The Renegade Writer

How I Broke Out of a Freelancing Slump by Breaking all the Rules

This post is by Deb Mitchell. I’m definitely more of a "rules are there for a reason" than a "rules were meant to be broken" kind of girl. It just never occurs to me to buck the system, and frankly, that’s served me well all my life. But when my freelance writing career stalled (despite the ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Sep 30, 2014 Advice, Break This Rule, Freelance writers, Freelance Writing, Marketing, Query letters

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

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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