• Quick Tip for Bloggers: Use Notepad ++

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 1, 2015 in Blog Management
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    I was contacted several days ago by a fellow freelance writer and blogger. He was having problems on his WordPress site where his theme was no longer compatible with the WordPress core. It caused elements of his site to disappear. Another colleague pointed him in my direction, and thankfully I was able to find a patch. The problem? The patch was

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  • No. You Don’t Have to “Write Every Day.”

    There's one kind of blog post I dread seeing in my feed reader. They're the blog posts that sport headlines like "The ONE Thing You Need to do to Become a Successful Writer" or "The Best Writing Advice You'll Ever Get." Why do I dread these kinds of posts? Well, other than the obnoxiously gimmicky clickbait titles they tend to

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  • 5 Free Scrivener Templates

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 26, 2015 in Writers' Resources
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    If you've been following this blog for a while you might have seen some of my free Scrivener templates. Unfortunately those are a bit scattered throughout the blog, and I've had a couple of folks this week email me trying to find one of my blogging templates and another reader asked for recommendations about mystery templates without realizing I'd released

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  • Quick Tip: Write Blog Posts Faster with Formatting Shortcuts

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 25, 2015 in Blog Writing Styles
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    WordPress 4.3 was recently released, and if you haven't upgraded yet you should. It has a great new feature for writers, helping you write blog posts faster while spending less time formatting your content. When we talked about using Scrivener for blogging, I shared a free Markdown cheat sheet with you. Markdown lets you use simple formatting shortcuts as you

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  • Quick Tip for Indie Authors: Create Your Own Media List

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 18, 2015 in Book Marketing & PR
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    If you've ever distributed a press release to promote one of your books, chances are you did it wrong. It's not your fault if you did. I've seen all the nonsense authors are exposed to online. This ranges from claims that press releases never work unless you're already famous (utter BS) to "advice" that equates to spamming your press release to

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  • Quick Tip: Stop Manually Inserting Ads Into Blog Posts

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 11, 2015 in Blog Monetization
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    If you run a blog as an income stream, chances are that you've at least tried to earn some advertising revenue. But managing ads on your blog can involve a big time investment. Fortunately you don't have to manually insert ad code in every blog post. Occasionally this makes sense, like when you want to insert an affiliate ad that's relevant only

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  • Free Goal & Task Tracker Worksheet

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 5, 2015 in Writers' Resources
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    It's August. Seriously. When did that happen? Normally by now I've completed a detailed mid-year evaluation and posted my quarterly check-in on the blog. Whoops! Actually, it was less a simple oversight and more an issue of reorganization. By mid-July, I knew a few things weren't working out as planned, so I decided to make some changes. The usual mid-year check-in was

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  • Keep Your Inbox Cleaner with This Quick Tip

    Do you ever start work on Monday mornings feeling suffocated by your email inbox? That's how I felt yesterday morning. I receive a lot of email every day, including on the weekends. But this weekend I received a couple thousand extras beyond my norm, and I never poked my head in to stay on top of it (not that I should

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

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 28, 2015 in Networking

    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

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  • Review of The Freelancer Planner

    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

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