A Mega List of Resources for Writers

  When I started my freelance career, I got most of my information from Writer’s Digest magazine. With no money for a subscription, I borrowed copies from the public library. When the library sold back issues for $2 a bundle, I bought up several years’ worth. I read those things until they were falling apart. […]

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Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Freelance Writing Business | BeAProWriter.com

5 Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Freelance Writing Business

  I recently attended a training event for a direct sales company I represent in my very spare time. My upline was speaking about growing your business and he said, “You know how some folks sign up, tell their friends about the product, they try it and love it and tell their friends, and the next thing […]

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How to Charge for Your Writing | Be a Pro Writer

How to Charge for Your Writing

  If you are entering the freelance world from a typical job, you may think of your pay as an hourly wage. Maybe, you are a salaried employee that earns so much per month or a salesperson that earns a percentage of each sale. Before reading further, I want you to take a deep breath […]

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How to Earn More Money with Your Writing | Be a Pro Writer

How to Earn More Money with Your Writing

  I’m super excited to be presenting again in January at the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference. The topic for my 2018 workshop is How to Earn More Money with Your Writing. I pitched this topic to the conference coordinator because, at this particular conference, most of the writers seem to be novelists wanting to leave their […]

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The Time Management Myth–Busted

    When it comes to productivity, there is one myth that needs busting—the idea that you can manage your time. Everyone is given the same number of hours in a day—24. Oh, we all wish for more but that ain’t gonna happen. So, folks think they need to manage the hours in their days […]

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Where to Find Story Ideas | Be a Pro Writer

Where to Find Story Ideas

  If you have been a freelance writer for any length of time, you know that your power lies in your ability to generate ideas. When you have no ideas to pitch to editors, you have no stories to write and, therefore, no money coming in. In the last ten years, I have found story ideas in […]

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What to do when you lose a writing client | Be a Pro Writer

What To Do When You Lose a Writing Client

    A freelance writer needs a couple gigs she can depend on. That is why I write for and edit blogs. When the back and forth of the query process with magazines slows, my blog gigs cover the bills. Sometimes, you lose a regular gig. Several years ago, the owners of a site I […]

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Where to Sell Reprint Articles

    Some years, selling reprints has made up to a third of my income. When you look at it one story at a time, it hardly sounds worth the effort. But if you have a well-written article on a popular topic, you can easily triple your rate from the initial publication. And considering I […]

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Planning for Writers | Be a Pro Writer

Planning for Writers — Why, What, and Methods

    This week I conducted a workshop for my local writers group on planning for writers. Since it went so well, I thought I’d share my top points with you here. I have always been a planner. In fact, I used to spend the greater part of my shopping hours in November-December looking for […]

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Show Your Clients You Care | Be a Pro Writer

Show Your Clients You Care

  Early in my freelance career I started sending Christmas cards to my most regular clients to thank them for working with me. Then I wondered if, in the hub of all the holiday mail, they even saw them. I envisioned some editorial assistant opening my card, putting it in a stack of a hundred […]

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