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6 Steps to Get Started as a Freelance Blogger

Illustration by Ramiro Roman

You have been blogging for a while and you think it’s finally time. You want to stretch your wings and fly into the world of freelance blogging!

You’re not sure what to expect though, or if you’re even qualified to be a freelance blogger.

I can almost hear you now…

“What are people going to expect from me?”

“What if they don’t like what I write?”

“What if I get rejected?”

These are all questions I asked myself (and, just between you and me, sometimes I find myself still asking them!).

I know you are scared, and thinking about how hard this is going to be. Basically talking yourself out of even trying.

It’s ok to be scared, but you need to stop thinking about how hard it’s going to be. Just start writing. It’s that easy.

Do you love to write, and do research, for your articles? Do you love being able to reach out and connect with your readers? I know you do, or you wouldn’t be here looking for the help you need to get your butt moving.

Let me give you six tips that helped me when I was starting on my journey to become a freelance blogger. Continue reading “6 Steps to Get Started as a Freelance Blogger”

How to Start Blogging Later in Life

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So, you’re interested in blogging? You’ve never written anything before…and you are no longer considered young. How’s that going for you? Tough isn’t it?

Brain Ache

‘When I get older losing my hair, Many years from now’ …so goes the opening line of The Beatles song, ‘When I’m 64’.

Though I’m not quite 64; even though it sometimes feel like it; no seriously, being middle-aged everything hurts or creaks, and I mean everything – even my brain at times, entering the ‘Blogging Arena’ later in life can be hard work.

You need to get the right head on. 

Millennials VS. Generation X

It’s a young persons game isn’t it? All that technology and stuff that never existed until the late 1990s – by which time some of us were already fully-formed adults with kids of our own and probably set in our ways.

“In my day…” comes the desperate, confused and, quite frankly, moany response from the non ‘Millennials.’ I’m Generation X; post Baby Boomer, pre Millennial; what was once described as the ‘alienated youth’.

Well I’ll be damned if I’ll be alienated in later life! Continue reading “How to Start Blogging Later in Life”

Six Tips to Keep You Productive When Working from Home

Illustration by Ramiro Roman

Staying productive and on task when you work from home can be super challenging, but, if you’re a freelancer and your home is also your office you absolutely need to nail this if you want to succeed.

Getting everything done just as you want it and on time can be one of the hardest things to get right when transitioning from office life to working for yourself at home.

When I first started working from home I’d get up just before I needed to be at my desk and then spend the morning working in my pyjamas.

I’d make regular trips to the kettle, potter around the kitchen, and, before I knew it, it was 11am which meant time for a break. I’d eat biscuits, stick on Netflix then sit at my PC to work without focusing on anything in particular.

Soon enough it’d be 3pm and I’d done pretty much nothing.

I did this for two weeks before realising I was getting nowhere and would be back in a ludicrous 9-5 office job in no time if I didn’t get my act together, pronto!

Now I successfully work from home as a freelancer and here I share my top tips for how to stay on task and be sure the job gets done when your office is also your living space. Continue reading “Six Tips to Keep You Productive When Working from Home”

How to Discover Your Writing Passions

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You like to write, you like to explain yourself, you like to describe things, but you just don’t know what to write about or how to write about it.

You continuously struggle with not being able to grasp what you are truly passionate about because you are just following what everyone around you does – what all the “big name” writers write about.

I’ve been there. And I can help.

It’s time stop living – and writing — like that. You have to discover what YOU are passionate about!

If you’ve been searching for meaning in your writing, and longing to find your perfect niche, but have always been too scared to take the next step: now is the time to take it.

Don’t worry. I’ll guide you through it! Continue reading “How to Discover Your Writing Passions”

4 Types of Toxic Client Behavior (And How to Avoid Them!)

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Freelance writing is a big, bold, exciting world full of possibilities. You can find success beyond your wildest dreams — if you know where to look and have the right work ethic.

In this sense, working online is similar to working in the “real world.” However, like the real world, people can be toxic jerks — specifically, new “clients.”

If you are a doe-eyed newbie freelancer, hopefully, you haven’t encountered a client with a toxic attitude. If you HAVE, I’m sorry, and I hope this piece helps you avoid people like that in the future. You deserve payment for your hard work — never let a so-called “client” convince you otherwise.

We are going to go through four different types of behavior that toxic clients possess, and why they are hurting you. Afterward, we will dive in deep and figure out how to avoid them altogether.

These examples are based on my personal experiences and horror stories from freelancing friends. Continue reading “4 Types of Toxic Client Behavior (And How to Avoid Them!)”

BIG Changes at LittleZotz Writing!

Hi, Everyone!

I usually save the personal posts for my other blog, but I thought I owed all you LittleZotz Writing readers an explanation…

I haven’t written a post here since last October. And, as you could probably tell from my tone in that post, I was feeling very frustrated.

After eight years of writing about the same topic(s) again and again, I felt stuck in a rut. Like I had nothing new/good to say. So I just stopped updating.

Then the awards started coming in… LittleZotz Writing was named one of The Write Life‘s Top 100 Blogs for Writers and one of Positive Writer‘s Top 50! I was honored. And I felt like I had to continue! But…I still had nothing to say.

I became deeply depressed. Continue reading “BIG Changes at LittleZotz Writing!”

How to Be a Perfect Guest Writer

Illustration by Ramiro Roman

Imagine for a moment that a friend has invited you over for lunch.

When you get to your friend’s house, you not only eat their food, but you take a shower in their bathroom and sleep in their bed. Then, you put their indoor-only cat outside, take their paintings off the walls, sell their car to a man down the street, and smoke a cigar over their baby’s crib.

Is that any way for a lunch guest to behave?

Of course not!

Now imagine that you’ve been asked to be a GUEST writer. Would you walk into the publication like you owned the place?

You’d be surprised how many writers do! In fact, I get hundreds of e-mails every month from writers who do just that.

I’m the Head Editor of Be a Freelance Blogger and 133T, two online publications that depend on guest writers for content. However, despite the extremely clear guidelines on both publications, an overwhelming amount of writers don’t seem to know what guest writing is.

Let’s clear that up once and for all, shall we? Continue reading “How to Be a Perfect Guest Writer”

Write About Any Tough Topic in Two “Easy” Steps

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As freelance writers, sometimes we get hired to write about tough topics. I’ve written about mental health issues, domestic violence, rape, and any number of other negative issues. And it can be rough to get through!

However, writing about depressing topics doesn’t have to depress you.

If you stay positive, you can write about any topic — and get paid for it! — without having it affect your day-to-day life. Continue reading “Write About Any Tough Topic in Two “Easy” Steps”

Know the Difference: Pitching, Querying, and LOIs

Illustration by Ramiro Roman.

This is one of the most important blog posts on this site if you’re serious about freelance writing. Every writer – whether you write fiction or non-fiction – needs to learn how to pitch to editors. Or query them. Or send them a letter of introduction.

So let’s talk a bit about what each of those terms means.

Letter of Introduction (LOI)

This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It’s a letter in which you introduce yourself to the editor/publication. And…that’s about it. You say who you are and mention that you have an interest in writing for them, but you leave it at that. In my experience, LOIs are much less wanted than they used to be – most editors would rather jump straight to the query/pitch. (Though most modern queries/pitches have elements of a LOI in them).

Query

Traditionally, this is a letter written to an editor/publication regarding whether or not it’s acceptable to send in a pitch. However, recently, the term “query” and “pitch” can be pretty much interchangeable (with the meaning more focused on the latter).

Pitch

This is a letter written to an editor/publication essentially attempting to sell your idea for an article/post/book. You say who you are (the LOI element), and offer up a brief outline of what you intend to write. Most importantly, a pitch should cover why the idea at hand is perfect for the publication you’re writing to. (Editors want to know that their readers are going to be happy with what they’re reading).

The most important thing to remember is to follow the pitching guidelines for whatever publication you’re writing to. If they want a LOI, send them a LOI; if they want a pitch, send them a pitch.

But, in general, you’ll be sending in something that looks a bit like this template: Continue reading “Know the Difference: Pitching, Querying, and LOIs”

Yours FREE! The Writernomicon: 50+ Blogs That Pay $50 or More for Guest Posts

The Writernomicon is a list of 50+ publications that pay writers $50 USD or more for writing blog posts as guest writers.

Why Writernomicon?

Well, clearly, it’s based on the classic Necronomicon by H.P. Lovecraft. Even the cover design – by the talented Ramiro Roman – harkens back to potential designs for that fictional tome. And that makes me laugh. And things that make me laugh are awesome, and; therefore, worthy of publication.

However, the “nomicon” suffix that Lovecraft used, once translated as “Book of Names,” seemed fitting for this book as well – since it’s essentially a list of publishers’ names. A book of names…for writers. Writernomicon.

The way you use this “mystical” e-book is entirely up to you. Personally, I like to look up a publisher that seems interesting and then pitch them an article idea. But you could also think of an article idea first and then look up which publisher seems like a good home for it. Up to you!

The Writernomicon is in your hands now.

Use it wisely.

Download the FREE PDF here!

Need Help Using This Book?

Do you need help using The Writernomicon to your advantage? Are you wondering how to write the perfect pitch? Or how to create your freelance blogging website?

I now have a class up on SkillShare that covers everything you need to know to get started as a freelance blogger — and it’s only $10! (Normally a mentoring session with me costs $97/hour, so that’s quite a deal!).

In the class, I cover topics like:

  • How to get over your freelance blogging fears
  • How to find your area of blogging expertise
  • How to write the perfect pitch
  • How to set up your freelance blogging website
  • What NOT to do
  • How to get testimonials…

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