From the monthly archives:

January 2009

The Ultimate Freelancer Reviewed

by Amanda J Evans on January 29, 2009

About two weeks ago I bought The Ultimate Freelaner which is a new e-book written by Mason Hipp and James Chartrand. The book costs $29 and is available from Freelance Folder.

I just finished reading this e-book and wanted to give my readers my personal opinion.

First Impressions

My first impressions were really good.  I really enjoyed reading the first section of this book because it really did tell it like it is.  It explained exactly what it is like being a freelancer and how you tend to do everything yourself.  I loved the completed honesty of the writing and was fully convinced that I was really going to enjoy this book.

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Websites That Pay You To Write

by Amanda J Evans on January 28, 2009

The more people talk about the recession the more people want to make additional money. With that in mind, I thought I would post a list of website that will pay you to write. Some are revenue sharing websites and some pay for your content. Take a look, you might find one that interests you.

About.com
About.com: expert guidance from real people searching the Internet for the information, goods, and services that you need to know related to your passion.

Associated Content
Associated Content is a platform that allows you to publish your content in any format (text, video, audio, images) on any topic and then they distributes that content through their website and content partners.  Only pays US residents.

Constant Content
This website allows you to sellyour articles, photos, tutorials, reviews, etc for whatever price you choose.

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Rates: To Show or Not To Show That Is The Question

by Amanda J Evans on January 27, 2009

This is a post I have been meaning to write for a while now but didnt’ get around to it.  There is an ongoing debate amost freelancers as to whether or not to display your writing rates on your website.  Writing rates differ greatly between freelancers and there really is no generalised rate that you can work from.  It’s really your own personal choice as to how much you charge for your work.

That being said, what I want to ask you today is, do you think that it helps to show your rates on your website?

When I was having my website re-designed this is something that I took into careful consideration.  Prior to my re-design I had a quotation request form which was constantly being spammed.  I was tired of having to wade through these emails filtering out the spam.  I decided that I was going to put my rates on my website but still wasn’t sure whether it was a good idea or not.  I went researching, checking every freelance website I could find.  Believe me out of the hundreds of sites I checked, very few people actually had their rates listed.

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My Ghostwriting Weekly Review

by Amanda J Evans on January 24, 2009

It’s Saturday and the first of my weekly reviews.  I receive a large amount of emails every week from people who are curious about what it is a ghostwriter does.  To help satisfy those of you who are curious I have decided to start posting a weekly review that details all the work I have completed each week.

Sunday 18th January:
I know it was Sunday but deadlines are deadlines and so I had to work for an hour today.  I had three 500 word articles to complete for a website that I write for.  I hate working on Sunday’s because for me Sunday is a family day and normally involves cooking a large roast and sitting around the table reviewing our week.  Thankfully my soon to be husband Joe prepared the dinner and entertained our two children while I finished my articles.

Monday 19th January:
My daughter Emma who’s 5 was back in school today.  I still had Conor my 2 year old at home so getting work done during the day can be tough.  I did however manage to get on blog post completed this morning.  Monday night when my children were tucked up in bed provided me with the opportunity to get the outline for my new e-book completed and choose my latest writing assignment from the website I write for.  As a ghostwriter, I can’t post the website details here so I’m sorry about that.

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Friday Link Love At The Hidden Writer

by Amanda J Evans on January 23, 2009

Welcome to another Friday of love here at The Hidden Writer.  It’s been another crazy busy week for me, i just don’t know what’s happening.  Clients are literally crawling out of the wood work and new clients are continuing to pour in.  I am putting it down to the new website design and of course the fact that my rates are now clearly visible. (I will discuss my decision on this in another post).

In between writing, editing, and researching this week, I have still managed to pull up some excellent posts to list for you here today.  First though, I want to say a big thank you to everyone who comments on these blog posts.  They are written for you and when you comment it let me know that you appreciate what I am dong here.  Without further ado, here’s today’s list of posts. [click to continue…]

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What’s The Worst Mistake New Freelancers Make?

by Amanda J Evans on January 20, 2009

If you’ve been freelancing for a while you probably already know the answer to this question:

What’s The Worst Mistake New Freelancers Make?

If you’re new to freelancing or thinking about getting started then keep reading because you will want to know the answer to this.  Believe me, it could save you a lot of hardship and sleepless nights.

Most freelancers start off using bidding websites such as Elance, Get A Freelancer, or Guru to name but a few.  When you log into these websites and find a job you want to bid on your have to include your price and the amount of time that it will take for you to complete the job.

I have underlined the last part of that paragraph on purpose because this is where you can make big mistakes. I’ve made them, as I’m sure many others have and it is because of this that I can share this knowledge with you.

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What Type Of Writer Are You?

by Amanda J Evans on January 19, 2009

I just had my blog personality analysed over at Typealyzer.com and I thought I’d share the results with you.

ISTP – The Mechanics of my blog is reported to be:

The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.

The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.

Sounds good doesn’t it?

You also get an analysis that shows you what parts of your brain were dominant during your writing.  This is a graphic so I can’t show it to you here but I’ll tell you what it says.  For me while I am writing here on The Hidden Writer the left side of my brain is working the most.  Practical thinking is dominant using logic and mathemathics in my writing.  Also in use are senses such as habit, order, and details.

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Friday Link Love At The Hidden Writer

by Amanda J Evans on January 16, 2009

It’s Friday again and what a week it’s been.  My week has been hectic what with coaching and new client projects.  I’ve had deadlines coming out my ears but I know my bank will be thanking me at the end of the month.  That said, I am a bit behind in my reading so I don’t have as much link love to share with you this week, so if you have something you would like to share, maybe a blog post you wrote, or a writing post that you read, be sure to let me know.

The first post I want to share today is from Writing Inspiration and it’s titled Inspirational Affirmations To Uplift You.  I am a big believer in the law of attraction and this post has some great affirmations that you can use on a daily basis.  It’s worth reading even if you don’t follow the law of attraction.

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The 2009 List Of Ghostwriting Jobs Websites

by Amanda J Evans on January 13, 2009

If you are one of the many people deciding to make the transitition into ghostwriting in 2009 then you are going to want to know where to start.  Now I could plug my ghostwriting Uncovered manual here but I’m not going to.  If you want to buy it you can 🙂

Today I want to list all the websites I know where you can bid on ghostwriting jobs.  I probably won’t be able to list them all so if I miss any that you recommend be sure to place them in the comments.  I would like to be able to compile a very comprehensive listing here on The Hidden Writer so that anyone looking for ghostwriting jobs will know where to start.  I would also like it if people would post their opinions and experiences with these websites in the comments section because that way we can help prevent time wasting.

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Are You A Greedy Writer?

by Amanda J Evans on January 12, 2009

This post is bound to stir up some contraversy but it is something that I have been thinking about since doing my first coaching session with a friend of mine last week. I was explaining to her how to use Elance and how to word her bids so that she might stand a chance of winning the job she was after.

So anyway after logging into Elance and getting her to pick a job that she would like to bid on, I set to work showing her how to word her proposal and showcase her talents. The next part was putting a cost on the project. I found myself explaining to her that she would have to bid low in order to get her first job and feedback rating. It was a transcription job and she like myself would have around 10 years experience doing this type of work. We set a bid price of $75 for typing up 7 seminars with a completion date of three working days. Now I know what everyone is thinking….OMG $75 how could you?

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