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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…

…and more!

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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! 🙂 Continue reading “EXACTLY What It Takes to Be a Managing Editor”

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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… Continue reading “The Six Pages Every Freelance Writing Website Needs”

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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… Continue reading “How to Win Writing Awards”

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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… Continue reading “What to Do When You Lose Your Best Client”

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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*

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

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I’ve been very busy lately, but you probably wouldn’t have guessed that from viewing this blog. I haven’t updated here in 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 have 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 became 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 interacting 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: Continue reading “What to Do When You’ve Lost Your Motivation to Blog”

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How to Set Your Rates as a Freelance Writer

Every freelancer has to decide for themselves what they want to charge, but this post is a good place to start your thinking process.

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Illustration by Ramiro Roman

Let’s get one thing out of the way before we start: Rate setting is going to vary depending on who you are and what you do. What works for me may not work for you. But, that said, here’s what works for me:

How to Figure Out the “Going Rate”

You always want to be fair to your clients as well as yourself. And one of the best ways to do that is to figure out the “going rate” for the services you’re providing. I figure out these rates by combining two sources:

  1. I check The Writer’s Market rates guide. (You can also check other sources like The Editorial Freelancers Association’s rate guide).
  2. I ask fellow freelance writers what they charged for a similar project. (Note: It’s important to ask successful freelance writers what they charged… Asking someone who’s plateau’d their career on Fiverr won’t do you much good).

From there, I use the numbers I got back — and combine them mentally with what I’d like to charge to earn a living wage — and come up with a price that I think will be fair for both my client and myself.

Making Adjustments to Your Rates

I’m about to show you something that no one has ever seen before. My rates: Continue reading “How to Set Your Rates as a Freelance Writer”

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12 Common Freelance Writer Mistakes

Everyone has to start somewhere, but you don’t have to make the same dumb mistakes everyone else does.

Illustration by Ramiro Roman
Illustration by Ramiro Roman

As a freelance writer, you will make dozens of mistakes throughout your career; however, here are the twelve mistakes you might be making right off the bat:

1. Limiting Yourself

Just because you’ve chosen a niche for yourself doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself. You can still write for other sub-niches under the umbrella of your main niche.

For example, if you’ve chosen parenting as your main focal point, there’s no need for you to forget about your love for fashion, pets, or fitness. You can write articles like:

  • “Get Glam! 15 Make-up Tips for Moms on the Go!” (Parenting/Fashion)
  • “10 Ways Dogs Help Our Children Become Better Human Beings” (Parenting/Pets)
  • “How Having Two Under Two Helped Me Lose 20 Pounds!” (Parenting/Fitness)

Even if you’ve chosen a particular niche, you can still put all of your writing expertise to use! Don’t limit yourself.

2. Disliking Other Writers

Other writers are your friends, yo! In fact: About 60% of my current business comes from fellow writers. Other writers are not “the competition.” Continue reading “12 Common Freelance Writer Mistakes”