Dealing every day in technical writing, I come across a lot of esoteric requests for writing.
Clients need a 2,000 word deep dive based upon the contents of a cybersecurity conference panel about the various ways in which serverless cloud workloads can be secured.
Others require an overview of AWS’s billing structure.
The next one wants to talk about how artificial intelligence (AI) can help automate bulk processing of NDAs and other legal paperwork.
I could go on.
For every four projects I take on, there’s probably one that I have to turn down. …
On the freelance writers’ Reddit (/r/freelancewriters) as well as on just about every writers’ forum in existence there is a flurry of near daily questions all asking permutations on the question: “where can I find work as a freelance writer?”
Despite how often this question is asked, the answer doesn’t change over time. Or if it does, it only does so every X many years (for instance, there was a time before marketplaces were a thing).
I’m writing this post for the benefit of anybody that stumbles upon it as well as my own. Because constantly filling your pipeline with leads is vital — as I have repeatedly emphasized — and it’s also useful to diversify your lead-hunting toolkit. …
Today, while browsing through LinkedIn, I came across a post from somebody whose professional description described him or herself (cryptic I must be) as the manager of a guest blogging program at a relatively well-known website.
The post adjured those thinking about starting their own guest blogging initiatives to raise their standards.
Don’t make it too easy for them, the post exclaimed! Filter out the dross! Demand originality! Make your submission guides watertight! And so on and so forth.
Although I’ve been trying to limit my LinkedIn feed screen-time, the post caught my attention.
Had anybody written anything controversial in the comments, I thought to see? …
Back in January, I wrote an excited Medium post about how being slightly less responsive was going to be the motto of my year.
I tried to explain my belief that the fetishization of hyper-responsiveness that is pervading our societies — egged on, in no small measure, by the technology industry — is causing us to be stressed out, on edge, and always on the clock. Even when we’re at leisure.
Four months later, I posted about the power of having “discovered” that flight mode is useful for a lot more than just complying with in-flight electronics regulations.
My breakthrough moment occurred in a meditation shop when I was on a wild goose chase for a hardware meditation timer. …
One of the many difficulties of working as a freelance writer, as compared to an in-house team member, is not having a fixed career ladder to climb.
Freelancing doesn’t bring with it the promise of periodic promotions. While there may be no bosses looming over one’s shoulder all the time, equally, there’s no guarantee that the type of work you’re doing now will evolve.
Working on the same types of projects for largely the same types of clients year after year isn’t just going to lead to professional stagnation and an insipid erosion of skillsets. …
Living in Israel can be a frustrating experience. For most people who live here, that probably doesn’t require elaboration.
But just when you’re nearing the end of your tether and having thoughts of yerida, you notice that things are changing here — for the better.
For some reason, I get usually encouraged by the small positive changes when I notice them- the type of things that most people brush off as minor developments or curiosities.
I remember during my first year of aliyah watching in amazement as the Rav Kav customer service center transformed-almost miraculously, almost overnight-from a cesspool of bureaucracy to a network of gleaming customer service centers that wouldn’t look amiss in London or Paris. In my mind at least, it almost happened that fast. …
Whether you’re interested in maintaining or growing your freelance writing business, acquiring new clients is likely going to be part of the picture.
Project ends. People leave companies. Business needs to be replaced. On the other hand, you might be aspiring towards growth. In which case you’ll either need to increase the size of your existing accounts or find new ones to add to your ‘BOB’ (book of business).
Having worked as a freelance writer for five years, two and a half of those full-time, I’ve had some hands-on experience in managing this process efficiently.
You don’t need to follow all of these steps — or any of them, for that matter. You don’t need to have a formal onboarding checklist (although that’s not a bad idea). But I have found that doing these things reduces friction and gets things off to the quickest possible start. …
If you’re developing a pricing structure as a freelance writer, then you’ve probably considered one of three pricing strategies: per word, per hour, and per project.
For full details on all of those see this post:
One of the classic pricing models, which newbie writers always seem attracted to, is the idea of pricing per word. At ten cents per word, this sentence would earn me enough money to buy a can of Coke. What’s not to love about that (you might wonder)?
Here are some reasons it’s good. And some reasons it’s not.
These days, many writers — including this one — ply their trade for the most part by writing for businesses and agencies. However many of today’s crop of content marketers have backgrounds in ‘editorial’ (journalism). …
As I discussed previously in this blog, thought leaders need to invest as much time in the promotion of their content as they do in authoring it — if not more.
One of the first decisions prospective thought leaders have to make is where they would like to see their thought leadership published.
Commonly, those planning thought leadership campaigns have several target publications in mind already. In other instances, authors want to start out more modestly and have set their sites on Medium and LinkedIn — or on their company blog.
As these two publishing platforms are commonly enquired about, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each. …
One of the first things that many prospective clients want to know is what the average lead time for a piece of writing is?
In other words, how long after submitting a brief can clients expect to have a first draft back.
The only true answer is it depends.
The short and sweet answer is this:
For articles and blogs, I advise clients to factor in a lead time of between three and six business days per draft. For other, longer, projects — it really depends upon the project and the milestones that have been agreed.
Now, here are the factors that the exact answer depends upon. …