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...

Editing For Fun And (not) MoneySo what do you do when your great-uncle Ted asks you to look over his latest endeavor into the novel-writing biz? What do you do when your best friend's mother needs someone to "look over and edit" her newsletter for...

RepresentI got a terrific email to start my morning. I'd just written an article for a magazine wherein I had to interview one of their advertisers and present a profile of the company and what they do. They do highly technical mathematics and...

Writing a Good Query LetterMy recent foray into advertising for writing help has driven home a very important truth; few people understand the power of a good query letter. That may sound like an unfair generalization, and maybe it is, but my mail...

Your Potential Employer SpeaksLike most writers, I’ve been on the job search side of things. I’ve sent out the queries, copied clips and stuffed them in envelopes, included my SASE, etc. Since things have gone electronic, it’s much easier to...

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