Think it Can't Happen? How a Major Publisher Stole Two Children's Books

When I was in eighth grade I wrote two short stories for our English teacher, Mr. Mortem, a malevolent-looking man with a low brow and small beady eyes. We joked that he moonlighted as an axe murderer. But he was even scarier as an English teacher. He snapped girls’ bras in the hallway and terrorized us with menacing-sounding exams called “evaluations,” which turned out to be ordinary multiple-choice tests....more

Want To Get Published? Don't Be Afraid To Pitch

If you want to write things somewhere other than your own blog, learning to pitch your ideas effectively is key. ...more
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How to Get Paid to Blog for Companies: The No-Gimmick Strategy for Serious Writers

You can make a living as a paid blogger (spoiler alert: but maybe not in the way that you think)Believe it or not, making money as a blogger is probably easier now than it ever was....more
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How to Take Charge of Your Pathetic Freelance Writing Career

The secret to making a predictable monthly income as a freelance writerWriters are an interesting breed. Most of us are one-half idealistic dope and one-half pragmatic cynic....more

Freelance Shouldn’t Be Free. Take the PAYlance Pledge

Can you really make a living as a freelance writer?Are you trying to get work as a freelance writer, only to continually run into ads that say things like this:"As Much Work as You Can Handle: The project involves profiles of 500 to 1000 words. Samples are based off of our work log, so accepted ones will be compensated. Each accepted sample will be paid for at a rate of $12 each.”Oooh. As much barely compensated work as I can handle? Sign me up!...more

RIP Yahoo Contributor Network Site.

August 1stFor many years of my life, the first day of August has been a day tinged with a feeling of melancholy.  When I was a child growing up in Canada (where school was in session from September to the end of June), it was the day I would realize my summer holiday was half-over.  Later, being educated as an American, I would mourn the passing of two-thirds of my summer vacation....more

My Diary Screaming Out Loud

I'm naked in front of the crowd...It's not even a bad dream, I'm doing this to myself.  I'm interesting, let me tell you why.  I won't write in a diary, because I'm afraid someone will find it and read it.  Yeah, me.  I'm not actually telling you about my real demons.  That shit I save for my therapist.  ...more

How I Began My Writing Career

I began my career as a writer (in earnest) three months ago. I started off by joining a bidding site, which I have managed to make a little bit of money from, but which I have also learned a lot of valuable lessons from already. More on that in a minute. I also purchased a copy of the 2013 Writers Market and some other books on writing (to add to my growing library). ...more

The Basics of Writing & Editing...

Okay, I’m leaning toward an apologetic plea for forgiveness from all of my readers. You see, I’ve sent out stuff that obviously needed re- editing and I tend to do this often. So, for those readers who still follow me after such grammatical screw ups? I’m sorry you have to suffer through that, truly I am. Recently, I submitted a piece, great piece… might I add, on the how tos of living and learning from life experiences....more

Step Up To Promote Your Entrepreneurship Skills In 2012!

I’m taking a page from one of my favorite Tina Turner songs, “I’ll be your private dancer, dancer for money!” as an incentive to set fire to my creative endeavors and get the ball rolling; the juices of creativity flowing by setting my networking skills on full blast!...I’m dancing into the year 2012 with my high heel sneakers on as I prepare to reach my projected profit goal as a woman in business.  There are things I’m still learning on this solo journey into freelance and already set in motion by landing my first major client just before the Christmas...more