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 …

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, …

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 …

The Hardest Part of Writing a Book

I see this question many places — on Quora, in articles about writing, when I’m asked directly. “What is the hardest part about writing a book?” I understand why people want to know, but the truth is that just like everything else in life, what is most difficult for me may be easy for you and vice versa. Here’s what I can tell you from my own experience. I have ghostwritten a …

How to Have a Great Editor/Author Relationship

I see authors getting frustrated. “Just tell me how much editing will cost!” They cry, annoyed at vague or incomplete answers. The editors are sitting on the other end of the email chain despairingly, grumbling in annoyance, “How long is your book??” As an editor, an author, and an employee of a publishing firm, I think I can clear this right up. Authors: there is no set cost for editing. Editing depends …