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How Nude Photos Convinced Clients to Hire a Blogger With a Shocking Past

How Nude Photos Convinced Clients to Hire a Blogger With a Shocking Past

Would you hire someone to represent your business if you knew they had a background as a nude model?

Maybe you would. [Have I told you today how awesome you are?]

And maybe you wouldn’t. It’s cool — I understand some people are put off by the idea.

Not my clients, though. Some of them are amused that I once posed naked halfway up a tree, or perching in a giant birdcage.

I used my background as a pin-up model and burlesque dancer to win one of my first writing gigs, with an upmarket lingerie retailer who was impressed by my knowledge of garter belts and stocking seams.

The client checked out my modelling portfolio to confirm my expertise, and the photos in which I wore nothing but retro stockings and a garter belt sealed the deal. They were pleased to have a hosiery-obsessed pin-up write articles for their website, and I was proud to work with them.

Being a photographic model was fun and paid well, but writing has become even more profitable for me. Here’s why.  Continue reading…

How Anonymous Blogging Hinders Your Freelance Writing Career (And What You Can Do About It)

How Anonymous Blogging Hinders Your Freelance Writing Career (And What You Can Do About It)

Anonymous blogging is thrilling.

If you’re a nervous, new blogger who’s terrified by the idea of putting your words out into the world for strangers to dissect, it’s much easier to find your courage under an assumed name.

Even if you’re comfortable with having a spotlight on your writing, it can be immensely freeing to write for an audience that can’t associate your words with you.

You can vent your innermost thoughts; discuss topics you’d never speak aloud; rant about your colleagues with impunity.

People might dislike what you write — or they might adore it. But with the protection of anonymity, it’s easier to deal with the emotional impact of throwing your work under the gaze of others.  Continue reading…

Blog Comments and Social Media: What Your Editors Expect After Publication

Blog Comments and Social Media: What Your Editors Expect After Publication

A freelance blogger is hired to write blog posts, right? The job title makes it sound that simple, but it’s rare that your client really just expects you to line up some words and stop there. Formatting text and finding photos is almost always part of the workload. It’s pretty common for a blogger’s work […]

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11 Ways to Boost Your Confidence on the Phone to Prospective Clients

11 Ways to Boost Your Confidence on the Phone to Prospective Clients

So you sent the perfect query letter to your ideal client — the one whose blog you practically dream about writing for (that doesn’t make you a loser, right? Right.) — and you’re so freakin’ excited because they want to hire you! But… not until they’ve spoken to you on the phone first. Ah, shit. Knowing […]

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Come Slay Your Freelance Blogging Dragons in the Kingdom of Paidalot

The Kingdom of Paidalot

Have you ever been at a point in your life where you’re absolutely lost? A time when your career is at a dead end and your entire being is burdened with despair and panic? In August of 2013 I entered the blogging world. I was a part-time employee for a crisis organization, with no chance […]

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How to Rock the Freelance Blogging Community: A Time-Saving Guide for Newbies

How to Rock the Freelance Blogging Community

So you want to learn to be a freelance blogger. What do your first moves look like? Let me guess, something like this: “Oh! Oh! I need to know this for sure!” Click. (Spends hours clicking from post to post, blog to blog.) “Oooh this blogger looks cool!” Click-click. (Stalks them for 30 minutes.) Or worse: […]

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How to Start a Blogging Business When You’re Broke: The Magic of Profit from Zero

How to Start a Blogging Business When You're Broke: The Magic of Profit from Zero

You know that feeling that you’ve completely lost control of the situation? That terrifying, groping-around-corners-in-the-dark sensation that accompanies the death of a really good plan you had? That’s how my blogging business was born. Around the time I was financially desperate enough to scrounge for stray dimes rather than use my debit card to pay […]

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How to Protect Your Blog Posts from Copy-and-Paste Poachers

How to Protect Your Work from Online Poachers

Picture this: your heart starts racing as if you just sprinted a marathon. Cold sweat. Clammy palms. Panic ensues. These were all the feelings that bubbled up to the surface when I discovered my published work had been stolen. Google alerted me to the fact my first novel was being offered for free download. Only […]

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How to Break Free of the Employee Mindset and Make Your Own Freelance Success

How to Break Free of the Employee Mindset and Write Your Own Freelance Success Story

You don’t feel prepared for this. School taught you to sit quietly, memorize information, and spit it out during exams. That was fine for becoming an employee. You just swapped desks for cubicles, textbooks for company policies, and schoolyard crushes for HR nightmares. But now that you’re freelancing, hanging on to an employee mindset could sabotage […]

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How to Borrow My Clients and Make More Money Blogging

Borrow My Clients, Make More Money Blogging

Freelance blogging didn’t sound like this much effort when you first considered it. You’re working hard — probably harder than you need to — but damn, those top-dollar clients are an elusive bunch. Most of the time, you think yourself lucky if you can find clients who have a budget and no major psychological issues. I’ve got a solution […]

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