6 Big Signs You Should Cut that Client Loose

When it comes to managing your writing career, you may think winning good clients is the most important thing you can do. And it is important. But almost as important is letting bad clients go. Bad clients are a drain on your precious time. And you ain’t got time for that. Of course, if you’re still Read more about 6 Big Signs You Should Cut that Client Loose[…]

This is How You Give Yourself a Raise

One of the joys of being self-employed is that you decide your hours, choose your clients, and give yourself a raise whenever you want, right? Ha. Ha. Ha. A friend of mine (whose company manufactures sorting systems) likes to say, “When you work for yourself, you only have to work half a day, and you get to decide Read more about This is How You Give Yourself a Raise[…]

How to Get More Work from Existing Clients

Other than selling your work for higher rates, nothing will increase your profit margins as a writer as much more work from existing clients. That’s why I was thrilled to get this question from Tom Mangan on LinkedIn: What is the key to getting repeat business from clients? This is an important question, because repeat business Read more about How to Get More Work from Existing Clients[…]

TGIM–How to Make Monday Your Favorite Day

Happy Monday, friends! Aren’t you excited to be back at work, productive and connected and satisfied after a long, boring weekend? What? You’re already looking forward to Friday? Oh, my friends. That is sad. Do you know you will spend more waking hours at work than at any other one focused activity? And are you Read more about TGIM–How to Make Monday Your Favorite Day[…]

The Quick-and-Dirty Pricing Guide for New Writers

Finally! You’ve got a live one. A marketer or other professional who wants you to write something for them, and now they want to know how much it’s going to cost. ACK. Is there anything anyone hates more than deciding what to charge? No, no there is not. If it’s any help at all, everyone Read more about The Quick-and-Dirty Pricing Guide for New Writers[…]

When You Need Cash RIGHT NOW

For today’s writer tip, I’m going to focus on what to do if you’re in a desperate spot and need income NOW. Trust me, I’ve been there. It sucks, but it’s life in these United States these past many years, so instead of wallowing in it, we’re going to buckle up and do something about Read more about When You Need Cash RIGHT NOW[…]

How to Develop Marketing Personas (and Why) [Free Template]

When I talk to marketing professionals about content, one of the biggest complaints I hear is that many writers don’t know how to communicate in a peer-to-peer tone with their audience. This is especially true in B2B (business to business) markets, where buyers are likely defined by their role in an organization, whether it’s a Read more about How to Develop Marketing Personas (and Why) [Free Template][…]

You Are a Fire-Breathing Dragon

I woke up this morning on fire to talk to you about Mondays. One seventh of your life, y’all, and doesn’t it suck that they’re so awful? Here’s why we hate them, and what to do about it. Transcript below for my lovies who, like me, hate video. Also, I’m in my jammies and my Read more about You Are a Fire-Breathing Dragon[…]

If I were so smart, wouldn’t I be rich by now?

In this story, I’m on the phone with my favorite professor. You know the one–with the tweed jacket and the line drawing of “Death the Comforter” over his desk and the cigarette in his hand brushing back the greasy hair. Always the cigarette. After all, it is the 1990s. In this story, however, it’s the Read more about If I were so smart, wouldn’t I be rich by now?[…]