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Writer Websites: 8 Great Mobile Examples to Attract Freelance Clients

Is Your Writer Website Mobile-Friendly? 8 Examples. Makealivingwriting.com

Creating a great online home to showcase your writing was always a challenge for freelancers. Then came smartphones, iPads, and the need for mobile-responsive writer websites.

If you don’t have a mobile-responsive theme or layout to your writer site, when people look at your site on their phone, it usually looks like…crap. To be blunt.

It’s hard to find the navigation tabs. The copy you slaved over gets cut off mid-sentence. Your contacts may disappear from the top. It can be a real hot mess.

Not exactly the impression you wanted to make. Ugh! After you’ve invested all the time and energy in creating a writer site.

So, what’s a writer to do? Find a better answer.

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Magazine Article Tips: Your Fail-Proof Checklist for a Killer Query

Use This Magazine Article Checklist for Query Letters. Makealivingwriting.com

Say you’ve got an idea for a magazine article. You write up a query and send it in.

What happens next? Crickets.

I’ve heard this tale from hundreds of writers. They all want to know why.

Usually, the answer is that you don’t know how to analyze the magazine you’re pitching, and use what you learn to create the perfect query — the irresistible one that editor can’t resist.

Everything you need to know to write a hot query can be found by studying the articles in that magazine.

What do you need to look for? Here’s my checklist:

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Fiverr Buys ClearVoice: Their CEO On the Future of Online Writing Jobs

Fiverr Buys ClearVoice: The Future of Online Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

If you missed the news this week, there was a major development in the world of online writing jobs. Better-paying, fixed-rate writer platform ClearVoice is being acquired by Fiverr. The price was undisclosed.

Stated plans are for ClearVoice to retain its identity as a separate brand, platform, and talent pool. “In the near term,” at least.

My take: This sale may actually be a good sign.

Do you think I’m crazy? One of the few great premium platforms for writers — I’ve written for ClearVoice myself — being absorbed by race-to-the-bottom bid site Fiverr. How can it be a positive thing?

Let’s say after a nearly hour-long chat this week with one of ClearVoice’s co-CEOs about why they chose Fiverr as their buyer, I feel…hopeful.

I will explain. Buckle up, this is a long, detailed post.

But first, a little quick background on what I know about these players, and about corporate mergers on our space. That way, you know where I’m coming from when I tell you what I think this merger signals for writers, and for the future of platforms that offer online writing jobs.

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The Deadly Math Mistake That Will Make Your Freelance Business Fail

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Magazine Editors on Twitter: 20 to Know + Tips to Connect

How to Meet Magazine Editors on Twitter. Makealivingwriting.com

Magazine editors can seem so unapproachable. Am I right? You send them a query, and nothing.

But there’s one place where many editors seem to be easier to connect with: Twitter. As someone who once got $6,000 of assignments from a tweet, I’ve always been a fan of trying editors on this platform.

If you call an editor, you know it’s going straight to voicemail, every time. Right?

On the other hand, asking a quick question on Twitter can be a useful workaround. Some magazine editors love Twitter, and turn out to be fairly approachable on there.

Interested to learn more? Let me give you my favorite question to tweet to an editor. I’ve also got a list of interesting magazine editors (online and traditional print) you might want to follow on Twitter:

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Article Writing Rejection: This Will Help You Bounce Back…Fast

Bounce Back After an Article Writing Rejection. Makealivingwriting.com

There are five stages to pitching a story idea to an editor:

  1. You get an article idea
  2. You write the idea up, in a query letter or letter of introduction.
  3. You send the pitch letter in, usually via email.
  4. You wait, frequently in vain, for a response.
  5. You begin the second-guessing game, and start wondering why your article pitch didn’t get you an assignment.

That fifth stage often sends writers into an emotional tailspin, and sucks up way too much time. But it shouldn’t. Really, it shouldn’t exist at all.

There are only two basic reasons why article ideas get rejected — and once you know them, it can help you move on to writing that next query more quickly.

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