From What Background Did You Come to Commercial Freelancing?

February 27, 2014

One of the things I love about this field of ours is that there are few backgrounds one can’t leverage into a freelance commercial writing career. Over the years, I’ve crossed paths with commercial writers who started out as doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, engineers, bankers, software salesman, PR people, undertakers, farmers, accountants, scientists, and many [...]

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Can You Share Some Examples of *Useful* Commercial Freelancing Jargon?

January 21, 2014

Got an email recently from a budding copywriter with a big worry. She wrote: What is the language of marketing? What kinds of jargon can I expect when I talk to marketing execs? I am concerned that in meetings or conference calls, I might find myself up against a foreign language of sorts because I [...]

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Why Commercial Writers Earn More Than Regular “Freelance Writers”

December 17, 2013

When I first wrote the original piece noted below, it struck me as a subject on which I’d love to get some feedback from you guys. Look for other such posts (I know, recycling content, but all for a good cause…;) In the November 2013 Well-Fed E-PUB, my Appetizer course shared a recent client experience [...]

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Here’s What Long-Term Freelancers Do to Stay Disciplined. You?

November 13, 2013

More often than not, when I tell someone (say, at some social or networking event) how long I’ve been a commercial freelancer, people are impressed, often saying, “I could never work for myself; I’m just not disciplined enough.” Course, my standard answer (somewhere in my book as well) is something like: “Once you get a [...]

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Do You React Like This When You See Something You Wrote Years Ago?

October 25, 2013

So, a few weeks back, I get an email from one of my favorite graphic-design partners*, asking for a favor. This is how we roll, by the way. We trade out services: she designs my book related business cards, flyers, and even some of my sites, and I do copy for her sites and promo [...]

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How Do You Deal with the Unimaginative Client?

September 10, 2013

Got the following note from a reader and fellow commercial freelancer: I wrote a website recently in which I dropped the reader right into the environment of the business and took them on a tour of the facility, while describing their experience of the place. Nice flow, lots of mental imagery, etc., if I do [...]

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