From the monthly archives:

February 2009

Too Busy To Blog

by Amanda J Evans on February 24, 2009

When you first decide to become a freelance writer or ghostwriter, you read, you obtain knowledge and you put it all to work for you. One of the things that you are advised to do is have a web presence. Web presence is essential for getting your name out there, for attracting new clients, for building your reputation, and much more. But the question I want to ask you today is, what happens when you get too busy to blog?

Web presence for most freelancers consists of a website and blog. They work hard at building up their blog, building up their traffic and readership and that’s great. I’ve done it myself but the thing I struggle most with is keeping this up. You get weeks where you are extremely busy and paying clients come first. Paying clients get priority and your blog gets neglected.

You will probably notice that this has happened to me in the past couple of weeks, my blogging has been slack, and that is because I have been extremely busy with new clients and coaching work.

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Increase Your Freelance Writing Rates And Succeed

by Amanda J Evans on February 17, 2009

I have just stumbled upon a great post over on All Freelance Writing that is in fact an interview with LaToya Irby a freelance writer who has found success after increasing her rates.  LaToya was like many other freelancers out there and she was writing those low paid keyword stuffed articles.  LaToya however did something, she increased her rates and is now a very successful freelance writer.  Take a look at the interview for yourself.  It doesn’t tell you where she gets her jobs from but it still a very exciting read and one that will put you in the right frame of mind to increase your own rates and take the chance on boosting your own freelancing career too.

The title of the post is How One Freelance Writer Increased Her Income Ten-Fold.  Go ahead and check it out then come back and let me know what you think.  Do you think you have been inspired to increase your rates?  Do you think you will take some action after reading the interview?

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Content Writing Riches Is Live

by Amanda J Evans on February 16, 2009

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Last week I mentioned to you that a new e-book called Content Writing Riches was due out today.  Well it’s here and it’s live.  This e-book is a must have for anyone looking to break into website content writing and it explains where to find jobs (two great resources here) and how to apply for these jobs too.  The author, a freelancer himself, tells you exactly what not to do when applying for a freelance writing job.  This is information that you don’t want to miss and believe me, I have seen people everywhere making this mistake and once you read the e-book I bet you’ll be able to say that you’ve seen it done too.  If you are someone who makes this mistake then your eyes are about to be opened.

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I Owe You An Apology

by Amanda J Evans on February 16, 2009

I just wanted to say sorry to you. I recently published a post recommending Go Freelance to you. I was wrong and I am sorry. I had a comment from Laura in relation to this post telling me that my information was wrong. When I went back to check this website I couldn’t find any of the information that I put in my post. I did in sign up for a $2.95 7 day free trial, I did get 2 new clients, and I did successfully cancel my membership before the 7 days were up.

I also reported that the membership fee was $29.95 per month.

After receiving Laura’s comment stating that this information was incorrect I went to check. I discovered that the trial offer was now $7 instead of $2.95 for the 7 days. I searched and searched but couldn’t find the membership fees that I quoted in my post. All I could find was a new monthly membership fee of $49.95. Do I recommend this…..ABSOLUTELY NOT.

I also did a little searching online and found so many websites and posts giving out about this website and how it was a scam. So many people have taken up the $2.95 special offer only to discover that they had terrible trouble cancelling their membership.

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Content Writing Riches Goes Live On Monday

by Amanda J Evans on February 13, 2009

I just wanted to let you know about a great new e-book that will be going live on Monday 16th February. The e-book is Content Writing Riches and if you ever wanted to make money writing web content then this book is going to show you how. I had the pleasure of reviewing this book and the amazing bonus that comes with it and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to make money from their writing.

Unlike most of the hyped up books out there that tell you that you can make $50 to $100 per 500 word article, this book tells it like it is in today’s writing society. There is no lies and BS in this book and the author David Fraser who is a freelance writer himself tells you exactly what you need to know and even lists two great places to find writing jobs. These two places are not bidding websites and they are even two places that I didn’t know about. I have bookmarked both for my job hunting.

After reading David’s book I could see how all these “low paid writers” or so we call them are actually making over $100 per hour. Not that is not sometihing that I would class as low paid, would you?

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Leadership From Below By Trond Undheim – My Review

by Amanda J Evans on February 12, 2009

Leadership From Below by Trond Arne Undheim is a remarkable book that I had the pleasure of reviewing.  This book presents readers with an important set of skills that anyone can use regardless of their status to maximise and improve on the potential influence that they have in any professional organisation or business.

Throughout the book you will be presented with anecdotes that Undheim shares along with a review of the key lesson at the end of each chapter of this book.  The book is very easy to read and you can recap at any stage by just reviewing the lesson learned at the end of each chapter.  This is indeed very valuable and means that you don’t need to re-read the entire book to find important points.

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Getting Group Names Correct

by Amanda J Evans on February 11, 2009

There comes a time in writing when you will have to talk about a group of things.  Be it birds, people, beasts, or things, and you need to get it right.  I just discovered a great website thanks to stumbleupon that gives you the correct word for groups of everything.  The page is called “Collective Nouns” and I think that everyone should bookmark this.  I guarantee you will need it at some time or another.

Let me give you an example:  Say you are writing an article on ostriches; do you know what a group of ostriches are called?  I didn’t either but it’s actually a pride of ostriches.

Take a look at ths page and see for yourself just how much information is packed into it.  http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/collnoun.htm

Until next time,

Keep writing.

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Content Writing Is A Waste Of Time

by Amanda J Evans on February 5, 2009

I hope the headline hasn’t shocked you too much and if it has then let me tell you my reason for it.  After doing some careful marketing research over the past couple of days I decided to contact a number of Irish based web design companies to offer my content writing services.  You may not be aware of this, but more and more web design companies are now including copywriting packages that their clients can choose from.  One such web design company is Solas Web Design and their range of copywriting packages is extensive.  They offer a Blog Journalling package which includes 4 blog articles per month at 500 words minimum per post for get this….$500.  Yes $500 for 4 blog posts.

Now you can see why I thought offering my services to Irish web design companies was a good idea.

I logged onto Google and typed in Web Design Companies making sure that I had pages from Ireland clicked.  The first company that I rang was Cobweb.  Someone with a very foreign accent answered the phone.  I told him that I had been looking at their website and was wondering if they offered copywriting services to their clients.  He immediately responded by telling me that the manager was away and to ring back next week.  That was the end of my conversation.  The next company I tried had a fault with their landline so that was a waste of time also.  The next company only listed an email contact address or a mobile number.  I didn’t call.

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How To Find More Ghostwriting Jobs

by Amanda J Evans on February 3, 2009

Today I have something special to share with you.  I am constantly getting emails from people who like me are fed up with the state of bidding websites.  I’m sure you are familiar with the scenario that seems to be invading the bididng websites – 500 words articles for $1.  It’s totally ridiculous and I personally feel like setting up a campaign against this.  I mean come on, even beginners should get no less than $2 per 100 words, that’s $10 for a 500 word article.  I reckon that if all us ghostwriters and freelancer writers including those just starting out joined together and refused to accept anything less than $2 per 100 words, then these buyers would soon realise that you have to pay to have content written.  That’s just my opinion but what do you think?

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My Ghostwriting Weekly Review

by Amanda J Evans on February 1, 2009

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It’s Sunday 1st February, the first day of Spring, and my 2nd weekly review.  This week wasn’t as hectic as last week but busy enough all the same:

Saturday 24th January

I received the next 2 pdf ebooks from my client that need to be proofread.  These are book 11 and 12 in the series.  I completed proofing books 10 and 11 today and sent them off for approval.

I completed some research today for the new blog that I am working on.  Found lots of excellent information that I can put to good use.  No launch date for the new blog as yet.

Sunday 25th January

Today was a busy day for me.  Yes I was working all weekend again but deadlines are deadlines and unfortunately this can happen when you work for yourself.

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