Sometimes as writers, we bend over backward to make our clients happy. Often we will cut our fees, sometimes too low, in order to keep a good client happy. While it's okay to give a cost break when you can, you have to know when, and how, to say...

Ever wonder how to market yourself? It's essential to your business that you understand how to get your name out there. My good friend Kristen has just posted a fantastic article on just this subject--check it out at Inkthinker. Once you read it,...

If the bad food, endless lines at security, and crowded seats aren't reason enough to avoid traveling by air, here's the best one - cell phones on airplanes.Yes, the powers that be (and that would be Senators McCain and Kennedy) have decided that we...

Tax time! I dread this time of year--not because I pay through the nose, but because I keep lousy records. Oh, I mean well. I start out with the Excel spreadsheet each year, with my nice little columns for Project name, Client, Amount due, Amount...

My New Year's resolution this year was a simple one--I decided that I would try to gain one new client every month. I reasoned that finding new clients would be a bit easier to focus on than say bringing in a certain dollar amount. I figured that if...

3-22-06Already this morning, I've had to deal with an email service problem, two phone calls totally unrelated to work, and I've had to search for things for other people while trying to start my work day. All of this and it's not even 9 a.m....

3-21-06During your work week, do you build time into your schedule for destressing? For some reason, we writers believe that we have to be working nonstop and at least twelve hours a day in order to be successful and happy. Not so. In fact, success...

3-20-06Recently, I had the misfortune of being contacted by a man who had done some work for me. It had been a year since we'd talked and since things ended well, I was shocked when a year later, he accused me of copyright violation and of various...

What’s Your Value?

What's the worst sin you can commit as a writer? Splitting an infinitive? Dangling a modifier? Using bad sentence structure? While all of those are of concern, especially if you call yourself a professional writer, the worst sin of them all is to...

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