Hi there! Welcome to my blog. I’m Carol Tice, an award-winning, fun-loving freelance writer living in the Seattle area. I’m kinda obsessed with helping writers earn more from their work.
I started the Make a Living Writing blog in 2008 because content mill pay rates made me mad. I wanted to share my experiences freelancing since 2005 and earning more each year, to show writers ways to move up from content mills and other low-paying markets.
I guess that was something writers needed, because now this blog has nearly 8,000 subscribers.
Also, in 2010, 2012 and 2013, this blog was named one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers in Write to Done’s annual contest…still blown away by that amazing recognition.
Got a question about the freelance-writing game?
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I’m happy to answer questions on the blog — I do bunches of mailbag posts. I also answer questions on the post Answers to 100 Freelance Writing Questions — Including Yours, so feel free to ask one in the comments there.
Or ask me whenever you want by joining my community, Freelance Writers Den. (Yes, we’re not always open, and membership is limited. Get on the waiting list for your best shot at a seat.)
But enough from me about me — here’s some feedback from my readers:
“There is only one blog I read religiously.
And the reason is that Carol Tice is balls-to-the-wall, over-the-top, all-hands-on-deck focused on helping professional writers be more successful.”
–Mitch Bossart, Bold Communication
Why subscribe to my blog?
Besides the obvious — it helps you not miss any posts that could help you grow your writing income — a few other reasons:
- I love to give out free stuff to my subscribers, like the time I gave out my phone number and did a full day of free mini-mentoring sessions (it was fun — I’ll probably do it again). More recently, I gave out a 1-hour podcast of fear-busting tips.
- I sometimes send subscribers secret, insider info & offers I don’t post on the blog
- Other special stuff around here: I pay $50 per guest post. Most of my successful guest posters are blog subscribers and regular readers. So be in the loop and sign up!
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Why this blog was created
I started Make a Living Writing because I wanted to share what I’ve learned about successful freelancing and help writers support themselves with their craft. This blog is my give-back to the profession that allows me to pay my bills doing something I truly enjoy.
This advice blog has taken me places I never imagined I’d go. I now offer one-on-one mentoring, and teach the Freelance Writer’s Blast-Off Class and 4-Week Journalism School courses with the Renegade Writer‘s Linda Formichelli.
I published my Make a Living Writing e-book (watch for it to split into multiple ebooks later this year), and co-wrote 13 Ways to Get the Writing Done Faster, also with Linda Formichelli. My blogging work also led to two print business books, How They Started and The Pocket Small Business Owner’s Guide to Starting Your Business on a Shoestring.
My writing advice has appeared in The Writer’s Market, on Copyblogger, Write to Done, and DIYThemes, among others. I was recently named the blogging expert for the National Association of Independent Writers & Editors (NAIWE).
My quest to get information out to more writers faster on how to grow their writing income led to the creation of Freelance Writers Den in 2011. The Den now has over
900 1,100 members and growing. If you’d like more support and access to a ton of trainings to help shorten your ramp time, check that out.
Who am I to give advice?
To learn more about my freelance writing career and what I’ve been writing lately, see my writer site at caroltice.com.
Two of my all-time favorite posts on this blog are:
I hope this blog helps you to build your freelance writing income!Carol Tice
“I highly recommend Make a Living Writing. Newbies to freelance writing will find everything they need to launch a successful career, from choosing the right niches to getting assignments to getting paid well. Experienced hands will find gems on every page that will improve their writing careers – and their bottom lines.”–John Soares, ProductiveWriters . “Your blog is like ‘Eat This Not That’ for freelance writers!” — Stephanie Vozza “Carol Tice makes me feel sane. Unlike those who make a living selling advice to writers about how to make a living as a writer, Carol actually writes for a living. Carol’s blog stands head and shoulders, hips and knees above the mind-bogglingly vast number of blogs targeting would-be writers out there.”– Nancy A. Locke, Locke Communications