Work at Home with Kids | Be a Pro Writer

Work at Home with Kids During the Coronavirus Lockdown

Freelance writers everywhere are scrambling to reconfigure their days. With schools shutting all over the country, we’re trying to work at home with kids during the coronavirus lockdown. If you’ve found your life turned upside down by this pandemic, trying to meet deadlines with Johnny parked in front of his 14th episode of Spongebob, this […]

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3 Productivity Secrets to Supercharge Your Day

Many writers struggle with productivity. No wonder. Distractions come at us from every angle, every hour of the day. If you’re searching for productivity secrets to supercharge your day, I understand. At home, children or pets vie for your attention. If you work online, Facebook disguises itself as a chocolate bar–tempting, tempting, tempting. Business coaches […]

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6 Proofreading Tips from Professional Proofreaders

You slave away on your content, whether for yourself or a client, only to find an error after it’s published. Or, you see a typo in a query letter after you hit send. Then you spend the rest of the day praying the editor doesn’t notice. Sound familiar? Not anymore. With these top proofreading tips […]

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The Freelance Feast or Famine Cycle–Come Out on Top

A major concern of beginning freelancers is how to budget fluctuating income. Things are wonderful when you have a $5,000 month but when you only bring in $1,500 the next month, you start to panic. This post is a step-by-step tutorial to help you get out of the freelance feast or famine cycle. 7 Steps […]

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6 Practical Ways to Get More Writing Done

New freelance writers often think of veteran writers as superheroes. I know I did. I would spend months writing a magazine feature and look at those actually making a living writing and wonder how I, too, could get more writing done. Whether you think you’re slow, distracted, or just disorganized, there are a lot of […]

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A Surefire Way to Find an Email Address

One of the biggest obstacles freelance writers face is keeping their pitches out of the slush pile. But when you’re sending your query to editor@domain.com you’re competing with hundreds of other folks who do the same thing. If you want to find an email address for an editor that she’s sure to check, follow this […]

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5 Places to Find Content Marketing Clients

I began freelancing with magazines. And that’s a logical choice for new freelance writers. But if you want a regular income, it makes sense to reach out to businesses that use content in their marketing. When the magazines you write for pay on publication, and that could be months before getting a check in the […]

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How to Easily Write with Kids at Home

  Sitting at the kitchen table with my laptop, I finally hit “print” for the article I’d been struggling with for days. But nothing happened. Then the message appeared: “The printer is out of paper.” “Not again,” I mumbled as I hoofed it to the next room, tripping over my six-year-old sprawled on the floor […]

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Freelance Writer's Agreement--Who needs one? | Be a Pro Writer

Does a Freelance Writer Need a Contract?

The first time a magazine sent me a freelance writer’s contract, I was a nervous wreck. The editor of a different national publication was a friend of a friend, so I sent him a copy and asked him to decipher it for me. I’ve since become more comfortable with signing on the dotted line and […]

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4 Digital Tools for Writers to Keep You On Track

I’m a paper and pencil gal. No two ways about it, I love my paper planner, colored file folders, and 4-color pen. I even have a collection of Flair markers that I use for color-coding or just…coloring. But, when it comes to staying organized in my business, I use what works best–paper or not. As […]

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