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Writer Websites: 8 Great Mobile Examples to Attract Freelance Clients

Is Your Writer Website Mobile-Friendly? 8 Examples. Makealivingwriting.comCreating 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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Open Pitch: Kick Open the Door with Your Best Idea for a Guest Post

Contest Kickoff: Pitch Your Guest Post Ideas. Makealivingwriting.comWant to write a guest post for Make a Living Writing?

Now’s your chance to land an assignment. It’s open pitch time around here (through March 8, 2019). Submit via email (see guidelines) or comments below.

We’re ready to take a look at the best of the best guest post ideas about the business and craft of freelance writing.

Consider it a showdown.

Kind of like the final fight scene in the cult-classic movie Karate Kid when Daniel LaRusso takes on Cobra Kai bad-boy Johnny Lawrence.

You know. Wax on, wax off. Sweep the leg. Focus all power.

Short on ideas? Remember when LaRusso did all that work for Mr. Miyagi. At first it seemed like he wasn’t learning anything. But with a little help, he realized he had the skills to make his mark.

Whether you’re a newbie freelancer hustling to make things happen, a mid-career writer, or a pro, you’ve probably got a few moves you can share to help other writers.

So step on to the mat. Here’s what you need to know to pitch a guest post idea:

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Use This Mind-Bending Process Goal to Win More Writing Jobs

Get Writing Jobs with This Mind-Bending Strategy. Makealivingwriting.comEver wonder if there’s a superpower to help you find great writing jobs?

You know, like some kind of mind-reading technique to help you know what editors want.

Or some sophisticated computer program that learns rapidly and starts writing pitches to help you land more writing jobs. That would be nice, right?

Well, either one would also be the easy way out. And you’re not going to learn anything about the business and craft of freelance writing if you do it that way.

So if you’re struggling to find writing jobs and clients that pay well, what should you do?

Forget everything you might know about left-side brain logic and the most practical path to build your freelance writing business.

That’s what I did when I stumbled across a mind-bending process that really works. It took a little while to wrap my head around the idea.

Now I’m booking more work, landing more long-term clients, getting better-paying writing jobs. And this year is going to be even better.

What’s the mind-bending process to get more writing jobs? Here’s what you need to know:

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Stop Whining: How to Crush Your Freelance Writing Excuses

Tips to Crush Your Freelance Writing Excuses. Makealivingwriting.comIt’s the middle of the afternoon. You’ve got a client deadline. And all you’ve been able to do for the last few hours is think up writing excuses for why you’re not cranking out copy.

  • Your desk is too cluttered.
  • You’re behind on dishes and laundry.
  • You don’t feel like writing.
  • You didn’t get enough info from your client to complete the assignment.
  • And then the thought crosses your mind: I’m not really a writer. I’m just pretending to be one.

Been there, done that?

If you’ve made any of these writing excuses (FYI…there’s many more), you’ve probably done your share of whining, crying, and flailing around.

All that, when you could have been, you know, working.

Tired of writing excuses holding you back from moving up and earning more as a freelancer?

Stop whining, and crush your freelance writing excuses once and for all. Here’s how:

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

Use This Magazine Article Checklist for Query Letters. Makealivingwriting.comSay 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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Get Paid to Write About Writing: 15 Markets That Pay Up to $1,500+

Get Paid to Write About Writing. Makealivingwriting.comWant to get paid to write about writing? If you know a little something about the business and craft of freelancing, you can cash in on your ideas and experience.

Here’s what I’m talking about:

It’s no secret that finding a niche is a smart strategy to grow your freelance writing business. Everyone should have a niche, or two or three. And writing can be one of them.

In fact, there’s a number of online and print markets that serve freelance writers and some pay up to $1,500 per assignment. Pitch these places great story ideas, and you can get paid to write about things like:

  • How to write great headlines
  • Interview tricks to get sources to spill the beans
  • Profiles about thought leaders, authors, or pros in writing and publishing
  • Query letter strategies to land assignments
  • Business tips to be a successful freelancer

Want to get paid to write about writing? Check out these markets that cover the business and craft of freelance writing, and start pitching.

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