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Welcome to the All Freelance Writing blog, where you can find 14+ years of advice, tips, tutorials, and industry insights for freelance writers. You can find hand-picked featured content, check out the latest blog posts, or explore the archives by category below.

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How the PRO Act Could Hurt Freelance Writers (& What You Can do About It)

If you’re active in freelance networks on social media, chances are good you’ve heard about the PRO Act recently. More specifically, you’ve probably heard that it’s bad for freelance professionals like you. But do you understand what’s at stake? And, more important, do you know what you can do about it? Let’s take a look at what the PRO Act is, what it intends to do, … read more

Revenue Sharing 2.0 (& Why it Still Sucks for Writers)

I can’t believe the issue of revenue sharing models is still relevant today in the writing community, but here we are. In this past week alone, companies exploiting these models have come up twice right in my Twitter feed. So, clearly, it’s time for a fresh look. Summary: Revenue share models are never about helping you as a writer, but they’re almost always marketed this … read more

Print Markets Paying Writers $500+

In the latest featured collection of freelance writing markets, today we’ll look at print markets paying writers $500 or more per piece. Please note, some of these print markets have both print and online versions so project types and payment might vary between them. Also note that while these markets advertise rates of $500 or more for at least one project type, they may also … read more

Bullet Journals for Writers

NOTE: This post on bullet journals for writers is a significantly updated version of my 2018 post on how I use various types of journaling to manage nearly everything in my business and my life. In this 2021 update, the focus is much more centered on bullet journals in particular. Here you’ll find my updated list of bullet journal spreads and even more bullet journal … read more

The Issue of “Ethics Creep” in the Writing Community

I recently caught up with fellow freelance writer and author of The Well-Fed Writer, Peter Bowerman. One topic that came up in our conversation was professional ethics and some of the problematic behavior we’ve seen in the writing community in recent years. Or, as Peter put it, we discussed the issue of “ethics creep.” What I’d like to do today is explain what this means. … read more

Common Flaws with Freelance Industry Surveys

It’s that time of year again. No doubt, if you haven’t already, you’ll start to see freelance industry surveys. They might summarize 2020, or they might offer trend predictions for 2021. Industry surveys can be fun to review, but be careful about using them to make serious business decisions. Let’s look at why industry surveys can be interesting. Then we’ll go into some common flaws … read more

30 Paying Markets for Short Fiction

Most freelance writing gigs are of a nonfiction nature, but if you’re looking to flex your creative muscles, freelance writers’ markets also exist for short fiction. It’s important to note that fiction often pays less, and sometimes much less, than more traditional freelance writing jobs. But if you want to try your hand at it, below you’ll find some markets to consider submitting your work to. What … read more

WordPress for Writers: Tips, Tricks & Essential Plugins

Disclosure: This post on WordPress for Writers contains affiliate links. That means if you purchase after clicking on my links, I might receive a commission on the sale. To learn more, read my “No-BS Affiliate Promotion Policy.” In this post on WordPress for writers, we’ll explore everything from your basic setup to tips and tricks to help you further customize your site and keep it more … read more

Red Flags in Freelance Writing Jobs Ads (& What They Really Mean)

If you’ve ever searched freelance writing job ads, chances are good you’ve seen something that made you think “Huh?” Maybe something felt “off” in the job description. Perhaps the pay details looked sketchy. While I haven’t sought leads through freelance writing job ads for my own work in years, I do browse them regularly to curate some of the better listings here. And boy oh … read more

How to Write Faster (for Freelance Writers & Bloggers)

You’ve probably heard this line before: “Fast. Cheap. Good. You can only have two.” That’s true in freelance writing as in most things. Clients have to prioritize. As a freelance writer, you don’t want your clients prioritizing “cheap” work when they hire you. That means you’ll need to provide those other two benefits: being good and being fast. In this case, “being good” means being … read more