Do You Sabotage Your Freelance Writing Jobs? A Gut-Check

Do you sabotage your freelance writing jobs? Makealivingwriting.comAre you one of those freelance writers who can’t seem to win no matter how hard you try? All the freelance writing jobs you touch seem to turn to merde. Things may start out well, but then something often goes wrong.

You don’t get paid. Your client drops you. All your prospects just want to know how little you’d be willing to do a gig for. And you’re always struggling to book more freelance writing jobs.

If this is you, listen up.

I’m going to tell you exactly why that’s happening, and how to fix it.

How do I know what’s up? I recently added a free, 1-on-1 consulting perk for all Freelance Writers Den members who’ve been in the Den a year or more. That turned out to be…500 writers!

So I’ve been talking with many, many writers who’ve been working on their careers a long time, and learning what keeps them broke, and why it’s so hard for many to find and keep freelance writing jobs that pay well.

Turns out, it’s mostly themselves. Let me spotlight the major mindset problems that lead you to choose crummy clients — or screw up better gigs — over and over. See if you recognize yourself in any of these archetypes of the low-paid freelancer:

The insanity trap

Time after time, I talk to writers who get all their freelance writing jobs off Craigslist or other mass job boards or bidding platforms. Their clients pay poorly.

But when I suggest that perhaps they should do proactive marketing and stop competing against 1,000 other writers for every gig in a race to the bottom on price, I get disbelief.

“But…I need to keep skimming those. I might miss something good!”

You probably won’t, because functional companies don’t place an ad and look through 800 resumes to find a writer. Right?

Doing the same marketing for freelance writing jobs that got you crummy clients, over and over again, means you are fulfilling Einstein’s definition of insanity — you’re doing the same thing repeatedly, but expecting a different result.

Online chat boards teem with writers who love to complain about how awful those lowball Craigslist ads are…but still, every week, those writers check those ads again. That’s self-defeating.

The fix: Change your marketing. Swim in a better pool, and you’ll find better clients, not just freelance writing jobs. Stop repeating what you’ve always done if you want to get paid — and treated — better.

Glass half-empty thinking

No matter how many good things happen to freelance writers, many can’t seem to look on the bright side. Instead of celebrating the wins, it’s all gloomy Eeyore attitude.

If a writer discovers a new marketing technique, or learns how to write a better query and gets a fat assignment, instead of patting themselves on the back for improving their business, I hear this:

“OK, really embarrassed that I didn’t know that! I can’t believe how stupid I was. Going to try to pick myself up off the floor now and move forward somehow…”

Some writers are driven to take a dim view of their abilities. Beating ourselves up about our shortcomings takes so much time, we don’t have time to build our careers or get the writing done!

Maybe you have:

  • Tons of clips — but they’re ‘too old’ (even though there’s no such thing)
  • Lots of experience — but think it’s not the right kind (as if our skills aren’t transferable)
  • Bombed on one client project — and instead of seeing that as a fluke, you decide you’re not a good writer

Instead of building confidence and giving yourself credit for your progress, you’re stuck in a look-on-the-bleak-side mentality. Whatever assets you have, you rush to downplay or dismiss their value.

The fix: Start counting your blessings. Each week, start by reviewing good things that happened in your career and your life in the past week. Keep a daily gratitude list, or a list of your strengths. Eliminate negative self-talk and actively replace it with positive affirmations.

Realize that successful freelance writers exude confidence. Start working on that. You can train yourself into a more positive mindset.

Taking half measures

Are you serious about making freelance writing your career? Or are you doing freelance writing jobs a little on the side, year after year, while complaining how you wish you could quit.

But it never seems to be the ‘right’ time.

So you do a little marketing, but not much. You don’t aim too high, staying away from the big companies or magazines that would pay well. You worry you wouldn’t be able to juggle the responsibility of more writing gigs, instead of rising to the challenge and pushing yourself to test your limits.

Anything you do halfway tends to get poor results. It takes a big commitment to launching your startup freelance business to really get the wheels spinning.

The fix: Get serious. Worry less about whether you can handle it, and more about being stuck in a day job you hate — or stuck with low-paying freelance writing jobs — for the rest of your life. Take it up a notch or three.

If you’ve been wanting to move into freelancing for years, consider tightening your belt, saving up a little money, trusting in your abilities, and simply quitting…right now. You can always go back to working a job later, if it really doesn’t work out.

Addicted to drama

Do you spend hours venting to your friends about your dysfunctional clients? It can be fun, recounting all the crazy demands they make, and you can get lots of sympathy for how awful they treated you.

But…if it’s a year later, and you’re still spending much of your free time complaining about your crummy clients or freelance writing jobs gone awry, something’s wrong.

You may have a weird fascination with these sorts of people, where in a way, you’re actually attracted to dysfunctional clients. Their scenario — the chaos and confusion, the last-minute demands — may feel familiar to you from your family growing up. Or maybe your life is boring and this provides some excitement.

In the short term, you may enjoy the schadenfreude of watching someone else’s trainwreck and thinking, “I’m glad I’m not like that!” But in fact, those trainwrecks are taking your career over a cliff, too.

The fix: Break the pattern. Realize you’re attracting people with poor business skills and are too willing to hop on their rickety bandwagon. Look at what your writer website and LinkedIn are telling people, and consider changing your messaging.

Before you sign up for a gig, ask yourself, “Are there red flags here?” Start setting healthy boundaries for what you’ll do, at what rate, by when.

The timid writer’s lament

When you don’t advocate for your freelance writing business, it doesn’t turn into a lucrative career. No one else is going to care how much you earn, or what you get to write about.

Insecure writers often:

  • Work for a client for years without ever asking for a raise
  • Ask few questions at first client meetings — then, cry when the client hates their draft
  • Work without a contract, if one isn’t offered
  • Start working for business clients without a deposit
  • Have clients who want 24/7 access or rush work at low rates

Again, writers…self-esteem is the culprit here. You have to believe you bring value to the table, or you don’t ask for the working conditions and pay you deserve.

The fix: Analyze how you do business. Then, make some changes. You need to speak up for what you deserve, even if it feels uncomfortable at first. Fake that ’til it starts to feel right. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how many positive responses you get, and how much better your client relationships turn out.

A meditation for moving up

Ready to change your attitude and get better clients? Here’s something to tack on your wall:

Download (PDF, 4.93MB)

Get better freelance writing jobs

If some of those writer types I describe above felt familiar, it’s time for change. How can you stop sabotaging your freelance writing career?

List the behaviors or mindset problems you want to work on. Maybe, start with just one! Then, start a checklist of proactive steps you plan to take to change your mindset and your actions.

Keep building up your self-esteem and celebrating your wins. You can change the self-defeating behaviors that are sabotaging your freelance writing jobs.

Do you sabotage your writing jobs? Tell us what’s happening in the comments.

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54 comments on “Do You Sabotage Your Freelance Writing Jobs? A Gut-Check
  1. Naomi T. says:

    Thanks for another swift kick, Carol. I’m still paying tuition in the school of life. Love that! Now on to meditating to move on up . . . with purpose.

  2. Lynda Dell says:

    Hello Carol,
    Your website is such a good resource! Here is a question that you don’t get very often: Is there a way to work part time writing and full time in a day job without investing a lot of time and money?

    I need to earn extra money to make up for our shortfall.Your boot camp courses on perfecting pitches are amazing, but I don’t have the budget or time for that now. Is there something on a smaller scale for a writer like me?

    I currently write feature articles for magazines and websites and recently started my Dare to Dream blog for dreamers, dream seekers, and dream makers, for women who are pursuing and realizing their dreams. I would like to branch out to national publications and major websites and to get affiliates for my blog, too–at some point.

    Are there baby steps that I could begin with right away that wouldn’t require a big commitment or cost? Are there five tips to write sensational queries?

    • Carol Tice says:

      Lynda, I think you’re confused about the time/money equation in launching a business.

      The equation is that you can EITHER invest tons and tons of time, learning everything yourself by trial and error…or you can pay for a shortcut such as one of my courses. For instance, there’s a useful one on sale right at this moment for a big $29, right here: http://usefulwritingcourses.com. It’s cheap and self-study — maybe a fit?

      You can take that and learn how to do marketing that gets you great gigs, how to do your writer site right, and lots of other stuff, for a pittance. Or you can take a year or four figuring it out yourself.

      OR…you could grab one of my Small Blog Big Income ebooks for a big $9, to work on building your blog into a money-earner (hint: If you just launched, it’s not time to get affiliates yet, you need to build your audience first): http://smallblogbigincome.com

      But something that takes no money OR time that skyrockets your writing income? Sorry, not that I’m aware.

      I think this is a useful post for you to read at this juncture, as it’s possible you may be a victim of a persistent myth about freelance writing, that’s it’s a quick and easy way to make money without investing anything in your business:

      http://www.makealivingwriting.com/spend-money-freelance-writing-business/

      One other thing you might do is read Linda Formichelli’s “Write Your Way Out of the Rat Race,” which is good for helping you juggle a FT job and a transition into freelancing.

      Are there baby steps? Sure. Loads of ’em, depending on your situation, willingness to do various types of marketing, personality, experience, etc. Can you figure out which are the right baby steps for you, that aren’t a waste of time based on where you’re at right now, without any advice, training, or coaching? Maybe, maybe not.

      For query tips…you can look at my query related posts on this tag, far more than 5 tips in here: http://www.makealivingwriting.com/tag/query-letter/

      Hope that helps!

  3. Peggy Diaco says:

    I haven’t started freelance writing yet, but I am investigating the business for my senior thesis. I’m a senior citizen going to college for a writing degree to supplement my income when I do retire (and to keep those brain cells active). Your article is very helpful for my “pitfalls” section. Your blogs and everyone’s comments are so helpful to me and I cannot wait to get started. Thank you.

  4. Karen Ingle says:

    Celebrating my wins will be my new habit. I’m keeping a file of kudos and successes. This is more than just fodder for testimonials on my website. This is a growing pile of treasure: reminders that I am a real writer, a good writer.

    • Carol Tice says:

      Karen, when I was a staffer, I used to save every complimentary letter to the editor that came in on my work, every piece of praise, every award certificate…and when I was feeling hopeless or in over my head on an article, I’d read through that file.

      Everyone should have one!

  5. Thank you for this, and especially for A Meditation to Moving Up. So timely for me. Trying to deal with a new online marketing agency that’s abusing my good nature.

    I’ve started drawing lines in the sand, and my next step is to spell out exactly what I will and won’t do (for the benefit of both parties). I’ve already notified them I’m upping my rates for future projects. I’m going to read your motivation every day so I don’t weaken!

    One new thing I did this week was to write up an evaluation of each stage of the project (negotiation, quotation, briefing, production, timing, etc) and send it to the agency. At the end I added ‘lessons learned’ for me and for the agency so that we don’t repeat our mistakes. I’m hoping a little time spent evaluating a project fully and objectively will make the next project go more smoothly (and be paid appropriately!).

    • Carol Tice says:

      Well, if telling that agency how to do their business works out, I think that’ll be a first. 😉 Hope it does! Usually, I’d keep that kind of info for my OWN future learning.

      • Well, it’s not the usual agency/writer scenario, Carol. This is someone I’ve worked with before and he’s setting up a new agency. It’s in Holland, where English copywriters who speak Dutch and have content marketing/SEO knowledge are very thin on the ground, so working with me actually brings him business.

        Trouble is, he pumps me for a lot of business advice, gets me to do all the work (like detailed quotations), and then takes a huge cut without offering to pay for my help. This has even been noticed by his clients, who’ve asked to work with me directly because ‘he does nothing’ (I’ve declined at this point for ethical reasons).

        I’m almost at the stage of walking away, but I don’t want to cut off my nose to spoil my face. So I thought an evaluation would be a good learning tool for both of us (he was actually grateful for it). Mind you, I also need to define in writing the boundaries of what I will and won’t do for him in future. Make it clear to both of us! 🙂
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        • Carol Tice says:

          Helen…when they ask you to do more work, you send them a change order or additional work order that states what you’d do it for. Stop working for free! I get that it’s a good relationship…but perhaps it’s partly such a great setup and he loves it…because he’s exploiting you. This might be a useful read:

          http://www.makealivingwriting.com/emotion-kills-freelance-writing-income/

          • Great article about misplaced loyalty, Carol. It’s me to a tee. I’ve printed it out and put it with your meditation for moving up so I won’t forget it.

            I like the idea of a change or additional work order. Formalizes it and avoids a surprise or difficult conversation at the end (if the order isn’t signed, I won’t do the additional work). I’m going to set up a template right now!

            Thanks so much for your advice. I’ve been feeling pretty low this last week, but Writer’s Den has once again come to the rescue! 🙂
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            • Carol Tice says:

              Um… you work and then talk about money at the end? Don’t work without a signed approval of what they will pay!

              If you need forms, my Freelance Business Bootcamp ebook (see the ebooks tab above) has sample contracts and I know it’s got a change order, my co-author Neil Tortorella was big on that.

  6. Felix Abur says:

    Nowadays I don’t even look at my Upwork account. Even when I receive an email about an invitation to interview. I’ve changed my mindset and always striving to improve my marketing

  7. I really have to say that for me, this article is one of the best that you’ve written. It supported the new mindset you’re helping me to get into.

    I’m one foot out the door of the job listing sites. In fact, I’m going to be visiting a local chapter of the BNI tomorrow in the early EARLY morning!

    Thank you for being such an enormous source of positivity!
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    • Carol Tice says:

      Glad this one hit the spot for you, Andrea!

      I’ve gone to BNI meetings, too — depending on the group you get into, it can be a good source of referrals. Going as a guest is ideal — it’s pricey to join, and you HAVE to come to all meetings or send a sub, so it’s a big commitment. The one I checked out was a lot of solopreneur professionals, so not ideal clients for us. But I’ve seen groups that are terrific within BNI, and of course, you’ve got that advantage that you’re the only freelance writer.

      What I ask writers to do who’re having trouble kicking the online jobs habit is to challenge yourself to not look at them for 30 days. Just kick the habit! Use that time for other forms of marketing for a month. At the end of that challenge, I’ve never had a writer report back to me that they wanted to go back to looking at Craigslist. The caliber of client you get through proactive marketing is just so much better!

  8. After “addicted to drama,” I decided NOT to comment on how I’ve made all the above mistakes, LOL.
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  9. Susie Rosse says:

    Oh! Did you reverse the comments order?

  10. Susie Rosse says:

    Do you think you can be a successful freelancer without having to network in person or use Skype, or is face to face essential?

    • Carol Tice says:

      Susie, this is one of those ‘how long is a piece of string’ questions. The answer is…maybe.

      Somewhere, there’s probably a writer who has gotten all their great clients only on email, but I’ll say I haven’t met them. You’re marketing with 1 hand tied behind your back if you never ever, speak to people face to face in some way. That leaves out a lot of great marketing strategy. It also makes it hard to build editor/marketing manager relationships, where you would get more referrals and your life becomes easier.

      I think this isn’t the first time you’ve asked a question along these lines. Is there some reason you can’t do in-person or Skype networking? I really highly recommend giving it a try!

      When I run Pitch Clinic, we hear from a lot of writers who seem laser-focused on finding the laziest possible way to find clients that involves the least effort on their part. That’s not the right mentality for building a great-paying business.

      In fact, I’d say the whole “I never talk live or meet in person with anyone” phobia is probably another one of the big self-sabotage ‘tells’ that I find. Because you’re scared to talk live to clients, you don’t get all the info you need, and then they hate your draft, and then you get fired. I see that sort of thing a lot.

      I mean…would you do a day job never speaking live to your boss? I don’t understand why some freelance writers think somehow, this should be able to succeed in a vacuum without live human interaction. I think very often, it fails that way.

  11. Kim Jarrett says:

    I needed this TODAY! I was on my own for about 18 months and did EVERYTHING wrong That was eight years ago and I am being smarter about it this time. I am not in the position financially to leave my full-time broadcasting gig yet but I hope to be by the end of this year.

    Thank you for being such an inspiration!

    • Carol Tice says:

      Well…remember to forgive yourself for all that time. My dad used to call that ‘tuition in the school of life.’ We all live and learn that way.

  12. Donna Reed says:

    Thank you for this post! I am home from my regular job today and have been researching online about writing from home. It’s been on my mind for several months but I have not been sure how to get started. I’ve always loved writing and been highly complimented for things I’ve done. Your library is very informative as I hope to turn this into my full time work (I currently cannot stand my corporate job)! Very much appreciated 🙂

    • Carol Tice says:

      Hi Donna — you wouldn’t believe how many people I hear that from!

      For a really robust support platform while you make that transition, get on the waiting list for Freelance Writers Den — see my ‘community’ tab. We have supported so many writers in quitting their jobs!

      • Donna Reed says:

        I will do that, thank you! Will I be receiving the free e-book for signing up?

        • Carol Tice says:

          Freelance Writers Den isn’t currently open for new members, Donna — get on the waiting list. We’ll open again later this spring.

          Subscribe to my blog to get the free ebook that you see featured in the sidebar. 😉

  13. Yes, absolutely sabotage my writing. Thank you for a thought provoking post.

    • Carol Tice says:

      So did one or another of those archetypes seem particularly familiar? Let me know, I’d love to hear that from readers…or if there are OTHER self-sabotage methods we should add to this list.

  14. Shem Oirere says:

    Hi Carol,

    I am guilty on many of these as a freelancer but thanks for bringing this out. For me it all boils down to being confident of what I am doing as a freelancer and also making sure I do it and when it does not work at least I can get hold of a helping hand such as the one you have always extended! Thank you!

  15. Evan Jensen says:

    Hi Carol,

    I’ve never been the “addicted to drama” kind of freelancer, but I’ve been guilty of the other archetypes at some point. One thing in particular your approach to freelancing has helped me with immensely is glass-half empty thinking. Appreciate your recurring voice of encouragement to all freelancers to “move up and earn more” and origin of your blog to show freelancers you can “make a living writing.”

    • Carol Tice says:

      I mentored about 5 writers in a ROW in the past weeks with the glass half-empty problem, and that was a big reason I wanted to write this post! It was incredible to see them consistently negate their own progress and to look on the downside. “But I only have so few Twitter followers, it’s really hopeless…” and on and on. Stop doing this to yourselves, writers!

  16. Maria Veres says:

    Thanks for this, Carol. I especially resonated with what you said about how we need to make a big commitment to this before the wheels start turning.

    I floundered around for months. I was so overwhelmed, I didn’t know where to start. The resources in the Freelance Writers Den have helped me break things down into small chunks that I could handle.

    I may always struggle with fear and insecurity. But I’m learning how to keep moving forward in spite of those obstacles. Every day I take a few small steps toward building my business. Those small efforts add up.

    • Carol Tice says:

      Yes, they do, Maria! And that is exactly the key — not that we can make our insecurities vanish, or the legacy of past criticism or lack of support we may have endured in our families growing up. The trick is…just…keep…going! Keep pursuing the life you want, and you can get there.

      You know, I used to know a public speaker in the women’s rights movement who had EXTREME public-speaking fears. She turned bright red every time she gave a speech! I mean from forehead to neck. Every inch of her.

      She was the president and public face of a major women’s group at the time I knew her, and did public speaking all the time. And she’d just gotten over the fact that she turned red and sweated when she gave talks. Because she wanted a better world for women. Period. So she just kept going. That was a HUGE inspiration to me.

  17. Rob says:

    A client I’ve had for a long time got a new editor recently. She asked me to rewrite articles and make them longer. After a couple of weeks of this, I finally told her I thought I deserved more money for “in between” articles that were longer than the short articles, but not as many words as the longer articles that pay more. She told me I was right and now I’m getting $40 more for an extra 200 words. The moral of the story: ask for a raise and you just might get it.
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    • Carol Tice says:

      Love it, Rob! And yes, you’ve got to be willing to stand up for yourself. Think your plumber is going to do more and more work and not send you an extra bill? Not likely.

  18. Abbi Perets says:

    Spot on! I did this for too many years. For me, the wake up call came when one of my kids was diagnosed with leukemia and I stopped working for two years. My kid is all better now, and the break gave me time to think, regroup, start from a place of strength. Getting clarity on what I want, knowing what’s important enough to deserve my time — a total mindset change.

    • Carol Tice says:

      Thanks for sharing this, Abbi — sometimes, we all need that time away to re-assess how we are spending our precious time. And we come back with a whole new set of priorities.

      Glad your kid is doing well now. 😉

  19. Neal Eckert says:

    Thanks, Carol, for another great article! I’ve spent hours on your site over the past year and a half. More and more, I know that what you speak is the truth. You’ve revolutionized the way I look at the freelance writing world (both the underworld of the content mills and the real writing market). This article was a good reminder, encouragement and kick in the butt all in one. It’s one I’m planning on going back to read again!

    • Carol Tice says:

      Glad you like! I just had too many conversations with too many self-sabotaging writers, and I finally felt compelled to boil down these archetypal mindset problems so folks could recognize — and change — any negative habits they’ve got. 😉

      • Neal Eckert says:

        Well, you did a great job! There’s one thing you keep saying that I’m convinced of now more than ever:

        “Go out and find your own clients and stay away from the job boards.”

        I’m starting to realize that’s the only way to live.

        • Carol Tice says:

          You know, Neal, I’m probably one of the few writers around who have interviewed the founders of mass job platforms. And do you know what they say?

          “Our typical writer is a hobbyist, a stay at home mom who wants some extra side income…” These were never set up to be full-time livings for anyone! It’s just writers who get confused on that.

          • Neal Eckert says:

            That’s how they justify it to the public and themselves. It sounds convincing even. But what about the single moms, those in between jobs and those who feel they have no other option?

            Stay-at-home moms with ample alternate income actually stand the least risk of getting tangled up in the content-mill mess in my opinion. They’re able to better focus on building their business the right way like what you share.

            I personally think it’s more the other way around. Their pockets are lined by the desperate. The system creates desperate people and makes them even more desperate. No clips, no website and no network to ever see the light of day.

            So what do you do? Scramble for any and every job no matter how poorly it pays. Try to type faster. And where does that get you? Closer to carpal tunnel, bankruptcy and the need for an antidepressant. That’s where.

            Content mills are where a writer’s dreams go to die. I honestly couldn’t see how bad it had become for me in the mills until I quit them all at once. And you know what I saw after that? I saw dreams bust out of the pathetic shell I had become.
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            • Neal Eckert says:

              Sorry. I guess we were talking about job boards and I switched to content mills. Suppose the results are so similar in a bad way that it doesn’t matter that much. 🙂

    • Carol Tice says:

      And I just checked out your blog and…wow. Kudos to you for rising above everything life has thrown your way, to pursue the career you want!

      • Neal Eckert says:

        Carol, you honestly have no idea how much of a writing mentor you’ve been to me. I wasn’t one to comment (One of what I’m guessing are many silent mentees).

        Instead, I soaked up everything you wrote and read the comments from top to bottom week after week.

        So, that being said, the fact that you took the time to check out my blog means a lot.

        I recently read The Grapes of Wrath and The Jungle. Both novels were powerful in exposing a corrupt system pitted against the worker.

        At the time, everyone thought that’s the way it must be, until someone stepped up and challenged the status quo and said enough.

        And you know what? It wasn’t the government that demanded reform. It was the writers who exposed things in a way that no one could ignore them anymore.

        Like Steinbeck and Sinclair, you get ticked off when people are treated unfairly. That’s something that burns deep in my soul as well.

        Fighting a corrupt system that’s pitted against the writer in the form of content mills is a much-needed and noble cause.

        I love your work and you’re saving thousands of writers from unnecessary suffering and exploitation.

        Every time as a new writer that I googled “Best content mill,” your article popped up saying there aren’t any. At first, I was kind of annoyed. I wanted an easy, quick solution that didn’t involve the need for a website or real marketing.

        What I eventually found is that not having those things puts you in the perfect situation to be taken advantage of.

        Thanks again and never forget the positive difference you make in this world!
        Neal Eckert recently posted…Why Your Five Minutes MatterMy Profile

        • Carol Tice says:

          Neal…this is a day-maker for me. 😉

          I only HOPE I’ve helped that many writers realize they’re worth more than $5 an article…but every single one I hear from that I HAVE helped really makes me feel the umpty-leven hours I spend on this are worthwhile.

          And…thrilled to hear I rank well for that phrase! When we do exposes on sites that pay peanuts, I usually use the headline, “Writing for X Platform.” That’s so I can try to rank ABOVE their own writers guidelines, and allow writers to find real market intel straight from writers who’ve been there, before they waste time signing up. 😉

          And The Jungle was one of the MOST IMPORTANT books I ever read (multiple times!), as a young reporter. We’re going to need reporting like that in the coming 4 years.

          • Neal Eckert says:

            Carol, if it was a day maker, I’m thrilled by that! You earned it. I saw plenty of your blood, sweat and tears all over the page and many times over.

            It cost me nothing but time to read and I hope that my comments will encourage writers on the fringe to realize that you’re the real deal.

            I love the fact that you try to rank higher than their writer guidelines. Hilarious and effective! I know I wasn’t the only one googling “best content mill.” 

            That’s awesome that The Jungle had a big impact on you as well! There’s something that energizes me at the thought of making that kind of a difference.
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  20. Rohi says:

    Hi Carol,
    I’ve downloaded and printed the Meditation PDF. It’s incredibly powerful. Thanks a ton for being you.
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    • Carol Tice says:

      Glad you liked that, Rohi! I had written the whole post, and then decided to add it…and then decided it should be a nice PDF last-minute — kudos to my designer Keira Dooley for whipping that together!