These are the things we dream about having, or, at least I do. If you have a writer in your family bookmark this post so you know what to get him/her for the next occasion. Enjoy, and add your dream item to the comments below! Aqua Notes – Waterproof Notepad I needed this today! I’m always thinking of ideas in the shower and have to recite them over and over again until I’m out and…"A Writer’s Dream Things: The Coolest Gifts for Writers"
In the beginning of a writing career we all spend a lot more time applying for writing jobs than we do actually writing. Don’t worry; it will change once you start collecting clips to show off. Don’t take on a freelance writing job just because you’re getting anxious. You may regret it later. In the meantime, pay attention to the job descriptions. Look out for the following freelance writing job red flags. No Pay Mentioned…"Freelance Writing Job Red Flags"
Ask Ali is all about answering questions from writers. Here’s one from Krista: Krista asked…Do you still experience rejection? If so, how do you handle it? Hi Krista! Certainly. Every writer, no matter how skilled or experienced receives rejections. It’s part of the business. I read somewhere that most writers receive 9 rejections per 10 submissions. That is what I receive on average. For beginners, it is probably a little more. Most of the time…"Ask Ali: Dealing with Rejection"
Working from home as a freelance writer means owning your own business. Most of your communications will be via email. It’s fast, easy and convenient. However, some beginning writers take that for granted, and I want to make sure that you do not do that. Clean up Your Email Communications: Your Email Address: Use a professional email address. badbtch206 is not a great email address to use when trying to get work as a freelance…"Mind Your Manners: Email Etiquette"
I know, you’re brilliant, you don’t need any touchy feely advice on how to create an altar to your writing. You’re doing just fine, thank you. If this is true, great! But I hope you’ll read on anyway, because I may say something interesting (it has happened at least once that I know of). It’s important to have a space set aside in your home for writing. It can be a big cushion in a…"Your Writing Space – Get Comfortable, Get Creative, Get Writing"
Marketing a self-published book, or indie as I like to call it, tends to panic an author. The internet makes us feel we have to spread the news world-wide, fly to speak in foreign cities, and understand how to code elaborate websites that give us that professional look. Best-seller status means tens of thousands of books sold, when our circle of acquaintances barely reaches the county line. Speaking of the county line, why not start…"A Big Tip on Self-Published Marketing – Start Local"
Hi Ali, I have a question concerning the choosing of a writing niche… What if an area sounds interesting but I don’t know everything involved or am not sure if I have the required skills? For instance, Content Writing sounds pretty straight forward but I don’t have much experience with SEO, HTML or any other technical jumbo that I can’t list because I don’t know it exists. Technical Writing and Text Book Writing also sound…"How to Choose a Writing Niche: Ask Ali"