Reputation and Credibility

Creating A Professional Image As A Freelance Writer

Creating A Professional Image As A Freelance Writer

As a freelance writer, one of the biggest challenges you face is setting yourself apart from everyone else. There are lots of amateurs out there who claim to be professional writers – so unless you show your potential clients that you are serious, you’re not going to stand out from the crowd. There are a number of effective ways to do this, and some can actually save you time and money. Image source Appearing professional starts with the quotation that you give to your client. Don’t just write an email that explains how wonderful you are – instead, invest the [Read more…]

Rights, Lou Reed and Susan Boyle

Rights, Lou Reed and Susan Boyle

I’m not celebrity-obsessed.  I’m barely celebrity-interested.  As such, excuse me if this rundown of recent events lacks the feel of a well-written gossip column. There is a television show called America’s Got Talent, which is a US-based knock-off of a show called Britain’s Got Talent. Former Britain’s Got Talent runner-up, Susan Boyle, was supposed to appear on America’s Got Talent.  She was planning to sing Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day”. A few hours before Boyle’s planned performance, the folks at America’s Got Talent learned that Lou Reed refused to grant permission to sing his song. Susan Boyle found the news very [Read more…]

Should I Write for Free?

Should I Write for Free?

There is a huge debate about whether or not writers should write for free.  My thoughts about writing for free are rooted in my background as a marketer and an entire field of marketing called content marketing that companies are desperately trying to understand and integrate with social media and traditional marketing tactics and strategies. To me, writing for free and allowing that content to be published on websites and in media that will help build awareness, recognition, and loyalty to a brand equates to free advertising.  Rather than investing hundreds or thousands of dollars into advertising placement and creative, [Read more…]

A Little Help from My Freelance Writing Friends…

A Little Help from My Freelance Writing Friends...

I guess I'm extending an invitation with this post. It's an invitation to operate on a more sincere level than others might sometimes use. It's an invitation to provide something of value to others--to really make human contact. That's not just because you'll have someone to hit up when you confront an issue. It's also because you'll be able to help other people when they need it.

5 WordPress Themes for Freelance Writer Websites

5 WordPress Themes for Freelance Writer Websites

Every freelance writer should have a website, and building a website using WordPress.org is perfect for making your life easy, boosting search engine optimization efforts, and looking great. What’s the first thing people do when they receive your query letter, resume, or email?  They Google you.  You need to make sure your website, blog, Facebook profile, Twitter profile, and every other online touchpoint accurately reflects who you are and what you can do for potential employers and clients.  Ultimately, all roads should lead back to your core branded online destination — your website. How do you find a great WordPress [Read more…]

Eight Ways for Freelance Writers to Become Famous on the Web

Eight Ways for Freelance Writers to Become Famous on the Web

You want a presence. Gravitas. Authority. Whatever. You want people to find you. You want them to know who you are. You have your reasons. They're probably related to maintaining a sufficient balance in your checking account. So, how are you going to do it? How are you going to go from being just another of 13,397,988 freelance writers to Famous You? Here are a few models to consider.

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