Should Freelance Writers Use a Pen Name?


It’s no secret I don’t use a pen name. I prefer the “what you see is what you get” approach to writing. Aside from a (very) brief stint writing a sarcastic humor column, I have never written as someone else. I’ve had other people write as me, however – but that’s another post for another time. The reason I don’t use pseudonyms has nothing to do with a right or wrong approach, but more a personal preference. I prefer to know exactly who I’m taking advice from so it would be kind of hypocritical for me to blog under an [Read more…]

Your Freelance Writing Clients Know You’re Lying


Freelance writing clients are smart cookies. Most of them know when they’re being conned or lied to. In today’s public and open world of freelancing, you can’t call in sick and head to the beach. You can’t claim an aunt died when you really just want a few days off. If you’re going to lie to your clients, keep in mind that in most cases they’ll find out. Don’t Invite Clients to View Your Personal Details if You’re Going to Be Dishonest As freelance writers we work hard, but we still maintain flexible schedules. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t [Read more…]

How Transparent is Too Transparent?


I dig transparency. I like when bloggers let me know they’re being paid to talk about something and I think it’s a good idea when businesses don’t try and gloss over the bad stuff to only paint a rosy picture. Because I think it’s important to be transparent, I discuss many details here that many bloggers don’t. I wonder though, is there such a thing as being too transparent? Giving out important details is one thing. It’s important not to sweep something under the rug or keep it from the public eye because it may lead to bad publicity. Where [Read more…]

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