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ATTENTION! Please read the "About this community" rules to the right. All posts must relate directly to helping freelance writers be more successful. This community is NOT the place to share your latest poem, or what you've written about kittens, fashion, computer games, or anything else not specifically about helping freelance writers be more successful. Finally, all posts need to be in English. 
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Caleb Reese

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Hello everyone, I am a freelance writer in Ohio. I have one book currently self published of a three book series that I am working on. I would love to hear more from other freelance writers like me so I can learn and grow from it. 
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John Soares
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Excellent advice from +Jennifer Mattern about why you should be wary about advice from freelance writing "experts" with little actual experience as freelance writers. 
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Gina Horkey

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Last chance to enter to win over $1,000 in prizes perfect for launching a brand new freelance writing business! #Giveaway ends tomorrow!

http://horkeyhandbook.com/epic-aspiring-freelance-writer-giveaway/
Are you an aspiring freelance writer? If so, I have the MOST EPIC GIVEAWAY for you today! Win $1,000+ in prizes to help you get a new biz off the ground!
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Lizzie Davey

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A look back at my freelance writing business (including what I wrote and what I've learnt) and travel pursuits during July! What did your July look like?
I like reading monthly recaps that delve into peoples’ lives, don’t you? There’s something enticing about seeing how others live, so imma indulge you guys in this from now on… Lucky you! Instead of just an “I did this, this, this, this, and this” type post each month, I’m going to cover my life as [...] Read more...
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Matthew Setter

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Market Yourself as a Freelancer or a Business

Hey folks, I've got a question, one which has been bugging me for some time. I'm not completely sure, nor confident, whether I should market myself as a freelancer, or as a business.

I've seen people, such as Troy Hunt (troyhunt.com) do great things as an individual. But then I've seen others create a business brand and market that. 

Time permitting, can you share your thoughts, and your experience on both approaches?
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Hey +Lauren Riley, thanks for that feedback. Really pointed, and excellent. Can you give some specific suggestions as to how you'd do client/market research?
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Jeff Resnick

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Need a seasoned writer who specializes in Business articles and advice? Advertising/Marketing specialty. Stop by and say hi.
http://www.jeffresnick.com
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Kirsty Stuart

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Is your website's 'About Me' page costing you freelance writing clients?
 
Is your 'About Me' page costing your freelance writing clients?
Find out here: http://www.freelancerfaqs.com/about-page-costing-freelance-writing-clients/
Not sure if your 'about' page is up to par with your clients' expectations? Learn more about writing a great 'about' page for your freelance writing site.
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No problem. Good to hear +Taylor Manning!
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curtis kinnett

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The most important part of being a freelance writer is having a strategy. You have to have an idea of how you will approach the client. The first thing you have to figure out when you bid on a job is...
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Gina Horkey

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Epic giveaway perfect for new #freelancewriters! Over $1,000 in prizes geared to help a newbie get a writing business for the web off the ground. Entered yet?

http://horkeyhandbook.com/epic-aspiring-freelance-writer-giveaway/http://horkeyhandbook.com/epic-aspiring-freelance-writer-giveaway/
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About this community

Welcome to the Freelance Writing community! This community’s mission is to help freelance writers be more successful. We welcome all freelance writers, from beginners to experts. The Ground Rules 1. All posts must pertain to the mission of the community. 2. Understand our definition of freelance writer: an independent contractor who seeks paying work writing nonfiction for a business or nonprofit. 3. No posts about poetry or fiction or book writing/publishing. There are plenty of other communities for that. 4. You can link to your own posts, but be sure you provide solid explanation of what the post is about and indicate why it is relevant to freelance writers. Any posts that are not relevant to helping freelance writers create a successful business will be removed from the community. 5. Job postings can only be for gigs that earn freelance writers at least $10 per hour. Yes, that may occasionally include content mills, but we encourage all freelance writers to leave content mills and other low-paying clients and move on to high-paying clients. 6. Debate and exploration of different views is encouraged, but always be polite and respectful.

Ladonna Mason

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Hi! I'm LaDonna and I'm a freelance writer in Philly. I look forward to getting to know everyone.
LaDonna Mason Philadelphia Freelance Writer
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Hi I am a freelance writer based in India anushkasuri.com
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Lizzie Davey

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New Video is up! This time I'm talking about different ways you can find freelance writing jobs. Any other suggestions?!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Xxjjq48vQg
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Good article!
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Pete Boyle

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15 Types of Writing Speciality

Freelance writers are always told that we need to choose a niche to focus our efforts.

 It's some great advice which really helps speed the process of building a reputation and expertise within an area. But choosing an industry to specialise in is really only half the battle.

 There are plenty of writers out there who earn a good living by focusing on a particular type of writing. You've got the freelance bloggers who can earn a good living, white paper writers who charge $4000 - $6000 per deliverable and the press release writers who earn themselves a good $ to word rate.

 If you really want to build expertise you also need to choose a type of writing to focus on.

 Here's a list fo 15 different writing specialities for you to explore.

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A quick list on the different types of freelance writing jobs available.
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Alexander Carter

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I was wondering if I could get some advise on this charecter I thought up for my story.

His name is Alex and he's mute. But knows sign language and I was wondering what would be the best way to write his dialogue with out writing "he signed" every time he wants to say anything. Any ideas?
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Hmm... not sure. I might do it like this:

"Hey Alex, what's up - are you OK?" Kristen asked.
A thin smile - "thanks for asking... no."
"But I do not want to talk about it." Slow, emphasized. 

He stared her calmly in the eye, hoping she'd get the message.

But then if there's a lot of dialogue it might bog it down. Not sure :)
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10 Ways I’d Get Clients if I Were to Start Again

Getting started.

Experienced freelance writers often find it difficult to understand how difficult and scary this can be for beginner freelance writers.

With over 5 years of experience as a freelance writer and blogger, recognition from top publications and magazines, and having written for some of the biggest blogs online, it is very easy for me to say “okay, do this to get X result“.

Things aren’t as simple for beginner freelance writers though and I could very well, unknowingly, be suffering from the curse of knowledge.

However, what if I’m a completely new freelance writer – with no experience, no connections and no reputation – exactly how will I give myself a quick boost?


http://www.writersincharge.com/freelance-writing-clients/
Being a beginner freelance writer can be tough. Exactly how should you start? If I were to start again, here are 10 ways I will get clients.
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Book publicist, Scott Lorenz, gives his expert opinion on the best methods to grab the attention of readers with just a few, simple words. "The best book titles use as few words as possible," he says. Read more in his latest column for After the Manuscript here.

http://www.sanfranciscobookreview.com/2015/07/an-idiom-for-any-title/
By Scott Lorenz Using idioms as a book title not only makes it stand out more, but also easier to remember. First, what is an idiom? An idiom is an expression with a figurative meaning that differs...
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Taylor Manning

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I added a very helpful freebie to my "How to become a freelancer post". When you download the PDF,  you will get a look inside my inbox at five cover letters that nailed me a contract along with a perfect cover letter template. http://www.taylormanningcreative.com/become-a-freelancer/
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Kirsty Stuart

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11 Ways to Stay Motivated... How Successful Freelancers Avoid Losing Their Mojo: https://www.stridehealth.com/blog/post/tips-for-staying-motivated
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Andy Mura

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The freelance writing world is becoming quite competitive! This article presents some interesting ways in which freelance writers can stand out from the crowd and find their niche.
http://www.swarmcontent.com/#!How-You-Can-Instantly-Become-More-Competitive-In-The-Freelance-Content-Writing-Market/c1r22/55b5fec70cf24f011b684492
      As we all know there are many excellent freelance writers, copywriters and ghostwriters out there.   The good news is that the increasing amount of websit...
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Writers in Charge

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You don’t treat your blog like a business. So it doesn’t become one

Are you dreaming of making big money from your blog?

The trouble is, most bloggers never go beyond dreaming.

They imagine they’ll post about whatever strikes their fancy each day, and readers will magically appear. Next, those readers will spend thousands buying your products or services. Even if you have no idea what those items might be.

And you’ll be rich!

It seldom works out this way.

Why? Most bloggers neglect to do a few important things that lay the groundwork for a high-earning blog. In essence, they’re hoping the luck fairy will wave her wand, and — presto! — they’ll be pulling in six figures from their blog.

Most have only a dim idea how the money-earning side of blogging works. I know, because many write me proudly proclaiming their plan to slap up some AdSense ads and cash in. But ads only work on sites with huge traffic, which few new bloggers have.

In sum, the big problem is that you don’t treat your blog like a business. So it doesn’t become one.

How can you set up your blog for financial success? Here are three major business mistakes new bloggers make that leave their blogs floundering instead of earning:

 - See more at: http://www.writersincharge.com/fundamental-mistakes-that-set-bloggers-up-to-fail/#sthash.0FT8RvF1.dpuf
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