Tag Archives: freelance opportunities

Writing for $5 — How Do Real Writers Compete?

There’s a protest movement in social media. “Real” writers spend tons of time complaining that non-degree writers work for $5 per article. They howl that cheap SEO writers and hacks are ruining the marketplace for “real” writers who should command $2 or $3 per word. Writers are going down the tubes! Hold on. Many, many […]

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Loading your website with keywords for page rank

If you are still cramming your website with keywords, or making keyword focus your priority or jamming web pages full of keywords, you may not be up-to-date with Google and other search engines. Playing  with optimization for single words, or hiring someone to take your money and optimize your site, is like paying someone to […]

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Why people don’t read self-published books

Why don’t some people take self-published books seriously? Not everyone can interest an agent or publisher in their work, just as not everyone (no matter how talented) can play in the NFL. Some writers make the effort and pay the cost and self-publish. Writers sell writing to live, you know. Some really skilled football players […]

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Content mill Suite101 may be improving for writers

I’ve written for Suite101 and other content mill farms in various iterations on and off for about 10 years and have seldom been a fan of how they treat writers. But let me say this: Suite101’s newest management team, seems to have a better path. There have been a confusing number of shake ups there, […]

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Blogging: Writers need platforms to sell their writing

Writers need a platform if they hope to hook up with a publisher, and sometimes, even just to sell an article to a magazine. A writer needs a platform to sell her writing. Becoming an expert in something is the way to build a platform, and blogging is a great foundation. I’ve been blogging since […]

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In today’s publishing climate, your book needs a professional agent, ghost or mentor

You’re a great writer. Your family and friends always said you have a book inside you. So you wrote the novel and now you’re scared to death—what if it fails? What if you actually succeed? Your book needs a professional editor or a ghost, whether you’re going to self-publish, shop it to publishers, or engage […]

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Why I buy self-published or POD books

In a recent LinkedIn discussion a couple people flamed over a comment I made. I advised doing thorough homework before paying a publishing company to handle your book and reading contracts carefully before signing anything. It’s good advice whether you self-publish, work with Simon and Shuster, use  POD, or crank the stuff out on your […]

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Contracts, rights, agents: Successful writer’s survival guide

Established author/editor Cynthia Reeser is celebrating the success of her latest – How to Write and Publish a Successful Children’s Book. She offers her take and advice on unglamorous details of publishing. Save them and use as you work through the confusing details of contracts, agent deals, intellectual property rights, and other mechanics of running […]

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Unusual writing competition connects writers and agents

Here’s what appears to be an interesting opportunity for writers trying to connect with literary agents. PagetoFame is a new competition inviting writers to submit opening pages of a book idea. If the idea has merit, it should progress through a series of evaluation rounds and ultimately connect with a professional agent. I have no […]

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Six fantastic market resources for writers and freelancers

Make a note of these six helpful job and market resources for freelance writers as the economy perks up and work becomes more available. Whether you’re an aspiring writer or a seasoned pro – this half dozen excellent market lists can boost your career. Writing for dollars – They have an archive of ten years […]

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