freelance writers and bloggers. The cheat sheet used to come with my now-retired e-book, The Web Writer's Guide, which was released back in 2008. The new version will be available for free permanently in the All Indie Writers Resources Collection. This download includes […]
  • Quick Tip: Customize Your Browser Start Page for Increased Productivity

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 23, 2014
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    As writers we frequently rely on the web in our work. We manage our own websites and blogs. We visit others to stay connected with colleagues and stay on top of industry news. We use social media tools in networking and marketing. And sometimes the sheer number of websites we need to visit on a regular basis can get overwhelming. […]
  • Get The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Quality Online Content by Alicia Rades

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 17, 2014
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    Everyone thinks they can write for the web these days. But not everyone can do it well. Freelance blogger, Alicia Rades, is an exception. I've been a fan of her style since her own blog first came to my attention. And she was a guest earlier this year at All Indie Writers. Read Alicia's "Discover the 6 Variables to the […]
  • Quick Tip: Use Google Webmaster Tools for Your Writer Website or Blog

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 16, 2014
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    Readers and colleagues often come to me with questions about problems they're having with their websites or blogs. In some cases, such as sudden search engine ranking issues or site indexing problems, one of the first things I tend to ask them is to check Google Webmaster Tools. That's when I sometimes get the mind-blowing responses of "What's that?" or "I […]
  • How Important are Creative Writing Degrees for Freelance Writers?

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 15, 2014
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    This morning I received the following question from Susan Brewer: "How important is it to have a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing in order to launch a writing job as a freelance writer? Or, I should say, "How helpful," is it?" I told her the short answers are "not at all," and "it depends what you want to do with […]
  • Plan Your Writing Projects With Gantt Charts

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 11, 2014
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    Rather than release a new tool this week, I want to share a third party planning and productivity tool that can help you better organize and schedule your writing projects. This tool is called a Gantt Chart, and a great tool for creating them is TomsPlanner.com. Let's take a quick look at what Gantt Charts are and what you might […]
  • Is Your WordPress Database Too Large? Thin Out Revisions

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 9, 2014
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    A great feature of WordPress is its ability to save different versions of your posts as you go -- such as when you hit the "save draft" or "preview" buttons. These saved versions are called "revisions," and they give you restore points if anything goes wrong. Awesome, right? Well, it can be. But WordPress revisions have to be saved to […]
  • Quick Tip: Mute Twitter Accounts to Cut Back on Social Media Noise

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 3, 2014
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    Do you wish you could spend more time using social media to connect with colleagues, clients, or readers? Do you ever feel like trying is almost a waste of time because of all the noise? If so, here's a simple solution for you on Twitter. Use the "Mute" feature. Why Mute Twitter Accounts? Twitter gives you a few different options […]