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Smart Insider Strategies For the Ambitious Freelancer in 2016

Lynn Freehill-Maye is an independent writer and co-chair of this year’s American Society of Journalists Conference (ASJA). She writes about “compelling people and places from her home in upstate New York and beyond.” Before becoming an independent writer, she worked as the tourism and environment reporter at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Virgin Islands Daily News and as editor of the University of Texas’ 200,000-reader alumni…

What Makes a Successful Blog?

Many bloggers dream of seeing their Web stats skyrocket out of nowhere. But while every blogger wants this, most have no idea how to achieve it. Is this success something one must work toward, or is it just good luck? Our recent #ConnectChat may have shed light on the answer to that question. The conversation was…

How to Become a Full-Time Freelancer

Randy Dotinga knows — probably better than anyone — the difficulties of transitioning into full-time freelance work. “I’ve been a full-time freelance writer since 1999. Before that, I was a daily newspaper reporter. It’s amazing that I’ve been doing this since 1999, considering that I’m only 25 years old,” he joked during a recent ProfNet #ConnectChat. Dotinga…

ConnectChat Ghostwriting Tips

Ghostwriting 101: What Authors Need to Know

One of the most frequent questions we get from writers is, “How do I break into ghostwriting?” To answer that question, we turned to ghostwriting expert Marcia Layton Turner (@MarciaTurner) for her advice and insight. In a Twitter chat hosted by ProfNet, Turner answered a variety of questions on ghostwriting, focusing specifically on the book…

Why Good Writers Disconnect During the Holidays (and How To Do It This Year)

Whether you work for a large publication or are self-employed, it may be challenging to balance all your professional and personal obligations, especially during the holidays. Learning how to “shut off” and appreciate what’s in front of you may seem easy, but doesn’t often happen. But it’s necessary if you want to avoid burn-out. During last week’s ProfNet #ConnectChat, lifestyle writer, style columnist and author Rachel…

Career Crossroads: Why Lateral Moves Are Essential to Grow Your Freelance Career

For freelancers looking to grow their career, up isn’t the only direction to go. “Over is the new up!” said Joanne Cleaver (@jycleaver) during the ProfNet #ConnectChat “Making Lateral Moves as a Freelancer.” A freelance business journalist and author since 1981, Cleaver founded and chairs the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ Content Connections conference, where freelancers meet content…

How to Write Business Stories That Matter

There’s more to business writing than earnings and executive appointments. Beyond the sales figures and percentage points is the human element. How do business journalists take a dry business profile and transform it into an article that matters? During ProfNet’s latest Twitter #ConnectChat, freelance writer Gwen Moran  (@GwenMoran) shared her insights on how to dig through the…

6 Ways to Promote Your Book Beyond the Traditional Media Pitch

Author Earnings’ most recent quarterly report surprised many in the publishing industry when it revealed self-published authors were now responsible for 31 percent of Amazon’s total daily e-book sales. With an increase in e-book distribution platforms, self-publishing has become an attractive option for writers who would like to branch out from freelancing, blogging, and journalism.…

The Ins and Outs of Op-Ed Writing

Op-ed pieces have their own structure, length, voice, etc. Knowing how to merge your opinion with factual information is an important part of writing an op-ed piece and attracting readers to your story. Jennifer Finney Boylan, author, speaker, and writer for New York Times Opinion joined a recent ProfNet #ConnectChat to discuss op-eds. In addition to writing for the New York Times, Boylan…

The Recipe for a Career in Food Blogging

When Stephanie Wise graduated from college, she thought she wanted to be a newspaper reporter.  However, she realized she needed another resume builder and started the blog Girl Versus Dough. Her blog combined the two things she was passionate about: baking and writing. Five years later, what started as a blog documenting her first attempt at baking bread has become her…

How to Keep Your Blog Readers Engaged

Is there a science behind running an engaging blog? ProfNet recently asked this question during its #ConnectChat on Twitter. The guest was Clarissa Silva, a behavioral scientist, clinician, and founder of a relationship wellness blog with more than 2,000 comments. During the chat, Silva explained how other bloggers can structure their blog to receive more shares, likes, comments,…