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Freelance Advice from the Blogosphere, Part 6


As a result of the nominations for The Top Ten Blogs for Writers, my Google Reader got really, really crowded this week.  There’s a lot of good stuff out there, I tell you.  (There’s some not-so-good stuff, too, but I think that may just have to be its own post.)  I had so many starred items that I was worried about how long my links post was going to be this morning.  Apparently, I scared myself silly, as the list ended up being shorter than usual!  So, I went back and added some back in.  I hope you find some useful information to ruminate on this weekend. 

  • It’s not writing related, but Anne from The Golden Pencil shared a list of organizations to support if you want to help with the

    San Francisco oil spill.  I lived in the Bay Area for a while, and it’s such a beautiful place.
  • Joanna at Confident Writing has some quick reminders on “5 Ways to Engage Your Readers.”  The Hidden Writer can add to that with some suggestions on how to jump-start yourself when you’re writing for someone else.

  • Rachel at A Like Affair with Words gives a partial breakdown of the tools freelance writers need in their bag of tricks.  You can check out the inspiration for her piece by reading the original article at Wired’s Gadget Lab.

  • Tamara and I have been known to share our insecurities here on this blog.  Tiffany at The Writing Road does the same and tells you how to get over it, too, with her piece on “The Inner Critic Battle.”

  • To be honest, I’m not quite sure what to make of JCM Enterprises just yet, but I thought you might want to see this post about “Declaring PayPal Income.”  The aspect that I found interesting was that your PayPal fees are probably tax-deductable.  (Are you reading this, Tamara?)

  • This post is a little older, but it’s a new-to-me blog, and I thought Tom from The Copywriter Underground had some good advice for figuring out “How Serious Is Your Prospective Client?


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    On November 9th, 2007 at 2:59 pm, Anne Wayman said:

    thanks for the mention…


    On November 9th, 2007 at 3:08 pm, Lorna Doone Brewer said:

    No problem, Anne. I read your blog daily. Thanks for the links to these organizations.

    On November 9th, 2007 at 3:28 pm, James Chartrand - JCM Enterprises said:

    Hey, whadda mean, don’t know what to make of us?!

    Thanks very much for the mention :)

    On November 9th, 2007 at 6:08 pm, Joanna Young said:

    Lorna, thanks for the link!

    It was a quick reminder because my last point was to let your readers get away in good time - and I was scared of wittering on :-)

    Have a good weekend


    On November 9th, 2007 at 6:14 pm, Laura said:

    This is a great list of helpful posts. Thanks so much for sharing them. I personally enjoy many of these blogs, but I several new ones that I look forward to reading. Thanks!

    On November 9th, 2007 at 9:45 pm, Lorna Doone Brewer said:

    James - I…um…er…had a feeling you’d ask that. Thanks for the post on PayPal. I’ve had quite few questions about using them as of late, one of which was if I was going to be taxed as income on the money I actually had to pay them in fees.

    Joanna - Tamara and I have a really hard time limiting the length of our posts. What can we say? We’re word nerds.

    Laura - I found so many new blogs through that Top 10 nomination page!

    On November 11th, 2007 at 8:07 am, James Chartrand - JCM Enterprises said:

    Lorna: Nope. You’re taxed on net income, not gross income. If you earn $100, subtract PayPal’s fees and there is the amount you’ll be taxed on. Hopefully you have many more deductions than just PayPal fees, though.

    On November 18th, 2007 at 2:53 pm, Rachel said:

    Hey, thanks for the mention. :)

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