BYB 088: Freelance Writing Secret Sauce with Brianna Bell and Kate Parham Kordsmeier

In Editor Interviews by Susan Maccarelli | | 1 Comment

Whether you are brand new to freelance writing (or even just thinking about starting), or whether you are farther down the road, and looking for some advice and techniques from a successful career freelancer, we’ve got you covered in this episode! Brianna Bell joins us to provide the perspective of a successful part-time freelancer one year in, while Kate Parham Kordsmeier shares her experience as a veteran freelancer with a laundry list of impressive bylines and media experience. We talk about finding clients and opportunities, managing schedules, useful resources, rate setting, the best and worst things about being a freelance writer, and more!

Freelance Writing Secret Sauce with Brianna Bell and Kate Parham Kordsmeier - Beyond Your Blog Episode 88

The interview includes

  • What the transition to freelance writer looked like for both writers and how they got started
  • The types of clients each freelancer works for primarily, and where they find them
  • Resources to find freelance clients and the qualities of desirable opportunities
  • The importance (and non-importance) of social media for freelancers
  • Organization & scheduling techniques
  • The best and worst things about freelancing
  • Setting rates

Resources (in order of mention)

SumoMe (free tools Susan uses to build her subscriber list)

10 Tips To Help You Chase Your Writing Dream (#justlikeJason) – Brianna Bell

Beyond Your Bloggers

Brianna Bell Writes

7 Things Not to Say to the Parent of a Child With Sensory Processing Disorder – Brianna Bell

The invisible dad: My absent father left a gaping hole in my heart – Brianna Bell

Married with children at an early age, we were ready to do things differently – Brianna Bell

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less: 101 Stories about Having More by Simplifying Our Lives

BYB 011: How To Get Published In Chicken Soup For The Soul With Editor-in-Chief Amy Newmark

Chicken Soup For The Soul Open Calls

Kate Parham Kordsmeier on USA Today

Taking our dinner to the bitter end – Kate Parham

Tuscany villa lets visitors relive days of the Renaissance – Kate Parham

Is a Juice Cleanse Good For You? – Kate Parham

Find Kate’s work here (logo graphic)

Kelly James-Enger Freelancer

Numbers for Mac

Google Drive


Freelance Success

Maui: Whatever Your Pleasure – Kate Parham

Atlanta Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Big Peach

Root + Revel


Brianna Bell: Facebook | Twitter

Kate Parham Kordsmeier: Twitter | LinkedIn

Freelance Writing Secret Sauce with Brianna Bell and Kate Parham Kordsmeier - Beyond Your Blog Podcast Episode 88

Subscribe to the BYB Podcast!




About the Author

Susan Maccarelli

Susan Maccarelli is the creator of Beyond Your Blog, a site helping bloggers successfully submit their writing for publishing opportunities beyond their personal blogs. She also offers online training and consulting to new bloggers looking for direction on submitting their writing for publication. Susan has interviewed dozens of editors from publications like The New York Times, Huffington Post, Brain, Child, Chicken Soup For The Soul, The Washington Post, and speaks at many respected writing and blogging conferences.

One Comment on “BYB 088: Freelance Writing Secret Sauce with Brianna Bell and Kate Parham Kordsmeier”

  1. Loved, loved, loved this episode! It proves once again that we are all different, and it makes sense to find out what makes sense for each of us when it comes to pitching, organizing and deciding which jobs are worth taking and why.

    My memory isn’t bad, but I really need to start improving my spreadsheet skills. I start one, and then forget where I saved it, or what I named it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *