Let’s face it. Freelance writing is a business, especially if you do it full-time. That means you need to deal with all the aspects of running a business, just like every other company – big or small – does. Depending on your location, this may include: Registering a business name and getting a business permit. Keeping track of expenses and income. Filing taxes, which entails knowing what laws apply and what deductions you can make. Promoting your business. Regarding the last point, there are various ways you can promote your business – blogging, content marketing, social media marketing, and having [Read more…]
It’s been a while since we had a giveaway, hasn’t it? It’s not every day that we come across generous people who want to share their beautiful – and useful – work with others, but Emily of EmDashPaperCo is giving away one of her hand-lettered mini journals. Not only will it be very useful to any writer, it also has a a very apt quote, which I hope will serve as inspiration. Emily runs a store on Etsy. She has an English BA and MA, is an avid reader, and a lover of the written word in all its forms. Doesn’t [Read more…]
Many of you have been working online for quite some time, but I am sure that we also have a good number of readers who are only starting to wade in the freelance waters. Whichever group you belong to, I think that you will benefit a lot from reading Kathleen Krueger’s recently released e-book, “The Fast Track to Freelance Success Online”. Kathleen is one of our readers, and I was made aware of her book when she left a comment a week or so ago, and guess what? She has generously agreed to give away two copies! The title gives [Read more…]
I don’t know about you, but this is one of my favorite quotes from a writer. While I have to be honest and say that I am not a huge Ray Bradbury fan (not because I don’t like his work, but simply because I haven’t had the chance to read much of it), this line just hits home at times. When I saw this mug on Etsy, I had a feeling that some of you guys might want to get your hands on it as well. Not only is the design something we can relate to as writers, the mug [Read more…]
I am sure that I am not alone in feeling nostalgic about the entire experience of putting words on paper (literally) using a typewriter. As a kid, I would alternate between the desire to daintily tap on the keys and the urge to pound away like a crazed writer. It might be a difficult thing to find real typewriters nowadays, but for those of you who have an iPad, here’s the next best thing: miTypewriter. This app turns your iPad into something like the typewriters of old, and while you won’t have the tactile experience, the looks and sounds certainly [Read more…]
I believe that writers need to continue to improve themselves, and one way of doing that is to read, read, and read some more. When it comes to reading, I can read practically anything (except fashion magazines, maybe), but I do love a good fiction book. And speaking of fiction, did you know that we have a published fiction writer in our team at Splashpress Media? Robin Parrish is a journalist, blogger, and author. He contributes to our sister sites ForeverGeek and Apple Gazette. He has been so kind as to offer an electronic copy of his latest novel, Corridor, [Read more…]
What is your most important writing tool? Many years ago, the most common answers would probably have been “notebook” or “notepad” and “pen” or “pencil”. I wouldn’t be surprised if majority of modern answers include laptop, desktop computer, and iPad (or any other tablet for that matter). This is especially true for those of us who use the Internet as the main means of carrying out our work, isn’t it? If you own an iPad, and you would like to have a handy app that will help you write down your thoughts in a more organized way, we have something [Read more…]
We’ve got something special for you today! Do you remember the grammar book that we reviewed some time ago? It is titled “37 Things to Know About Grammar”, and it is a brilliant book in that it makes grammar fun. If you have memories of your grammar teacher acting like the a policeman without a sense of humor, you can forget about that. This book gives you some of the most important principles in English grammar without making you feel as if you were back in school. For writers who may need a quick reference, the book is a handy [Read more…]
Tell your story.
Oh, and just to encourage participation, I’ll tack on a prize. The best story wins a free copy of The Concert for Bangladesh on DVD. You get Harrison, Clapton, Preston, Dylan and even Ringo in their full bearded 1971 glory!
Yesterday I contacted a sponsor for my Cookerati blog (Dunkin’ Donuts) to see if they would be interested in giving away a gift basket here. I thought it would be a nice change from the usual fare and an awesome gift for the winner. It occurred to me that I could do a lot more of these giveaways if I had enough sponsors and prizes. The thing is, whenever I put out word that I’m doing a gift guide or that I would like sponsors for giveaways, I get a whole bunch of self help books and laptop supplies. Now, [Read more…]