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By Alex J. Coyne One of my first high-paying features sold to The Investor for $170 (Six String Stocks, October 2015). I’ve sold others since, including a piece for Catholic Digest that earned $500. I sure didn’t think it was possible when I started out with $20/article rates. Here’s how... Read More
What's one of the most neglected, but often the most beneficial social media platform, for freelancers? LinkedIn. Unlike Facebook and Twitter, which are more social in nature, LinkedIn was created, and is used mostly, as a tool for business. People don't expect to be on LinkedIn to create personal relationships... Read More
“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life,” wrote the thirty-year-old Nietzsche. “The true and durable path into and through experience,” Nobel-winning poet Seamus Heaney counseled the young more than a century later in his magnificent commencement address, “involves being true …... Read More
As someone who runs a website for writers (http://www.TheInternationalFreelancer.com), I see a lot of query letters from new writers. The thing they miss most often? Confidence. Writers who are confident know their story, what it hopes to achieve, and how they're going to get the work done. Those who aren't... Read More
Have you ever watched a story on the news and thought to yourself, "I wish they'd asked me about that. I could have really told them a thing or two"? Most of us are experts on something, and if we're writers, most of us end up writing about what we... Read More
Stop. Before you dismiss the idea with “I don’t know much about memoir writing and I’m not a teacher,” hear me out. If you’ve ever shown anyone how to do anything, you’re a teacher. And learning the ropes of memoir writing is child’s play – if you know how to... Read More
How can you add another stream of passive book-sale income? Upload your books to IngramSpark. Ingram has been a global book distributor for decades, and partnered with Lightning Source in 2009 to become a print-on-demand publisher. The beauty of print-on-demand is that you don’t have to pay for a print run—books... Read More
If you’re competitor-focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something. Being customer-focused allows you to be more pioneering. ~Jeff Bezos All too often we watch what all the other writers are doing in both writing and marketing, then try to snare which gimmick we can copy... Read More
You might want to make the switch to freelancing entirely from home if you’re, for example, disabled like me, or you’re reclusive and prefer life behind the keyboard. Here’s how you can run your freelance writing business from home: Choose the right jobs. Some jobs (like travel writing) can’t do... Read More
Ever since I signed the contract with She Writes Press for the publication of my debut novel, This Is How It Begins (available now), writers have been asking, “Why did you choose a hybrid press?” First, what is a hybrid press? A hybrid press walks the line between traditional publishing (the “Big 5” of... Read More