• Relax Melodies – An Awesome Audio App for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 21, 2015
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    This might sound strange. But today I want to recommend an audio app -- more specifically a sleep audio app -- to writers. It's called Relax Melodies, and it's available on both Android and iOS devices. I've been struggling with insomnia recently, working and sleeping rather odd hours. Sleep has been difficult to come by lately, but when I do sleep, […]
  • Quick Tip: Your Freelance Writer Website is for Clients, Not You

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 19, 2015
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    When a client visits your professional website, are they getting the information they want and need? Are benefits of hiring you, as opposed to your competition, clear? Do they leave with enough information to make a hiring decision, or at least feel inclined to contact you? An effective freelance writer website should do those things. Does yours? I previously announced […]
  • How Can Writers Protect Personal Information Online?

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 18, 2015
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    Anonymity online is a hotly debated issue. Is it "wrong" to post anything anonymously because it means you aren't taking responsibility for your words? Or is it an acceptable way of communicating online? And when you work as a writer, is there anything you can do to protect your personal information, whether you choose to write anonymously or not? This […]
  • Publication Rights for Freelance Article Writers (Infographic)

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 17, 2015
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    This week's "short share" is an infographic from Brian Scott and FreelanceWriting.com. It presents common examples of publication rights freelance writers might come across while negotiating contracts. This is important information to know. I meet new writers all the time who assume that copyrights automatically transfer to clients simply because they've paid for the end result. That isn't the case. […]
  • Don’t Fall Victim to These 5 Blogging Myths [Podcast]

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 14, 2015
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    In this week's episode of the All Indie Writers Podcast, I highlight five common blogging myths and misunderstandings new bloggers should look out for. Blogging myths featured in this episode include: You have to post every day, or nearly every day. Every post should be "epic" content, over 2000 words, etc. There's some big difference between "blog posts" and "articles," […]
  • Writers’ Worth Month: Content Mill Conversation with Lori Widmer

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 13, 2015
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    Earlier this year, Lori Widmer stopped by the All Indie Writers Podcast to guest co-host an episode on everyday marketing for freelance writers. Our chat ran long, so some segments had to be cut. That included a ten-minute segment about writing for content mills. We also touched on a simple tactic for finding better gigs and leaving mills behind -- […]
  • Quick Tip: Add Inline Tweets to Your WordPress Posts

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 12, 2015
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    Have you seen bloggers feature tweetable quotes in their posts? If they're using one of the more popular plugins, they probably look like pull quotes. Unfortunately there isn't much variation in design, and blogs using this feature have all started having their tweetable quotes look alike. That's why I previously showed you how you can add your own tweetable quotes, without a […]
  • Reader Question: Turning Past Samples Into New Income Streams

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 11, 2015
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    Last week I received a reader question from Shirley Gazenski. She's in an interesting position -- torn between past samples in three distinct specialty areas. She wanted to know if I had any advice for her, and she agreed to have my feedback posted here in case any other community members find themselves in a similar position. Let's start with […]
  • What are Your Freelancing Pros and Cons?

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 9, 2015
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    For this week's short share, I have an infographic for freelancers. This one looks at some of the pros and cons of freelancing, and it was presented by GraphicDesignDegreeHub.com. While this was published back in 2013, I'm curious if you see if your own freelance careers are reflected in the data. Which side do you fall on? Did you get […]
  • Weekend Reading: Writing Success

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 9, 2015
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    For this week's "weekend reading" collection, let's talk about writing success. What does it take to be a successful writer? What does "writing success" even mean to you? And is success something we ever truly achieve, or will we always crave something more? These questions are tackled in the posts below. Don't forget to leave a comment and share your […]