[AUDIO] How to Discover Your Area of Writing Expertise


Grab a pen and a few sheets of paper and follow along with this 5 minute episode that will help you discover your area(s) of writing expertise!

After you finish, you’ll learn not only which topics will pay you the most — but which you mostĀ love to write about! You’ll be more prepared than ever to start your own blog.

Don’t want to listen to the podcast or write down the questions yourself? No problem! Download the exercise HERE as a free PDF! šŸ™‚


Special thanks to SIKORA for my theme music and Ramiro Roman for my album art.

Posted in Podcast

Why and How to Let Go of Your Worst Client


One of my best friends in high school used to always tell me, “You can always find ways to make money, but you can’t always find ways to be happy.” And he was so right.

Money (and clients) will come and go, but your happiness is truly what affects your life as a whole.

I recently dropped my worst client, for three out of the four reasons I’m going to list below. If you’re dealing with any of the situations I’m about to list, I’d suggest you drop your worst client as well! Dare to make your happiness a priority in your freelance writing career. Read more ›

Posted in Freelance Life

What to Do When You’ve Lost Your Motivation to Blog


I’ve been very busy lately, but you probably wouldn’t have guessed that from viewing this blog. I haven’t updated here inĀ forever.

The truth is, I’ve been struggling to find the motivation to update here. The guy who draws the illustrations that go with my blog posts, Ramiro Roman, has been too busy with other work to work for me. Which is great for him — and I’m very happy for him — but something about losing his magic touch really zapped my motivation. Using stock photos just doesn’t excite me like his illustrations did.

But that’s just an excuse.

After all, a blog post could haveĀ no image and still captivate an audience through the power of words. And I’m a writer — words are kinda my thing.

I had no problem writing entries on my personal blog. Or writing for my clients. So why was it that updating my primary blog — my biz blog! — became such a daunting task?

Well, in addition to losing my illustrator, I just becameĀ bored with my business “self.” So I decided to regroup. But then I got discouraged when interactions with readers slowed down. Which, of course, makes sense in hindsight (what would they be interactingĀ with if I didn’t update?). But, at the time, it just solidified my opinion of myself as “boring” and made me even less motivated to continue.

I had to do some really hard thinking to get my motivation back.

If you’re struggling similarly, here are some tips that could help you get back on track: Read more ›

Posted in Blogging, Freelance Life

Are Freelancers Allowed to Get Sick?


As we all know, freelancers are absolutely invincible! Freelancers never get sick. It isnā€™t allowed! We arenā€™t hired to fall ill, weā€™re hired to work.

But, of course, there are a few of us in the freelancing business who are rebelsā€¦ Sick, sick ā€œrebels.ā€

Your Body Will Betray You

All right.As much as I would like it to be true, itā€™s a myth that ā€œfreelancers never get sick.ā€

No, really. Freelancers are people too! And people, from time to time, get sick.

However, how you handle your illness can mean the difference between keeping your clients (and the gigs they pay you to perform) and losing it all. Read more ›

Posted in Freelance Life

LittleZotz Writing’s 6 Year Anniversary


My name is Lauren Tharp. I started my freelance writing career as a teenager (over 15 years ago) and never stopped. On August 17th ofĀ 2010, I opened up LittleZotz Writing and I made freelance writing + editing myĀ sole source of income.

Through LittleZotz Writing Iā€™ve worked in theĀ writing and marketing departments of a television mini-series, an online radio station, a designer headphone company, andĀ countless small businesses around the world.

My blog for writers has won multiple awards and was named one of the best in the business by The Write Life, Positive Writer, and others.

Iā€™m also the ManagingĀ Editor for Be A Freelance Blogger and the Editorial AssistantĀ forĀ Copyblogger ā€” two of the largest blogs for content creators in the world!

As a freelance writer myself, I know the struggles that writers go through. As an Editor, I know what goes on behind-the-scenes in the blogging world and what it takes to get your pitches read ā€” and your posts published.

My 5 Most Popular Posts (So Far!)

I ran the analytics on my site from August 2010 until today, and my all-time most popular posts are:

  1. What to Do When Writing Keeps You From Writing
  2. 16 Red Flags: Say ā€œNoā€ to That Potential Client!
  3. How NOT to Get Your Guest Post Published
  4. How NOT to Treat a Fellow Freelance Writer
  5. Why Iā€™m a Hardass Pitching Editor

TransparentGhostMy 3 Most Popular Services

  1. Ghostblogging
  2. Editing
  3. One-on-One Mentoring

It’s been an incredible journey thus far! Thanks for sticking with me all these years! I have big plans for the future. šŸ˜€


Posted in Freelance Life, Uncategorized

[AUDIO] Tor Refsland on Using Blogger Outreach to Get More Clients


In this 19 minute episode, Tor Refsland, the owner of Time Management Chef, shares how to use blogger outreach to get more clients. You’ll learn:

  • What blogger outreach is.
  • How to better connect with top blogging influencers.
  • How Tor got his start, and how he got where he is today.
  • What your focus should be on when it comes to building your blog connections.

Tor even offered a FREE course to my listeners, which you can grab HERE.


Special thanks to Sikora for my theme music and Ramiro Roman for my album art.

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[AUDIO] The Five Non-Writing Elements Clients Expect from Freelance Writers


As freelance writers, we all know our clients expect us to write. However, in this 7-minute episode of LittleZotz Podcasting, you’ll learn the fiveĀ non-writing things that are expected of you…

Special thanks to SIKORA for my theme music and Ramiro Roman for my album art.

Posted in Podcast

People I Know: Joy Collado

Joy Collado is an absolutely adorable Filipina freelance writer. Just like her name implies, her writing will bring you joy.

Joy Collado

Joy Collado

How I Know Joy

I met Joy Collado a few years ago through my role as Associate Editor of Be A Freelance Blogger. She had major presence in the free community and we quickly became friends behind-the-scenes as well. She was even one of the first people to read my YA novel when it was published in 2013!

Joy was also there for me — both then and now — during my struggles with depression. Whenever I posted a note on my personal blog or on Twitter about my not feeling well mentally, Joy was one of the first to wish me well and offer helpful advice. Heart emojis all around!

But in addition to being a sweetie-pie, Joy is also a talented freelance writer and virtual assistant. I think you’ll love my e-mail interview with her. Read on! Read more ›

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[AUDIO] Wayne Clingman on Networking via Podcasting


In this 28 minute episode of LittleZotz Podcasting, Wayne Clingman of Indy Film Wisconsin Talk Radio shares:

  • How podcasting can be used to enhance your freelancing career.
  • How to use podcasting to network.
  • How to use social media to get more podcast guests.

As a bonus, Wayne AKA Dr. Fortune shares some of his knowledge of folk magic to help you create a better relationship with your freelancing clients!


Special thanks to SIKORA for my theme music and Ramiro Roman for my album art!

Posted in Podcast

How to Define Your Job as a Freelance Writer


not my job

Illustration by Ramiro Roman

When I first launched LittleZotz Writing, I would frequently get e-mails from visitorsĀ asking if I could design their website, create a flyer in Photoshop, or ā€œwhip up someĀ background artā€ for their landing page.

While I was flattered that those people thought I was so artistic, none of the tasks I justĀ mentioned have anything to do with my job.

But what doesā€¦? Read more ›

Posted in Freelance Life
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