Freelance Writing Life

  • Why I’m Going Back to My Maiden Name

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 4, 2016
    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
    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 Can Writers Protect Personal Information Online?

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 18, 2015
    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 […]
  • What are Your Freelancing Pros and Cons?

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 9, 2015
    For this week's short share, I have an infographic for freelancers. This one looks at some of the pros and cons of freelancing, and it was presented by While this was published back in 2013, I'm curious if you see if your own freelance careers are reflected in the data. Which side do you fall on? Did you get […]
  • 4 Tips for Dealing With Client Call Anxiety as a Freelancer

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 11, 2015
    Note: This post is my first audio post. You can listen to the audio version at the end of the post. In the near future, you'll be able to access this and other audio posts, along with the All Indie Writers Podcast, by visiting Lately I've been chatting with KeriLynn Engel about her freelance writing business, and the issue of […]
  • "Get a Real Job" and Other Freelance Buzz Kills

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 9, 2014
    Ah, the joys of working as a freelance writer. You get to work from home, spend the day in your pajamas, have no boss looking over your shoulder, watch soaps in the middle of the afternoon, run errands whenever you feel like it, and to top it off everybody respects you. Yeah. And then you wake up. It's funny how […]
  • Looking After Your Health While Working From Home

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 12, 2014
    I've had a rough couple of days this week. It started Sunday night. Between now and then I've had restless nights, fluttering feelings, a bit of lightheadedness, and a variety of other symptoms. By Monday morning I was imagining the worst. My husband worked from home that day just in case I decided to go into the hospital to get […]
  • Working Weekends

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 2, 2014
    This feels about right on a working weekend (preparing just in case we lose power in tomorrow's big snow storm). This is from Yo Prinzel at Visit her post if you'd like to share it with your readers. Credit: Profitable Freelancer--Freelancing is out--profitlancing is in
  • Why I Love Freelancing: Reminders

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 3, 2014
    As the day quickly passes by, I realize that I've spent most of it staring out the two huge windows that sit in front of my desk. The snow has been falling since the early morning hours, and I've watched it go from a dusting to at least half a foot so far. I love watching the snow fall. It's […]
  • The Greatest Things About This Freelancing Gig

    By Rebecca Garland on April 25, 2013
    I’m a teacher. I chose to be a teacher, and I continue to teach because I enjoy the challenge and the rewards of the profession. But there are always downsides, and in this season of assessment testing and stress, I was thinking today about my other job. I’m a freelance writer. I chose to start writing and to continue this […]