From the monthly archives:

November 2008

Friday Link Love At The Hidden Writer

by Amanda J Evans on November 28, 2008

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It’s Friday and that means it’s some link love here at The Hidden Writer. There have been some really great blog posts published this week and I am happy to share them with you, so first off a big thank you to everyone for posting such great information. I know that everyone who reads these posts is going to find them just as useful as I have.

First up we have a great post for anyone who has self published and is looking for information on how to market their book. The post comes from Online Promotion Made Easy and is titled, Book Marketing Campaign Tips For POD Published Authors.  Great read for anyone who has self published or is thinking of self publishing.

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A New Way To Market Your Products And Services

by Amanda J Evans on November 27, 2008

Earlier this week I was contacted by Taryn Simpson well known ghostwriter and 2008 Pulitzer Prize competitior.  Taryn has created a new and unique way for businesses to promote their products and services using ghostwriting videos.  Taryn asked if I would help spread the word about her unique service and I said I would be delighted.

So what are ghostwriting videos?

I have never heard of ghostwriting videos so in Taryn’s own words here’s exactly what she does:

I actually create trailers for authors and corporate clients….

Taryn advertises her services as:

Video Trailers for Books, Businesses, Individuals, Events and more”  by Video Artist:  Taryn Simpson

When I spoke with Taryn about this service and how it works, she explained that she has a questionnaire that she asks her clients to fill in.  This allows her to see exactly what they want to achieve and include in their video trailer.  Once she has the feel for it she begins her work.  It normally takes approximately 2 weeks for each video trailer to be completed.  Something else that I must point out is that all the images that are used in Taryn’s video trailers are from her own personal stock collection.  Clients are of course free to use any images that they choose.

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European Freelance Writing Jobs 27/11/08

by Amanda J Evans on November 27, 2008

Thursday’s here and it’s almost the weekend. Only one posting today on Craigslist but it looks good.

Arts Review seeks short fiction and poetry
We are a fledging arts review based out of Western Michigan seeking poignant short fiction or poetry. The online journal will begin running in Mid-December and select pieces will be transcribed into a print edition beginning next year. We have four readers and are in the midst of compiling the most extensive pool of material possible so that we have sterling work upon launch. The online journal will be paying in exposure, as we have developed networks with several prominent authors and professors. However, if your work is selected for the print edition you will be compensated monetarily. [click to continue…]


European Freelance Writing Jobs 26/11/08

by Amanda J Evans on November 26, 2008

Well it’s Wednesday today, half way through the working week.  Here’s today’s freelance writing jobs from Europe.  Hope you find something that suits.

Writing Position Available
Looking for long term dependable writers to complete daily tasks which will include the paraphrasing of articles.  A writer will be asked to paraphrase anywhere from 1 to 10 articles per day.  This work is quite simple and not time consuming at all. A decent paraphraser can complete an article every 15 minutes.  Payments are made every 2 week period and will vary by the amount of articles you agree to write.  Most of our writers paraphrase 3-5 articles daily, about 45-75 minutes work, at a typical rate of $9 USD per article. [click to continue…]


Ghostwriting and Holidays

by Amanda J Evans on November 26, 2008

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The holiday season is almost upon us and I have to admit that this is the one time of the year that I actually miss my 9 to 5 job. When you are employed you take for granted the fact that you get two weeks paid holidays at Christmas and in most companies a nice Christmas bonus too. Being self employed, you don’t get any of the above. You have to work in order to pay your bills and your salary and you certainly don’t get paid holidays or a Christmas bonus, unless of course you have it to give to yourself.

The purpose of today’s article is to make all ghostwriters especially those who are new to freelancing and being self employed aware of the fact that if you want to take holidays at Christmas then you have to start planning for them in advance. In order to take 2 weeks off you need to have 2 weeks salary built up. For me this usually means that during the months of October and November I am extremely busy. The reason for this is so that I don’t have to work from the 20th December right through until the second week in January. [click to continue…]


European Freelance Writing Jobs 25/11/08

by Amanda J Evans on November 25, 2008

Time for today’s European freelance writing jobs. First up is a job from Craigslist in London which looks very good.

Need a grant writer (Anywhere)
A grant writer is needed.  You can be located anywhere in the world.  Compensation for the job is negotiatable.  Follow the link in the jobs listing for more information and to apply.

Calling All Aspiring Writers ($200 per Article)
This is a reposting so obviously all the right person has not been found yet.  We are launching our online magazine in about 6 weeks and we are looking for about 30 to 40, both freelance and long-term writers. The targeted demographics is between 19 to 35. You will have to write a (400 to 800 words) article bi-weekly. Pay starts at $200 per article and will increase if it goes well. Everyone is welcome to apply. [click to continue…]


EU Freelance – Worth Bidding or Not?

by Amanda J Evans on November 25, 2008

Get Custom Work Done for Your Website!

EU Freelance is the latest innovation from GetAFreelancer. Using the same layout and functionality of GetAFreelancer, EU Freelance allows invididuals to bid and secure freelance jobs in the Euro currency. For those of us living in Europe and having Euro as our currency this is great especially when you consider that the dollar is not worth as much as it used to be.

If I secure a freelance writing job that pays me $300, all I am really getting is Euro236. This is what makes EU Freelance so appealing to me. I love the fact that when I bid on the jobs I am not trying to convert Euro to Dollars to see what to bid. Besides this however, what is EU Freelance and how does it compare to all the other bidding websites out there.

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European Freelance Writing Jobs 24/11/08

by Amanda J Evans on November 24, 2008

It’s Monday again and time for some more European freelance writing jobs.  Today we have 5 excellent jobs to choose from.  So here we go:

Need a dynamic and energetic Editor (London& The world )
Brilliant Editor required for fast fiction narrative . Must have experience and a can do approach.  Pay for this job is by experience.

Seeking exceptional fiction and poetry
Fogged Clarity seeks exceptional fiction and poetry.  We are a fledging arts review based out of Western Michigan seeking poignant short fiction or poetry. The online journal will begin running in Mid-December and select pieces will be transcribed into a print edition beginning next year.

Simple French – English – French Translation
I’m looking for a native French speaker that wants to earn a little extra money by helping me out with my french customers. It’s very straightforward: I get emails from my French customers that are in French so I will forward them to you and you translate them (roughly) for me and email them back.

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Apostrophe Cartoon

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Put Apostrophes in their Place – A Simple Rule That Works Every Time!

by Nick Daws

It’s one of those matters that cause endless confusion, and even experienced writers and editors don’t always get it right – the question of where to place the apostrophe in expressions showing possession.

Most people know that in any phrase denoting ownership, an apostrophe is required: the Johnsons’ house, the cat’s tail, a driver’s license, and so on. Apostrophes are even required with inanimate nouns, such as the table’s legs, the car’s wheels, and so forth. But when it comes to putting the apostrophe in the right place, people often slip up. [click to continue…]

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Twitter And Freelance Writing

by Amanda J Evans on November 22, 2008

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If you haven’t heard about Twitter you probably have your head burried in the sand. Twitter a great new way to socialise and network with others. I signed up with Twitter about two weeks ago and I have to say like everyone else, I love it. I have met some amazing freelance writers and my website and blog stats are increasing daily.

Twitter is a great way to promote yourself and your product. You can ask questions, answer questions, and generally just stay in the loop. Below are a couple of posts relating to Twitter and how well it is working for other.

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