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.
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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.
The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Pitching
Is your pitching style keeping you from scoring better freelance jobs? Get up to speed on the elements of a good pitch and the pros and cons of different pitching styles.
Mantras for a Better Freelance Writing Portfolio to Catapult Your Career
After managing hundreds of freelancers and reviewing countless applications and portfolios in his media career, editorial chief Justin McKinley offers his advice to make the most authentic and effective freelance writing portfolio.
Want to Write for Robots? Here’s How According to Microsoft Cortana’s Deborah Harrison
Who are the people putting the words, phrases and witty retorts into the “mouths” of robots? Learn what it takes to be the voice behind virtual assistants in our interview with Deborah Harrison, one of the original architects for the personality of Microsoft’s Cortana. Plus, more insights on this entirely new kind of writing between humans and machines, and how it will impact brands (and all of us).
How to Blend Your Voice With a Brand’s Voice
Excellent writers can write for anyone, but finding the middle ground where your voice suits the voice of your client can be tough. Writer Chels Knorr, who’s worked with many name brands, shares her tips on striking the right tone and balance for any client.
Don’t Edit Your Own Work (But Double-Check These 9 Things Before You Press Send)
It’s the rule: Don’t edit your own work. This doesn’t get your out of the responsibility of being both the first and last eyes on your piece though. Catch the fly balls, so your editor can worry about the trickier plays. Double-check these nine things before you click submit.