Alyse Chirello has been a full-time freelance writer for eight years. She proudly works from home where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Ali has written for top clients as a copywriter and ghostwriter. WOW: Ali, welcome to our Premium Markets Newsletter! We’re thrilled you’ve decided to share your experience on freelance writing. So, let’s start at the beginning. How should a writer prepare herself to enter the freelance marketplace? Ali: Thank you…"Motivation Monday: Writer Q and A"
My Must-Have Writing Tools and Resources There are some things I simply cannot live without as a freelance writer. I look back and wonder how I wrote anything without these writing tools and resources. Sometimes I wonder what would have become of me if I had not gained access to these necessities…ok, so they’re not *necessities* per say. They just help me work better. Some of these things I have always had. Some I discovered…"8 Writing Tools Every Writer Should Have"
How do you handle rude emails? So you’ve hastily composed a response to an ugly e-mail you received. And what happens if you hit that Send button? The bad news is you could be setting in motion a whole line of possible problems and potentially disastrous consequences. The good news is there are a few easy tips you can take to prevent this domino effect from occurring next time you get an email that sets…"Ask Aly: How to Keep Your Cool with Angry Rude Emails"
Blogging is a lot of fun, and you can make money doing it. The first thing you have to do is NOT to blog for money. If you are blogging only for money, then it is hard to build your visitor base. Blogging is a community and you have to share your views and you should be unique in it. You should not copy or imitate anybody and if you do publish your views and…"How to Start a Blog and Make Money Blogging"
Looking for more ways to make money writing? Need to gain some clips for your writing portfolio? Here are some writing jobs you may not know exist. Go local: There are always local businesses that need writers. Send out some emails to local newspapers, printing shops, small businesses, non-profits, and more. You can find great writing gigs in your backyard. It worked for me. When I first started out I sent out 12 emails to…"Writing Jobs You Didn’t Know Existed"
Web articles are always in demand, but writing for the web is its own art. What you write in any other form (print, for example) is just not the same. Web articles have to capture a reader’s attention even though she has the entire Internet at her fingertips. It has to be scannable, easy to read, offer something she wants, and keep her interest. Get ready to write better web articles and make more money…"How to Write Stunning Web Articles"
If you’re not recording the names, emails, websites, and addresses of all of your clients (corporate, individual and publication editors) then you are losing money. The best way to make more money as a freelance writer (or in any business) is to keep your existing customers. It’s easier to retain current clients than it is to find brand new ones (not that you shouldn’t be actively marketing for new clients as well). That’s for another…"Grow Your Business with a Client List"