Paying (or Not) For Professional WorkI know it sounds as though I beat this drum too often, but I really cannot stress often enough the reasons why you should stand up for what you're worth. I just had a conversation with a potential client, and I...

A Word About ExposureIn all the years I've been freelancing, the job postings that bother me most are the ones offering writers "exposure" for their work. Let me tell you what you're getting--nothing. That may sound mighty strong, but let's dissect...

Proofreading is DedIt's to the point where I can't pick up Time magazine at all. It's not that I'm not fond of getting my news fix. It's that I'm not fond of typos and grammar slips.I'd love to believe it's just a recent problem, but when I...

Right now there's a fuzzy black spider roaming across the top of my desk hutch and along the edge of my fax machine. I'm watching him with a sense of curiosity and comraderie--the spider knows I'm here and I know he's here, yet we've decided to go...

The editor-in-hiding strikes again! Had a brief email conversation with a former interview subject. I sent him the story I'd worked on, and out came his red pen! "No wonder that magazine didn't print it--that beginning is awful! Here's how you...

In my "other" career, I'm an editor. Actually, I'm the entire staff of a monthly trade newsletter. Because most of my articles come in the form of contributed articles (written by industry executives), I've seen quite a range of knowledge and...

Things That Bug Me, Part One:I saw one of those ads again today--the ads that beg good writers to check out their website, join, and bid on projects. Being the curious journalist, I looked. The jobs were certainly legitimate, so I looked a little...

Plagiarism and Fair Use

Once again, plagiarism is rearing its ugly head. This time, it's the Harvard student who wrote a book and apparently referenced several different books--without attribution. It makes me wonder about the people in my chosen profession. Who would...

Seven Ways to Gain Clients

In real estate training, we called it the Rule of Seven. It's a concept that transitions very well into your marketing efforts for any writing business, or for any business for that matter. It's an easy one--contact seven buyers and seven sellers...

Starting a new project today--what excitement! There's nothing like beginning something new, with the new hopes, the new ideas and the new anxieties that are attached to it. What a great way to start Spring!At the beginning of every project, I go...

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Good luck with the conference... looking forward to your support

I hope you have a fun and productive conference, Lori.

Great point, Cathy. It is about making it all routine, isn't it? The more…