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When No Doesn't Hurt

Plunging headlong into a  #freelance  occupation, no one bothers to tell you that no is often conveyed in silence. Prospects don't send you articulate emails, explaining why they're not hiring you.

They just stop emailing you. 

Here is a few tidbits of advice I've learned about how to turn all sorts of no responses into something positive.
NEVER FEAR THE NO, GHOSTWRITER There are precious few certainties in ghostwriting. Securing an assignment is (at best) a treacherous prospect, one often littered with confusion and self-doubt inducing silence. One of the most precarious uncertainties facing a ghostwriter is the frequent lack of "no". This is an eerie truth no one bothers to share when you go out on your own. You are going to get turned down for a lot of work that you throw your b...
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Stumbled upon this recently, thought it would be of interest. Poems by Mary Oliver, music by Sufjan Stephens. 
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The Culture Series

I am about to start The Culture series. Does the series have to be read in order of publication?
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Just a warning that Consider Phlebas is an extremely grim, depressing book, though worth reading at some point. The Player of Games is much easier, mentally, with a much more likable protagonist, without being any lighter in concept or world-building.
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Ghostwriting Can Be A Tough Gig...

After ten years in ghostwriting, I've seen, done and heard (mostly) everything. I'm leaving myself open. There is bound to be more.

Check out my most recent blog in which I discuss just some of the ways you can lose that writer for hire gig before you get your foot in the door. 
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Anyone who has ever done a  #ghostwriting  or "work for hire" job knows that coming up with a fair price is the most difficult aspect. Maybe more difficult than the work itself. Too many people intentionally undercut themselves in order to secure work, or don't know how to fairly value their writing services.

If you're deciding what number to send, or re-thinking your freelance writing price structure, check out my blog first and make sure you've thought of everything.

http://erickmertzwriting.com/five-things-to-consider-when-pricing-a-ghostwriting-job/
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Good information. Thanks.
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How To Price A Ghostwriting Job

Check out this week's Ghostwriting blog, dealing with the age old question, how much do I charge for my writing?

After ten years of sometimes pricing too high and (more often) too low, I've got a few pointers for writers to consider while struggling with how to price their precious time and words.
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New Poetry

A new poem, Postcard Falls, released on my blog, Well-Lighted Etcetera. Subscribe now for weekly new music review, fresh poetry and updates on release of my upcoming chapbook, The Last New Year.
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Great Lovecraft Fiction Recommendations

Check out this #blog from the #Lovecraft eZine. The venerable Ramsey Campbell offers some cool stories, many in the Del Rey editions of Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos and others, easily available. 

Curious omissions though, The Willows by Algernon Blackwood. Anyone read this one and see anything missing from the list of great cosmic #horror stories?
I recently asked Ramsey Campbell for a short list of some of his favorite Lovecraftian stories and novels. Here's the list, with links to the appropriate books!
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A list of submissions for #horror #fiction #authors.
Do you write Lovecraftian fiction and/or Weird Fiction?  If so, bookmark this page -- it's a current list of upcoming anthologies with calls for submissions.  Check this page often! If you're a Lov...
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Anyone writing, watching or reading #horror  is going to love this little gimmee right here. Free for the taking a, Bandcamp stream of Danny Elfman's Nightbreed Soundtrack. Killer.
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Check out this week's installment of Ghostwriting advice. This blog deals with the nasty topic of how to price your work so you don't get left high and dry.
 
How To Price A Ghostwriting Job

Check out this week's Ghostwriting blog, dealing with the age old question, how much do I charge for my writing?

After ten years of sometimes pricing too high and (more often) too low, I've got a few pointers for writers to consider while struggling with how to price their precious time and words.
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Poetry Book Image Tease

As I put the finishing touches on the poetry manuscript for The Last New Year I thought I'd tease a few of the images. This image was taken by my father in the late 1960's in Coney Island, New York City.

I feel as though the lonesome image of long forgotten amusements fit the book's theme. Urban decay. Technicolor memories. 

Subscribe to my site, Well Lighted Etcetera or follow me on Google+ for updates on the book's creation, release and subsequent adventures.
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Erick Mertz is a writer/poet from Portland, Oregon. 
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Built my first chicken coop, have a small and complicated brood, but no eggs yet. Don't know which part I'm bragging about.
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    English/Comparative Literature, 1995 - 1998
    Course of literary study focused on 20th Century American & British novelists.
  • Oregon City High School
    General, 1991 - 1994
    Newspaper editor.
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