Specialties

  • Bree Brouwer on Choosing Her Freelance Writing Specialty

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 29, 2016
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    Freelance specialization is something I've been passionate about for years. I've said it before to new freelance writers, and I'll probably say it countless times again, but: "Clients don't pay top freelance writing rates because you can string sentences together; they pay the best rates when you bring valuable knowledge and insight to the table." That's why specialists often earn […]
  • Wendy Komancheck on Choosing Her Freelance Writing Specialty

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 7, 2016
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    Recently we've been looking at the issue of specialization for freelance writers. John Soares and I covered the issue on the podcast, and we kicked off a blog series where freelance writers talk about their own specialties, how they market themselves, and how new freelancers can do the same. Today we're going to continue with that series with landscape writer, Wendy Komancheck. […]
  • 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 […]
  • 38 Websites and Blogs That Pay Writers $100 Per Article and More (Updated for 2015)

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 27, 2015
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    How would you like to earn $100 per blog post? You can earn that and more writing online if you know where to look. While I often point out that the best gigs are rarely advertised, that doesn't mean you can't find some public gems out there. That's where this list comes in. Updated for 2015 with 14 new markets (11 of the […]
  • 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 […]
  • Freelance Ghostwriting for Businesses (Podcast)

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 19, 2015
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    Episode 9 of the All Indie Writers Podcast is now up. You can listen below or check out the show notes on the episode's page. I'd like to thank Cathy Miller of Simply Stated Business. She joins me as the guest co-host for this episode. We chat about freelance ghostwriting for businesses, including the benefits of it, how you can […]
  • Your USP: Stand Out From the Freelance Writing Crowd

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 4, 2015
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    If you want to move beyond low paying freelance writing jobs, you need a solid marketing strategy. Where many writers go wrong is putting all of their attention on marketing tactics -- using social networks, guest posting, or writing query letters for example. While tactics are important, you can never use them to their full potential if you don't have an underlying […]
  • Reader Question: When English Isn’t Your First Language

    By Jennifer Mattern on December 3, 2014
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    Today I'd like to tackle a reader question from Evgeni Puzankov related to selling writing to English-language publications when English isn't your first language. Can you do so successfully? "The question that plagues me throughout my adult life is whether one can actually make it in anglophone writing biz, while not being a native. I'm Russian and still live here. […]
  • Get The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Quality Online Content by Alicia Rades

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 17, 2014
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    Everyone thinks they can write for the web these days. But not everyone can do it well. Freelance blogger, Alicia Rades, is an exception. I've been a fan of her style since her own blog first came to my attention. And she was a guest earlier this year at All Indie Writers. Read Alicia's "Discover the 6 Variables to the […]
  • Want to be a Well-Paid Freelance Blogger? Do These 3 Things

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 28, 2014
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    Are you tired of competing with countless other bloggers for every advertised gig you find? Do you wish you could reliably earn $100, $200, $500, or even more per article as a freelance blogger? If you’re looking to build a more stable and higher-paying freelance blogging career, you can. Opportunities are practically endless, if you know how to look and how to […]