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Copyright Infringement Advice for Freelancers: What to Do If Someone Steals Your Work and/or Falsely Accuses You of Stealing Their Work

As you may know if you’ve been a subscriber to my newsletter for any amount of time, I went through a trying time last month when someone filed an online copyright infringement notice against me, and my websites were shut down — some for almost two weeks. …

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The Freelance Writer’s Thanksgiving Prayer: What are You Thankful for as a Freelance Writer?

I wrote the following around Thanksgiving in 2006. It’s become a perennial favorite.

What are you thankful for as a freelance writer?  Add your thoughts and I’ll add them to the “prayer” so we can all share in eachother’s “thanks.”

CLIENTS

I’m thankful for clients.

I’m thankful for clients – who pay.

I’m thankful for clients – who pay on time.

I’m thankful for clients – who pay what I’m worth.

I’m thankful for clients – who pay their thanks to me.

I’m thankful for clients – who realize my value.

I’m thankful for clients – who have ideas.

I’m thankful for clients – who have no idea.

I’m thankful for clients – who know when to give up their ideas.

I’m thankful for clients – who know what they want.

I’m thankful for clients – who know when they don’t know what they want.

I’m thankful for clients – who let me do my job.

I’m thankful for clients – who realize writing IS a job.

I’m thankful for clients – who realize writing is MY job.

ME

I’m thankful for the gift of writing.

I’m thankful for the gift of writing – for a living.

I’m thankful for the gift of writing – words that matter.

I’m thankful for the gift of writing – just for me.

I’m thankful for the gift of writing – love notes to those who matter.

I’m thankful for the gift of writing – editorials that change people’s minds.

I’m thankful for the gift of writing – to help others.

I’m thankful for the gift of writing – down what I’m thankful for.

FRIENDS

I’m thankful for friends – who realize I write for a living.

I’m thankful for friends – who don’t ask me to work for free.

I’m thankful for friends – who don’t tell me to “get a real job.”

I’m thankful for friends – who pick up the tab during dry spells.

FAMILY

I’m thankful for family – who respect my working hours.

I’m thankful for family – who encouraged me to purse my dream.

I’m thankful for family – who ignore me when I’m on deadline.

I’m thankful for family – who know I love them, even when I’m on deadline.

I’m thankful for family – who realize that my computer really is a person to me.

I’m thankful for family – who know I’m a professional, even in my fuzzy slippers.

DEADLINES

I’m thankful for deadlines – that pass.

I’m thankful for deadlines – that pass with pay.

MONEY WISH LIST

I’m thankful for checks;

I’m thankful for checks – that come in the mail,

I’m thankful for checks – that come in the mail on time;

I’m thankful for checks – that come in the mail on time in my name;

I’m thankful for “notification of payment received” emails from PayPal;

I’m thankful for bank lines of credit;

I’m thankful for bank lines of credit – in my name;

I’m thankful for bills that don’t come;

I’m thankful for bills that don’t come – in my name;

I’m thankful for bills that are paid;

I’m thankful for bills that are paid – on time;

I’m thankful for bills that are paid on time – in my name.

WISH LIST FOR CLIENTS

I wish for vodka shots before talking to unreasonable clients;

bottles of tequila to share with good clients;

a moonshine hangover to nonpaying clients; and

a three-martini introduction to new clients.

WORK

I’m thankful for work.

I’m thankful for work – that matters.

I’m thankful for work – that I love.

I’m thankful for work – that I love that pays.

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One Thing I Like to Do Around the Holidays That Makes Freelance Writing More Profitable

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a gazillion articles bookmarked under your “Favorites.”

I bookmark everything from free ebooks from internet marketing experts, to new marketing methods I want to try. And, a lot of these may stay favorites for months (sometimes even a year or more) before I finally get around to them.

Around the holidays though, when things tend to be a bit slow for many freelance writers, I try to clear out my favorites. And this means looking through the links and finally reading some of the stuff I’ve been meaning to get to.

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One Little Thing Can Lead to Making More Money

freelance-writing-adviceWhat usually happens is I’ll implement one new thing that I’ve been “meaning to get to” all year long. This almost always leads to me making more money.

In fact, I attribute it to the growth my firm has experienced over the last few years.

This year though, I’m getting a bit more personal. The thing I’ve decided to tackle this holiday season could really revolutionize my business, if the research I’ve done is any indicator.

What is it?

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Content Marketing Tip for Freelance Writers: How to Make Money During the Holidays by Creating Special Reports

Written by Yuwanda Black Every year we know that the holidays are coming, but it seems that many of us (me, me, me!) continue to be caught with our holiday bloomers down! What do I mean? We miss the boat when it comes to preparing to bringing more business during this hectic time of year.

To this end, following is one evergreen holiday marketing tip you can use to ensure that you never get caught with your festive drawers down again. Read the full post here.

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A Writer’s $1 Million Retreat in New York City

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I lived in New York City for 18 years and have a never-ending love affair with it. In fact, I still have an apartment there, which I sublet to a friend from Chile.

As a long-time reader of The NewYork Times, I ran across this story in the Real Estate section today, entitled A Writer’s Start-Over Home. I love this section of the times (the column, Habitats) because it gives you an inside peek into the lives of sometimes ordinary, and sometimes extraordinary, New Yorkers with relatable stories.

Personally, I fell in love with the column because how those featured live is usually so different from how I live — yet I may pass that person on the same streets (if I still lived in the city). I mean, there aren’t many of us who can afford $1 million apartments, or $5,000/per month in rent — which is often the case of those featured in this column. But most New Yorkers take the subway and get their morning cup of Joe at the corner bodega on their way to the subway.

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the-big-appleNew York real estate prices are so out of whack with most of the rest of the nation, but for those who live there, it’s normal. In any case, those are just some of the reasons this column captured me years ago and why I continue to read it, even though I haven’t lived in New York full-time since 2004.

As today’s entry featured a writer, I thought I’d share it with you.

Southern Born with a New York Spirit

Sometimes I miss the city so much it’s a physical ache. Even though I’m southern born, I’ve never bonded with a place, a city more. Some of my native New York friends even kid me that I’m more New York than they are. I think it’s the vibrancy of the city, the no-nonsense way of getting things done.

It’s not a city for the weak or meek; if you’ve got cojones and are fearless, you’ll thrive. And truly, if you can make it in New York, you can do anything, anywhere — or at least feel like you can.

Anyway, that’s my ode to the Big Apple today.

God bless her dirty, stinky, crowded, expensive — but oh so lively — little heart.

Yuwanda
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Freelance Writers: How to Land Jobs When You Have $0 & Your Marketing Tactics Aren’t Working – 5 Areas to Assess

When you’re a freelance writer, it can seem that you’re only as good as the last project you turned in. Then, the hunt is on for more work. This is especially true if you’re a new freelance writer who’s just trying to establish herself.

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But, what if the jobs aren’t rolling in? What if you’ve been marketing for freelance writing jobs like a fiend and no one is biting? What if you have $0 marketing budget, have exhausted all the free and low-cost strategies you can and you still can’t seem to land one freelance writing job?

A couple of weeks ago, a struggling freelance writer wrote in to me. This is exactly what was going on with her. She wrote:

QUESTION FROM A DISILLUSIONED FREELANCE WRITER

Hi Yuwanda,
 
I hope all is well. I’ve been wanting to write this post to you for quite sometime. I’m not sure if other writers are having the same issue, however, I thought I would ask just in case they are.

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First let me tell you, I went to exercise this morning and I just broke down crying. I mean I’m doing everything I can to get clients with a 0 budget( I’m still unemployed). I don’t know if there’s a missing link in marketing from my end. I see my fellow writers who I correspond with on Facebook, and all of them are making six-figures or pretty darn close to it. Some of them serve the same market I do. I guess that’s why I started to lack confidence again, I’m saying to myself, do I suck as a writer, why am I not getting repeat clients?( I do follow-up).

I know I can use training to enhance my skills and I even invested in AWAI’s Copywriting course before I got laid-off. However, it’s like a catch-22, I want to invest to better myself, and I’m trying all I can to get more revenue, however, it seems like no matter what I do, no one is buying.(Or they want my services for $ 5 bucks, and that’s not going to happen).

I’m trying to be optimistic and I see people in my field who are very successful. I guess, the real question is, ” When you are giving your business everything you got and you are still not seeing the results you desire, what do you do? Or what steps have you personally taken if this situation has happened to you, Yuwanda? Thanks so much for all your responses and your help. I truly value what you do, and am always thankful for your insight and knowledge.

MY ANSWER

There are so many reasons a freelance writer is not landing jobs that without knowing the intricacies of their business, it’s hard for me to give a concrete answer specific to her situation. But what I can say is this, if you’re having a hard time landing freelance writing jobs – and you’ve been marketing your butt off – following are five areas to assess.

Reminder: Don’t stop marketing; never stop marketing!

Read the rest of this post on how to start a freelance writing career — on a limited / non-existent budget.

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Freelance Writing Advice: New Freelance Writer Details Her Foray into the Marketplace and How She’s Learning to Deal with Rejection

The following is a guest post by Hannah Conti

“Although we enjoyed reading this piece, I’m afraid it doesn’t fit with our editorial needs at this time and we will not be able to publish it. We encourage you to continue sharing your writing with others.”

Very kind. Sweet, even. The editor had obviously gone out of her way to offer encouragement even while turning down my second submission to this particular publication. And my second rejection letter of the hour.

I wished the editor had been heartless.

A pull-the-band-aide-off-quickly-and-never-mind-the-pain kind of letter would have been better. A generic or condescending refusal would have provided ample material to vilify the editor. As it was, her complete charity increased my esteem and respect for the publication. My shoulders curved upward, remaining in a Cro-Magnon position for the rest of the evening. I might have even dragged my knuckles.

My husband finally demanded an explanation for the devolution of his wife.

“I’ve submitted so many samples and queries. I’ve even written unique articles geared for each publication,” I croaked. “When all the books said to expect rejection letters, I guess I thought they wouldn’t happen all at once. Or at least not to me.”

For the past three weeks, I had been working on writing full-time. I took out copious books on the subject from the library on freelance writing and how to get published. I joined bunches of social networks. I felt like the new, awkward kid on the block trying to get noticed by the popular girls as I tweeted and linked-in.

Freelance Writer’s Game Plan: How to Beat the Rejection Letter Blues

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My husband is a wise and patient man. After mopping up my tears, we made a game plan together.

1) Go to bed and get a good night’s sleep.

2) Wake up and write a trusted friend (and writing mentor) who has been published by the publication in question. Ask for guidance.

3) Write the editor a gracious thank you e-mail. Ask for specific editorial needs and ways to improve writing.

4) Don’t vilify anyone. Not the editor. Not Hannah.

5) Start writing again.

Any writer has similar stories of days or nights after initial rejection. I’m sure my impression of prehistoric homo sapiens is not unusual for novice writers. I’m slowly learning that the true writers are the ones who drop the rejection notice only to pick up the pen (or laptop). I’m still learning to hop back on the horse after metaphorically becoming displaced.

I read somewhere that in order to be a successful freelance writer, one must have the hide of hippopotamus. I know that I tend to have more sensitive skin – sometimes that of a newborn. I’m learning to view the constant letters of rejection as opportunities for learning more about the art of writing.

I comfort myself with a strong drought of hazelnut coffee and sink into my papasan chair. I arm myself with my laptop and a copy of the “Writer’s Market.” I do not think of myself as planning an attack on the publishing world. Instead, I try to think of freelance work as trying to get tickets to a popular concert. Sometimes it depends on luck, who you know, etc.

However, I also know the achieving the prize – the tickets or a byline – is also a matter of perseverance and acting upon knowledge.

About the Author: Hannah J. Conti is a freelance writer, designer, and artist. She thrives on creativity, hazelnut coffee, and homemade pancakes. Get more information at hjconti.com. She can be found on Twitter @hjconti.

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