‘Advice’

The Born Freelancer on Why Paying to be Published is Wrong

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? Your input is welcome in the comments.  Am I the only person offended by the concept of an author being required to pay to be published? No, it’s worse than that. It’s […]

Posted on August 17, 2016 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The 3 R’s of freelancing: Reuse, Repurpose, Resell

By Sandra Phinney You’ve heard that clichéd line, “the gift that keeps giving.” I’m starting to view my stories that way. If I resell an article I’ve written, or repurpose the story and sell a second or third rendition of that story, I am gifting myself—and putting extra money in the bank. I’ve already done […]

Posted on August 5, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #31 — David Hayes

In this regular feature, Story Board asks Canadian writers to share a few details about their work habits and their strategies for navigating the ups and downs of freelance life.    David Hayes is an award-winning freelance journalist who has written four nonfiction books as well as features and articles for publications such as The Walrus, The New York Times Magazine and The Globe and Mail. […]

Posted on July 14, 2016 at 8:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

There’s gold in them thar trade mags!

by Sandra Phinney   As freelance writers, we often overlook trade publications as potential markets—largely because they are not visible. Rarely sold at newsstands, the majority of trade magazines are mailed directly to private audiences—usually to members of a particular trade or profession—be it doctors, pilots, bankers, bakers, embalmers, and truckers. In some cases, trade […]

Posted on July 13, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #30 — M. Jay Smith

In this regular feature, Story Board asks Canadian writers to share a few details about their work habits and their strategies for navigating the ups and downs of freelance life.    M. Jay Smith is an Edmonton-based writer of non-fiction and poetry. Her writing has been published by such outlets as Reader’s Digest, Adbusters, the Los Angeles Times, and Canadian Running […]

Posted on June 22, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on Working for a (Possible) Sociopath

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? Your input is welcome in the comments.    “I just like f***ing with your heads”. That was the undeniably truthful but totally unexpected explanation I received once upon a time from an […]

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Advice on finding work and selling your skills from the Beyond Journalism panel

by Jennifer D’Agostino Last week freelance journalists came together at the Page One café to discuss life beyond journalism. The event, put on by CWA Canada and CMG Freelance, saw panelists discuss the importance, in the ever-changing media world, of using journalism skills in careers within and beyond media. Journalists were able to hear advice from a […]

Posted on June 10, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Freelance Business Basics

By Sandra Phinney Sometimes we get so caught up looking for markets, doing research and interviews, sending queries, or writing our stories that we fail to take care of basic business housekeeping items. The result can be everything from being disorganized and overwhelmed, to missing opportunities that can actually improve our bottom line. Here are […]

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Roberta Staley on crowdfunding, connection and independent journalism

Roberta Staley is a Vancouver-based magazine writer and documentary filmmaker. Her current film project, Mightier Than The Sword, is about about female journalists and filmmakers in Afghanistan. She is also the editor of Canadian Chemical News and the winner of the 2015 Amnesty International Canada Media Award. She took the time to speak with Story Board recently about […]

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer Says Goodbye to DNTO

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? Your input is welcome in the comments.  After 22 seasons, what was once CBC Radio One’s weekend pop culture flagship show has signed off the air for the last time. 22 seasons? […]

Posted on May 18, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,