‘Advice’

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: , , ,

Copyright, libel and kill fees: Negotiating a freelancer-friendly contract

by Rachel Sanders The hottest topic of conversation for freelancers is definitely money. But freelance contracts come in a close second. That’s why we like to offer a regular refresher on the subject here on Story Board. Publishers have been adding some distinctly freelancer-unfriendly clauses to their contracts over the past few years. And with well-paid freelance writing […]

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #29 — Alison Motluk

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.    Alison Motluk is a Toronto freelance writer and broadcaster. She has written for CBC programs such as IDEAS and Quirks and Quarks as well as for publications such as the Globe […]

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Query smarts: how to increase your batting average

By Sandra Phinney I’ve heard editors say that upwards of 80 percent of the queries they receive are deleted without reading further than the end of the first paragraph. Why? It all comes down to three things: writers don’t know the readership of the magazine writers are not tuned into the content, tone and style […]

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

The Born Freelancer on the Merits of Becoming an “Expert”

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.    The first time I was introduced in public as an expert on anything it was in front of several hundred university students when I […]

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #28 — Jane Auster

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.    Jane Auster is a freelance writer, editor and communications specialist based in Toronto. She has written for such publications as Toronto Life, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, and The Toronto Star. She […]

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 9:52 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

What is your time worth?

By Sandra Phinney It’s a curious human trait how we tend to put certain people and professions on a pedestal, while we look down on others. I was acutely aware of this when I farmed. When I taught university courses and wore a professor’s hat, I had tons of respect. Wearing my farmer’s hat … […]

Posted on April 6, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,

Sunny Widerman’s tax tips for creatives

It’s nearly April, freelancers. Which means it’s time to start thinking about preparing your tax return. A few weeks ago, CMG Freelance ran a tax tips webinar for our members with Toronto tax specialist Sunny Widerman. To help get you into the tax filing mindset, here are a few of Widerman’s top tips from that webinar. First of all, […]

Posted on March 31, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on Using an Alias

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.    • If you work simultaneously in a number of different genres and need to separate and differentiate career strands;  or • If you simply […]

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

Tips for making it as a freelancer in Canada

Media workers meet in Halifax to discuss worker’s rights By Rebecca Hussman  CMG Freelance and CWA Canada hosted an event for media workers at The Company House in Halifax last week, focusing on workers’ rights and making it in the industry as a freelancer. The event began with a brief presentation on building a sustainable […]

Posted on March 11, 2016 at 8:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , , ,