Freelance Writing

  • 24 Hours to a More Successful Freelance Writing Career

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 20, 2015
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    Freelance writing is largely about the big picture. As you gain experience and build your professional reputation and visibility over time, you earn more money and freelancing becomes a more stable income source. That said, the big picture doesn't motivate everybody. Sometimes you need to see changes now to convince yourself to even stick with this freelancing thing. If that […]
  • Quick Tip: Pursue International Freelance Writing Clients

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 7, 2015
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    I can't remember where I read it now -- maybe on a blog, maybe on Reddit. But a few days ago I saw someone complaining about international freelancers. In this case they were talking about freelance development work and all of the competition they faced from overseas. This is something I see all the time. But then the conversation flipped. […]
  • Reader Question: Where Freelance Writers Can Find Publications

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 30, 2015
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    Today's reader question comes from Leigh Schrom: "Where do you locate publications that accept freelance work? Is the "Writer's Market" the best source?" Writer's Market is a source, and certainly a place you can start. But while it looks extensive as far as writer's market directories go, the markets there still only represent a small portion of publications that work with freelance writers. […]
  • Reader Question: How Much Should Freelance Writers Charge?

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 16, 2015
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    When you're just getting started as a freelance writer, the issue of rates can be a tricky one. How much should you charge? Should you bill hourly, per word, per project, or under some other rate structure? Should rates vary depending on the type of project? Today's reader question is along these lines. This new freelancer, who asked not to […]
  • Weekend Reading: Writer’s Block

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 13, 2015
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    Ah, writer's block -- the writer's nemesis. I'll let you in on a little secret. I don't really believe in writer's block. It's not a "thing." It's an excuse. It's an excuse I've used, but that doesn't make it any more of a thing. I'm never short on ideas. So when I claim to feel "blocked" it means something a bit different. […]
  • What is a Freelance Writer Platform?

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 10, 2015
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    I'm a guest today at Alicia Rades' Freelancer FAQs blog, where I answer the questions: "What is a freelance writer platform?" and "Do I need one?" If you're a new or aspiring freelance writer and those questions have ever crossed your mind, I urge you to check out the guest post. You'll find: A basic explanation of writer platforms, as […]
  • 5 Stupid Excuses Freelance Writers Make for Not Reaching Their Goals

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 9, 2015
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    When you work as a freelancer, sometimes you'll struggle to reach your goals. But one of the most destructive things you can do when that happens is make excuses. Yet freelance writers makes excuses all the time to justify their lack of success in one area or another. After all, that's easier than taking responsibility and making changes. Today let's […]
  • Turn Your Blog Posts Into an E-book With the Anthologize WordPress Plugin

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 5, 2015
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    Did you know that you can turn your old blog posts into a .pdf e-book you can sell or give away to help build your email list? Right within WordPress? At least with the Anthologize plugin you can. This plugin lets you choose key blog posts and then group them into e-book sections before exporting. Now, it's not a perfect […]
  • Quick Tip: Move Scrivener Documents to Word

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 3, 2015
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    This week's quick tip comes from a question I received from Cathy Miller (my most recent guest co-host for the writers' podcast). Cathy's thinking about making the move to Scrivener for freelance writing projects. But she'd heard from another writer that Scrivener projects don't convert to Word well, especially when tables are involved. And most clients expect projects delivered in […]
  • 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Freelance Writing Niche

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 3, 2015
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    It's no secret to experienced freelance writers that having a specialty can simplify marketing and lead to much higher paying gigs. , especially those in higher-end pro level markets. It's your specialized knowledge that lets them help clients brand themselves as authorities in their fields. Now some freelance pros specialize in types of writing rather than topics, or niches, such as an […]