New Year, New YouYea, we all do it. We make resolutions during the shiny hours of a new year, but somewhere around March, things are back to status quo. So why bother making resolutions? Because at least it's a step in the right direction. So go on...

The First Official Rant DayToday is my Rant Day. I’ve decided I need to designate at least one day of the month as the day when I get to vent without feeling guilty for doing so. It’s unprofessional, but dang it, sometimes it’s just so...

CYA - Survival Among EnemiesOn a recent project, it became apparent almost instantly that the parties involved in helping me complete the assignment were warring factions. In one case, there was an email accusation that slashed away mercilessly at...

CYA – Own Your ProcessI said something in my last post that maybe we should talk about. Things went wrong with my client mentioned in that post when I allowed him to own my process. Let me explain – When I met with the client the first time, he...

CYA - Contracts and PaymentHooray! Four times must be a charm, because the client finally understood that the project I spoke of in the last post will not be finished this month. I guess I got what I wanted for Christmas!Now comes the fun part –...

CYA - Client FocusTo those of you who believe that if you repeat what you want to happen over and over again it will happen, stop it. You’re annoying the hell out of the rest of us who are trying to make it happen for you.It occurs in the world of...

CYA – Lesson OneIf you’re a writer, you’re working with contracts (and if you’re not working with a contract, shame on you!). I keep some standard ones handy for clients who are without, but when a client sends you one of their contracts,...

The Duh FactorI just saw a lame question on a forum, coupled with a post on :: inkthinker ::: Ignorance is not bliss; it's just ignorance, that reminded me just how bloody lazy some people can be, and they don't seem ashamed about it. The question:...

Habit FormingFor those of you who have made the jump from office to home office, how are you doing on the whole “I’m working from home, so I gotta get serious” thing? A recent discussion over at Anne Wayman’s About Freelance Writing site...

Fighting the Losing BattleJust came across a brand-new client. In the short phone conversation we had, I managed to impress him with how flexible I was (he even said, “You sound very easy to work with”) and how qualified I was to handle his...

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