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Shocking Tales of Unexpected Success

Shocking Tales of Unexpected Success

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An Interview with Dan Schawbel – Author of Me 2.0

An Interview with Dan Schawbel - Author of Me 2.0

I was fortunate enough to have international best selling author and personal branding expert, Dan Schawbel, write the forward for my book that’s coming out next month, 30-Minute Social Media Marketing.  The second edition of Dan’s incredibly popular book, Me 2.0, comes out this week.  You can read his bio at the end of this post which demonstrates just how well Dan knows what he’s talking about! I spent a few minutes with him discussing how freelance writers can build their own personal brands in order to build their businesses.  Dan’s insightful answers to my questions are included below.  Be [Read more…]

The Harry Potter Franchise

The Harry Potter Franchise

Since the first Harry Potter book was released in June 30, 1997, the series has received an interesting mixture of acclaim and criticism.  From a single book, the franchise has expanded to seven novels and six movies (the seventh one is due to be released before the end of the year).  The first few novels received heaps of praise from critics, but the fifth installment seemed to attract more negative reviews. In spite of the criticism, the Harry Potter franchise can be considered one of the most successful in history.  In fact, it has made author J.K. Rowling the only [Read more…]

A Post Mortem on Book Writing

A Post Mortem on Book Writing

I feel like I cheated a little.  Even though I still consider myself a “newbie” writer in the grand scheme of things, and although I put in some sweat equity  in to querying for high quality freelance writing jobs, most people don’t come out of that with a print book deal early on in their career.  I thought I might share some thoughts after-the-fact about how I feel having a print book in my name published by a publisher, not self-published. By the way, this isn’t a diatribe on how to decide whether to self-publish or not.  We’ll save that [Read more…]

How to Profit from a Free Service

How to Profit from a Free Service

When I began this blog (and eventual network) it wasn’t to make a profit. It wasn’t even to provide a free service. It was to share some writing opportunities with other work at home moms. As the Freelance Writing Jobs community grew, I began to think about ways to earn money while still being able to provide a free service. Many people urged me to turn this into a paying subscription based service but I didn’t for two reasons: I knew our community could go elsewhere and find the same information on their own for free. I knew most of [Read more…]

Freelance Writing: The Early Years

Freelance Writing: The Early Years

Shared with permission: Dear Deborah, I have a confession to make. I Googled you to learn more about you and your “early years.” I can’t find much about you save for online articles and your blog.  I’m interested in learning more about the beginning of your writing career, how you juggled a full time job while you were starting out and when you knew it was time to quit your day job. Thank you for your blog. You and your colleagues provide a valuable resource. Sincerely, Loretta M. I asked Loretta if I could respond to her email publicly because [Read more…]

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