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"Make a Living Writing is the only blog I read religiously. It's always on top of the news and advice writers need RIGHT NOW to earn more from their writing." —Linda Formichelli, The Renegade Writer

Grow Your Writing Income Next Year by Making This Key Change Now

Plant in dried cracked mudAs the year winds down, do your thoughts turn to your writing goals for the coming year? I know mine do.

Now’s the time to lay the groundwork to earn more in the months ahead.

But it’s also a busy time for many of us — there’s shopping, travel, vacationing, kids at home, visiting, decorating the house, and more.

Still, there’s one change you can begin making right now that I promise you will set the stage for a more lucrative freelance New Year. This will take a minute a day, tops.

It involves taking quick action to eliminate the single biggest problem freelance writers face.

Do you know where that massive stumbling block is located? Well, go to a mirror and take a look at your head.

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Top 3 Clueless Comments Freelance Writers Get — and How to Respond

Casual businesswoman resting head on desk in the officeWorking as a freelance writer makes life equal parts challenging and exciting.

You may keep strange hours. You may have to navigate periods of too much work — and the dry spells that sometimes follow.

The one thing you need most is the support of those around you. But sometimes they just don’t get it.

Here are the comments I’ve heard from people who don’t understand freelancing — and the responses I’ve used to help them get it.

 

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How to Score a Celebrity Interview: 7 Simple Strategies

Beautiful blond girl looking like a superstar posing and lots ofIt can be one of the most enjoyable assignments in journalism — interview movie stars! Or music artists, politicians, magicians, authors, dancers, mega-church pastors. Pick your favorite celebrity flavor.

But it’s often difficult to get famous people to grant you an interview. I spent 12 years pursuing CEOs of major corporations for interviews as a staff reporter, and I was a movie-industry secretary for several years, so I speak from experience on both sides of the fence here.

Here’s what I learned: To get household names to slot you an interview time, you have to be wily, creative, and unstoppable.

Ready?

Here are my tips for landing celebrity interviews:

 

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Why You Should Stop Writing Blog Posts (and What to Do Instead)

Blogging conceptYou may think this is a funny piece of advice for me to write on my blog.

But if you care about earning more as a freelance writer, then you might want to stop writing blog posts.

Why do I say this?

There are four big reasons I want to steer you away from blogging:

 

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5 Ways to Get Your Flaky Freelance Client to Pay Up

Past Due Blue StampHas this happened to you? You slave away meeting a freelance client’s deadline, send in your invoice, and then…nothing.

Your client is smelling like a deadbeat.

What can you do about it? Plenty.

As it happens, I’ve had my share of clients who drag their heels on payment. Over the years, I’ve developed a system for making sure those checks arrive…more on that below.

First, here are my five best tips for rounding up those stray checks:

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How I Wised Up After 8 Years and Got My First Freelance Writing Contract

Freelance writer signs contractEight years is a long time to not know what you’re doing as a freelance writer.

But that’s exactly how long it took me to figure out how to get serious and treat my freelance career as a business.

I hope my story helps you figure it out a lot faster than that.

 

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