Freelance Writing

  • Quick Tip: Sort and Filter for Easier Email Management

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 30, 2015
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    A frequent productivity complaint of writers is that social media can become a big distraction from their writing. That hasn't been an issue for me recently. But something else has: email. Today is my first day back to work after about a week off. It wasn't planned time off. I simply decided to take some personal time, after clearing up […]
  • Are Freelance Industry Bloggers Stupid? Elance / Upwork Seems to Think So

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 9, 2015
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    It's days like these I wish I hadn't retired Naked PR. If you don't already know, I used to own a small PR firm, where I was an early specialist in online public relations and social media consulting (before everyone under the sun started thinking they were qualified to call themselves that). Naked PR was my blog where I had […]
  • A Writers Worth Month Round-up

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 1, 2015
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    Did you miss any of last month's Writers Worth Month posts over on Lori Widmer's Words on the Page blog? No worries. You can find links to all posts in the series below. Check out Lori's site in general. She offers great advice to newer writers all year long. I'm a particular fan of her "This Job, Not That Job" […]
  • How Do You Motivate Yourself to Write?

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 28, 2015
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    It doesn't matter how experienced of a writer you are. You're bound to feel unmotivated every now and then. Sometimes you can plow through these periods. But at other times you'll need to find ways to get excited about your projects again. I'm like any other writer in this regard. I have good days and bad days. Sometimes a lack […]
  • 5 Useful Scrivener Keyboard Shortcuts for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 27, 2015
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    Scrivener is a wonderful tool for writers. You can use it to write a novel or nonfiction book. You can use it to format your writing as an e-book. You can even use Scrivener for blogging. That said, Scrivener can also be a complicated tool to use. I doubt I even know half of what it can do. It's one […]
  • 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. […]
  • 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 -- […]
  • 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 […]