5 Essential Components of a Freelance Contract

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Freelancers, repeat after me: “I will not work without a contract.” It’s a simple mantra, yet so many of us don’t follow it. I know this, because I learned it … the hard way. Contracts don’t just protect the client’s…

Overcoming Writer’s Block

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Jack London once said, “you can’t wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club.” In some ways, I agree with him. After all, professional freelance writers don’t have the luxury of waiting out writer’s block; they…

Are Writers’ Conferences Worth It?

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Last week I attended the American Society of Journalists and Authors annual conference. Writers tend to be solitary creatures, so conferences can help us come out of hibernation and meet liked-minded souls. But here are they worth the time and…

5 Main Differences Between Employees and Freelancers

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The flexibility of freelancing is appealing to a lot of people, but I don’t think many fully understand what that means until they’re actually doing it. Here are five major differences to consider before making the switch from cubicle-dweller to…

Building Confidence for the Big Pitch

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We’ve all been there: dying to send your killer idea to a dream publication, but paralyzed with fear. What if the editor hates your pitch? (Hint: move onto another market) What if she laughs in your face? (unlikely) What if…

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