How to Write the Perfect Bio for Your CV Portfolio and Get More Work
Your writer bio is a key factor when brands consider hiring you as a freelance writer. Is yours sparkling or bordering on cray-cray? Megan’s here to help you take a gut check.
17 ‘Word Crimes’ That Make Your Editor Cry (With a Little Fun Finger-Shaming From Weird Al)
It’s four years later and we still can’t get enough of Weird Al’s “Word Crimes.” It’s such a compact, word-nerdy review of the basic writing mistakes that we’ve indexed 17 key points to help you recap.
Becoming an Influencer: 6 Keys to Double-Gigging As a Writer and Influencer (5 of 5)
If you’re toying with the idea of double-gigging yourself as a professional writer and an influencer, learn how to set yourself up for success and to protect your reputation in the world of media.
Becoming an Influencer: Advice From Journalists Who Are Both Writers and Influencers (3 of 5)
Learn from wordsmiths who have grown impressive followings all while continuing to be journalists. Here, they share their career stories and best advice.
5 Things You Need to Know About Google+ Shutting Down (Surprised It Still Existed?)
On the #ContentRader this week: Google+ is finally gone for good. Also, Instagram copies Snapchat again; web and social use hasn’t grown in two years; and Burger King’s new ads show robots aren’t taking your job yet.
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The Niche Content Creator: Writing for IT and Services
Tech writers are in huge demand. But tech is so broad in our hyper-connected world, how do you find your niche? For perspective, we chat with Karen Bannan, an expert who found her tech niche at a young age and now covers everything from software development best practices to the potential uses of blockchain technology.
How to Write a Lead: 10 Dos, 10 Don’ts, 10 Good Examples
Good lead. Good read. Sharpen your hooks to grab readers’ attention from the get-go, with examples of great and not-so-great leads.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of AI-Powered Journalism: What You Need to Know
Writers, relax. Marketers, wise up: There’s a difference between utility and humanity — and it matters for your brand reputation. Here are three examples of the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to robot-powered journalism.
How to Make $100K or More As a Freelance Writer? Five Successful Women Share Their Advice
What does it take to earn $100K or more as a freelance writer? Five women share their success, with tips on how to value yourself and your time.
Keep Your Brain Sharp: 5 Apps for Word Nerds and Smarty Pants
Whether you prefer challenging bots or friends, take a break with one of our favorite word game apps for word nerds.
A Guide to Making More in Digital Content Writing (Well, Is There Any Other Kind?)
For better or worse, the digital age has made us all writers. But if your dream is to see more of your byline in screen-generated light (and more of the income it brings you), here’s a digital content writing guide to help your search (and not become yesterday’s meme).
After Copy Editing: 4 Fool-Proof Tips for Proofreaders
Proofing and copy editing are different tasks, but in a field where people are expected to wear many hats, the two terms are conflated. Think of copy editing as the step before proofing, but follow these four key tips to be a better proofreader.
2018 Survey Results: How Much Should I Pay a Freelance Writer? [Infographic]
The survey results are in! See our ‘2018 Freelance Writer Survey: Experience, Pay and Gender’ infographic. Which freelancers are more likely to create various content types? How much should you expect to pay per word or per hour? See the breakdown of pay rates in four levels of freelancer experience, and by gender.
Navigating Ethics Between Journalism and Content Writing
Today, writers are in the middle of a new normal, charged like many professionals to straddle the line between traditional reporting and content writing. Take the advice of these fellow writers and experts on maintaining your principles, street cred — and income.
Content Around the Globe: The Travel Writing Niche (It Ain’t All Glam)
Travel writing might seem glamorous, but it’s definitely not all about mai tais and the beach. To be successful takes a bit of grit and worldly knowhow. We’ll snap you back into reality, gently, with editor and writer John Newton, who’s worked for Condé Nast Traveler and AFAR magazines.
The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Working With a Top Ad Agency
Know what it takes to write for an agency? We’d like to thank J Barbush, VP & Creative Director at advertising powerhouse RPA, for his advice for aspiring freelancers. Read up on his six key tips for bettering your chances and success working with creative agencies.