Tag Archives: Elizabeth MacBride

Path To A Successful Pitch

I’ve been a writer/editor for 25 years, since the day I walked up the stairs into the office of the diamondback at the University of Maryland. I’ve been freelancing for the past 12. I’ve never, in all that time cold-pitched … Continue reading

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Give Your Freelance Clients A Fair Shot

I recently told someone I work with that I’d give a new situation a fair shot. The same day, I told my daughter that she had to give her new softball team a fair shot. Now I’m struggling to define … Continue reading

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Why I Miss Working For A Newspaper

I graduated from college (the University of Maryland) in 1993, at the tail of the print world. My training as a journalist was all in print. At the student newspaper, we “rolled” our newspapers. They were produced in long strips, … Continue reading

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Relics of Corporate Life

The 200kfreelancer’s latest post on AARP’s work reimagined is about the relics of corporate life people were happiest to leave behind. Among them: commutes, burnout, pointless meetings, office politics … and neckties. “I have never understood the convention of wearing … Continue reading

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Write Short: 3 Classic Stories To Remind You Why

One of the best and worst elements of the web is that it’s freed us from worrying about word count when we write. I don’t know about you, but I can be pretty lazy about writing tight — which, as … Continue reading

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The Secret of Saving For Retirement for Freelancers

The 200kfreelancer’s latest post on the AARP’s Work Reimagined site is live. The post includes five tips for keeping your retirement savings on track when you are self-employed. Among them: Take advantage of the tax breaks for saving through a … Continue reading

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First-Time Hiring? Here Are Some Tips.

The 200kfreelancer’s latest post is live on the AARP’s Work Reimagined site. Successful freelancing comes in levels: you pick where you want to go. Some people are satisfied entirely as a solo operation. Others aim to build a whole business … Continue reading

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On Middlemarch and Not Following Your Dreams

We spend a lot of time on 200kfreelancer encouraging writers, designers and other professionals to have the courage to create the lives and careers they want. We recognize how much courage such a move takes. I’m in a group with … Continue reading

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Develop A Career Consulting To Nonprofits

The 200kfreelancer’s latest post on the AARP’s Work Reimagined site is live! According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, charitable organizations and nonprofits employ more than 17% of the U.S. workforce. The number of charities — 1.3 million at the current … Continue reading

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Focusing On These Four Moments Helps Win Assignments

Being a freelancer involves a fair amount of rejection. Even after you identify a few good target markets for yourself and develop some solid story ideas, you’ll have to send out something on the order of 10 pitches for every … Continue reading

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