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Not too long ago, a woman named Joanne decided her most sincere wish was to be a writer. But each time she started to write her first book, it seemed like forces were conspiring against her. First her mother died when she was 25. Then she found herself in an abusive marriage. […]

10 ways to hate yourself a little less


Each week or so, I send out a newsletter with provocative or interesting or funny links worth sharing, plus advice and a haiku and usually a short love letter at the end. Below’s a sample. No spam. Unsubscribe whenever you want. Join the party here. There’s Triscuits and everyone is […]

Melissa Etheridge gives good advice


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A newsletter subscriber recently asked me: When you were first starting out, did you have any websites or reference materials that you found helpful connecting with people looking for freelance work?  I’ve been thinking about this a lot, trying to come up with relevant tools and resources I used as […]

The weird way I became a successful freelance writer



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Christ on a pogo stick. Nothing makes you feel more productive than seeing all the work you’ve produced in a year all in one place. I highly recommend keeping track of what you produce in some way, which I was able to do thanks to my newsletter. This year I […]

Holy potatoes! All my writing in 2016


A little while ago, I wrote about how to freelance like a boss, which offered tips for writers starting out in the wild world of self-employment. Invoice2go then turned that advice into a handy infographic, with insights from several successful small business owners, including m’self. Give ‘er a read below, and, in the […]

Starting out as a freelancer? Read this advice


We’ve all been victims of awkward small talk. The guy who won’t stop talking about his labradoodle. The gal who answers every conversation question with a one word reply. The cheese platter you refuse to leave because it’s more engaging than your party companions. Many of us even actively AVOID […]

Make Small Talk Suck Less: 10 Ways to Become a ...