Freelancaversary 2013–What I Learned

So it’s my freelancaversary and I have to admit that feels good to be still here pounding the pavement and collecting checks about 12 years after I sold my first freelance piece. (Whoa, don’t get too excited there. I’ve only been freelancing full-time for something like six years.)

7 Warning Signs a Client Won’t Pay

I’ve been stiffed by exactly three clients in my five years of freelancing, but the sad thing is that I probably could have avoided all three incidences if I’d listened to my instincts. Before you’re tempted to do what I did and let a client walk away with the money they owe you, look for these warning signs.

The Cure for Self Doubt: Satisfaction Guaranteed

It seems like there is one thing all creative people have in common: that nagging feeling of self-loathing and doubt. I’m sure you’ve felt it. You send out a finished project to a client and wait to get a reply email with a raving review. . . only to get radio silence.

Deja Vu

Recently, I started writing fiction again. (I know. I know. As if I need yet another thing to do.) Before I considered freelancing at all, I used to write fiction all the time in my spare time. Now I’m working on it again and it feels great. But it also feels like deja vu in a way. As I get more involved in the fiction writing process and the community, I see so many parallels to other experiences I’ve had when trying something new.

Not What I Expected

Every year around this time, I start thinking about what I want the next year to be like. I’m a big believer in visualization. Some people think that means I sit around with my crystals fantasizing about the future. The truth is that I just believe that the first step...

Freelancers Can Now Accept Payments Over the Phone

This guest post is brought to you by WePay, the easiest way to accept payments online. Sign up today for a free account and start accepting payments via phone right now!One of my former clients is dodging me right now. The l last I heard from him, a few months ago, he...

Breaking Free of Mental Gridlock

A few weeks ago I took a three-day trip to Mississippi. While I was gone I left my pets with a local pet boarding facility (where they had a great time and barely missed me). When I picked them up the Monday I got back I was totally surprised by the number of cars on...

Freelance and Zen of Marketing Karma

I don’t talk about it much but I’m not much of religion-y person. It may be that I just can’t find a place to fit in. I’m too much of a capitalist (and clothes wearer) to be a pagan most days. I’m often uninterested in what would Jesus (or Mohammed) would do. I’m not...

New Pen Drama

Reading the title of this post may make you think I’m a lunatic with no life. You’re wrong. I most definitely have a life. It’s just that I’m a writer. If you get a group of writers in any room, dollars to donuts the conversation will turn to writing utensils at any...

Dude, Where is My Money?

About two months ago, I was opening the mail when I realized I got a check from a client. The client is a trade magazine I’ve written for about once a month for almost two years. It’s not unusual to receive a check from them. What was unusual was that they didn’t owe...

Why Working “Sales” Jobs Made Me Bad At Selling Myself

Before and during college I worked my fair share of menial jobs. I’ve worked in fast food restaurants and as a server in a steakhouse; I’ve done retail and telemarketing. I even worked summers growing up at my grandmother’s dog kennel, cleaning up dog poop—certainly...

What I Did This Summer

The summer flew by for me. My celebrated my 32nd birthday. I bought my husband a new puppy for his 34th birthday a week later. I hung out in Brooklyn a lot. I walked the Brooklyn Bridge like a tourist. I forgot to use that Cold Stone gift card I got for Christmas last...

On Dreaming Big

The amount of skepticism in the industry is, to me, unsettling. When you dream big dreams (of the I want to be a New York Times bestselling author variety), experienced writers practically jump up to tell you how unlikely it is. Well, of course it’s unlikely....

September Group Therapy

This month, we’re having another Twitter chat for Group Therapy. Last month, we got into a lively discussion about websites and branding so I think we should talk about that this time. We’ll meet up on Twitter at 6pm on September 19th, using the #DMF hashtag. We start...
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