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Freelance Writing Job Hunting Advice: What NOT to Do When Submitting a Cover Letter for a Job/Gig

When I was recruiting, I always advised applicants to submit cover letters only on request, specifically in instances of switching from one field to another (therefore the need to explain what skills you think are transferable) and/or to explain gaps in time….

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Freelance Writer Job Hunting Mistakes to Avoid: Are You Doing Any of These? You Could be Losing Gigs

Many freelancers/job seekers fail to follow specific instructions. Although this may seem minor, it is the difference between getting your credentials reviewed, or not. And much like a headline that doesn’t get clicked on, no matter how great you/your credentials are, if they’re not seen, it means squat. …

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Do You Make More Money as an Freelance Writer When You Specialize?

Most editorial freelancers can do a myriad of jobs — and do them quite well, I might add. However, it’s hard to convince employers of that, so I always advise freelancers to specialize to increase income. Following is some insight into why….

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How to Really Make a Living as an Editorial Freelancer

The following is an excerpt of this ebook, along with a complete Table of Contents.

In 2001, I started to receive a flood of inquiries about editorial freelancing. Accustomed to the occasional inquiry, the pace picked up and has yet to slow down as of this writing. What started the whole thing? The dot-com implosion, which began in 2000, put the media and publishing industries in trouble well before 9/11. …

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Advice from Successful Freelancers: How They Built Their Careers & How You Can Too!

Publisher Note: Almost all of the freelancers who were initially interviewed for this ebook were still in business when I checked up on them 7 years later. So, they must be doing something right, no?…

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Editorial Freelancing: 5 Easy Steps to Getting Your Foot in the Door

My mother was fond of saying, “If you want to know something, go directly to the source.” Taking this advice to heart, I interviewed professionals in the industry for the e-book, How to Really Make a Living as an Editorial Freelancer. …

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A Realistic Day in the Life of a Freelancer/Small Business Owner

As I read again and again how wonderful it is to be a freelancer/business owner, I inevitably find myself murmuring, “Yeah, but you didn’t say this.” Or, “You forgot to mention that.” The joys of freelancing/owning a business are many. Here, however, I want to address the cons in order that a more realistic view be realized. …

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How to Build a Successful Freelance Career (Part 2)

Part 1 of this article discussed the experience you need to successfully build a freelance career. Here, I will outline other necessities. …

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How to Build a Successful Freelance Career (Part 1)

In the current job market, many creative and editorial professionals have turned to freelancing as a matter of survival. I receive many queries from applicants regarding how to go about freelancing….

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