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An open letter to readers and #bloggers  about trust & "experts" -- be forewarned, this is a long one, there's a political bent at times, and I'm more than a little foul-mouthed.

#politics   #brexit   #writing   #explicit  
Bloggers. Readers. Friends. We need to talk. Do you know what I love about All Indie Writers readers, including you? You're out there carving your own path, pursuing the career and lifestyle you want without feeling constrained by someone else's notion of the kind of "job" you should have. You get up every day, and you don't simply write. You …
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PR Pros vs Journalists: Pet Peeve Show Down

https://muckrack.com/daily/2016/06/14/pr-pros-vs-journalists-pet-peeve-showdown/

Check out my recent contribution to Muck Rack where I share horror stories and pet peeves from journalists and PR professionals (about working with "the other side").
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Today my baby sister is recording a podcast with me. She's the one I go to first when I need to bounce story ideas off someone. The episode will let listeners hear us brainstorm and flesh out murder mystery & horror story ideas in real-time. Pretty excited about this one.

If you'd like to propose a prompt of some kind for us to tackle, email me in the next few hours at jenn@allindiewriters.com. Not sure how many we'll have time for, but happy to squeeze in an interesting idea or two.

If you'd like a better idea of how these conversations w/ my sis tend to go, here's some background on a horror screenplay she influenced after one of our odd little chats.

http://ajkleinbooks.com/wip-killer-sisters/
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Today I'm kicking off a new interview series where I talk with #freelance   #writers  about how they got involved in their specialty areas. +Edward Beaman helps me kick things off, talking about the transition from being a generalist freelance writer to a specialist in the area of building trade #copywriting .
In this interview with Edward Beaman, building trade copywriter, Edward talks about choosing his freelance writing specialty and how other writers can too.
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If you're a #freelancewriter  in the U.S. please consider taking this survey from +CopyPress. Make sure experienced #freelancewriting  pros are well-represented, and tell potential clients what you're looking for. 

http://www.copypress.com/state-of-content-marketing/

[Note: CopyPress brought me in to consult on changes made to this year's survey, so they are technically a client. That said, I agreed to take on this project mostly because I've been a critic of their surveys and resulting data in the past, and wanted to make sure this year's survey better reflected the position and goals of pro-level freelancers. 

So it would be a big favor to me personally if you would take part. These kinds of surveys often revolve around newer and lower-paid freelancers simply because they're easier to access -- often associated with content companies and marketplaces whereas more experienced freelancers are often more independent. Let's try to make sure pros are better represented this time around. Please take a few minutes to take the survey. 

http://www.copypress.com/state-of-content-marketing/

Thanks!
The State of Content Marketing 2016 survey from CopyPress will show marketers what it takes to work with high quality freelance writers. Take the survey.
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In this media kit primer for #writers  I explain why freelance writers, authors, and bloggers might want a media kit and what each of those groups should include in theirs.
This beginner's guide to media kits for writers covers benefits and components of media kits for freelance writers, indie authors, and bloggers.
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When Muck Rack asked me to weigh in on pet peeves of journalists vs PR pros, having worked on both sides of the fence, I reached out to 8 colleagues for their take (4 on each side).

https://muckrack.com/daily/2016/06/14/pr-pros-vs-journalists-pet-peeve-showdown/

+Kristi Hines shared a great example of a terrible PR pitch she received as a #blogger . It goes beyond poor targeting. It goes beyond even poor proofreading. This marketer or PR rep didn't seem to take so much as a second glance before contacting Kristi.

As a blogger, what's the worst pitch you've ever received?
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If you missed any of the Writers Worth Month posts featured by +Lori Widmer this May, here's the full roundup. Line up some weekend reading! #writing  
Every May, Lori Widmer runs Writers Worth Month over on the Words on the Page blog. She features a collection of guest posts, profiles of experienced freelance writers, and her own tips and insight into realizing our worth (and getting paid what we're worth) as freelance professionals. Each year I take part in this month-long event. This year I submitted a guest …
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Choose My Next Writing Challenge

While having coffee with +LoriWidmer yesterday, I mentioned I was thinking about letting my readers choose my next big #writing   challenge or experiment.

I'm not sure if I'm a total glutton for punishment or if I just trust you guys and gals an awful lot, but I decided I'm going to run with this idea.

So here's the deal:

I want you to submit #challenge  or experiment ideas here in the comments or via email to jenn@allindiewriters.com. I'll narrow it down and put up a survey next week.

What kinds of things am I looking for? Here are some ideas to get you started:

- A certain word count goal for the month
- Drafting a novel or nonfiction book in a certain amount of time
- An experiment related to running or launching a blog
- Writing a certain number of blog posts in a set amount of time

You can get creative with it. And these can be big -- think anywhere from a week to a few months. Just keep it in line with the kind of work I actually do (for example, writing a poetry collection probably won't make the short list).

You can be as tough on me as you want. I don't shy away from a challenge.

My only real "rule" is other #writers  should be able to learn something from my experience -- whether I succeed or fail. Depending on the nature of the challenge, I'll either share progress reports as I go or publish a write-up at the end.

So if you want to know if something can realistically be done, and you want someone to test that for you, propose the challenge. Or if you just want to see if you can push me to my limits for sh*ts and giggles, but me documenting the process would still help other writers, I'm cool with that too.

So let me have it! What writing challenge would you like to see me take on next?
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Here are 3-4 easy online resources when you need to research story settings for your #writing  
Maybe you want to set a story in an exotic location you've never visited. Or perhaps you're creating an entirely fictional setting for your book. How are you supposed to describe real (or just realistic) locations if you can't show up, meet some locals, and check out similar areas for yourself? Whether you realize it or not, story setting inspiration is right …
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If you're an experienced #freelancewriting  pro with five years of experience or more, this one's for you. +Lori Widmer and I are preparing to launch a new site for experienced freelancers at http://FreelanceWritingPros.com. Visit the site to sign up for launch updates and free advanced marketing tips in your inbox every week.
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Recently I realized how many of my dreams and ambitions were taking a backseat to my #writing  business. I'm working to change that by taking my time back, improving my productivity, and essentially manufacturing more hours every day. Find out how you can do, and get back to other things you love. We all love writing. But that doesn't mean we have to neglect other passions to pursue it. 
Get tips on finding balance between your writing or publishing business and other passions and ambitions you want to pursue.
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