How to Be More Successful in 2014: Lean In to Your Writing Career

Yeah, I know. Lean In was so last year. But there are great lessons in there for writers as we enter 2014 with clear eyes and full hearts. We really can’t lose. Just Apply One of the biggest lessons I learned in Lean In was that women only apply for job postings if they feel […]

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Crowdsourcing My New Book

As many of you know, I am moving in to the final stages of my forthcoming book, Moonlighting Manners. To make sure I cover the needs of employees who moonlight (or who are considering it out of financial or creative needs) and the businesses they work for, I need some help. Please share this post […]

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How the Adobe Creative Cloud Can Help Writers Earn More Money

Do you have design skills? Do you wish you could market those skills? Or do you have a client who wants you to design their brochure or postcard — not just write it? The cost of buying a full suite of design tools for just one job might put you off and make you think […]

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What’s in an Email Address? Send the Right Message with a Professional Mailto Link

One of the services I provide is email newsletters. In managing newsletters and lists for different clients, I have come across a variety of email addresses. Some are great, but some send a very unprofessional image. I get the desire for a cutesy handle. And I know that sometimes you create a personal email address […]

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Set Goals Now To Earn More Money in 2013

Right now, you’re probably just thinking about how to get through the holidays. But, you’ve got a whole bright, shiny year looming just around the corner. Now is the time to set some annual goals to make 2013 the best year for your writing business. Start Big What is your dream income goal? $20K? $50K? […]

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Journalists Need to Provide Context

Many news organizations seem to be waiting for “citizen journalism” to take over so that they no longer have to pay for content and its creators. Sorry, but unless we really decline to the levels seen in Idiocracy, it’s not going to happen. Candid video and photos will continue to play a role in news, […]

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Do You Fear the Phone? Remember, an Interview Is Just a Conversation

On so many sites and writer forums, I see new freelancers expressing fear over calling sources to interview them for articles. I get it. I don’t always like to talk on the phone with people I don’t know. And email seems so easy when you are working across time zones, as I frequently do. But […]

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Digital Recorders Will Help You Capture Your Article and Story Ideas

I spend a lot of time in the car. And I frequently listen to webinars and audiobooks which spark ideas. In the past, I have done things like grab a scrap of paper and a pen to write them before they left my head. I have even used my cell phone to text an idea […]

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Are You a Well-Rounded Writer?

My musical tastes tend to be somewhat limited. So I used to be amazed when I hear someone in my favorite genre listening to an artists like Eminem. Or when I hear a cover of a classic country song by a band I like. Later I learned that most musicians love music of all types. […]

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Use Technology Tools to Keep Track of Your Expert Sources

Last week, I talked about the importance of taking good care of your sources so that you can book higher-paying gigs through your extensive network and so that you can write faster because you don’t have to hunt down sources. Taking care of them is all fine and good, but you have to keep track […]

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