How Saying “No” Has Made Me Successful

You are allowed to say no to work you don’t want to do. When I first started my business, I said yes to everything. You need a press release? Sure! You want help with a sales strategy? Of course! Oh, you need me to design the information architecture for your new website? Why not! I didn’t know how to do half the things I said yes to. But I kept saying …

Some Freelancers Pitch to Publications, I Pitch to People

Grinding It Out versus Growing A Business There were two separate stories about pitches on my main Medium feed this morning. One about pitching to journalists and writers about THEIR clients for publicity purposes and the other one was about pitching your article to online publications. They both had some excellent points — keep it about the person you’re pitching to. How does it benefit them? Don’t get bogged down in filler words and …

Tarana Burke: Continuing the #metoo Conversation

Tarana Burke was the honored guest at Stony Brook University on Sunday, January 28, 2018, where she met with politicians, students, and held a open forum to answer questions from the public. NY State Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino and Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn were at the event to discuss efforts in legislation for women, children, and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. “It’s so important to ensure that this …

You Definitely Need An Editor

Even great writers need editors. Here’s why. When it comes to writing a book, it can feel like you’re climbing a mountain, slogging through each step. When you reach the summit and the book is complete, it is easy to feel like you’re done. DONE! While your original manuscript is done, you are now ready to begin the editing process. There are a ton of reasons why you need an editor, …

8 Lessons I Learned in My First Year of Freelancing

I got my first freelancing clients almost on a whim, on October 31st, 2016. I began working with clients in the evenings and weekends for November, December, and January. Once I realized that being a writer was a viable career for me and people were willing to pay me, I made plans to quit my day job as a Director of Business Development at a recruiting firm. Friday, January 27, …

Relationship Building for Freelancers: How to Get & Keep Clients

Apparently, most writers aren’t good at marketing and many salespeople aren’t the best at writing. Or at least that is what people keep telling me. I am lucky enough to be both, which has been extremely successful for me. It has truly been my superpower, which allowed me to be my own boss and get my business up and running very quickly. Relationship building is an extremely important skill. Many …

Freelancers & No Paid Time Off

If I don’t work, I don’t get paid. This has never been something that bothered me, as I have long been the type to work more than necessary and then bring my laptop on vacation and do an hour or two a day while we relaxed. I have no problem doing a bit of work. After all, I still get the vacation — I sleep in, eat great food, don’t …

How to Be a Better Writer

It mostly comes down to practice. They say it takes 10,000 hours to master something, and at 31.5 years old, I have spent at least that long writing, scribbling out, rewriting, and editing my work over the years. Working on my own writing and with other writers, here are a few ways I have collected to improve writing skills and exercises you can do to continue to practice. Write a lot. Write …

#MeToo the Book — Share Your Story

I have been deeply inspired by the sharing and bravery of the people who told their story while #metoo swept social media in the last weeks. I have also been a victim of sexual harassment and assault, and I think it is more important than ever that we continue to talk about, continue to provoke conversation, and refuse to be victims. I am putting together a book of stories based …

Writing for Me vs. Writing for My Clients

It can be difficult to separate them!   Writing is… Cathartic Emotional Real Symbiotic Percussive Strong Difficult Mine Life. Writing for money, especially for other companies and authors, is a fantastic career. And because most of my writing is ghosted, I have had to learn to keep my personal feelings and opinions out of the pieces I write. Especially when I disagree or find their references suspect. It can be difficult …