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FFW Tips

On the Value of Free Advice






By Randall Silvis- As a writer I get a steady stream of free advice from individuals who apparently understand my life far better than I. These individuals are mostly strangers, people who contact me by email or post their comments publicly, often under an alias. Even my plumber has an opinion about my writing, though […]

The Only Person You Have to Please is You






By C. Hope Clark – Yeah, that’s hard for us to swallow sometimes. We write to be read. Eager to please, we’re like kids asking what are the rules so we can play the game well enough to win. We want people on the sidelines to root for us and tell us how well we […]

On Being a Travel Writer for AAA






By Sheree K. Nielsen- Wanderlust bit me early – as a toddler skipping stones across the Great Lakes, and as a young girl fishing with Dad in the Florida Keys. I’d often dreamed of being a travel writer. After attending the 2011 Missouri Writer’s Guild conference, I had the opportunity to connect with the editor […]

How I Make a Full-time Living as a Writer






By Dave Haslett – I’ve always been a writer, winning a school poetry competition at the age of 7 and writing my first book between the ages of 12 and 13. Ideas come to me easily, and, until I found an outlet for them, it bothered me to have far more than I’d ever be […]

I Have This Story to Tell . . .






By C. Hope Clark – Wherever I appear, invariably someone comes up to me and asks how they can get published. I open the dialogue with questions such as: 1) Have you finished writing the story? 2) Have you edited the story with a vengeance a zillion times? 3) Have you gotten feedback from non-friends […]

On Being Tentative

By C. Hope Clark – If you are afraid to write, then don’t. If you are afraid to submit, then don’t. If you are afraid to publish, then don’t. You’re getting in the way of the glut of writers out there who’ve decided fear is not an option. I get riled at many programs, classes, […]

Building a Marketing Budget: How much is too much or too little?






By Jennifer Fusco- Often, I’m asked by writers, “how much money should I set aside for marketing my book?” I wish there were a magic number. There’s not. If you are traditionally published, the publisher does expect you to use some of your advance (if you receive one) toward marketing. If you are self-published, no […]

No More Sour Grapes






By C. Hope Clark- Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. ~ Voltaire You know you think it. An author you know lands a contract or sells an article. She achieves this great promo on a big blog or gets invited to speak at an […]

What to Do When Your Work Is Stolen






By Devyani Borade- The unthinkable happens. Your work is published without your knowledge, consent or compensation. Whether it is large slushpiles, lack of time, memory lapses or non-existent ethics, there’s no excuse for unprofessionalism or deceit. If the publication gets away with it once, they may do it again! Sure, you challenge them. You take […]

What to Do With Short Stories

By C. Hope Clark – Recently I received a simple email from a reader who stated she wrote mostly short stories, and she had no clue what to do with them. She felt the day of the short story was over, and that hers had no chance of being published. She also asked how to […]

Pinterest Tips for Freelance Writers






By Behlor Santi- Like many people, I used to see the social-networking site Pinterest as merely a place to show pictures of pretty clothes and yummy food. Yet the more I learned about the marketing possibilities of Pinterest, the more I realize that I (and you) can use Pinterest to boost freelancing income. First, understand […]

The World is So Big, Yet So Small






By C. Hope Clark – We sit in our chairs behind desks or at the kitchen counter on our laptops, and feel protected from the world yet a part of it. The shy parts of us try to convince us that we are just as connected as if we were on tour. The web has […]

Which Promotions Work and Which Don’t






By C. Hope Clark – I’m of the mind, these days, that ninety percent of promotional efforts are wasted. The world is choked with books, writers, people fighting to make a living with their words. Anyone can write a book, and anyone can post one for sale. After years of promoting novels, even from a […]

Building Your Email List: Part 2: How to Keep Your Readers Engaged






By Amanda Moon- Last week I gave you tips for setting up your email list, whether starting from scratch or dusting off an old one. This week we’ll talk more about what to do with that list and how to create content that will keep your readers engaged. First, if you didn’t do it last […]

Enjoy Your Choices or Find New Ones






By C. Hope Clark –  Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. – Rumi I saw this quote, pasted it here, and did away with the editorial I had written for this week. The quote prompted a spark such that I had […]

Building Your Email List: Part 1: The Basics






By Amanda Moon- Before social media became the communication vehicle of choice, many of us had email lists. Now that policy changes at Twitter, Facebook and other platforms are making it harder to reach our fans without paying to promote, it’s time to dust the old list off and use it again. This week I’m […]

But I Don’t Have Clips






By C. Hope Clark When pitching to freelance markets, you feel the need to demonstrate your prowess. After all, your query is a resume of sorts, with you proving to the other side that you have what it takes to write for them. But what if you have not published yet? My best suggestion for […]

Why Content Marketing Writing is a Fantastic Opportunity for Writers






By Mridu Khullar Relph- You’re a freelance writer. Sometimes you make good money with your writing, sometimes great money, sometimes nothing. You love the work, but you hate being dependent on a fluctuating income. You’ve heard about this new-fangled thing called content marketing and how other writers make fantastic money doing it. You’d like in […]