An Open Letter on Trust, “Experts,” and Blogging

*Note* This post and podcast episode contain explicit language, as regulars will know pretty much all rants here do. If you don’t want to read / listen to that, skip this one. Bloggers. Readers. Friends. We need to talk. Do you know what I love about All Freelance Writing readers, including you? You’re out there carving your own path, pursuing the career and lifestyle you

10 Reasons Your Guest Post Pitches Get Ignored

Every week I receive dozens of guest post pitches across all of my blogs, and it’s not uncommon for that to creep over 100 in a week (and those are just the ones making it past my inbox filters; imagine how many bigger blogs must have to sort through). Yet I respond to less than 10% of those pitches. Even fewer result in guest posts

3 Action Steps to Help You Beat Writer’s Block for Good

I learned to produce whether I wanted to or not. It would be easy to say oh, I have writer’s block, oh, I have to wait for my muse. I don’t. Chain that muse to your desk and get the job done. –Barbara Kingsolver Some people call it writer’s block. Others refer to it as a lack of inspiration. Then there are those that say

Bloggers Beware: WriterBay.com Uses Guest Posts as Link Spam

Update: I received an email from David from Writerbay.com this morning. While we still disagree as to the spam nature of these kinds of contests, I do want to update you about a positive development. The primary concern with the contest was the target list of bloggers that was published for participants. I was informed (and then verified) that the list has been removed. Writers can

The Two Sides of the Guest Post Story

Guest posts are one of the hottest strategies for increasing online visibility. Like most marketing strategies, there are different opinions on how to do it right. I am not a fan of the do it this way, not that way mantra. You need to find what works for you. However, there are two sides to the guest post story – the side of the guest

Types of Book Virtual Publicity Tours

Does the thought of having to travel across the country (or further) to deal with interviews and book signings make you cringe as an author? Would you rather be home working on your next book instead? The good news is that virtual publicity tours have been picking up steam for a while now in the book publicity world, meaning authors can do more to promote