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

12 books that influenced my life

A few friends invited me to participate in one of the Facebook challenge to...more

9/11 – Never forget

The first time I visited New York after 9/11 was in 2008. Seven years later, the area was still recovering, and Ground Zero was a giant construction zone. I’ve been back several times since ....more

Back to school means back to work

When the new school year starts today, I’m not sure who’ll be more excited, my eighth...more

Stick up for yourself – no one else is going to

If I’ve learned anything in the years I’ve spent working for myself it’s this: you have to stick up for yourself – because no one else is going to. No one else is as invested as you are in hitting $2/a word, making it into your dream publication, scoring that interview, reaching your goals, or considering yourself a success -...more