Freelance Category

End of the Year To Do: Send a Thank You Note

Every holiday season, I send editors and anyone I’ve worked with a holiday gift along with a thank you note. In the handwritten note, I thank them for choosing to work with me. This year, I decided to order custom pencils from my friend Jenna’s Etsy shop, LZ Pencils. I ordered one custom set of Parks […]

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An Open Letter to Companies Who Don’t Pay Freelancers on Time

Dear [insert name of delinquent company]: I love being a freelancer. I make my own schedule. I get to work on different projects. I don’t have to ask anyone for time off. As such, my obligation to your company is to turn in work on deadline, answer any questions you have, and turn in invoices […]

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The Most Frequently Asked Freelance Writing Questions

Some times I get questions from aspiring writers about how to make it as a writer. I thought this post would be helpful to share the most frequently asked questions I get and answer them here. 1. Can I make money as a writer? Yes. I do make my living from freelance writing and editing. […]

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The Business of Being a Freelance Writer Told in GIFs

When A Client’s Payment Is Late When a Source Doesn’t Get Back to You & You Have a Tight Deadline When You Write A Piece That’s Controversial When a Stranger Emails You That They Love An Article You Wrote When a Troll Badgers You OR When Ann Friedman Mentions Your Piece in Her Amazing Weekly Newsletter […]

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Building a Full-Time Freelance Writing Career

For almost a year now, I’ve been freelance writing and editing. When I worked full-time as a magazine editor, I often pitched and wrote freelance writing assignments because I’m obsessed with magazines. People often ask me how I land assignments so I wanted to share some ideas of what I do to keep working. 1. […]

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5 Simple Tips for Networking as a Writer

I’m a shy person by nature. There’s a reason why I write—I like to express myself through words/hide behind words. But here’s the thing, if you want to be a working writer, you have to come out of your shell. I’d go to readings, networking events, and conferences and basically psych myself out of talking to anyone. […]

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Balancing Work & Writing

I recently was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Hyphen, a San Francisco-based Asian American magazine, about being a full-time magazine editor and writer. Hyphen online Q&A editor Rachel Filipinas asked how I balance my time to juggle both careers. And often, my blog readers ask me the same thing. I wish I could say […]

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How I Landed My Dream Job

I’ve worked at nonprofits, as a teacher (briefly), and producing legal newsletters. But it wasn’t until I thought about what I really wanted that I landed my dream job as an associate editor at VegNews magazine. I wanted to share this story because I know how hard it is do what we really want to […]

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Use Social Networking for Good, Part II

This is Part Two of our Social Networking podcast where we discuss how to use Gchat, Google Docs, and blogs as tools for social networking as a writer. A lowdown of what we discuss: Gchat/Google docs A great way to collaborate with your fellow writers from a distance and get feedback on your work. With […]

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At-Home Beauty Treatments Inspired by Cocktails

Save a little cash while treating yourself to a spa treatment inspired by your favorite happy hour cocktails. My recent article for the August 2010 issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray gives you 3 refreshingly simple treatments to keep you looking your best: a chocolate martini mask, a pina colada hand & foot treatment, […]

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