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5 Things to Expect When You Become a Mentor

I started mentoring fellow writers looking to go freelance in 2013 and I’ve learned a lot since then!  Last month I shared five tips for people interested in hiring a mentor. But then I realized that some of you are past that

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5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Mentor

Books and blogs are great, but you can’t ask them questions… So there you are: You’ve read all the books, you’ve skimmed all the blog posts, you’ve subscribed to all of the newsletters, and you’ve had long chats with your

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People I Know: Robert the Cat

This month, my featured interview is one of the most important males in my life: Robert the Cat. He’s a freelance consultant specializing in food eating, proper litterbox use, and general rumpusing.  How I Know Robert I met Robert in

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10 Common Invoicing Mistakes Made By Freelance Writers

The difference between being a freelance writer and writing as a hobbyist? Getting paid. Why is it that so many freelancers – writers or otherwise! – have such a hard time getting themselves paid? My rates are stupidly “reasonable” (AKA:

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People I Know: Ashley Gainer

Ashley Gainer (recently Ashley Gainer Lankford) is a freelance writer, editor, and content manager. If you’re a part of any writing communities, you’ve probably seen her around. Now get to know her better! How I Know Ashley In February of

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30 Writing + Freelancing Questions from My Mailbag (Part 2)

This is part two of a two part series answering commonly-asked freelancing/writing/editing questions from my inbox. Hello again! Welcome back. Last time, I covered these 15 questions: “Is it really okay to e-mail someone as an ‘interview?’” “How do you

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30 Writing + Freelancing Questions from My Mailbag (Part 1)

Freelancer questions, writer questions, editor questions… Okay! So here’s what’s up: I turned 30 this year. That’s a pretty big deal to me. And, even though said event happened in early January, I wanted to keep the “30″ thing going

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People I Know: Kelly Gurnett

Kelly Gurnett (AKA Cordelia) is a freelance writer and editor specializing in blogging — and ghostblogging! — who loves to share how fellow freelancers can “quit” dealing with the endless stream of nonsense in their lives.  How I Know Kelly

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Why I’m a Hardass Pitching Editor

Hi there: My name is Lauren Tharp. In addition to running my own writing business, I’m the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Be A Freelance Blogger. And while I’m pretty happy-go-lucky on the forum, I’m a complete hardass behind the editor’s desk. No, really.

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People I Know: Samar Owais

Happy 2015, Everyone! My first “PIK” interviewee of the new year is Freelance Flyer‘s Samar Owais. Samar’s a freelance writer and blogger whose name is pronounced like “Summer.” She’s based in Dubai and is absolutely gorgeous: How I Know Samar

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