Introduce yourself to land work: why freelance LOIs matter

Consider this a public service announcement for letters of introduction. At a friend’s recommendation, I wrote a letter of introduction – LOI in freelance lingo – to the editor of a just-launched personal finance website. I never heard back, forgot about it, and later read somewhere that the editor I’d written to left to do other things ....more

SABEW talk recap: The business of running a freelance business

In many ways, running a freelance writing business is like running any other kind of small business: you have to show up on a regular basis, do the work, satisfy the customer, and collect for your efforts. That’s the nutshell version of advice I shared earlier today on a Society of American Business Editors and Writers teletraining about working as a freelance business journalist. Thanks to SABEW for inviting me and the...more

Analyzing freelance writing income: the case for diversifying

Interesting trends in my freelance writing business for 2014. I’ve started to use the term editorial services business because it does a better job of describing what I do –read on and you’ll see why. That’s a lot of bosses! ...more

Content marketing, multimedia storytelling and me

Say “content marketing” to freelancers, and the first thing they think is probably not a long feature story beautifully designed with video sidebars, photo illustrations and graphics. That would be...more

I’ve been cheating on you with another blog

I’ve been having an affair, and it’s about time that you found out. Since August, I’ve been cheating on you with another blog. It was intense while it lasted ....more

Freelance soundtrack: Everybody Wants You

Editor’s note: This is the latest...more

Learn secrets to getting freelance gigs @ ASJA New Avenues conference

It’s hard to visit an online writers’ forum and not hear people talking about freelance match-making services like Contently, Ebyline, Scripted and the like. How do they work? What kinds of assignments do they have? ...more

10 ways to make editors fall in love with your work

Dave Kansas, chief operating officer of American Public Media Group Editor’s note: Please enjoy this update of a WordCount favor. – Michelle Editors aren’t hard to figure out. They want to work with freelancers who routinely come up with interesting story ideas that are perfect for their readership and then deliver on those...more

Freelance soundtrack: Take a Chance on Me

Editor’s note: This is the first in an occasional series on songs to write by, be inspired by, or that capture the freelance spirit. – Michelle I know ABBA’s not talking about freelancing when they sing “Take a chance on me.” But the lyrics encapsulate the feelings of hopefulness and angst I get sending a story idea to an editor I don’t know, or a proposal to a publication I’d love to work with. Couldn’t you picture yourself singing this to the editor on the other end of the “Send” key: Gonna do my very best and it ain’t no lie If you put me to the test, if you let me try Take a chance on me (That’s all I ask of you honey) Take a chance on me OK, maybe not the “honey” part, and definitely not the come-hither looks Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad give in the video ....more