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3 Reasons to Write for Content Mills

3 Reasons to Write for Content Mills

Finding Markets and Soliciting Work
According to Wikipedia, a content mill: is a company that employs large numbers of freelance writers to generate large amounts of textual content which is specifically designed to satisfy algorithms for maximal retrieval by automated search engines. Why so many writers feel compelled to start their careers writing for content mills, I will never understand. Here are some of their reasons: Experience--The experience you get pushing out one blog post after another is not the experience you will need to write magazine feature articles, website copy, marketing materials, or really, anything else you might like to do. Exposure--You will not get a byline, for the most part, for what you write for a content mill. So this is not a valid argument. Pay--Ha! Really? Five dollars an article is not…
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Have You Met Trello?

Have You Met Trello?

Productivity
Have you met Trello? O.M.G. I LOVE Trello. Trello is my new organizational tool. It is the only digital organizational tool I have stuck with using. You see, I'm really a paper and pencil kinda gal and the digital things like Evernote are great at first. Then, I just can't see enough. I can't touch enough. And I ditch them like a bad date. But, Trello. Oh, someone heard my sighing. Trello is like using sticky notes on a bulletin board except they don't fall off when someone walks past your desk. And I can set up an entire project in one screen. Boy, do I wish I knew Trello when I was writing my book! Now, I use it to layout the magazine I edit and a blog I…
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How to Find Files without Cleaning off Your Desk

How to Find Files without Cleaning off Your Desk

Productivity
If you are a creative person, your desk is a mess. That's a given. I'm not about to tell you how to keep it organized, because that would mess with the right side of your brain and kill the flow of those creative juices. But what I will tell you is how to find folders on your desk. If all you use are manilla file folders, stop it. Today. Who ever found a manilla file folder in a pile of papers and other manilla file folders in less than a minute? No one, that's who. So, go wild and buy colored file folders. Better yet, buy ones with designs on them. I buy glossy pocket folders with pictures or designs on them for important files. For instance, my "outstanding invoices"…
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Palette vs Palate

Palette vs Palate

Craft
I was reading a Facebook post on one of my favorite magazine's news feed. In that post, they used the word palate. When I read that word, I was reminded of a story that I wrote for the same publication using the word palette. The fact that palette and palate are two entirely different things, at that very moment, hit me upside the head like, well, like a ton of bricks. What also hit me upside the head was that I remembered using the wrong word both in my query and in my story. From Merriam-Webster.com Conscientious freelancer that I am, I felt compelled to let the editor know that the wrong word had been used in my story and that I was, nonetheless late to notice, deeply sorry. So,…
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