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It's always painful when we spend time writing up articles only to have them rejected, time and again. However, a simple technique can turn your rejection emails in to payments. You just need to think outside the normal boxes and appeal to a different audience. Let me set the scene.... Read More
When a new writer asks me how to start making money freelancing, they usually ask "What are the rules?" You can buy many books and take classes on freelancing, but there are some pieces of advice that are pure common sense. 1) Do not pitch pieces until you already write... Read More
When you have spells of no feedback, and your family and friends do not take your writing seriously, what do you do? There lies the crossroad. The point of decision between writing for reward and pats on the back. . . or writing for sanity and joy. If you do... Read More
A few years ago, I found myself in a bind. I graduated with my MPS in Publishing and had big plans of earning a full-time income from some sort of writing and publishing. As a single mother who has worked from home for over a decade, returning to the traditional... Read More
Publishing is hard. No doubt about it. But sometimes authors get so caught up in the publishing aspect of the profession that we forget the reader doesn't give a darn how the book was made, researched, written, published, or promoted. The point is for a reader to find a good... Read More
My son just rescued a pup from a shelter. Not a baby, but a six-month-old pup. She's been around the block a few times. She was found as a stray two counties over from us. That shelter couldn't place her. So another shelter took her. A foster home test-drove her,... Read More
When I began to inquire about a cleaning service – you know, someone to clean my house so I could have two hours of my life back – I was floored with the going rate. The going rate for cleaning toilets (in my area) is $80 per hour. You want... Read More
I recently posted a Facebook question to 5,000 followers and asked the question: What is the first criteria in your choice of reading material: author, genre, or reputation of the review source? The results weren't even close. Out of almost 200 responses, the results were these: Genre = 60% Author... Read More
As a new freelancer scrounging advice, “word of mouth” was a common response from the more experienced. If I wanted to increase my work and income, that’s what it was down to: Word of mouth. It drove me nuts. What was word of mouth and how could I get myself... Read More
I have a writing friend who gets downright angry when a contest extends the deadline. He considers it an insult, or that the editors are looking for specific people who didn't make the deadline. In reality, contests are run by people and they make mistakes or misjudge or simply didn't... Read More