The Renegade Writer

No, Freelance Writers, You DON’T Need a Blog

Say you’re a new freelance writer. (Sound familiar?) You ask someone with more experience whether you should start a blog to help attract clients and let you use blog posts as clips. Chances are, the other writer will tell you it's absolutely, totally imperative that you have a blog. I even heard one freelance writer tell ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Sep 17, 2014 Advice, Blogging, Break This Rule, Writing

Free Checklist: 50 Ways to Build Your Freelance Writing Business Today – No Matter How Much Time You Have

Many of my email mentoring clients have so many ideas and projects that when they try to decide what steps to take next, they feel stuck. There are so many actions they could be taking at any one time that they freak out -- and do nothing. I have the same problem, and one day Renegade ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Sep 15, 2014 Cool tools, Marketing, Motivation

Here’s Why Your Cool Article Ideas Aren’t Selling

You come up with a mind-blowingly awesome article idea: You've discovered some really cool thing, and you want to write about it. For example, you've found out something fascinating about how train schedules are developed, or how makeup is made, or a unique museum, or a new business that's just opened its doors. So you have this ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Sep 2, 2014 Advice, Ideas, Writing

How to Be Freaking Epic as a Freelance Writer

I know what you want: To get more freelance writing jobs. And to earn good money doing what you love. And to enjoy the freedom that comes with controlling your own career. That’s nice -- but guess what? Editors don’t care what you want. All editors care about is that you make their jobs -- and their ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Aug 19, 2014 Advice, Editors, Motivation

If You Don’t Read Magazines, Don’t Try to Write for Them

The other day I was chatting with my Renegade Writer co-author, Diana Burrell, and she mentioned something that horrified me. Diana teaches the fabulous Become an Idea Machine workshop that's helped students land in the New York Times, Parenting, Success and other publications. She told me that more frequently than you would expect, she'll suggest a ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Aug 4, 2014 Advice, Marketing, Query letters, Rants

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