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The Web Content Writer’s Bible – Book Review

by Amanda J Evans on May 10, 2013

I always love reading new releases that relate to freelance writing so when I was asked to review The Web Content Writer’s Bible, I was very excited. The name suggests that this book is going to be something that freelance writers will refer to often and I was expecting a lot.

I received the kindle version of this book and began reading. It took a couple of hours for me to get through the book, and I have to admit, there were parts that I did just skim through. Overall, I was impressed with the layout and the structure of the book. It was easy to understand and seemed to cover everything. It gives a basic overview of writing web content and the different ways that freelance writers can do this. The book doesn’t go into great detail on some aspects and some sections could have a lot more content added to them. This however, would probably have made the book too cumbersome.

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Freelance Writing Jobs – Where Do You Get Yours?

by Amanda J Evans on April 29, 2013

As freelance writers, the one thing that really matters is the clients we secure. There has been so much written about freelance writing jobs in the past number of years and I really don’t want to rehash all of this. My focus on this blog post is that no matter where you get your work or clients from, they have to be right for you.

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You have probably read over and over again about low paying jobs, how to get high paying jobs and how much you should be charging. I am here to cause a little bit of controversy today by saying that no freelance writing job is wrong.

What do I mean?

Well, let’s look at it. You write an article for a client, they agree to pay what you ask for or you agree to a rate they have suggested. You with me so far? Okay, now let’s say someone else writes an article that is the same length and perhaps for the same client but charges three times more than you did, the client agrees and the work is completed.

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Freelance Writing – 5 Mistakes To Avoid

by Amanda J Evans on April 22, 2013

When we begin our freelance writing career there is always an air of excitement and optimism. We are full of the joys having discovered that we can actually get paid for doing what we love. Yes, this is the way we all start and the key to success if keeping it this way. In this article I want to look at seven mistakes that all new freelance writers should do their best to avoid.




Mistake #1: No Marketing Knowledge:

When you decide to become a freelance writer, your goal is to get and keep clients. If you know how to successfully market your services this is something that will happen. Many freelancers find themselves giving up too easily because they can’t find clients. Knowing how to market yourself will bring clients to you. You won’t have to go looking. The key here is to brush up on your marketing skills and spend some time every day promoting your freelance writing work.

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Setting Your Freelance Writing Goals For 2013

by Amanda J Evans on January 9, 2013

GoalsIt’s the start of a new year and for many freelance writers, this is a time for re-assessing their career goals. I usually spend the first week of any new year looking back over the previous 12 months. My reason for this is so that I can see what I have achieved and where I need to place some extra focus. This helps me to come up with a clear list of goals for the coming year.

If you haven’t already done this, I would suggest trying it as it is a very useful exercise.

One of my goals for 2012 was to reduce the amount of time spent on client work without impacting on the lifestyle I was accustomed to. My reasons or this was my two young children and the growing urge to spend more time writing for me. I am happy to say that I managed this successfully. I cut down my work hours, maintained my level of income and managed to publish not one but two books both of which are available in ebook and paperback format. 2012 was therefore, in my eyes, a very successful year.

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A Book For All Writers

by Amanda J Evans on June 24, 2010

This week I had the pleasure of reviewing an excellent book and I would like to share my review with you.  I am not affiliated with this book in any way.  The link that you will find here in this blog is to Amazon and yes I do have an Amazon affiliate account so if you purchase through this link I will receive a few cents.

The Gettysburg Approach to Writing and Speaking Like a Professional – By Phillip Yaffe

I must admit, I am not normally a fan of books that claim to teach you how to write.  I believe that writing is personal and you either have a passion for it or you don’t. That being said, I am so glad that I chose to read this book.  It gave me an edge that I hadn’t realized I had been missing and I discovered a lot of really great information about the different aspects of writing that I had neglected to learn.

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Choosing Freelance Writing Jobs On Elance

by Amanda J Evans on May 12, 2009

Choosing a freelance writing job to bid on with Elance isn’t as simple as just logging on and placing a bid and there are a number of things that you should take into consideration before you do this. There are some tricks and tips that can help you make the most of your bids (connects as they are called on Elance) and not waste them.

Connects are explained in the previous post

When you log into your Elance account and go to the Writing and Translation category to find jobs there are a few things that you should do. I always choose the show all category so that I can see a list of all the jobs that are available. Here’s a screen shot of what you should see:

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Friday’s Top 3 Blog Posts

by Amanda J Evans on August 22, 2008

Yes it’s Friday again and time to tell you about my favourite blog posts this weeks.

First off we have the Freelance Parent who this week celebrated their one year anniversary and including a really valuable and honest post about their year as freelancers and how successful they have been. Their post included a break down of the work plan that they created initially and also how well they have done in achieving all their goals. This post is definitely worth a read and the ones that follow this one too. Here the link for their post:

Creating and reviewing our annual freelancing goals

The next post I want to talk about is from the Freelance Writing Gigs blog.  It is a great post about sharing information and you will find a lot of valuable stuff in this one post.  I know I now have some excellent resources because of it.  Let me know what you think.

FWJ Community Project:  Share Your Favorite Resources

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An Excellent Way To Practice Short Sentences

by Amanda J Evans on November 5, 2007

In today’s world short is everything.  When completing writing of any kind most clients want short sentences and short paragraphs.  Call it the web but it seems that most people skim through web pages without actually reading the content.  So in order to get your point across you need to keep your sentences short and to the point.

I’ve just been browsing and came across a great website that will help you to hone your short sentence writing skills.  It’s called Espresso Stories and the idea behind it is that you write a complete story in just one or two sentences no more than 25 words in total.  It’s a great way to get your juices flowing so why not check it out when you get a chance.

Until next time,



Writing Words That Sell

by Amanda J Evans on November 4, 2007

Browsing through a number of writers blogs this morning I came across an interesting post on writing words that sell.  Take a look for yourself and make note of these words especially when you are writing sales copy.

Until next time,

Keep writing


Your Checklist For Ghostwriting Effective Articles

by Amanda J Evans on November 3, 2007

Before ghostwriting an article, have you ever felt overwhelmed by a blank sensation, not knowing where to start?

…I’ll bet you have!

This checklist should help you eliminate some common problems in writing articles:

1. Have a specific purpose in mind.

Always have a specific purpose in mind before you begin writing: you should be crystal clear about what are you hoping to accomplish by writing your article.  Is it an article clarifying an issue for your client’s customers, to attract prospects, to improve the link
popularity for their website? Ask your client to clarify this for you.

2. Know your client’s target population.

Before ghostwriting an article, conduct research on the target population. What are their experiences, their interests, and their wants in the chosen topic? What pain or problem do they try to avoid?

3. Develop a detailed outline first, stressing on the benefits.

Now that you have a purpose and a target, organize  your article so that scanning it quickly will immediately show readers how they will benefit from it and what are the most important points.

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