Freelancer Bootcamp: 7 Tips to Jump-Start Your Creative Process (and Avoid Hitting the Big White Wall of Writer’s Block)
The wall. The big white wall… of your computer screen. When you hit it, you have to hit back. Buck up and be the master of jump-starting your own creative process. Here are a full-time freelancer’s actionable tips to keep yourself from slipping into the void of writer’s block.
Fit to Freelance: A Fitness Editor Reflects on Her First Year of Self-Employment
Not all freelancers just write. For this installment of the Niche Freelancer, we’re chatting with Abby Lerner, a former fitness editor at a legacy publication who went freelance as a content strategist after moving away from New York City. Just one year after bidding farewell to her last staff job, Abby shares her shift from creating content to planning it.
Rules of Maintenance: The Writer-Editor Relationship
With the rise of freelance writing as an essential component in content marketing and publishing, so has come a swell of new relationships between editors, managers and freelance writers. But not all of them are the best they can be. Here are some tips about how to build and maintain the delicate but essential writer-editor relationship.
Building the Story: Nora DePalma Is the Voice of Construction Trades and Manufacturing
Beyond the millions of Pinterest pins in home design, there’s a whole other world of content for the tradespeople who actually make those dream homes materialize. Discover the other side of interior design in our Q&A with Nora DePalma, co-founder of an agency that specializes in PR for the construction trade.
Gifting for Gratitude: Generous Gestures Never Go out of Style With Clients
When you’re a freelancer who relies on networking and relationships to find and keep good clients, a little gratitude can go a long way. But what’s appropriate, or even ethical, when it comes sending gifts or tokens of thanks to a client or someone who gave you a referral? We asked several professionals about their favorite ways to show gratitude.
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Who Scores Better at Being an Editorial Assistant: Alexa or Siri?
Can AI personal assistants really *assist* in the process of creating better quality work? And generally make life easier for writers? We asked both Alexa and Siri a bunch of questions (and a few requests) to see who has the greatest potential as an at-home editorial assistant. Who’s better at grammar, fact-checking, spelling, language and more? See who wins in our final scorecards.
The Niche Freelancer: Tackling the Crowded Smorgasbord of Food Writing
The world of food writing is highly competitive. Pay rates can vary widely based on brand status. And wannabe star chefs or influencers can rocket from nowhere with just the right tweet. Get perspective on staying in the game from a food writer who’s been in the biz (and food blogging circuit) for more than 15 years.
The Niche Freelancer: Stories in Sound, From NPR to Podcast Producing
Telling great stories with audio isn’t a fad, but a solid trend. If you’re making the foray into podcast producing, read our Q&A with Joel Patterson, a former NPR producer with major corporate credits and a print magazine background, who tells us how he transitioned from the written word to audio storytelling.
On the Evolution of a Three-Decade Career: Automotive Writer to Tech Conference Producer
Worried about transitioning in your editorial or marketing career, as you age? Learn more about freelance-writer-turned-conference producer, Doug Newcomb, in an interview about the evolution of his three-decade career in automotive media.
The Journey to Being a Specialist: Insights From Four Experts Who Found Their Content Niche
In an era of audience segmentation gone wild, the rise of content niches has created a new market for freelancers, entrepreneurs and creative consultants. Read our Q&A with best selling author Jene Luciani and other self-made experts on how they found their content niche.
Are You Accidentally Obnoxious? Phrases to Avoid With Freelancers (and What They Think)
Whether you’re a potential client or a part of a marketing team, have you ever unknowingly ticked off your talent? Here’s what freelancers say in private when you use one of these eight potentially obnoxious phrases.
The Niche Freelancer: Diving Into Biotech and Medical Marcom
What does it take to be a medical and science writer? Julie Kendrick, a marketing director-turned-freelancer with 10,000+ LinkedIn contacts, shares her expertise.
Here’s How to Land Impressive Interviews That Make Great Content
Whether you’re writing for a brand or an editorial pub, interviewing primary sources is crucial for boosting your cred. We’ll humble-brag for writer Gregg Rosenzweig as he shares how he successfully has landed interviews with stars, including Kobe Bryant, Steve Carell, George Lopez, Eva Longoria, Suze Orman, Magic Johnson… and even astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Get Out of the Weeds: Tricks to Free Your Mind From Creative Burnout
Hitting the wall can happen to every creative professional. Get several tips on breaking through a mental block or rebooting your approach to an overwrought project. Plus, learn to watch for emojis and signs of project sabotage.
#ProContent Podcast: Overcoming a Creative Rut
Has your creative drive hit a wall? Experts Britt Skrabanek, Brian Opsal and Melody Valdez dive into overcoming creative ruts and how to potentially avoid them, in our latest #ProContent podcast.