Friday, July 31, 2009

Don't You Just Love Craigslist!!

Explain to me why you'd want to hire someone who doesn't have any 'brains'???

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Why Payment for 'Accepted Work Only' Is Unacceptable!

There are a lot of jobs out there which offer payment for ‘accepted work only’. What this essentially means is that the ‘potential’ client expects talented writers to write a piece and submit it, allowing him to select the one he likes best. How the client makes his selection is never clarified and after submitting a piece, you can only hope you’ll hear back from him. However, hope doesn’t feed a hungry mouth or fill an empty pocket. In order to do that, you’d need a guaranteed paying job.

There are two reasons why ‘accepted work only’ jobs don’t work. Firstly, there’s the fact that most talented writers have paying jobs on hand and don’t have the time to work on a possibly unpaid project. The second reason is simply that most clients who don’t appreciate the amount of time and effort it takes to produce a good piece will not pay market value for it anyways.

No matter your current income objective or financial status, it’s wise to avoid ‘paying for accepted work only’ listed jobs. Instead, if it sounds interesting, send it a query letter with reasons why you’re suitable for the position. If it’s a genuine client, he’ll take the time to read your bid and respond to it accordingly.

Another wise move on your part is to ask for an upfront payment. It can be a small percentage, but it at least shows the client you are serious about the project and time-commitment. By adopting this new policy, you can definitely wave goodbye to ‘accepted work only’ clients, but you will be saying hello to some serious money!

© 2009 Usha Krishnan Sliva
Freelance writer Usha Krishnan Sliva has years of article and copywriting experience. To get more free tips and writing ideas, subscribe to her ezine-Getting It Write, today.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Write A Poem...How About Two?

I am not a poet. In fact, I probably suck at writing poetry. Contrary to popular belief, a writer need not be a poet. And to the many people who've asked me what I do for a living, and in response to my 'I'm a freelance writer' go; can you help me write my wedding vows?; the answer is a resounding - no!

Having said this, I do find that at times, mostly at night and when I really do need to be asleep; inspiration strikes. I feel the urge to pen a poem! And so I dig out my pad and pencil from my bedside table and scribble away. And I fall asleep with no nagging thoughts of undone deeds left for the morning.

Most of us 'feel' poetic occasionally and despite the fact you might not be a Tennyson, I'd say, give it a go. It's wise not to try and stem this creative urge, and while you may not want to share your work with others (I certainly don't), writing poetry for yourself can be quite uplifting and even exhilerating. It's also a great way to recover quite speedily from writer's block.

If you do enjoy reading poetry, then may I recommend two of my favorite contemporary poets; AJ Johnson and Glynis Smy; both on blogspot.

You can view their work on:

Enjoy them, get inspired and give it a go!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Word Play Of The Day

The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Building A Writer's Portfolio

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Monday, July 13, 2009

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Are You Ready For A Multiple Income Lifestyle?


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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Why Every Writer Should Also Be An Editor

My today's guest post is by Chesley Maldonado, a full-time freelance writer and friend. Chesley is also an editor and is gracious enough to share her knowledge via this post. So enjoy reading it!

Writing and editing go hand in hand. No matter how good you are at writing, you are bound to make mistakes. Not only will you make mistakes, but your first draft will never be the best you can do. It is so important to proofread your work, and to look at it objectively. Making changes to what you write is just as vital as doing the initial writing. If you don't think that it is important to have an editor's eye as a writer, consider the following.

Typos happen. I have learnt that it is quite easy to forget an "s" at the end of a word, or put an "f" in place of an "r" when typing quickly. Reading over my work, I often spot a missing or misplaced letter. Some of the typos that I make could change the meaning of a sentence entirely, and if I didn't edit my work, there would be careless mistakes in it all of the time.

Sometimes the best ideas don't come to you until after you finish writing a piece. Revisiting your draft and adding new ideas, strengthening old ones, and getting rid of weaker ideas will always make a stronger piece. Why settle for what you wrote when you can edit the work and make it that much better?

Editing can help you notice your writing habits. You might use the same word or phrase repeatedly without realizing it. Some writers have the habit of emphasizing the same point. Awkward sentence structure used to be a habit of mine. It was sometimes difficult to explain certain things or find the right words, so I would write out my thought in any way that I could. The trouble was that other people didn't understand. That is, of course until I edited.

Editing your own work will simply make you a better writer. Taking an objective look at what you have written will force you to see where you can make improvements. It will also allow you to take notice of what you do right. The changes that you create, big or small, will always make for a more polished piece.

Being an editor is an important part of being a writer. Even the best writers edit their work, or they pay someone else to do it for them.

Chesley Maldonado
is a full-time freelance writer (and editor) who posts regularly to, a blog full of practical tips and first-hand (or researched) advice about the freelance writing career. She specializes in web content and works with clients and writers from all over the world. Her main interests are personal development, relationships, and personal finance. Visit her website to learn more: or follow her on Twitter @writtenquality.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Magic Of Autoresponders

I’m back from a glorious Californian vacation, tanned and ready to start work again. Everyone should visit California at least once in their lives. It’s a city that’s full of marked contrasts, all of them larger than life itself! And the glorious sun shone down on us each and every day, so in the end, the kids and I came back looking and feeling healthier than ever (and yes, I do believe in the generous application of sun block)

While I was away, I relied on a wonderful thing called ‘autoresponders’ to keep my ezines going. Autoresponders are essentially, especially if you are the kind of person who is often away from your desk. They are also wonderful tools for those who manage to squeeze out some extra time in their day to prepare their ezines and sales pages ahead of schedule. They are essential to business growth and can be lifesavers.

Autoresponders can be free or paid for ( and both have their pros and cons. When I first started out, I used the services of a free web tools company (bravenet). They allowed me to send free ezines as often as I wanted (though there’s a minimum daily clause attached). They did not however have an inbuilt autoresponder service to let me send out immediate pre-built in responses. Do I regret it? Absolutely not. It allowed me to build my ezine business from scratch. However, while free software may seem like a boon to those on a tight budget; beware. They are not necessarily easy to use and often have very limited applications, making them less user friendly than most of us would like. On the other hand, paid services can be excellent and usually, the cost is quite nominal. With unlimited amounts of newsletters and broadcasts that you can send, and easy to navigate site structures, you are sure to come up a winner.

So, before you begin to download your autoresponder service, consider the pros and cons and go in for one which works for you.

Usha recommends the following excellent kindle reads, based on your budget: