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Creating Your Own Freelance Writing Gigs

Creating Your Own Freelance Writing Gigs

I believe that one reason writers aren't in higher demand is our collective shortcoming in marketing our gifts and their value. We have a tendency to wait until people see a need for us when we should be telling them why we're so damned valuable. When you're rainmaking, that's exactly what you're doing.

PR Newswire Launches ProfNet Connect

PR Newswire Launches ProfNet Connect

PR Newswire’s ProfNet service has been around since 1992 and made it easy for writers to find expert sources for quotes, interviews, and more.  Now, ProfNet Connect has launched and replaces the ProfNets Expert Database.  It’s still free to join (either as a writer seeking sources or as an expert), and offers a more interactive approach to connecting experts and journalists. With ProfNet Connect, you can search for experts and communicate directly with them through messages, forum posts, and blogs.  Expert profiles include a lot more information than they did during the ProfNets Expert Database days.  For example, a profile [Read more…]

The Secret Life of a Freelance Writer

The Secret Life of a Freelance Writer

I have a secret day/night life, too.  Mine doesn't rival the Angel story and it isn't as fun as Giddens' tale. Sometimes, in the evening, I write things that pay next to nothing.  And I do it just for fun.

Separation, Integration and Working as a Freelance Writer: My Peas are Touching My Meat (and it’s Good)

Separation, Integration and Working as a Freelance Writer:  My Peas are Touching My Meat (and it's Good)

I realized that I don’t really want a separation between the professional and the personal. I don’t want regular hours, a regimented schedule or a sign on the door of my basement office. Screw separation. I want integration.

Freelance Writers and Typo Paranoia

Freelance Writers and Typo Paranoia

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…]

(Mis)Communication in the Social Media Age

(Mis)Communication in the Social Media Age

I miss the pre-social media world sometimes, back then ignorance was bliss. Communicating Back Then Growing up in the 70’s meant no cell phones or Netbooks. We sent all our correspondences via snail mail and any phone calls came to the house or office. Most of us had one phone in our homes, but some of the more well off families had extensions upstairs, and even separate phones for the kids. No one ever called during dinner hours or after 9:00. We received our news from newspapers, magazines or one of a half dozen television stations and always had to [Read more…]

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