Jennifer Brown Banks

Jennifer Brown Banks is a veteran freelance writer, award-winning blogger and relationship columnist. Her work has been featured online and in print publications such as: PRO BLOGGER, Men With Pens, Tiny Buddha, Write to Done, Honey Magazine and Date my Pet. Her Blog, Pen & Prosper has been honored as a "Top Writing Blog" for 2013-2016. When she's not being creative at the keyboard, she digs being creative in the kitchen.

Articles

“COMMA” SUTRA? – How I Turned a Negative Book Review into a Satisfying Experience

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At first, his words left me speechless. And for someone like me, who earns a living spinning words, that’s quite a feat. For days, in the aftermath, I felt uninspired and misunderstood. But for greater clarity here, let me rewind to the beginning … A long-awaited professional review on an E-book I launched for writers, back in October, had finally arrived. I was so nervous, I needed a cigarette; and I don’t even smoke. Once I opened the email that arrived in my inbox, I knew there would be no turning back. With this being my first, I really had … Read More

Things You Should Unlearn to Become a Smarter, More Profitable Writer

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Beyond Your Blog is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. If you purchase those items through my links I will earn a commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link. It seems counter-intuitive at first. That the act of “unlearning” can actually serve to inform, increase your creative I.Q. and your bottom line as a writer. But it’s true. As a veteran freelancer, I can attest. In my earlier years, I followed … Read More

Are You The One That Got Away? – 7 Ways Bloggers Lose Connections With Readers

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It’s a common scenario. Two people exchange “goo-goo eyes” on a crowded train as a way of casual flirting, before they exit at their respective stops. Or a shy guy hesitates to get the phone number of a cute girl he chats with while in line at a local StarBucks. Then that window of opportunity closes forever. Chance encounters can be the start of something beautiful; unless we fail to seize the opportunities. It’s why Craigslist and other forums run popular classifieds known as “Missed Connections” listings daily, and find many eager readers. But, as bloggers, we are left to … Read More

How I’m Breaking The Freelance Feast Or Famine Cycle This Year (and you can too)

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The feast or famine cycle is real for far too many writers. Here’s a familiar storyline: in May, your freelance income affords you enough revenue to finally rock a Gucci designer handbag. Come June, and you’re trying to sell that pretty purse on Ebay to pay the rent. Truth be told, there are more fluctuations in this business than in the stock market. And to make matters worse, sporadic income can lead to stress. Stress can cause writer’s block. No output means no income. And if you’re not producing, you definitely won’t be very profitable. Which leads to more stress! … Read More