Weekend Reading: Freelance Writing Project Tutorials

Earlier this week I answered a reader’s question about how you should respond when a client asks you to take on a freelance writing project you have no experience with. They specifically wanted to know how you could learn a new project type quickly. I promised to follow up with a collection of tutorials, templates, and worksheets that could help you learn how to tackle

Weekend Reading: Market Research for Freelance Writers

If you want to succeed as a freelance writer, you need to have a plan. It’s a point frequently driven home here. But how do you get to that plan? How do you know what strategies are most likely to work? How do you know what your target clients really want? How, exactly, are you supposed to know what to do? Before you come up with a business

Weekend Reading: 5 Posts on Personal Branding

Whether you’re launching a new freelance writing business or wondering why you struggle to attract the “right” kinds of clients in an existing business, your branding is something you can’t afford to ignore. More than that, for most freelancers, your brand is you. Instead of a traditional business brand, you’ll focus on personal branding — where your professional image revolves around who you are, what credentials

Weekend Reading: 10 Posts on Getting Started in Freelance Writing

Starting this week, I’m bringing back the Friday “weekend reading” post series. These will include 5-10 links to articles I recommend reading, all focused around a specific theme. Normally those will be off-site resources. But to kick things off, at the start of each month, I’ll share resources from the All Freelance Writing archives around our monthly theme. This month’s theme is “Getting Started &

Weekend Reading: Writing Success

For this week’s “weekend reading” collection, let’s talk about writing success. What does it take to be a successful writer? What does “writing success” even mean to you? And is success something we ever truly achieve, or will we always crave something more? These questions are tackled in the posts below. Don’t forget to leave a comment and share your thoughts about what writing success

Weekend Reading: Revising Your Manuscript

I love first drafts. I love creating something new. Revising them into a second draft? Not so much. Or at least that’s the case with longer manuscripts. That first round of revisions is the most challenging (and the most frustrating) for me. But it has to be done. So it ends up taking longer than I’d like. Do you ever struggle with the self-revision process,

Weekend Reading: Writing Goals and Progress Reports

As a follow up to yesterday’s post where I shared my first quarter check-in for my 2015 writing goals, for this week’s “Weekend Reading” post I’d like to share some other examples, plus one blogger’s free goal-tracking tool that might help you stay on track. Enjoy! First Quarter Wrap-Up By Jennette Marie Powell at JenPowell.com This post is simply another example of one writer’s quarterly check-in. I’m

Weekend Reading: Pinterest for Writers

While it might sound strange, one of the best social networks for writers might also be the most visually oriented. Yes, I’m talking about Pinterest. Even though Pinterest doesn’t revolve around your writing itself, it offers a lot of opportunities bloggers and authors, in particular, shouldn’t pass up. So in this week’s “weekend reading” roundup, let’s take a look at a few resources that can help you

Weekend Reading: Writer’s Block

Ah, writer’s block — the writer’s nemesis. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I don’t really believe in writer’s block. It’s not a “thing.” It’s an excuse. It’s an excuse I’ve used, but that doesn’t make it any more of a thing. I’m never short on ideas. So when I claim to feel “blocked” it means something a bit different. Maybe I’m not feeling motivated.

Weekend Reading: Character Development for Writers

Our weekend reading collection is coming a bit late this week. But better late than never, right? This week’s posts and resources are for authors trying to develop new characters for their fiction. We’ll kick things off with a checklist-style post to help you get to know your new characters, then get character development advice from Virginia Woolf, and finally we’ll look at one particular

Weekend Reading: Writing Effective Calls to Action

Last weekend we took a look at resources to help you write email marketing copy. This week let’s stick to the overall copywriting theme but narrow down our focus to calls to action. Here are three resources that can help you when designing or writing effective calls to action for your blog, freelance writing projects, or other marketing copy. Enjoy! The 7 Qualities of an Eye-Catching

Weekend Reading: LinkedIn Marketing for Writers

This weekend let’s talk about marketing your freelance writing services (or marketing your books and blogs for that matter). Specifically, let’s explore LinkedIn marketing. I’ve put together three relatively recent resources that will hopefully help you get a handle on LinkedIn marketing. Rather than our typical “weekend reading” in this case we have one article, one infographic, and a slideshow. Enjoy! Is the LinkedIn Publishing

Weekend Reading: Writing Motivation

Given that we’ve just started a new year, it seems fitting to talk about writing motivation. After all, most of us have probably set at least one new writing goal or resolution, right? But how are we going to stick with those goals (and should we)? I want to share three great articles with you on the topic of writer motivation — maybe to inspire you and maybe to

Weekend Reading: Productivity

Each week we look at a specific issue facing freelance writers. This week let’s look at productivity — how you can improve yours, get more work done each day, have more time for yourself, and make more money in the process. I make it no secret that productivity plays a big role in my own freelance writing business. Focusing on a “work smarter” strategy to

Weekend Reading: Your Home Office

One of the biggest perks of freelancing is being able to work from home. And that often involves a home office of some kind — from a separate room to a corner of the kitchen table. This week we’re going to take a look at tips and examples of home offices for freelance writers, and tips on keeping that home office organized. If you’re still