Freelance Writing

  • An Early 2016 Mid-Year Writing Check-In (And Why You Should Do One Too)

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 2, 2016
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    We're coming up on the midpoint of 2016. That means it's a great time to reflect on our progress thus far. Most years I share my writing goals and resolutions with readers around January and then post a mid-year check-in around early July. This year I conducted my mid-year check-in early. And I highly recommend you do the same. Why Conduct […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Why I’m Going Back to My Maiden Name

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 4, 2016
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    Update: As of May 6, 2016, I've finished this process and my name is officially and legally "Jennifer Mattern" again. Chances are good you've only ever known me as "Jenn Mattern." But that's not my legal name, and it hasn't been since 2012 when I got married. Soon that will change. I've decided to go back to my maiden name. On […]
  • How I Prevented a Chronic Health Condition From Ruining My Writing Career

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 26, 2016
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    Frequent migraines. Feeling weak and ice cold most of the time. Severe insomnia. Significant, and sudden, weight gain. Constant pain. Multiple miscarriages, and the emotional baggage that comes with each one. Ongoing exhaustion so bad I could barely drag myself out of bed for months. That was just a small sampling of my own personal hell for a few years. […]
  • How You Can be a More Prolific Writer – No Superpowers Needed

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 11, 2016
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    A friend and member of the All Indie Writers community contacted me recently with a question about being a more prolific writer and balancing multiple writing ambitions. She asked to remain anonymous but agreed to let me share her question here in the hopes my answer might help someone else in a similar predicament. Here's the gist: This is a […]