Writing & Business

Two Steps to Starting a Conversation at an Event

Two Steps to Starting a Conversation at an Event

I go to events fairly regularly---not necessarily networking events, but receptions and other events where there are opportunities for mingling. And small talk is so not my thing. Moreover, I’m not the kind of person who can just walk up to someone and say, “hi, my name is ___ and…
Top 3 Tips for Talking on the Radio

Top 3 Tips for Talking on the Radio

I spent three years volunteering as the weekly co-host of an hour-long talk radio show. It was a huge amount of fun, and while I don’t do it anymore (I just had too many other things going on, and something’s gotta give!), I certainly learned a lot from it---in particular,…
A Simple Trick to Get More Work Done

A Simple Trick to Get More Work Done

Last week I wrote a guest post for Freelancers Union: My Client Didn't Give Me a Deadline. Now What? I encourage you all to check it out! We all have those times when you just feel like you're plodding along. You have work to do, but it's tough to just…
What To Do BEFORE Submitting Your Manuscript to an Editor

What To Do BEFORE Submitting Your Manuscript to an Editor

As a freelance editor, I’ve had the great pleasure of working with several indie (and established!) authors on editing their manuscripts. I’ve done everything from proofreading to developmental editing for authors, in genres from children’s books to crime mysteries, so the types of manuscripts (and the amount that they are…
My Top Five Tips for How to Be a Better Writer

My Top Five Tips for How to Be a Better Writer

Sometimes you just aren’t in the mood for writing. But if you have a deadline to deal with, or if you are writing content for a client, you don’t really have much of a choice! You might not feel inspired to write, but you have to write anyways. I have…
My Two Best Money Tips for Freelancers

My Two Best Money Tips for Freelancers

As a freelancer, you get to be the boss, secretary, office manager, employee, and bookkeeper, all rolled into one. And no doubt you are stronger in some of these areas than others! Most people become freelancers because their strong skills are in being an entrepreneur and / or in the…
3 Reasons Why Elance Is a Great Option for New Freelancers

3 Reasons Why Elance Is a Great Option for New Freelancers

When you first start out freelancing, it can be tough! Building a client base, getting work experience, and making a living can take a long time. Although a lot of traditional online freelance bidding sites, such as Elance or Freelanced, aren’t the best way to get long-term freelance work (particularly because…