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Win a Free Ticket to #BlogHer17!

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A few months ago I was asked to join BlogHer#17‘s Community Advisory Board. I jumped at the chance to offer feedback on Conference programming and ideas, and am thrilled to be able to help judge the BlogHer Voices of the Year (VOTY) competition as well. I also received an extra *guest pass to the #BlogHer17 conference, June 22-24, in Orlando Florida! This is where you come in, because I am giving it to one of my readers! If you have not been to a BlogHer conference, you’ll “join an exhilarating mix of content creators, social media stars, entrepreneurs, top brands, activists and … Read More

To The Blogger Who Wants To Get Published By Another Site But Doesn't Know Where To Start P

To The Blogger Who Wants To Get Published By Another Site But Doesn’t Know Where To Start

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  The good news is that you can get published. Really! When I first started submitting my writing, it was slow going because I felt like there wasn’t really a resource or a how-to manual. And I’m the type of person who likes to read the instructions twice and then re-read them. I struggled with questions like: Where should I submit my writing? Am I good enough for another site to publish my writing? Should I just keep all my good content for my personal blog? I wasn’t sure that submitting my writing was a smart move, but my personal blog only … Read More

Yes, You Can Launch a Successful Writing Career From Your Blog

Yes, You Can Launch a Successful Writing Career From Your Blog

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  The first time I shared with a friend that I planned to create a blog, I was met with a patronizing grimace, which was then followed by a smirk which then conveyed the ultimate message: Disregard. But, who could blame her? There are as many bloggers as there are ineligible and commitment-phobic bachelors in the world (perhaps more). In fact, there are as many bloggers as there are broken hearts. While there are an abundance of fantastic, informative sites which showcase brilliant writing, many are sloppy and filled with poorly remixed and uncredible information. Let’s just be honest. But, … Read More

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After My Modern Love Rejection

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Is it okay if I paste this here? You know, for posterity, as if it were taped to my high school locker? Dear Melissa Uchiyama, Thank you for sending your writing to Modern Love. Although I don’t find your essay right for our needs, I’m grateful for the opportunity to consider it. I regret that the volume of submissions we receive makes it impractical for me to offer editorial feedback. Best wishes, Daniel Jones, Modern Love editor It’s here, proof that I jumped into my own deep end, that I know how to press “send”. This is the form rejection … Read More

Authors discuss if blogging is real writing and my head explodes

Authors discuss if blogging is real writing and my head explodes

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Twice, (okay, maybe three or four times) recently I have been insulted to the level of despair, which is in part, why I got my blogging ass to a BinderCon NYC (a serious writing conference for women and non-males), and why I committed to doing #NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) to post one blog a day for 30 days of November (this is #5). Here’s how one such insult went down. At a small local writers panel of published authors in a local library, the question arose what was the difference between a writer and an author. The panelists concluded … Read More

Keep Imposter Syndrome From Affecting Freelance Productivity

Keep Imposter Syndrome From Affecting Freelance Productivity

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“It must have been a fluke.” “It was nothing.” “I just got lucky.” “It could’ve been anybody.” “You’re not good enough. You never were, and you never will be. Anything good that happens is purely by coincidence or having been being privileged in some way.” Moreover, at any given moment, people will find out what I actually am–an impostor, a fraud–someone who just got lucky. Perhaps you feel a similar anxiety to my own.  Maybe, you worry, any day now, your supervisor at work is going to call you out on your incompetence and let the department, the company, hell, … Read More

Start thinking of your blog as the business tool it truly is.

Start thinking of your blog as the business tool it truly is.

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I am often asked how I was able to “break into” the writing business. I am fortunate that I now consider myself a freelance writer who makes money writing for clients, companies and myself. But this was not always the case. It’s been a process that took place over several years. But when people ask me how they can do the same, I always say the same thing: use your blog. I’ve considered myself a writer since I was a child. I graduated college with a degree in journalism, and then joined the ranks of the “real world” and got … Read More

Using Big Name Bylines To Book Clients

Using Big Name Bylines to Book Clients

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Let me tell you a little story, a story about the gift that keeps on giving. I know this is a hot topic in writing circles, so hold onto your seats, but there was a time that I wrote for free. I wrote for free to test the writing waters (was my writing worthy of being published?), I wrote for free to get bylines on big sites, and I wrote for free because I was passionate about my words and wanted more eyes on my writing. Those times I wrote for free, well, they’ve been paying me handsomely ever since. … Read More

The Seven Emotional Stages of Getting Your First Post Published - by Kathleen Sullivan for Beyond Your Blog

The Seven Emotional Stages of Getting Your First Post Published

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I think it is fair to say that everyone remembers their first time. How could you not? It is just the most surreal and amazing experience ever! For anyone that blogs, you surely know which “first time” I am referring to. It is the first time that you are accepted by a blog/publication. You are going to be published! Yay! It is pure magic. It also invokes a lot of different emotions. Here are just some of my faves: Euphoria “You like me! You really, really like me!” It is such a high to finally be accepted by an editor. … Read More

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Do THIS If You Are Thinking Of Quitting Your Blog

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A few years ago I started a personal blog combining humor with parenting topics. I’d post once every week or two and was dipping my toe in the waters of social media and online communities as I went. Four months into blogging I was over it for several reasons. Only a few people read my blog, and most of them I knew IRL on a first name basis. I thought there was a likely possibility that bad writing was the reason I had no readers, but I had no way to test that theory. My social media following was anemic at … Read More