Archive for April 2010

What does it Mean to be a Professional Blogger?

Apr 30th, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Freelance Writing, Types of Jobs

When I was in college, I had blogs, first on LiveJournal and then on Xanga. I suspect that some of you also have blogs on these sites, or use the bloggin functions on Facebook or MySpace. I even know some people who start blogs on Blogger or WordPress. These are blogs about your life, mainly [...]

What Font should you Use?

Apr 29th, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Freelance Writing, Writing Tips

Most clients of mine specify certain style details when we start working together. Client A wants a bold-faced headline with no headings or bullet points and single spacing. Client B wants everything in a .txt file with at least three headings per article. I actually have a file where I save all style directions to [...]

What to do when you get Sick

Apr 27th, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Freelance Writing, Working at Home

Every writer gets sick at some point. It’s just a fact of life. You take the good, you take the bad…Sick days are definitely “the bad” in the world of freelance writing.

Covering Events for Clients

Apr 24th, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Freelance Writing, Types of Jobs

Occasionally, as a freelance writer, you may be asked to cover an event for a client. You might also want to cover an event if you write a blog. I found myself is such a situation many times over the past few years, and it isn’t an easy gig, especially if you aren’t prepared.

iPhone Apps for Writers Costing $1 or Less

Apr 22nd, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Freelance Writing, Tools and Reviews

I don’t have an iPhone. I’m not a cell phone technology type of person; my trusty standby, which I’ve had for nearly four years, works just fine. I know a lot of you guys and gals have them though, and I do understand why. For a writer on the go, a phone that does more [...]

What is Link Bait?

Apr 18th, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Freelance Writing, Writing Tips

When you’re searching for jobs or reading advice about blogging, you’re going to come across the term “link bait” often. Clients want to hire you to write link bait. Experts recommend writing link bait. But do you even know what link bait is or how to write it?

Blog-storming: When Writer’s Block Screws with your Productivity

Apr 16th, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Featured

Don’t get me wrong; I love it when a client gives me freedom with a project. It’s only a matter of time before writer’s block starts to screw with your productivity, though. That’s an understatement, actually. If you allow writer’s block to run unchecked, you won’t be a blogger for long. You’ll start writing low-quality posts to just meet your client’s minimum standards, which is a fast track to getting replaced. On a blog you own yourself, the outcome is even worse - your posts will become fewer and farther between until you stop updating completely. Your blog will die. DIE!

Decorating a Tiny Space on a Budget

Apr 16th, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Home, Life After Graduation

Don’t be ashamed if the only apartment you can afford isn’t much bigger than the dorm room you recently left. Even if you move to an area where cost of living is low, those beauties you really want are going to be out of your price range as a freelancer…at least for now. Work toward that goal, and in the meantime here are some tips you can use to decorate your tiny space without breaking the bank.

Meeting Clients Safely

Apr 15th, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Freelance Writing, Social Networking

Sometimes, a client may want to have a meeting with you to talk face-to-face, and when that’s the case, it is important to do so safely. Writing is your business, and the issue of safety may not cross your mind as readily as it would with online dating, but the risks are still there. People can sometimes be just…creepy.

Diagnosing Rejection Letters

Apr 13th, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Freelance Writing, Job Hunting

Thanks, but no thanks. Sigh. Rejection letters stink, no matter how they’re worded. Did you know, though, that the words really do matter? What the editor says in the rejection letter makes all the difference in the world.