How to Get Clients to Stop Driving You Crazy

Dear Heather, I really like this new client, but they’re driving me crazy! They pay really well, so I don’t want to let them go, but every time I get an email from them I get nervous. They say they like my work, but they want so many changes on every draft that I have Read more about How to Get Clients to Stop Driving You Crazy[…]

Why You Should Charge More for Your Writing

Several years ago, I had the privilege of chauffeuring a gentleman from Rwanda around Charlotte. He had come to the States to speak about conditions in his country, and to raise money for relief and to rebuild after the devastating civil wars that had ravaged that part of the world. Around lunchtime, we were down Read more about Why You Should Charge More for Your Writing[…]

Six Things Every New Freelance Writer Needs to Know

So. The urge to write professionally is burning in you. Maybe you need quick cash right now, or maybe you want to change your lifestyle long term. Whatever your reasons, your mind is swirling with questions: How do I do it? Can I do it? What is it like to be a professional copywriter? How Read more about Six Things Every New Freelance Writer Needs to Know[…]

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[…]

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?[…]