EXACTLY What It Takes to Be a Managing Editor

Illustration by Ramiro Roman

Last week, I asked you, the readers, what you’d like me to write about next. The response I got most often was “What are the duties of a Managing Editor?”

That’s a great choice! But, boy – this is going to be a LONG post.

I’m the Managing Editor of both a news site and Be a Freelance Blogger. So I have some personal experience in this particular area. I’ve also seen the Managing Editors of the publications I’ve written for in action.

The basic duties of a Managing Editor in today’s online world boil down to this:

Accepting and rejecting pitches. Some publications hire a separate Pitching Editor for these duties but, most of the time, they fall onto the shoulders of the ME.

Editing writers’ posts. As a Managing Editor, you’ll not only be looking for typos and grammatical errors in the posts you intend to publish, you’ll also be making minor rewrites to get the “tone” of the overall article correct, and you’ll also be keeping an eye out for a Call to Action (CTA) at the end so that the post’s final goal is fulfilled (getting shared/getting comments/selling something/whatever).

Uploading and formatting posts. It’s your job to make the posts look pretty before they’re published. This means adding in headers, enhancing certain sentences, adding in a photo or video, etc.

Writing posts yourself. As a Managing Editor you’ll often be called upon to write certain posts yourself. Generally, when something needs to be done RIGHT – and is “too hard” for your stable of writers – you’ll have to take on the task of writing the post yourself. Or, if you’re a publication that accepts guest posts and your buffer has run dry, it could be up to you to fill in the gap in the schedule. So don’t think your writing skills are going to go to waste just because you’re an editor now!

Maintaining a uniform social media presence. Again, some publications hire a separate person to take on the duties of updating the publication’s social media accounts. But, as the Managing Editor, it’ll be your duty – if not to write the updates yourself – to at least take a peek at what’s being written to make sure it’s “on target” with the publication’s overall branding/message. You may also have to edit copy before it’s sent out.

Okay, now that we’ve gotten the “basics” out of the way, I’m going to share some helpful tips to get all you aspiring Managing Editors out there on the path to success! 🙂 Read more ›

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6 Things to Consider Before Choosing a Writing Partner

Illustration by Ramiro Roman

I was a lone wolf in the writing and editing business for years. And, for the most part, I still am. However, recently, I’ve partnered up with two magnificent writers to form The Real Freelancer’s Resource Vault (with Samar Owais) and The Positive Bloggers (with Monique Muro).

Choosing a writing partner isn’t easy. I’d had failed attempts at collaborations in the past. There were projects that never quite got off the ground, projects that started and then collapsed, and even projects that were finished but never actually published. It was pretty frustrating!

However, after teaming up with two wonderful writing partners, I think I’ve finally got the magic formula for what it takes to succeed.

If you’re looking to partner up with another writer, keep these six elements in mind: Read more ›

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The Six Pages Every Freelance Writing Website Needs

There are six pages every freelance writer’s website must have to succeed:

  1. Home
  2. About
  3. Writing Services
  4. Contact
  5. Writing Samples
  6. Testimonials

You can add other pages – or a blog! – as you want/need them; however, those are the six you must have on your site.

The first four are pages you should put up as soon as you get your site. The last two can be added on as soon as you get them (not every writer starts out with writing samples or testimonials right off the bat).

Blogs are optional. Not every freelance writer’s website needs a blog. Only create one if you absolutely truly want one and plan to update it consistently. The only writers who have to have a blog on their site are those interested in becoming freelance bloggers. If your niche lies elsewhere – like copywriting, for example – don’t pressure yourself into getting a blog. You don’t have to have one.

Now, let’s take a look at those pages… Read more ›

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How to Win Writing Awards

All right. This is going to be a difficult post to write without seeming like a Self-Congratulatory Braggy Braggart, but I’m going to attempt it anyway since a few of you have asked me about it…

I’ve won multiple writing awards over the past few years. You can see them displayed on the right-hand side of this blog post in the sidebar, if you’re interested in which ones.

Some of you are interested in winning awards too. And I can’t blame you! Not only are they a lot of fun, they also add prestige to your business and can help get you more gigs from better clients. They’re a great thing to have.

I can’t claim to know all the “secrets” to winning (I wish!), but here’s what I do know… Read more ›

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What to Do When You Lose Your Best Client

The day before my 32nd birthday last week, I lost my best blogging client due to major layoffs at their company. Normally, I’d keep that fact to myself (it’s generally a good idea not to let anyone know that you’re essentially “jobless”); however, I wanted to write a blog post about this predicament to help others (like you!) and knowing that I’ve “been there” — and so recently! — might be of comfort to some people who view me as such a phenomenal success.

And, I am a success, by all rights. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t struggle from time to time, just like you. It’s not uncommon for me to have to go job hunting. Contracts eventually come to an end. Or, companies have layoffs, and freelancers are always the first to go. That’s just how it is when you’re a freelance writer, “successful” or not!

So what exactly do you do when this happens? Well… Read more ›

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The Real Freelancer is LIVE!

Samar Owais of Freelance Flyer and I have teamed up to create The Real Freelancer, a website for ALL of your newbie freelancer needs. We’re very excited! 😀

Our first resource is The Real Freelancer’s Resource Vault!

The Vault has everything a freelancer needs in the first year of business – if not the first month.

From templates and checklists to workbooks, track sheets, and sample documents, the vault has you covered.

All-in-All, you get 14 tools and resources to help your freelance business grow and flourish. Read more ›

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The Positive Bloggers

faces_moniqueHey, Everyone!

Today’s an exciting day for me! I just launched a new brand/business with my friend Monique called The Positive Bloggers. 😀

Monique and I realized that there were plenty of places online to get “how to” advice when it came to the business side of blogging. But that there were almost no resources to support freelance bloggers emotionally — to help them stay happy and healthy while building their careers. We decided it was time to fill that gap.

Both of us are successful freelance bloggers with over fifteen years of experience under our belts. And we both suffer from severe anxiety issues. We know first-hand the difference positivity can make for both your life and career.

We’re avid dreamers, but we’re also big-time doers. We strive for happiness in all aspects of our lives, but we also know how to organize our time in a way that we consistently meet deadlines and get stuff done. We hope to help you do the same!

Head over to The Positive Bloggers or follow us on Twitter @PositiveBloggy for positive-minded freelance blogging advice!

–Lauren*

Posted in Blogging, Freelance Life

FREE Writing/Business Goals Workbook!

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Hey, Everyone!

I’m having a rough week due to issues with my health, so I’m going to keep this week’s blog post short.

Every year, I make myself a little workbook to reflect on the year that’s passed and plan out my freelance writing/business goals for the future year.

This year, I’m sharing that workbook with all of you!

Personally, I like to print mine out and fill it in with glitter gel pens and add drawings and whatnot to the pages. However, you can probably fill it out digitally too if you prefer (or don’t own a printer).

Click the link below to get your FREE PDF and have fun filling it out! 😀

–Lauren*

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE WORKBOOK!!!

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The Seven P’s of Perfect Freelancing

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Whenever my my mentoring clients ask me what makes a “perfect” freelancer, I always end up using a lot of “P” words to make my point.

It’s become such a common question in my sessions that I decided to make a blog post about it.

If you’ve ever wondered what elements make up a great freelancer, this is the post for you.

Here are my seven favorite “P” words to describe freelance writing success: Read more ›

Posted in Freelance Life, Productivity

It’s Time to Get on Gab!

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As of yesterday, I’m now on Gab at http://gab.ai/littlezotz – Follow me if you get on!

I had been using Gab for a few months as someone I ghostwrite for and I absolutely loved it. I believe in Gab as a social network and made some donations to the cause. Then, yesterday, I was invited to join as a verified user (check out my blue checkmark! I feel like a big shot!). And I already have several followers.

I believe that Gab is going to be the network for freelance writers. They already have a large community of writers — and people interested in good writing — and it’s growing every day. Read more ›

Posted in Freelance Life
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