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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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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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25 Ways to Stop Writer’s Block and Get Creative (Even When You’re Not “Feeling It”)

I was asked to look at creativity — or a lack thereof — from a writer’s perspective. A task which forced me to get creative as most of my preventative measures against “writer’s block” have been set to “autopilot” over

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7 Steps to Continue Writing During a (Personal) Crisis

Maybe you’re late with the mortgage payment because your paycheck “got lost in the mail.” Or maybe your mother fell down the stairs and broke a few bones. Or maybe your father died. Or maybe you found your husband in

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Pitchfest is Coming! Pitchfest is Coming!! (FWA Interview)

Hi, Everyone! I was invited back on The Freelance Writers Academy podcast for another interview this week! This time I was on to talk about Be A Freelance Blogger’s next PITCHFEST! Pitchfest is a contest in which writers/bloggers publicly pitch their article

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How NOT to Get Your Guest Post Published

Rejection is part of being a professional writer… But, don’t get yourself rejected for any of these reasons. When you’re a freelance writer looking to get published on blogs or in magazines, the process will generally look like this: Send

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What to Do When Writing Keeps You from Writing

One type of writing can keep you from doing another if you don’t prioritize. So…How badly do you want it? Like most writers, I love writing. It’s not just a job, it’s a part of who I am. Pretty much all

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You Just Lost Your Biggest Client…Now What?

And you thought paying your taxes was depressing! (It was “Tax Day” here in the United States yesterday). When it comes to clients, freelance writers tend to follow a fairly specific pattern. It doesn’t matter how many clients we have

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WordPress Basics: Running Your Own Business

Let’s get technical this week, shall we? A couple months ago, I attended one of Danny Iny’s “Passion, Purpose, and Prosperity” webinars. The webinar was a way for Danny to not only gain awareness for his Audience Building Masterclass, but

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