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Check Out the New Issue of Good Housekeeping!

I’m excited to share that a piece I wrote in the January 2016 issue of Good Housekeeping is out on newsstands right now. I interviewed Patrice Banks, a fascinating woman who is set to launch a mostly female-run mechanic shop called Girls Auto Clinic. Her story is in the Real Life section, and I’m really […]

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#DreamComeTrue: My First Article for O Magazine

In Amy Schumer’s brilliant sketch “Fight Like a Girl,” she says that women can’t deny the authority of therapy and/or Oprah, and she’s damn right. As a freelance writer, I have a list of my dream magazines that I would be thrilled to write for, and now I have my byline in one of them — O: […]

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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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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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For Writers—5 Simple Rules for Pitching an Editor

As a writer and editor, I’ve been on both sides of pitching. I’ve made mistakes and I’ve seen other writers make mistakes too. Hey, we’re human, after all. From an editor’s point of view, I’d like to share some tips so that you don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made. 1. Read the magazine before […]

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How to Be a Full-Time Freelance Writer: An Interview with Laura Hooper Beck

Laura Hooper Beck is one of the funniest writers I know (and I live with a TV comedy writer). She’s smart, sassy, and honest. When I first read her “Ask Laura” column in VegNews magazine, before I even started working there, I looked forward to reading it every issue. Fast forward to present day, I […]

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Introduction to Magazine Writing

Quite a few people email me about how to break into magazine writing or how to get published in a magazine. So instead of answering each email individually, I thought it was better to write a blog post and let everyone share in the information. And if you’ve written for magazines, please add your comments […]

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Working for Myself: Day One

Today marked the first day of working for myself as a freelance writer and editor.  Some sage advice from freelance writer Rita Flórez and my husband Brendan Hay (who wrote from home for a few months) got me started in the right direction.  Rita told me to keep work hours from 9 a.m. to 5 […]

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