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 …

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 …

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 …

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 Be Inspired Today

Creativity begets more creativity. Inspiration can be found from anywhere, but it can be easy to get so mired in and forget or be unable to find the beauty in the world. Stop what you’re doing. Right now. Just take a moment, put down the pen, the phone, remove your fingers from the keyboard. Just stop. After you read this sentence, close your eyes and take a deep breath and …