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Email Interviews: 3 Tips to Make Sure They Don’t Suck

Email Interviews Don't Have to Suck. Makealivingwriting.comLet me say this up front: Email interviews are not really interviews, from a journalistic point of view. I’ve shared my view on that repeatedly.

But writers are increasingly relying on this method of extracting quick quotes from experts.

Often, they’re either scrambling for blog-post fodder.Or they’re simply scared to call people and conduct real interviews.

I see posts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Help a Reporter Out, and other places, nearly every day for sources to “send your best tip on email for inclusion” in roundup posts for blogs large and small. Sigh.

In a typical week, I dozens of requests asking me to participate in email interviews of 6-10 questions. They’re usually idiotic.

And it doesn’t have to be that way. I’m always going to choose picking up the phone over email interviews. But if that’s your only option to connect with a source, here’ how to make sure it doesn’t suck.

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Staffing Agencies for Freelance Writers: 7 Insider Tips from a Recruiter

Staffing Agencies: Insider Tips to Get Freelance Work. Makealivingwriting.comCan you find freelance work with staffing agencies?

Definitely. But you need to know what happens behind the scenes when a recruiter is trying to find a writer for their client.

Here’s what usually happens. A staffing agency recruiter posts a contract job for a writer that looks something like this:

“Our client needs a copywriter who’s a natural at writing copy that’s on brand, fun, helpful, and authentic for a major health and beauty company.”

Looks like a good writing gig for a solid client, right? So you fill out a few details online and click send. Hundreds or maybe even thousands of writers do the same thing.

One writer gets the gig, and it’s not you. You never hear back. Sound familiar?

If you want to connect with staffing agencies to find freelance work, there’s something you need to know…that kind of lazy marketing will fail you almost every time.

So what’s the secret to landing freelance work with staffing agencies? We talked to a veteran copywriter and staffing agency recruiter to find out.

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Travel Writing: 6 Assignment-Seeking Tips from a Digital Nomad

How to Find Travel Writing Assignments. Makealivingwriting.comSo you want to get into travel writing?

Every day you flick through dozens of glossy magazine features. You scroll past hundreds of aspirational Instagram posts about travel writing.

You’ve probably even heard about some Irish guy who started with a $50 ad on his travel blog and went on to earn $1 million in three years from travel writing.

It all sounds so romantic, like stepping into Ernest Hemingway’s shoes and galavanting across the globe chasing travel writing assignments. And you start to have thoughts like this:

  • Thought 1: Here I am in an office cubicle, staring at a screen that’s way too bright.
  • Thought 2: Where the hell’s the dimmer switch? Wait, maybe I am the dimmer switch.
  • Thought 3: I want a million dollars. Maybe I can earn that much from travel writing.

Is travel writing all fun and frolics on beaches with cocktails? No. But you can make a great living as a travel writer…I’ve been doing it for more than a decade.

Want to be a travel writer? These six tips will point you in the right direction…

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Positive Thoughts for Writers: 10 Powerful Ways to End the Hurt

Positive Thoughts for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.comGot a question for you: When’s the last time you cut yourself a break, as a freelance writer? If you’re all smack-talk and no compliments when you look in the mirror, I have some positive thoughts I’d like you to adopt.

It’s time to give yourself the same level of loving care you’d give any struggling stranger on the street.

That’s right — it’s time to practice self-compassion.

It’s a classic paradox that writers are commonly sensitive people, yet we’re also often very hard on ourselves.

Sound familiar?

If that’s you, it’s time to change course and practice self-compassion. Honestly, stop torturing yourself! #justwhy

Life’s too short to spend your precious moments beating up on yourself. Too short to dwell on negative thoughts about what you haven’t done, or how much you need to improve your speed or your craft.

Consider self-compassion a productivity shortcut. When you feel better about yourself, it’s easier to sit down and get the writing done.

How can you practice self-compassion and get the positive thoughts flowing? I’ve boiled down my top 10 self-care tips into a handy infographic you can download and keep:

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Content Writing Jobs: 10 Handy Places to Get Hired Online

Handy Places to Find Content Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.comWhat’s in your toolbox to build your freelance business and find content writing jobs?

Ask your network. Send cold-pitch emails. Make phone calls. Try direct mail. Connect with agencies. Marketing is the name of the game, especially when you’re starting out.

These are proven marketing strategies to find prospects and get hired for content writing jobs. The more prospects you reach out to, the closer you get to your goals to move up, earn more, and make a living writing.

Looking for another way to find freelance work?

It’s no secret that trolling Craigslist for content writing jobs or putting all your bets on Upwork to find great clients aren’t the best ways to build your freelance writing business.

But there are some online resources you’ll want to add to your toolbox.

If you want to get hired, grow your network, and build your portfolio of freelance work, check out these handy places to get hired online.

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What’s Your Value? A Proven Way to Raise Freelance Writing Rates

The Value Path to Raise Your Freelance Writing Rates. Makealivingwriting.com“Send me a quote. How much will this cost? What are your freelance writing rates?”

When you have that conversation, it’s a good sign your prospect is interested in hiring you for a writing project, and you’re stoked.

You get off that call, do a little dance, and then freak out about your freelance writing rates.

How much should you charge? Should you just quote your usual rate? Is there a better way to estimate your fee for the project?

You could just take the fast-food approach and quote a price from your project menu or calculate a fee based on your hourly rate. But you could be missing out on potential revenue.

If you’ve been wondering how to raise your freelance writing rates, it’s time to take a closer look at your skills, your niche experience, and the value your get from your writing.

Next time you quote a project, your fee should reflect your value as a writer. It’s a proven way to raise your freelance writing rates. Here’s how it’s done.

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