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Jonah Lehrer And What The Scandal Says About Writing

Let’s be honest here: If you’ve been freelancing or even making your living as a writer in any kind of realistic way, you know the narrative tricks that brought Jonah Lehrer down. The act of a composing a high-level story … Continue reading

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Work Like A Woman, Not Like A Man

So I was in a meeting, one of those regular weekly meetings, and I was one of two women in the room. I had a to-do list that stretched all the way down a yellow legal pad, and I was … Continue reading

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Taking a Real Vacation: Mull of Kintyre

Here’s to my first week back at work after the first three-week vacation I’ve ever taken. I visited Belgium, England, and Scotland, wrapping up the time with a four-day stay in London with my two girls. Here’s a photo of … Continue reading

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Survey: Freelancers Are The Most Optimistic Workers

A new survey by recruiting firm 24 Seven suggests that once you go freelance, you don’t go back. The company’s annual Job Satisfaction and Salary Survey of 5,000 creative professionals like writers, designers and marketers in traditional positions found a … Continue reading

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How To Take A Week Off

I’m writing from the island of Gigha, in the Hebrides of Scotland. In the distance acrossthe gray-green sea I can see the shadowy hills of Ireland, and all around me people are speaking in a musical brogue. In short, I’m … Continue reading

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Women Who Want It All Should Take A Stand

I just finished reading the long essay that is roiling the feminist waters and demanding changes to the culture of the workplace: Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Why Women Still Can’t Have It All in The Atlantic. For those of you who aren’t … Continue reading

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How To Build Time For A Book Without Losing Your Freelance Chops

Fran Hawthorne and I have worked together off-and-on for many years in the business media. Along with being a successful freelancer, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday and Crain’s New York, she is also the author … Continue reading

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To Trademark Or Not To Trademark?

Elaine and I came up with the name $200kfreelancer late last year, when we were tossing around ideas for a blog that we’d enjoy doing, that would not require massive quantities of our time (we are both busy aiming to … Continue reading

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Establishing A Fan Base By Giving Your Work Away For Free

I do not think that writers should give away their work for free to magazines, newspapers or web sites. In fact, too many writers make a practice of that, dragging down rates for all of us. Books, however, seem a … Continue reading

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Ditch These 4 Time-Wasting Habits

1. Coffee or wine with that just-starting-out freelancer who wants advice.  We all want to be helpful, and in fact I got some really great help from established freelancers when I was starting out. But you’ve got to set limits … Continue reading

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