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Guesting on Writer's Bucket List today! Writers: Are you blocked? Solutions here...
 
Beat the Biggest Block to Your Freelance Writing Success

Are you still searching for excuses why you don't have the freelance writing career you want? +Carol Tice shares the biggest block keeping you from achieving your writing goals – and how to overcome it.
Carol Tice of Make a Living Writing spells out the 4 flavors of freelance writing fears and how to overcome them to achieve success.
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Great guest post -- you CAN break into national magazines!
 
How 1 Writer Got Her 1st National Magazine Article Gig: Step-By-Step (by Tracy Hume for +Carol Tice ): 
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Interesting conversation here from clients about why they object to writers' bids!
 
Anyone who has done freelance writing has come across the dreaded cost objection.  I did a guest post on this at http://www.makealivingwriting.com/12-ways-overcome-cost-objections-freelance-clients/

What do you think of these 12 tips?

1. Sell the client on a quick turnaround.

2. Itemize costs they save with you.

3. Remind the client how paying bottom dollar has embarrassed many companies.

4. Stress how good you are and how effective your results will be.

5. Compare your fees to the competition’s pricing.

6. Offer something extra.

7. Identify steps the client can take to reduce your workload.

8. Offer a cash-back incentive for speedy feedback.

9. Look to outsource parts of the project to students.

10. Offer a payment plan — three portions works well.

11. Suggest downscaling the project.

12. Divide a project into phases.

I included a little more detail in the actual post, of course.

 So what works for you?  Have you tried any of these?  Do you have a strategy or tactic that I missed?
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Tips on how to earn more, freelancers!
 
Many people want to make a money from their writing — but often get stuck writing for low paying gigs. What can freelancers do to break this cycle and earn more money from their writing? Here’s what +Carol Tice +Kristi Hines +Mary Jaksch and +Wealthy Web Writer had to say:
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Thanks for sharing your wisdom, Carol =)
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For those of you writers who were asking about Authorship recently!
 
Google Authorship is rising again. It's now appearing in about 23% of search results pages.

If you'd like help getting authorship setup, here's a video that can help...
http://www.orbitmedia.com/blog/google-authorship-author-stats/
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Thanks for sharing, Carol. Very helpful.
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Thanks for sharing! It's definitely inspiring a lively conversation about how this change affects freelancers.
 
How will #freelance   #writers  who specialize in #blogging  deal with the new Google decree about the importance of longer content? +Carol Tice examines the situation in detail and provides sage advice. See the comments also. 

Here's the comment I left on the post:

Very good points here Carol. I have two thoughts:

1. Longer posts doesn’t equal better posts. It’s very unfortunate that Google has decreed that it will now favor more words over fewer words. As professional writers, we should strive for clear and concise writing. With this new rule, we’ll often do what so many college students do when an essay has to be a certain length: we’ll use more words than necessary to convey a thought, and we’ll add in extra fluff content to pad the word count. This is bad for readers and bad for writers.

2. Many companies may not be able to afford to pay 2-3 times as much for a post that still brings only the same number of visitors that a shorter and cheaper post did under the old rules.
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Looking forward to this one, Sophie!
 
Join me in learning live from +Carol Tice and +Linda Formichelli on 25th March -- we're holding a no-cost live chat online and the topic is 10 Signs of Lazy Article Writing.

You'll learn the ten signs of lazy writing you want to avoid so your editors will love you. Plus Linda and Carol will share details on how to find sources, do interviews, and write your article in a way that will impress the hell out of your editor.

It's completely free to attend, so check out the info and the time for your region here: 
http://articlemasterclass.com/sophie/10-signs-of-lazy-article-writing
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Know any writers who need to learn how to make a living with their craft? Last day to register for this nuts-and-bolts freelance-biz course: http://freelancewritersden.com/landing/freelance-business-bootcamp.
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If you're thinking about starting a freelance writing businesss or struggling to grow one, then I highly recommend +Carol Tice's Freelance Business Bootcamp. Get details here: http://tayloredcontent.com/kickoff-freelancewritingbusiness/
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Not sure what you're driving at...but this class IS all about how to operate with integrity - set healthy boundaries with clients and not get ripped off.
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Liz Strauss is always worth a listen, writers!
 
Had an amazing opportunity to speak with +Liz Strauss on Tuesday about how she went from dreams to success on Start Up Gap.

Her story about how she started her first blog in 2005, along with the formation of #SOBCON is ridiculously cool!

Thanks also to everyone in attendance yesterday, despite the tech glitches that we had. Special thanks to +Carl Kmiec Jr, +Gail Gardner, +Matthew Geib, +Buck Rogers, +Tom Snyder, and +Pete Bass for their patience during the technical hiccups that we experienced, along with their insights.

Finally, looking forward to having +Carol Tice on next Tuesday. She was actually a speaker at SOBCON last year, and is the founder of  Freelance Writers Den. Here are the event details: https://plus.google.com/events/c8ho4o2tgkbv583assbj197l7vg    
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I play with words for a living, and help other writers grow their income.
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  • Forbes
    blogger, 1 - present
    I blog at The Franchise Files.
  • Make a Living Writing
    CEO & janitor, 2008 - present
  • Den Mother
    Freelance Writers Den, 2011 - present
    I help our more than 1,000 freelance writer members learn how to earn more from their writing.
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
    blogger, 1 - 2013
    Blogged 3x a week for several years here, plus writing for the magazine and online-exclusive features.
  • Freelance Switch
    blogger, 2012 - 2013
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