Where are You in Your Freelance Writing Career?

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Earlier this week, I asked Freelance Writing Jobs readers to tell me what you want to read about on this site in the future (you can take the poll here).  Today, I’d like to get to know the Freelance Writing Jobs readers a bit better, so I can tailor future content to best meet your needs. Please take the poll below and feel free to leave a comment to share more details about where you are in your writing career. What level are you at in your freelance writing career?online surveys

What Do You Want to Read About on Freelance Writing Jobs?

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Before I start publishing content on Freelance Writing Jobs, I want to hear from you to find out what you want to read about on this site in the future.  There are so many aspects to the world of freelance writing, but I’d like to start my journey with all of you by focusing on some of your hot topics. With that in mind, please take the poll below and tell me what you want to see on Freelance Writing Jobs! Note: you can select multiple answers in this poll. What do you want to read more about on Freelance [Read more…]

Introducing the Personal Life of Susan Gunelius

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Since I’ve introduced my professional and writing lives, it’s time to tell the Freelance Writing Jobs community a bit about my personal life.  I don’t usually talk much about my personal life online, but when it comes to building a career as a writer, I think I’m a good example of the expression if I can do it, anyone can in action. So here goes… I grew up in New Jersey and as you already know, pursued a corporate career in marketing when I received my undergraduate degree in 1993.  I met my husband in 1995, and we were married [Read more…]

Introducing the Writing Life of Susan Gunelius

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As a follow up to my post yesterday, Introducing the Professional Life of Susan Gunelius, today I’m going to share my writing life with the Freelance Writing Jobs community, so you can get to know me better. Here goes… Like most writers, I have always loved to write.  I’d rather take an essay test in school than multiple choice any day of the week.  English was a natural choice for my minor in college, and when I started my corporate marketing career, writing became a key part of my role.  It was through my work in Corporate America that I [Read more…]

Introducing the Professional Life of Susan Gunelius

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Hello to the Freelance Writing Jobs community!  I’m very happy to be a part of a network that Deb Ng led so successfully, and I hope I can do it justice in the future. I’ve known Deb for years — since we were both writing for Know More Media back in 2007.  Our paths have crossed many times since then — writing for b5media and later when I took over writing for About.com as the Guide to Blogging as Deb’s successor. It’s amazing how our paths are crossing again since Splashpress Media purchased Freelance Writing Jobs from Deb last month.  [Read more…]

Goodbye, Friends

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Today is the day I’m handing over the keys to the kingdom to Splashpress Media. In case you weren’t aware of this, I sold Freelance Writing Jobs and today is the last day under my ownership. I’ve had 30 days to think about this transaction and while I still believe it’s for the best, it’s also strange and sad knowing that FWJ will no longer be mine. I wrote this post in my head about twelve times in the past few days but it’s not coming out like I intended. I thought about writing about the lessons I learned as [Read more…]

Goodbye, Friends

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Today is the day I’m handing over the keys to the kingdom to Splashpress Media. In case you weren’t aware of this, I sold Freelance Writing Jobs and today is the last day under my ownership. I’ve had 30 days to think about this transaction and while I still believe it’s for the best, it’s also strange and sad knowing that FWJ will no longer be mine. I wrote this post in my head about twelve times in the past few days but it’s not coming out like I intended. I thought about writing about the lessons I learned as [Read more…]

Copyright 101 for Freelance Writers at the Writer’s Success Resource Center

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The Writing Success Resource Center is a joint venture between FWJ and Poewar, and sponsored by Demand Studios. Today’s addition to the series is by Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today and is called Copyright 101 for Freelance Writers. Jonathan covers the basics and tells you everything you need to know about writing for the web. The article is in FAQ form so you can find the questions and answers you’re looking for without a lot of digging around I hope you enjoy!

Freelance Writing Jobs Sold to Splashpress Media

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When I began the Freelance Writing Jobs blog five years ago, it was a fun hobby. I enjoyed trolling the Internet for job leads each morning and sharing with my fellow freelancers. For me, it was a relaxing way to enjoy my first cup of coffee. In those days, I woke at 4:00 a.m. to find leads as my then three year old son was too high maintenance to allow me to get stuff done during regular business hours. You really have to love what you do to get up that early. FWJ surprised me by becoming a popular resource [Read more…]

I said I woudn’t do this: My (first) list of Thank Yous

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When I made the announcement the other day that I was selling FWJ, I said I wouldn’t be doing a long laundry list of thank you’s. It’s not that I’m ungrateful, but rather, I’m afraid of forgetting someone. However, after thinking on it for a couple of days, I decided I do want to do a list of thank you’s to the people who have encouraged, supported or inspired me. I hope I don’t forget anyone, but if I do I would like to reserve the right to add them in later. These are the people have changed my life [Read more…]

The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Passive Income

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Thursday Bram wrote a wonderful ebook about something we’ve been discussing here for years. Freelance writers absolutely can make an excellent living earning passive income. That is, earning an income with your own stuff over time. The ebook is called “The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Passive Income” and is chock filled with tips and ways to earn money from ebooks, courses, blogs, niche sites and more. The biggest benefit to earning a passive income is that you’re keeping everything your projects earn and eventually you can let go of client gigs. Thursday’s ebook discusses how to find time to create [Read more…]

Freelance Writers and Typo Paranoia

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The freelance writing community is getting a little paranoid. I find I can’t hold a casual online conversation with someone without that person apologizing for typos or errors. It’s getting a little silly. Excellent writers are posting thought provoking comments on blogs and in forums,  and then turn around and post again apologizing for typos most others wouldn’t have noticed in the first place. Relax, people. You’re human. You’re allowed to make mistakes. When Freelance Writers Should Mind Their Typos The purpose of this post isn’t to say we shouldn’t be diligent about our writing and do our best to [Read more…]

The Freelance Writing Jobs Facebook Page: Are You a Member?

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Every day at the Freelance Writing Jobs Facebook page we share tips and have a little fun with words. We discuss our pet peeves or share hints for freelance writing success. We even have fun with writing prompts. If you’re on Facebook and you’re not “liking” us, consider joining up. Today our community is writing a one paragraph story and the winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Even if wordplay isn’t your thing, stop by and visit with the 2,300+ members of the Freelance Writing Jobs community. They’re a great bunch and ever so helpful. Be there or [Read more…]

Will Casual Blogging Conversation Be the Death of Formal Article Writing?

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A couple of days ago I wondered if it’s OK for freelance writing bloggers to talk like they speak. After all, blogging is a much more casual form of writing than what most of us are used to.  While some purists don’t always appreciate a conversational tone when reading the news or learning about vitamin supplements, the truth is, that’s where we’re headed. The Internet has turned writers into bloggers and everything is all so ultra-cas now. Writing for Short Attention Spans Look around at your favorite news, medical and even government sites and what do you see? News sites [Read more…]

Limerick Contest Winner Announced

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I know. I know. Despite about a kajillion email reminders and Twitter prompts, we still haven’t announced a winner for our Freelance Writing Jobs Limerick contest. The truth is, we chose one a couple of weeks ago but things have been so crazy we’re just annoucing today. And the winner is…. (drumroll…) Marvin Rabinovich who wrote this fun ditty: You should realize my lance is not free, And for writing I must charge a fee. It’s by meeting your deadlines I keep off the breadlines, So please pay your part-time employee. Marvin, if you get to me before I get [Read more…]

How to Place and View Freelance Writing Job Ads

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Please see the new Freelance Writing Jobs Ad Submission Form. We bring Freelance Writing Jobs to you two different ways. The first is the daily jobs list. We troll the freelance writing jobs boards and post the best gigs for you on our Freelance Writing Jobs for Web and Print page. The second way is when clients email gigs for me to manually place in a stand alone blog post on the same blog. The problem with the second option is that gigs are emailed to me and I post them directly to the blog. This isn’t working. Potential clients [Read more…]

How to Place (and View) Freelance Writing Job Ads

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We bring Freelance Writing Jobs to you two different ways. The first is the daily jobs list. We troll the freelance writing jobs boards and post the best gigs for you on our Freelance Writing Jobs for Web and Print page. The second way is when clients email gigs for me to manually place in a stand alone blog post on the same blog. The problem with the second option is that gigs are emailed to me and I post them directly to the blog. This isn’t working. Potential clients have to wait too long for me to get to [Read more…]

7 Free Word Count Tools

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Even though most word processing and blogging platforms contain word count tools, the truth is, they’re not always accurate or convenient. In a business where every word counts, being able to get it right makes all the difference.  Today, I’d like to share a few free word count tracking tools with you. Hopefully they’ll make your life a little easier. WordCounterTool.com – Not only gives you your word and character count, but you can also take a typing test to find out your WPM. Wisgary – I love this word count tool because it not only counts words, it counts [Read more…]

If I’m a “Thought Leader” You’re All in Trouble

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The other day I was introduced as a “thought leader.”  As you can imagine, I was flattered, but I was also confused and amused. I was confused because I’m still not so sure what it means to be a thought leader, and I was amused because if I’m the one leading your thoughts you’re all in a lot of trouble. I’ve been hearing this term “thought leader” for some time now, but never really sat down to explore what it means before today. Heck, I have some time. What is a Thought Leader, Anyway? As everyone knows, Google holds the [Read more…]

What Happens When You Rebel?

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I’ve been watching “America: The Story of Us” on the History Channel.  Whenever I watch a documentary or read about America’s Founding Fathers, I reflect on what was at stake at the time. I don’t know how many Americans consider the magnitude of the danger involved in this major act of rebellion. Every single signer of the Declaration of Independence committed an act of high treason. If caught, they’d be hung or shot on sight. Many sacrifices were made on our behalf, yet we don’t often think about the gory details as they’re too unpleasant and seems as if it [Read more…]

The Freelance Writing Jobs Network: Some Numbers for You

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I’m kind of proud at the rate at which the Freelance Writing Jobs Network has been growing lately. I thought it would be fun to share some numbers with you: The Freelance Writing Jobs  blog (that’s this one) boasts over 10,000 RSS Readers. Add in subscribers from all the individual blogs in this network and we have over 13,000 subscribers. The Freelance Writing Jobs Facebook “Like” Group now boasts over 2,000 subscribers. Each day we receive over 5,000 physical visitors to the Freelance Writing Jobs network. The Freelance Writing Jobs Community Newsletter boasts over 1,000 subscribers. Thank you to all [Read more…]

10,000+ Subscribers: Thank You FWJ Community

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Yesterday the Freelance Writing Jobs blog received it’s 10,000th subscriber. With our 5th anniversary right around the corner, I can’t tell you how much this milestone means to me, and to the entire FWJ team.  That number only reflects one blog, this one. Factoring in all the blogs in the FWJ network and we’re at roughly about 12,000 subscribers. Blogging has been an interesting journey with important lessons learned. Thank you FWJ community for enjoying what we do enough to want to read us each day and for your support and loyalty for five years.

There’s Still Time to Write Your Limerick

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The Freelance Writing Jobs Limerick contest is still going on. Drop by and add your Limerick for a chance to win $50 and a copy of “Kick Ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps.” Even if you’re not into writing a limerick, we hope you’ll drop by and read the entries. Many are quite clever.

Freelance Writing Jobs Now Available as Droid App – iPhone to Follow

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Thanks to the team at Mother App, the Freelance Writing Jobs network is now available as a Droid App. The App features the daily job list, standalone jobs posted here and blog posts from the home page. It’s free to download. I did see one little glitch, instead of posting a thumbnail from FWJ, one of advertisers’ images is showing, but hopefully that will be resolved soon. If you have a Droid and download the Freelance Writing Jobs app, please let us know your thoughts and how it works for you. We’re also working on an iPhone app so please [Read more…]

Stephen King on Writing and More

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A sampling of writing advice from Stephen King. Why not learn from the best? We’ve posted Stephen King’s advice to new writers before, but new and old members of this community will benefit from my posting it again. On what makes a good read:

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