‘Advice’

Know Your Worth, Know Your Rights with Don Genova

by Grace Szucs  More often than not, writers are being asked to sign contracts these days, says Don Genova, president of CMG Freelance. Contracts can protect you, but they can also put an unfair burden on the writer. Genova went over some freelance contract basics at an info session hosted by the Canadian Media Guild and CWA […]

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Expanding Your Portfolio with Sandra Phinney

By Grace Szucs With legacy media crumbling and a scarcity of full-time writing jobs, keeping a freelance lifestyle means looking in the nooks and crannies of your own backyard. Sandra Phinney, freelance writer and photographer based in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is a travel writer at heart, but has had to get creative to survive. “I […]

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer on Brief Encounters and Memorable Journeys

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. Talking to strangers on cross-country trains and planes really is anathema to many of you. I’ve heard your horror stories. Trapped for hours beside […]

Posted on May 3, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Media Mixer: Freelancer or Employee?

by Shelley Pascual “We need these media mixers to get to know one another, support one another and more importantly, push each other to advance our interests collectively,” said Lise Lareau, a top union official for the Canadian Media Guild. Lareau moderated a panel discussion about the distinction between one’s rights as an independent contractor versus […]

Posted on April 28, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Freelance Skillshare and Community Building Opportunities

by Amanda Maxwell Considering the freelance route, jumping from the nine-to-five into the freedom of midnight keyboard sessions in your PJs? Terrified but excited, and not sure where to go for information? While there are a lot of resources out there, they’re mostly online with very little of the personal touch. If you don’t know many […]

Posted on April 13, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

2017 Public Lending Rights Program registration deadline May 1

If you’re a Canadian author, illustrator or photographer with a published book, it’s time to register for the Public Lending Rights Program. PLR is a Canada Council for the Arts program that distributes payments to Canadian creators to compensate them for the lending out of their books through Canadian public libraries. This year’s registration period runs from […]

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer on the Sanctity of Deadlines, Part 2

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. In my previous post I talked about why deadlines should be considered sacrosanct. Today I want to talk about how to ensure you always […]

Posted on March 22, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Freelance Finance: By the hour, or by the word?

by Steven Threndyle Recently, a Vancouver-based company called Grizzly Coast Media created a bit of a stir online when it started posting jobs for freelancers that paid $50 for anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 words per story. If you take five hours to write 1500 words, you’re making $10 an hour. In Vancouver, where the typical […]

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 9:48 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on the Sanctity of Deadlines

Also: R.I.P. Sam Levene & Keith Maskell This series of posts by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. Douglas Adams, the late great British author of the SF humour classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the […]

Posted on February 8, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Is there a link between running and writing? Some experts think so

by Christine Blanchette About two weeks ago, I sat in front of my computer screen, feeling frazzled, my heart pounding. I was stressed – trying to meet a tight deadline for a fitness piece due that day. There was no time to waste, not even to make a cup of coffee. But I just couldn’t […]

Posted on January 18, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,