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...

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...

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Exactly that, Devon. The less they pay, the more they seem to dictate and…

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