Freelancers and ExclusivityIn the past few weeks, I've seen mention of writers who are being asked to work exclusively for a particular publication. Let me rephrase that - they're not being asked to work for the particular publications but are being...

Do Your HomeworkWarning - rant ahead.I was on a writing forum recently when I noticed that a lot of beginning writers were asking questions such as "Where can I send this article?" or "What publisher is right for my story?" I wanted to scream out...

Your Logo, Your ImageOne of the forums I frequent (www.aboutfreelancewriting.com) recently had a post asking if writers created their own logos or had someone else do it. Interesting question, lots of interesting answers. Some writers had created...

Sane or Insane?I think I've hit upon the key indicator that helps new freelancer writers determine if the advertisement they're reading is from a "real" employer or a slimeball. It's the Sanity Factor.Saw an ad on Craig's List yesterday that made me...

The Beauty of Brainless NetworkingIt happened again yesterday - I was talking with a PR "colleague" (we're all in this together) and he was asking how business was. He was referring to my monthly newsletter, but as I was wrapped up in a ton of...

Writing Tips from Writing ChumsWhat a coincidence! Yesterday I wrote about supplementing the freelance income, while at the same time waaaay across the country, my dear friend Anne Wayman was doing exactly the same thing! Anne's approach to the...

Supplementing the IncomeThe question comes up often, usually from those just starting their freelance careers - is it possible to survive on a freelance income? I'm here to say it's not only possible; it's very likely. If you don't mind...

Exposure RevisitedShould I just rename this web log "Will Work for Money"?Here we go again - another ad for "invaluable exposure!" from yet another startup. The owners are like the others before them - they expect us to buy into their dream without...

Public SnipingLadies, please.That's what I'd love to say to both Star Jones Reynolds and Barbara Walters. It's bad enough they couldn't get along well enough to work together - do we really need to be subjected to their public sniping?Things done...

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...

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I get the requests from writers too, Cathy. I tend not to link to…

I'm beginning to question why I bother.