‘Advice’

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #21 — Ann Douglas

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.   Ann Douglas has written more than a dozen books and over 1000 magazine articles on pregnancy and parenting. Her work has appeared in such publications as Canadian Living, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, The […]

Posted on June 19, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer Applies for a Line of Credit, 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? Your input is welcome in the comments. Read Part 1 of this 2-part series on freelancers and credit here. Spoiler Alert: I didn’t get it.  To recap: I had applied for a line […]

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

How I learned to ‘bend time’ and put in an honest workday

By Angie Gallop I’m a mother with two children under age five, a writer, the co-owner (with my husband) of a thriving freelance business and, oh… did I mention I run a small literary festival? Between asking my four-year-old to stop wiggling so I can get her hair brushed; getting the 22 month-old into a new […]

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,

Expertise Finder: Quick source search for journalists

by Rachel Sanders Next time you need to find that perfect “expert source” for a story you’re working on, forget Google and head straight for Expertise Finder instead. Type in the subject you’re writing about and the website will comb through its database of 20,000 media-friendly academics from universities and colleges across North America to find the ones that fit. The […]

Posted on May 29, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,

In a freelance slump? Here’s how to dig out

by Sue Horner The independent life has its ups and downs, but in 24 years, I have never hit a slump like the one I’m in now. It’s quiet. TOO quiet. Knowing that this, too, shall pass, as it always does, I’ve been doing all the right things. This includes an online search to see […]

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer Applies for a Line of Credit, Part 1

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. Maybe you’ve received them in the mail too. Over the last couple of years I had got a number of “preauthorized” applications for “lines of […]

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer Interviews Young Adult & Children’s Author Erin Thomas

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.   Twelve years ago, Whitby, Ontario based freelancer Erin Thomas was a technical writer with a degree in English literature, taking college night courses towards technical […]

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #20 — Tom Sandborn

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.   Tom Sandborn is a Vancouver freelance writer who also works as a fundraiser and consultant. He has been involved in community activism since the American civil rights movement of the 1960s. He […]

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer on Nurturing Your Inner Terrier

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 was clearing and sorting through my archives this week: so many hard copy reports, stories and scripts. I’m not being unduly immodest when […]

Posted on April 10, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

How Many Hoops Are You Willing to Jump Through?

By Ann Douglas My friend Jen went through a series of 25 interviews before she was ultimately named editor-in-chief of a major consumer magazine. That’s a lot of hoops to jump through in the hope of landing a job—but, then again, it was a pretty nice job, complete with a rather droolworthy salary and a […]

Posted on April 8, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · 7 Comments · Tagged with: ,