Posts categorized: Freelance Writing

Women of Impact dinner honorees

  On Sunday evening, I joined a group of 20 Miami women for a special dinner party thrown by Vanessa James of Vanessa James Media and the Lincoln Motor Company. Held at one of my favorite South Beach restaurants, Lure Fishbar at the Loews Hotel, it was an evening to honor multicultural Women of Impact in the arts, media and entertainment industries.   Vanessa was a gracious hostess and emcee for the evening, bringing us together to connect, share our […]

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Go your own way! From L-R: Me & some of Miami's finest freelance writers Sarah Greaves-Gabadon, Alex Britel, Yined, Liana Lozada and Kara Franker.

  During the holidays, my friend and fellow freelance writer Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon of JetSetSarah.com organized a little holiday luncheon at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar. The idea sprung from a conversation we had this time last year about how we, as freelancers, don’t get invited to holiday office parties because, well, we don’t work in an office. For me, that’s just one of the things I blissfully love about working independently, but Sarah missed the camaraderie she had in her former […]

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Cheers to making a healthy living at freelance writing!

How To Set Your Rates Welcome to the final part of my 5 part series, “How To Succeed in Freelance Writing Without Really Trying,” citing Peter Bowerman’s The Well-Fed Writer as a touchstone text. Today, we’ll discuss how to set your rates. Access the rest of the series here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. There is no simple answer for the conundrum of setting your rates and quoting estimates. In some cases, the rates and budget are set for you, especially when […]

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Discussing compelling things, like content for social media.

Networking & Referrals Welcome to Part 4 of my 5 part series, “How To Succeed in Freelance Writing Without Really Trying,” citing Peter Bowerman’s The Well-Fed Writer as a touchstone text. Today, we’ll discuss networking and referrals. Access the rest of the series here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 5. Networking Networking has got to be one of the most elusive terms in the business lexicon. What does it mean? How do you do it? What dividends does it really pay? It’s only […]

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On a pay phone in Paris.

Cold Calling & The Law of Averages Welcome to Part 3 of my 5 part series, “How To Succeed in Freelance Writing Without Really Trying,” citing Peter Bowerman’s The Well-Fed Writer as a touchstone text. Today, we’ll discuss cold calling and the law of averages. Access the rest of the series here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5. On November 1, 2010, I drove 150 miles up the Overseas Highway, my car filled with boxes, from Key West to my new […]

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At the reef in Key West

Part Time to Full Time And Where to Start Welcome to Part 2 of my 5 part series, “How To Succeed in Freelance Writing Without Really Trying,” citing Peter Bowerman’s The Well-Fed Writer as a touchstone text. Today, we’ll discuss how to get started and the transition from part time to full time. Access the rest of the series here: Part 1, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.  In The Well-Fed Writer, Peter Bowerman offers a number of ways to break into the […]

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Apartment on the Seine at 11 quai Saint Michel

It wasn’t until the winter of 2008 that I thought I might like to make a living as a writer. I had saved up enough money sweating on parasail boats in Key West to spend the winter in Paris and to devote three months to working on a novel I had just started. I wrote for a few hours every day in a tiny flat on the seventh and top floor of a walk-up apartment, and then set off on […]

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