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Blog Writing Fails: 5 Brain-Dead Zombie Mistakes That Sicken Editors

Beware of these Brain-Dead Blog Writing Mistakes. Makealivingwriting.com

Do your blog writing pitches stink?

There’s an easy way to tell…you’re not getting ANY responses from editors or marketing directors.

That ever happen to you?

When you send an editor a rotten pitch for a blog post, there’s a good chance your approach makes you sound like a brain-dead zombie.

And there’s protocol for that in the Editor’s Universal Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse:

Hit delete. Writer may be infected. Quarantine inbox immediately. Warning, freelancer appears to be devoid of creativity, brain dead, unable to communicate with words. Do not engage.

If your blog writing pitch is so bad it makes an editor sick or triggers their zombie-response training to avoid you at all costs, it’s going to be tough to make a living writing.

So what are the telltale signs of a brain-dead pitch for a blog post? These mistakes will sicken an editor faster than the smell of rotting flesh.

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Writer Websites That Rank Well: 8 Secrets of Top NYC Writers

Writer Websites: Tips from Top NYC Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Freelance writers sometimes overlook a critical piece of marketing that can drive traffic, generate leads, and land assignments… writer websites.

How’s your writer website?

Maybe you’ve got the basics like a home page, about page, and your portfolio. Maybe you’re still looking at writer websites to get ideas for setting up your own.

  • What should your writer website include?
  • Does design matter?
  • What makes other writer websites perform well?
  • What about SEO?
  • What can you do to stand out in a crowded niche?

These are questions an elite group of freelance writers, authors, and content marketing experts can answer.

Ask Google to help you find a “top NYC writer,” and you’ll get slammed with 19 million results. That’s more than double the Big Apple’s daytime population of 8.6 million.

So how does a NYC writer stand out online? Being smart, creative, and friendly helps. But in today’s digital world, writer websites matter, too.

So I Googled ‘Top NYC writer,” and reached out to the writers whose websites topped that search. Below, eight of those top-ranking writers share their secrets for creating writer websites that seriously get you found and hired.

Ready to launch or revamp your writer website? Here’s what you need to know.

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Writers Work: 3 Freelancers Reveal How to Smash Your Income Goals

Writers Work: 3 Freelancers Tell How to Smash your income goals. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to earn twice as much freelance writing income as you’re getting now? Lots of writers work hard for years, and their income seems to stay at the same, low level.

It’d be amazing if you could break that cycle and earn big, right?

No more fear and stress about whether you can get the bills paid each month — or whether you might have to go get a day job (or might be unable to ever quit the one you’re stuck in). Or never get to retire.

When you’re struggling to find better clients, it can be hard to envision that your writing life can ever change. That you can level-up your business and earn a LOT more.

But it’s definitely possible, if you’re ready to focus and work for it.

How do I know? Because I’ve spent the past 4 years teaching hundreds of working freelance writers how to double their income and more, in my Freelance Writers Den 2X Income Accelerator Mastermind.

For 6 months each year, I work with a small group of writers on a focused, step-by-step plan with individual coaching, group peer support, and monthly live trainings.

It changes how they approach their writing business — and that, in turn, radically ramps up their income.

At this point, I’ve seen writers routinely go from $20,000 a year to $40,000 — and from $40,000 to $80,000. Some of my grads are even earning $120K+ as freelance writers.

Want to get inspired and discover how real-life writers skyrocket their income? I recently sat down with three of the most high-achieving students, who all more than doubled their income in 4 months flat.

That’s pretty wild, rapid success, even for Den 2X-ers. So I asked them to unpack exactly what actions they took that got them earning a lot more.

Read on to get their tips for moving up and earning a lot more:

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Find Emails (and See if Yours Got Read): 8 Tools for Writers

Tools to Help Writers Find Emails. Makealivingwriting.com

Find emails…when you’ve got the perfect story idea for a magazine or want to reach out to a marketing director, you need their email address.

That single piece of information is your lifeline to success if you want to pitch prospects, land assignments, and make a living writing.

Your first stop should always be the magazine masthead or the company website to find emails. But that doesn’t always pan out.

So do you throw in the towel, shake your fist at the sky, and spend the afternoon crying about how hard it is to find emails?

Stop. Right. There. Skip the pity party and follow Carol’s advice: “Take the attitude that you are an unstoppable force of nature, and you won’t give up…”

If you want to find emails for editors, marketing directors, or sources, you can. Wondering if your pitch email got read? There’s a way to find that out, too.

Check out these tools you can use as a freelance writer to dig up contact info and find emails:

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The Unexpected Path to Becoming a Six-Figure Freelance Writer

Follow the Six-Figure Freelance Writer Path. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder if there’s a well-trodden path to being a six-figure freelance writer?

You know…a step-by-step plan, without any twists and turns, that leads you straight to that sought-after income goal for a lot of freelance writers.

If you’re just starting out or you’ve been a freelance writer for some time, you’ve probably experienced the ups and downs of freelancing. It’s part of the gig.

So how do you get to be a six-figure freelance writer?

Here’s the thing. There’s more than one way to get there. Everybody’s path is a little different.

In fact, one freelancer almost gave up on writing for a living to teach English in Asia. And then unexpectedly found her way back.

At first it was a rough and winding road that included a stint on food stamps. But she hustled. She worked hard. She got some help along the way. Last year she broke the six-figure mark as a freelance writer. And so can you.

Want to be a six-figure freelance writer? The path is this way…

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Freelance Writing Jobs: The Secret Sauce to Working for Solopreneurs

The Secret Sauce to Freelance Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

Are solopreneurs good clients for freelance writing jobs?

If you’re shaking your head (no), I get it. There’s no shortage of one-person business owners out there who are barely scraping by.

Is the person selling widgets to their family and friends a good source for freelance writing jobs, referrals, or a potential client that will pay professional rates. Probably not.

Then there’s the solopreneur who says they’re starting their business on a shoestring…in their parent’s basement…with no money. Not a good prospect for freelance writing jobs either.

But that doesn’t mean you should cross solopreneurs off your potential client list.

Solopreneurs can be great clients. I earned about $15,000 last year writing for solopreneurs, which represents about one-fifth of my total income.

In fact, the right soloprenuer client can be a dream to work with, compared to a larger company with a staff of employees, bigger budget for freelance work, and bureaucracy that slows everything down.

So what’s the secret sauce to finding solopreneur clients that will pay you pro rates for freelance writing jobs? Here’s what you need to know:

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