Freelance Writing

  • 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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    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 numerous occasions, I've talked with other female entrepreneurs who were facing the same decision. That's what I'd like to do […]
  • 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 […]
  • Why You’ll Fail at Freelancing if You Suck at Math

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 6, 2016
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    This post was originally published on Yolander Prinzel's blog in 2014. It was relocated to All Indie Writers when that blog was shut down.  When you decided to become a freelance writer, you probably didn't think those old math classes would come in handy. It turns out they will. I hope you paid attention. Not understanding basic math can cost […]
  • 7 Unconventional Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 25, 2016
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    Most freelance writers have probably browsed job boards or market listings looking for clients. But those advertised jobs don't usually represent the best opportunities available to you. While what I normally suggest is building a writer platform to help clients come to you (what I often refer to as "query-free freelancing"), today I want to look at some more proactive, […]
  • 3 Things Writers Should Rethink in the New Year

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 5, 2016
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    Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is off to a great start for all of you. I'm excited to be back to work. There's something about the fresh slate of a new year that ignites a fire under me to tackle big things. Even if you don't have big projects planned, now is a great time to make other tweaks […]