Freelance Writing

  • 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" […]
  • 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 […]
  • What are Your Freelancing Pros and Cons?

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 9, 2015
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    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 GraphicDesignDegreeHub.com. 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 […]
  • How to Quickly Find Advertised Freelance Writing Jobs

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 7, 2015
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    "The best freelance writing jobs are almost never publicly advertised." This is something I've pointed out countless times over the years. Yet one of the biggest questions I get from new writers is "where do I find gigs?" The best gigs aren't usually advertised for a few reasons. Clients already have contacts that can refer qualified writers. They prefer to […]
  • It’s Writer’s Worth Month 2015!

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 1, 2015
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    Every year Lori Widmer of Words on the Page hosts Writer's Worth Month. In Lori's words, the mission of Writer's Worth Month is "to reach freelance writers and help them gain confidence in the value of their skills." In other words, it's about helping you earn more and build a more successful writing business. To do this, Lori features a […]
  • 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 […]